Thiel Architecture + Design uses their architectural, interior design and industrial design know-how to find the best design solutions. The team has the ability to work across a variety of different project types from residential to hospitality, retail to contract. Their firm is recognized for their dynamic and collaborative process. Learn more by visiting thieldesign.com and by following them @thieldesign. Nancy is a member of the Monogram Designer Collective.
Q: HOW HAS YOUR UPBRINGING INFLUENCED YOUR ARCHITECTURAL STYLE?
A: My upbringing strongly influenced my architectural style because my mother was always interested in design and my Dad had a sabbatical in Finland where we drove through Europe and saw every church, cathedral, and museum.
Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU?
A: Michael Graves currently inspires me right now. When I was changing careers from a choreographer to architect, he honed my skills to be masterful in planning and have a great eye for color.
Q: WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO AN ASPIRING ARCHITECT?
A: My one piece of advice is to always wait to train someone to replace you so you can move up and bring someone along.
Q: WHERE IS THE MOST INSPIRING PLACE YOU HAVE TRAVELED?
A: The most inspiring place I traveled was Italy because of its roots of the Renaissance and architecture today. When in Florence during architecture school, my good friend was teaching and he did a tour where we saw mid evil, Renaissance, modernist designs.
Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ARCHITECTURAL STYLE?
A: My architectural style is examining one uses a space and how they feel is a driver for me. That comes from my background as a choreographer. I like having the ability to move from style to style but my personal preference is modern.
Q: WHILE THERE ISN’T A RECIPE FOR YOUR WORK, WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
A: We believe a good life starts with good design. A thoughtful layout. Fluid circulation. Well-proportioned spaces. Abundant storage. Beautiful details. Wonderful views. And smart, solid construction.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE PROJECT?
A: My favorite project is working on a Brooklyn duplex. We are gutting and doing the interiors and they are giving us the freedom to do whatever we want.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
A: My dream project is designing a restaurant.
Q: WHAT ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR?
A: I’m best known for being a dancer.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
A: My most prized possession is a sapphire and diamond ring I got from my Mom.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR BEST ENTERTAINING TIP?
A: My best entertaining tip is do as much ahead of time.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO COCKTAIL?
A: My go-to cocktails are an Aperol Spritz, Vodka Tonic or a Spicy Margarita.
Q: WHAT IS ONE ADJECTIVE THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU USING THE FIRST LETTER OF YOUR FIRST NAME?
Q: WHAT ARE TWO THINGS YOU ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR PURSE?
A: Two things I always have in my bag are lipstick and a pen so I can draw on a napkin.