about Catherine MacArthur

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Catherine MacArthur, Principal, BID, MEDes
Catherine MacArthur graduated in 1988 with a bachelors degree in interior design from the Universty of Manitoba. Seeing interiors as only one part of a larger, multidisciplinary picture, Catherine also completed masters degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Since then, she has worked with some of the most recognized firms in western Canada and has been involved in many projects across Canada ranging from custom furniture pieces, museum installations, commercial and residential interiors and outdoor environments. She founded MacArthur Design Inc. in 2006.

PHILOSOPHY AND PROCESS
At MacArthur Design our goal is to create spaces of lasting quality and that are truly loved. We never adhere to fashion or trends. Our work is never driven by ego and we strongly believe in collaborative solutions.
To this end, we see design as fully inclusive process between client, contractors and consultants. The process starts with an exploration of how clients wish to experience their environment. Then, through the continuing process of drawing, modelling and conversation opportunities are explored and vision turns to reality.

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

Interior Design is a profession distinct from Interior Decoration in the following manner: Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.” National Council for Interior Design Qualification

SERVICES PROVIDED

Programming

Space  Planning

Space Evaluation

3D Modelling and Visualization

Furniture Design, Selection and Specification

Materials and Finishes

Detailing

Millwork Design

Documentation

Construction Administration

Post Occupancy Evaluations

Research

In addition to the basic services outlined above, MacArthur Design Inc. also provides design services for:

Exterior Upgrades

Garden/Planting Plans

CURRENT RESEARCH

Wildlife/Urban Interface- landscape strategies and product design

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