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Firm Culture

Introducing, Brie Martin!

Say hello to Brie Martin, joining Board & Vellum's Interior Design team. Passionate about design that marries aesthetic, expression, and comfort, Brie is excited to help others tailor their spatial experiences and bring their ideas to the next level. In her free time, you can catch Brie dancing ballet, roller-skating, and going on the occasional spontaneous adventure.

October 1, 2020

Bonjour!

My name is Brie, and I'm so thrilled to be joining the very talented team here at B&V!

While I was originally born in California, my father's career in the Coast Guard gave my family and me the opportunity to grow up in many different places. Picking up and moving a family of five to a different coastal state every four years or so did have its advantages, but it got harder as we got older. Thankfully our last move turned out to be our best one, as it brought us to Washington State and introduced us to the uncontested beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve lived here for 15 years now and still absolutely love it!

Brie and a friend peek out from behind an art installation near Seattle Center. The installation looks like bamboo, with brown, flat, vertical pillars shooting up with horizontal black stripes on them.
Local Exploration

Enjoying a day trip with friends to the Space Needle, featuring a spontaneous detour to the MoPOP.

Washington holds a special place in my heart for a multitude of reasons, but the biggest is probably because it was here where I found my calling in the world of design and architecture. I’ve always been more of a “right-brained person,” so to speak; my creativity manifested itself through my artwork, my writing, and the occasional poorly produced theatrical performance for my parents.

Being a child of suburbia, I didn't have as much opportunity to learn about how far the built environment could really push the envelope creatively – the thought never came to mind. All the houses around us looked the same so I figured that must’ve been how it had always been and how it always had to be. Then one day my father and I took the family car to the auto shop, and HGTV happened to be on in the waiting room. Corny, I know…but I had never seen anything like it before, and it led me down a rabbit hole that I haven’t climbed out of since. From that day forward, I was certain that interior design was what I wanted to do in life.

I pursued my career in design at Washington State University (Go Cougs, anyone?). After 5 years in Pullman, I walked away with my B.A. in Interior Design, along with minors in Construction Management and Fine Art History.

Brie and two friends lay front-first on the ground in the WSU football stadium. They're showing off their mortar boards, which they've decorated to say
WSU Graduation

Celebrating graduation with my dear friends, excited for the future.

Two months after I graduated, I landed my first industry job with Hoshide Wanzer Architects in Seattle. Working closely under the lead designer, I learned a great deal about both residential and commercial design and had the opportunity to refine my skills in areas like material selection, fixture, furniture, and equipment specification, and space planning. I was also able to flex my technical muscles and get more comfortable working in and navigating construction documents, which I now enjoy more than I probably should.

My career with HWA was cut short by the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The silver lining was that the force of that door closing shook open a window for me elsewhere, and allowed me to pursue a designer position at B&V. From the integration of design disciplines to the unparalleled workplace culture and commitment to client care – Board & Vellum is truly the whole package.

Looking out over the water in Olympia, WA. The sun is setting through the trees.
Sunset over Edgewater

Soaking up the setting sun as day one of a weekend trip to Olympia comes to an end.

As a young designer, I’m ecstatic to continue expanding my knowledge of the built environment and honing my skills as an emerging professional. Being accompanied by a supportive team as ambitious about hard work and design excellence as they are about breaking the traditional company mold is just the cherry on top.

On my days off, you can find me at the ballet studio, poorly rollerskating around Greenlake, or binging a true-crime docuseries on Netflix. I also love spending time with my family and friends whenever we all have the chance to come together, and just generally enjoying the life I have while I have it!

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