business spotlight: a love of art and a love of space inspired architect’s career choice
A well-designed space has the ability to inspire and make a house a home. No one knows that better than Allume Architects LLC of Elm Grove, as their firm is built around that philosophy.
Allume Architects President and Founder Andrea Nemecek of Waukesha started the business in February 2013 while working as a staff architect at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
“I had always wanted to have my own firm,” she said.
When the timing was right for her to make her move, Nemecek was looking for an area that is centrally located to the Milwaukee metro area. Having grown up in a small town near Green Bay, Elm Grove “kind of had that little, small town, quaint kind of feeling to it.” Seeing that many of the business owners in the area created their own little community within the larger scope of the area, “I just really liked that feeling.”
Allume Architects focuses on what the firm calls “beyond design.” While still offering commercial and residential architecture, “we really focus on being an agent of the client and walking them through the whole process so that they can make informed decisions that are best for themselves.”
The building and remodeling process can be daunting, which is why the firm offers interior design services, project management, appliance and furniture purchasing and more.
“Clients appreciate that we take those things off their plate,” stated Nemecek.
For those who prefer to take a more hands-on approach to their architectural projects, Allume is happy to leave part of the decision making to the client.
“We really do custom tailor those processes and the project to what they’re looking for us to do.”
Working so closely with clients over an extended period of time has resulted in a family-like feeling among the clients.
Working with clients is truly the best part of Nemecek’s job.
“We feel that they’re an extension of our family once we work with them,” and they become like family to their clients, often coming back to them for advice and services down the road.
The firm takes the stance that they can improve “the quality of life for people through our building and our design.”
Because most people spend the vast majority of their day indoors, “buildings really do make a difference in people’s lives.” Nemecek said a building and space can change a person’s behavior, attitude, and how well they work and live.
“That’s really what drives us to continue to educate people on the importance of well-designed spaces.”
If people don’t like a space, they won’t want to be there.
While working at the Medical College, Nemecek was responsible for hiring other architects and contractors to complete projects. That experience allows her to know what it’s like to be on the other side of the table, and what might be important for their clients.
Most of the projects that Allume Architects oversees are located within Wisconsin, but several clients have multiple locations across the United States.
Nemecek said she has always had a passion for drawing, but when her older brother began taking architecture classes in high school, she realized that she could combine that love with her love of art, space and geometry.
“Ever since that time, this is what I wanted to do.”
Nemecek’s small-town upbringing also taught her the importance of giving back to the community. Allume Architects makes it a point to support charitable organizations and schools, and Nemecek is part of several local organizations.
“That’s just an important part of who we are and what we do.”
She adds that “the community is our extended family.”
BUSINESS:Allume Architects, LLC
PHONE: (262) 720-9702
ADDRESS: 13500 Watertown Plank Rpad, Suite 205, Elm Grove
TYPE OF BUSINESS:Architecture
PEARLS OF WISDOM:”Improving the quality of life through architecture”
By Andrea Budde
Dec. 22, 2015