With over thirty-two years of experience in design and project management, New Avenue Principal Designer Amy Guiang has created residential, commercial, and institutional designs throughout her career. She designs remodels, additions, accessory dwelling units, and new homes as part of New Avenue’s network of talented design professionals.
Amy has wanted to design buildings for most of her life. “The first time I saw a to-scale architectural model made from wood, I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” she says. “I knew then that I wanted to do that. I was in about 8th grade.”
Amy’s design philosophy revolves around relationships.
One of her favorite projects was a lakeside home she designed in collaboration with her husband, who is also a design professional, and the property’s owner: “Every week my friend John, the owner, came to our house. We had dinner and afterwards, the three of us would design. We met together over several months, and then I took over to produce the drawings. It was a wonderful connection, and we became even closer because of that experience.”
Amy carries that love of collaboration into every project, working with her clients to create homes that fit them perfectly. “I listen and work collaboratively,” she says, “and I like to bring my expertise and design sense, making sure the spaces we design are filled with natural light, have a connection to the outside, and feel good to be in. I love to solve problems. That includes the problems out in the field during construction.”
Education and Experience
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley College of Environmental Design. She also studied in California Polytechnic State University’s program in Athens, Greece. Her work history is a wealth of experience. As a 17-year associate of Jacobson, Silverstein, Winslow, Degenhardt Architects, she honed her skills under two of the authors of Pattern Language, one of the most influential books in architecture theory.
As the founder of her own studio, Amy draws on her years of education and experience to design custom homes, remodels, accessory dwellings, and additions that improve her clients’ lives.
A long-time designer in the Bay Area, Amy knows it can be a challenge to design generous spaces in local homes. “It can be done,” she says. “Part of the trick and part of California living is connection to the outdoor spaces. I always bring this into my designs.”
Family, Travel, and Music
Amy’s loved ones play a huge role in her life, and she values relationships above all else.
The daughter of immigrants from the Philippines, Amy grew up in a small town in Iowa along the Mississippi River. As a child, she enjoyed hunting and fishing with her dad. After high school, she moved to Berkeley to attend college and has lived there ever since.
Amy enjoys traveling with her friends and family. She has spent time with friends backpacking in Southeast Asia, trekking in the Himalayan Annapurna range of Nepal, and rafting down the Kali Gandaki River. She has traveled with her husband through Europe, hiking from village to village through the vineyards of Tuscany.
At home, she loves to read and spend time with her family. She has two children in college. Amy’s family loves to spend the weekends outdoors in the mountains or on the beach. She plays mahjong with her mother regularly.
In her free time, Amy plays fiddle, guitar, and upright bass, and she plays Americana and bluegrass music with two bands.
Work with Amy
Amy is open to residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. To collaborate with her on your ideal home, click below to schedule a call.