You’ve most likely been greeted by the amicable Patrick if you’ve called into the Red House office lately. Patrick joined the Red House team as our Office Coordinator in the summer of 2021. He brings a passion for residential design, a friendly personality, and an acumen for learning new skills. We are so happy to have him! Let’s get to know Patrick more:
My journey with design began when I was a very young child. My mother got me an architecture book about Fillipo Brunelleschi’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy. I thought that was the coolest thing ever and it inspired a love of architecture in me until today.
After high school, I completed some coursework at Boston Architectural College for interior design. But the expense of living in Boston caused me to focus on full-time work. I worked in the paper industry for many years, high-end stationery at Crane, followed by Papyrus, and then most recently at Paperworks which brought me to Rhode Island. The position I have now is the job I always imagined myself doing when I started design school 15 years ago. It’s nice to have that full-circle moment.
My primary role is to be the initial point of contact for all prospective clients. The client journey starts with me. I get an understanding of the project, the home, and the people involved to see if we are a good fit for each other. If so, I help guide them into our design process.
My secondary role is purchasing. As clients make material selections in Phase 2 of our design process, I help coordinate, order, and schedule the arrival of those items, so that everything is ready when construction begins.
My third purpose is to keep the office running smoothly. I act as a liaison between all staff members and keep everyone on the same page, helping to facilitate the team approach that makes design-build projects so successful.
I like that I can see the whole process from start to finish, the entire design-build journey. It’s a special thing to get to witness the spark of inspiration that starts as a conversation with me all the way through the finished project and the photoshoots. I love the work we do, the small details that go into things, and the craftsmanship. Also, the origin of RH’s name, William Morris’s Red House is special to me. Morris is an Arts and Crafts icon. I’ve always admired him and it is nice to have someone else appreciate his legacy and ethos.
I’m a big kid at heart. I like lego sets and 3D puzzles of architectural landmarks (like Santa Maria del Fiore). Recently, I got a membership to the Newport Preservation Society and I love to visit the mansions (the Elms is my favorite). After living in Boston for 10 years, most of my friends are there so I frequently go up to visit on the weekends. I like to travel. I am going to Berlin next week!