Maureen BakerSenior Associate
When did you know you wanted to be an architect/designer?
I was young. My mother was a seamstress where we lived in Philadelphia, so a large part of my childhood was spent in Fabric Row on 4th Street. She would let me play among the bolts of fabrics for hours before we would head home again. My love for beautiful patterns and textures started there, and once I was old enough to understand the process of getting that fabric on a sofa or hung as window treatment, I was hooked.
What’s the biggest highlight of your career?
I was privileged to hone my craft under exemplary designers like Thom Filicia and Joan Enger. With them, I learned what it felt like to see your work published for the first time. Seeing a project put out into the world like that, and knowing that it’s there because of the work you put into it—that is an incredible feeling.
What would Spotify say is your most-played track?
Amy Winehouse, “Valerie.”
Where would we find you on the weekend?
In a perfect world, I would spend every weekend sourcing inspiration, travelling to places like Brooklyn Flea or Brimfield. Finding hidden gems is a lifelong past-time that never fails to re-energize me.
What is something you collect?
I have a weakness for books, any book, everything from historical fiction to dictionaries. There is just something about the craftsmanship of a book, from the words on the page, to the paper itself, to the binding that holds it together. Every book tells a story of some kind.
What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I was the interior designer on a pro-bono project in Guatemala, an elementary school called Kemna’oj. There are no words to describe that kind of experience.