Throughout her career, Stephanie Brick has maintained two primary passions in design: custom residential design and salutogenic design.
Ms. Brick loves residential design because it is the most personal of design sectors: It affords a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with homeowners to translate their dreams into architectural realities. In addition, residential marries beauty and function, and Ms. Brick delights in the macro- to micro-scale creative/spatial problem solving inherent in every project.
Alternatively, salutogenic design is an emerging field mostly applied in new schools, hospitals, and (increasingly) offices: Salutogenic design is an evidence-based design strategy focused on improving people’s physical health and mental well-being through architecture. This specialty field overlaps Ms. Brick's fascination and education in architecture, psychology, and neuroscience and was the focus of her undergraduate thesis, as well as her later Master’s degree.
Ms. Brick worked at multiple premiere residential firms across the Washington DC area in the first decade of her career. She was awarded as one of the top 30 designers in the country under 30 by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, had multiple projects published, and began writing regularly (2016 – present) for The Washington Post as a design expert. All the while, she maintained active interest and research in salutogenic design on the side.
In 2017, she took the leap to transition from a robust career in residential and sustainable design to a new chapter focused on salutogenic design in the workplace. Since then, Ms. Brick has worked as a licensed architect in the public sector blazing trails to improve employees' well-being through facility design. She has stood up salutogenic design facility programs; is the recipient of multiple innovation awards; and published groundbreaking, peer-reviewed architectural solutions to the health and well-being crisis.
Unable to give up her love for residential, she continues to maintain her small side business, Stephanie Brick Design (est. 2009), working directly with clients as an architectural design consultant. Ever evolving, her business currently focuses on kitchen renovations, floor plan redesigns, and client education.
Ms. Brick considers herself a lifelong learner. Her formal education includes a Master of Design Studies, with commendation, in the Design for Human Health & Wellness program from Boston Architectural College (2021) and a Bachelor of Architecture, with commendation, from the Pennsylvania State University (2010) with minor concentrations in International Arts and Italian. She maintains updated industry knowledge with regular and diverse continuing education. In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking/eating delicious food, playing board games, traveling, writing, mentoring others, and maintaining a constant platform of extra endeavors and projects (like pursuing production of her patent and co-owning a brick-and-mortar pet grooming salon).
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