CLAIRE MILLER

Duda Paine Architects

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Architecture is a complex balancing act of functional, practical, political, and aesthetic desires. I’m inspired by architect-leaders who can sort through all the design factors and guide large multi-disciplinary teams to create a beautiful outcome.

CLAIRE MILLER

Bio:

Claire Miller, AIA brings technical expertise in both design and construction to Duda|Paine’s collaborative design studio. She believes in the power of architecture to improve people’s everyday lives and shape vibrant communities. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and has contributed to projects across the southeast including 405 Colorado in Austin, TX, Twelve24 and NCR in Atlanta, GA, Pioneer HQ in Dallas, TX, and Ikon Tower in Monterrey, MX.

 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

An art history course I took in high school was my first introduction to architecture through the lens of Greek and Roman history. I started college in both engineering and architecture, and after a few years decided I wanted to be an architect.

What do you do?

I am an architect, primarily designing office towers. I work on all phases of building design, from early sketches and models of how the building will look and function, to the drawing of construction documents, to overseeing construction

What excites you in the work you do?

What excites me most is when people finally enter the building and start to inhabit it. We put so much care into designing our projects and overseeing the construction, and the pay-off is seeing other people who are excited and proud to use it.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Architecture is a complex balancing act of functional, practical, political, and aesthetic desires. I’m inspired by architect-leaders who can sort through all the design factors and guide large multi-disciplinary teams to create a beautiful outcome.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Seeing 405 Colorado emerge as a sculptural tower in Austin. I worked on the form as an intern, and it was the first project where a model I created became reality. It is humbling to contribute to the skyline of the city where I studied architecture.

Featured Project Name: 

Twelve24

 

Featured Project Location: 

1224 Hammond Dr, Dunwoody, GA

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

April 2020

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect - Construction Administration

 

Featured Project Description:

Twelve24 is 335,000 sf urban-infill office building with 11,000 sf of ground-level retail. The amenity-dense sky lobby level connects to the Dunwoody metro station and includes a lounge, coffee shop, fitness and conference center, and a landscaped terrace with built-in wood seating and a pavilion for outdoor meetings. A wood-wrapped sculptural stair connects the sky lobby to the level above. A rooftop terrace on level 16 provides an elevated gathering space with views of the Atlanta skyline.

 

Photography Credit:

Duda Paine Architects

Featured Project Name: 

405 Colorado

 

Featured Project Location: 

North Carolina

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

August 2021

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

A downtown site in Austin, TX presented an opportunity to create a signature architecture to match the city’s progressive spirit. The towering sculptural glass form contrasts an earth-tone podium that echoes the character of the surrounding streetscape. The level between the two is carved back to create a terrace that wraps the amenity level. The combination of solid cladding and high-performing glass maximizes views and natural day-lighting while creating an efficient building envelope.

 

Photography Credit:

Duda Paine Architects