Bontena Interview with Marc Soloway
Interview with Principal Architect Marc Soloway, Founder of Soloway Designs from Tucson
Every project you make as an architect is to challenge the natural conditions of the region you are in. Marc Soloway has been challenging versus deserts since 1998 in Tucson, AZ.
Published: Monday, September 3, 2018
Soloway Designs is a Tucson based Architecture and Interiors Design firm. Marc Soloway decided to be an architect in very early ages and he pursued his dream. And now, he has 21 years of experience that helps him to create dream houses for his clients. I asked Marc Soloway, Founder and Principal Architect of Soloway Designs, in order to learn more about his architectural career and basics of architectural projects. Enjoy this interview.
Marc, before talking about Soloway Designs Architecture + Interiors, could you tell us about yourself?
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998. During my schooling, I worked for multiple firms to gain the experience I needed.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in architecture? What inspired you?
Since I was a kid, I always liked to draw homes. My parents would buy me magazines that sold homes and I would first trace them and then moved onto drawing them freehand. As I got older (13’s), I started making up my own designs. I was born with the itch to be an architect. I never wanted to be anything else.
How did you decide to establish your own firm? Could you tell us about Soloway Designs Architecture + Interiors and your Award-Winning team?
I started the firm in my 4th year of the architecture program with three friends. When we graduated, we had not made a lot of money to spread around so my three friends went their own ways to work for other firms. I had worked for plenty of firms and I wanted to give it a go on my own. I bought them out and the rest is history.
How could you define your architectural design approach?
I am an architect anomaly. I am very artistic with a type “A” personality which in architecture is a great combination. Typically you have one or the other. I have developed a great process that the clients love as it lets them become an integral part of the design. Because it is also systematic, the process is smooth, fun and without stress. My clients and I are always on the same page in regards to all aspects of the design so there are no surprises. The only surprise a client should get when the house is complete is that they thought the house was going to be amazing, but not this amazing.