Bruce Wentworth is a remodeling architect working within Washington, DC and principal founder of Wentworth, Inc. With over twenty years of experience, Bruce has built hundreds of residential properties, all based on his own designs. He is also a lover of historic architecture, so has taken part in a number of historic renovation projects. He has been featured in House Beautiful, American Bungalow, The New York Times and HGTV. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Bruce Wentworth.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
We find the best aesthetic solution that works for the client and the house. First we learn what the client is about, who they are and how they and their family live. Then we study the house so we can understand the context. We deliver design solutions that fit the needs.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I start by interviewing the clients face to face at their home. I take detailed notes and learn the client’s goals and priorities. Conversations will vary from what the client initially said on the phone. We ask clients to assemble an idea book of their preferred design ideas - via the internet or as magazine clippings. Gathering the information keeps us on track with the design process and our team excels in integrating the architecture, interiors and construction.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I admire fellow architects and designers who share their knowledge, expertise, ability to think conceptually, and organizational skills. They are often giving a gift to a younger generation. Now that I am older - I try to do that with our staff. I have also found myself extremely grateful to the authors of books who have written about talented architects and designers because their publications allow me access to a world not otherwise available. All of this fills a need to feel connected to the design community and moves me emotionally.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I treat the house like a client. Knowing the existing house is as important as understanding the people (clients) who live there. Melding the needs of the house and the occupant’s results in a natural and appropriate design solution. Design inspiration comes from finding the balance between the needs of the house and the clients.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
As a five year old I fell in love with design and construction. That passion helped me develop the perseverance and grit that got me here. At times, though less so than people think, it is talent meeting opportunity…but mostly it is sticking to the hard work for the long haul. Design skills are important but it’s just as important to persevere to make projects happen and to work within a budget.