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Cream City Design » Interior designer Patricia Algiers runs her business, Chemistry in Place, our of her Shorewood home. The Elements of Design Patricia Algiers has been written up in the New York Times, ICON and Contract magazines, among numerous other publications. She has unique qualifications in that she is an ASID interior designer, commercial real estate broker and accredited by the Congress for New Urbanism. Her influential design firm, Chemistry in Place, is housed in a 1920s classically styled red brick home in a Shorewood residential neighborhood. bY Sarah M. Streed | PHOTOgrAPHY bY dan BiShop M: Why is urban design important to your practice? PA: “Location, location, loca-tion” is the “it.” If a client is located in the right place so much else just falls into place. For this reason I call my busi-ness Chemistry in Place. M: Your office situation is also different — essentially your office space and living space are in the same build-ing. How did that happen? PA: I wanted to model my work environment after what I’ve seen in Boston, New York and San Francisco. I had to rethink the space — how am I going to make this work for me, the team and the clients? I bought a building and converted it to condos. Then I remodeled half of the building to be both work and living space. The kitchen became the resource/work room and contains all the food amenities of a corporate office; the former dining room became the conference room. The upstairs workspace has all the office technology and enough space for a team of six. M: Would you recommend this to others? PA: This model is used with increasing frequency as people spin off from larger firms and set up on their own. And the team likes it because they don’t have to contend with parking. M: You’re very involved with community: co-chair of Plein Air Shorewood, board member of the Shorewood BID, among other organiza-tions . PA: I love community ser-vice. It was instilled in me early, watching both par-ents make significant differ-ences in their community. My father is a retired internist and has always said that asking the right questions and listen-ing to every word are the keys to getting the right answers. I’ve tried to do that my entire career. M: You’ve said your current project is always your best project. What’s on your plate? PA: We’re working on law offic-es as well as offices in the ever-expanding technology cluster in downtown Milwaukee and the Third Ward. As we design offices we make them appro-priate to time and place — we have to crystal-ball it to make sure the space is not locked into time. That crystal-ball stuff is the magic ingredient. The quest is always to deliver a solution that is timeless. 36 M | May 2014

Design: Q&A with Patricia Algiers

Sarah M. Streed

The Elements of Design

Patricia Algiers has been written up in the New York Times, ICON and Contract magazines, among numerous other publications. She has unique qualifications in that she is an ASID interior designer, commercial real estate broker and accredited by the Congress for New Urbanism. Her influential design firm, Chemistry in Place, is housed in a 1920s classically styled red brick home in a Shorewood residential neighborhood.

M: Why is urban design important to your practice? PA: “Location, location, location” is the “it.” If a client is located in the right place so much else just falls into place. For this reason I call my business Chemistry in Place.

M: Your office situation is also different — essentially your office space and living space are in the same building. How did that happen? PA: I wanted to model my work environment after what I’ve seen in Boston, New York and San Francisco. I had to rethink the space — how am I going to make this work for me, the team and the clients? I bought a building and converted it to condos. Then I remodeled half of the building to be both work and living space. The kitchen became the resource/work room and contains all the food amenities of a corporate office; the former dining room became the conference room. The upstairs workspace has all the office technology and enough space for a team of six.

M: Would you recommend this to others? PA: This model is used with increasing frequency as people spin off from larger firms and set up on their own. And the team likes it because they don’t have to contend with parking.

M: You’re very involved with community: co-chair of Plein Air Shorewood, board member of the Shorewood BID, among other organizations. PA: I love community service. It was instilled in me early, watching both parents make significant differences in their community. My father is a retired internist and has always said that asking the right questions and listening to every word are the keys to getting the right answers. I’ve tried to do that my entire career.

M: You’ve said your current project is always your best project. What’s on your plate? PA: We’re working on law offices as well as offices in the everexpanding technology cluster in downtown Milwaukee and the Third Ward. As we design offices we make them appropriate to time and place — we have to crystal-ball it to make sure the space is not locked into time. That crystal-ball stuff is the magic ingredient. The quest is always to deliver a solution that is timeless.

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