Ever wonder what it’s really like to start your own practice? A practice, like a building, must have a beautiful façade, but it is the backside that tells a more interesting story. While many architecture practices work hard to highlight only the beautiful, Missa likes to talk about the real—and sometimes messy—everyday stuff of architecture. Missa will share her story of starting Hinge, including its innovative $1/minute services for homeowners and a collaborative coworking space. During this lecture she will share her philosophy of how architectural practices can break down the barriers that make design services seemingly inaccessible to so many.
Missa Aloisi is a practicing architect in Burlington, Vermont. Her dedication to public interest design is rooted in a deep desire to understand and achieve true sustainability. She is a proud University of Oregon graduate and has studied architecture in Scotland and Japan, always with a sketchbook in hand. In 2013, Missa co-created Hinge, an architectural firm and coworking space. Hinge is a women-owned firm dedicated to making design approachable, affordable, and accessible to everyone. At Hinge, they believe that we are all impacted by the spaces we occupy. Our homes impact how we live, how we feel, and how we relate to the world around us every day. They provide a wide range of services on an as-needed basis, and recognize the opportunities that arise when people have access to affordable design services.