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Meet Heidi Gibson of Studio2G Architects

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heidi Gibson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Love of architecture came from my childhood. Both my mother and father appreciated good architecture. We traveled while growing up and there were always discussions between my parents as to “bad” architecture and “good” architecture during our travels… My father was always constructing all throughout my childhood. He would ask me to come up with design ideas. Upon graduating high school he encouraged me to go to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Architecture School.

Prior to attending Cal Poly, I received an Associate Degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise. I worked as an intern up in San Francisco for a couple years and decided to move back down to San Luis Obispo and start my own firm with a friend and college roommate, Laura Gough. We both had similar goals for our firm. Our designs are to be indicative of the natural surroundings and be as sustainable as possible. We enjoy taking a client’s vision and making it real.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a woman-owned firm in a male-dominated industry is always tough. At the start-up of our firm, we had a couple of cases where we had to gain the trust of the superintendents working in the field. It did not take too long to gain their trust and are now being referred to clients from General Contractors.

The latest recession hit the construction industry hard! We barred through it and were able to keep our employees employed but doing so took a hit on our finances. This did not affect our outlook regarding our goals of good design and sustainability.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
studio2G Architects is a full range architectural design firm that has award-winning experience creating original and sustainable spaces. We’ve created pubs, eateries, pizza oven powered cafes, environmentally friendly winery production facilities, dynamic tasting rooms and functional but beautiful modern residential homes. We’ve designed the only mosque in San Luis Obispo and an important multi-use building in Orcutt which is a hub for several small businesses.

We are known for unique designs that fit the needs of the client, engage a design aesthetic and have an appreciation of the natural environment. studio2G has proudly won several awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for design and have received accolades from the US Green Build Council for our sustainable designs. We strive for Net Zero–meaning the home uses the same amount of energy it produces– on all our residential projects.

We operate a small firm, only 10 employees total. We take pride in cultivating the discipline of architecture and our local art community. We have a great relationship with the local state college, my alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We’re frequent, active participants in their internship program, employing several interns to work on actual “live” projects.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was an outdoor kid. We lived on what you would call an urban farm. We had a horse, chickens, a couple goats, a dog, a couple cats, and several peacocks. I was always out at job sites with my dad. These were weekend projects since my Dad had a full-time job working as the Base Civil Engineer out at March AFB. I had my very own kid-sized tool belt.

My mom was always fascinated with architecture, in fact, she wanted to be an architect but her high school counselor told her only men to do that and told her to go into the medical field. On our travels, there were many discussions regarding architecture and art. I was also exposed to the Military life via my Father. He was always traveling to exotic places. Therefore during graduating high school I took an adventurous leap and joined the California Air National Guard.

I have also experience exotic locations while doing many humanitarian missions and federal missions with the Guard. (here is a link discussing my military background: http://www.afcent.af.mil/Units/332nd-Air-Expeditionary-Wing/News/Article/1219643/blueprint-of-success-deployed-air-national-guard-officer-combines-architecture/)

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Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan, Neal Breton, Ashley Mayou, Dennis Swanson, Chris Leschinsky

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1 Comment

  1. Suzette Good

    September 28, 2018 at 18:03

    Heidi did both our winery and home. She is an amazing woman. Compliments overload with her extraordinary talent. Thank you 🙏

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