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Merging Past and Present with IONIC VISIONEERING

What is it that sets IONIC apart? It’s not just because of our knack for unique and modern elements and it’s not solely because we’re known for creating beautiful spaces with traditional guidelines. It all depends on what our clients need – and it’s that approach that makes us stand out. We call it VISIONEERING.

With our process of VISIONEERING, we help clients recognize their own vision and needs, using it as a guide in our design work. Whether you dream of a fresh, innovative look or a unique space that still incorporates conventional guidelines, we can create it.

Take a look at St. Bridget’s Catholic School. This middle school in Richmond, VA was previously the Westhampton Baptist Church. It was an historic-gothic revival style church built in 1914 and listed as one of the most endangered buildings in the city. Our client envisioned a modern learning institution within the traditional architecture of the building.

Our primary challenge was creating a lively and creative interior space that would inspire the minds of its students while still preserving and renovating the original architecture of the historic-gothic building (and retaining it’s Historic Tax Credits).

VISIONEERING rose to the occasion. Ten new STEM-centric classrooms with modern flourishes and a new Student Commons were added as well as a new office and administrative spaces including a teacher workroom. These rooms were modernized by including vibrant color schemes in the new flooring, carpeting, painting, lighting and sound-damping fixtures. The Sanctuary space was also transformed into a Performing Arts Center but retained it’s original floorplan and made use of the existing stage, stained glass windows and the existing pews.

Now, St. Bridget’s Catholic School is a blend of the old and the new, the classic and the contemporary and a single example of IONIC’s ability to innovate through VISIONERRING.

If you’re looking for a firm that can rise to your challenge – whether that means an emotive yet conventional place of worship, a state-of-the art learning institution, or one space that does both – we’re the firm you’re looking for.

Welcoming Summer Intern, Charlotte McGraw

Charlotte is a rising senior at Virginia Tech pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Interior Design. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia but living in Virginia Beach for the summer while working with IONIC! Charlotte is excited to learn about in a real working environment and hoping to pursue a Master in Architecture and eventually enter the hospitality industry for commercial interior design.

We asked Charlotte a few questions about how she came to architecture and her hopes for her summer with IONIC:

What brings you to the industry? 

I have always had a passion for studio art and design, and anything that would allow me to be creative. I am inspired and captivated by the purpose behind design decisions and the opportunities to create impactful structures and spaces. This catered to my interest in architecture as it allowed me to use my creativity and curiosity in a professional setting, while solving complex problems and finding innovative solutions. I love to work with people and be hands-on, and feel as though this industry ties all of these areas together.

What discipline of architecture are you most interested in pursuing? 

The discipline of architecture I am most interested in pursuing is Interior Design. I am also thinking about graduate school to pursue a Masters in Architecture degree following my bachelors. I hope to go into the hospitality industry for commercial interiors, because I love the design freedom that comes with it. You can really think outside the box and push boundaries with less limitations, creating memorable spaces that make the user want to come back.

What do you believe you can gain from your internship with IONIC? 

I believe I am going to gain valuable experience with IONIC as I am in a real working environment helping with real projects, versus a classroom setting. I am gaining an understanding the flow and process of an architecture and design firm while learning a lot from these professionals. Since starting a little over a week ago, I am already getting exposed to more aspects of the design industry I would not be able to in school, such as visiting a project’s construction site and working with MEP engineers. This experience will also help me expand my network and build a stronger foundation for my future career. I am so excited for the rest of the summer with IONIC!