Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Mary Ann Schicketanz

Studio Schicketanz has time and time again demonstrated what it takes to become a leading design firm. By weaving together members from the interior design, architectural, and landscape design industry, Studio Schicketanz’s founding team is filled with power players. Principal Architect, Mary Ann Schicketanz, uses her many-faceted team to create projects that promote livability and sustainability. With over three decades of experience that has spanned from the United States to Europe, Mary Ann has become a force in the design industry. Studio Schicketanz has been featured in ADPro, Ocean Home Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many other major publications. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Mary Ann Schicketanz of Studio Schicketanz.

Andrew Joseph: What is the last book you read?
Mary Ann Schicketanz: “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson. I love novels that are based on a true historical context. Wonderful to learn about this time in Chicago and a fascinating tale of the good and evil mankind is capable of.

Andrew: What’s your favorite cocktail?
Mary Ann: Campari Orange – it’s my quintessential summer drink!

Andrew: What are three words to describe where you live?
Mary Ann: Village, beach, pines.

Andrew: What are your ideal weekend plans?
Mary Ann: Hiking in the Big Sur backcountry outside of cell phone range.

Andrew: What was your first job?
Mary Ann: I worked on the floor of a spice factory at age 14 – it cemented my resolve to do well in school and get a graduate degree. I spent all the money I earned in one month on a designer tie-dye dress, my parents were horrified!

Andrew: Are you a good cook? If so, what’s your specialty?
Mary Ann: I am and my specialty is an authentic Wiener Schnitzel.

Andrew: Style (or design) icon?
Mary Ann: I have always adored Audrey Hepburn – her sense of style, her vulnerability, her privacy and how well and naturally she aged.


About The Designer | Mary Ann has been a practicing architect for more than three decades, with a portfolio spanning the Western United States, as well as Europe. A native of Austria, she brings a European sensibility to the practice of sustainable building and design. She is known for creating designs that offer classic simplicity and natural elegance, efficient floor plans and easy flow. A leader in the integration of green design principles with strong thematic design concepts, her work is widely published and she frequently speaks on the subject. Gabriele Mary Ann is currently the President of the Monterey Bay AIA Chapter and serves on the Board of the Philip Glass Center.


Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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