Working with the Renaissance Woman


Louise Durocher in her art studio in Seattle. 

Louise Durocher in her art studio in Seattle. 

Louise Durocher is a force. She’s an architectural designer, a landscape architect, a sculptor, a printmaker, and a photographer. If she’s not in Seattle she can likely be found in her second art studio in Italy. Or she might be in Paris. Louise is a true renaissance woman - there doesn’t seem to be anything she can’t do and that’s one of the reasons we love working with her. We recently finished two successful projects with Louise as the designer, and we’re in the process of finishing up a third. 

When Louise first interviewed Dovetail for a large law office remodel she asked one of our principals, Scott Edwards, “how do you work with women?” Scott explained that he comes from a family of women, including sisters, his wife, and two daughters. And, he added, there are many women in leadership positions at Dovetail: the metal shop manager; the controller; the director of operations; the marketing director; a project manager; and a cabinet maker. “We value working with women,” replied Scott. Louise liked the answer and we began a productive and collaborative relationship. 

The law firm, designed by Louise Durocher and built by Dovetail. 

The law firm, designed by Louise Durocher and built by Dovetail. 

Our first project together was a law firm office that needed a gut-remodel and complete re-landscaping. Daniel Archer, a principal and project manager oversaw the entire project, which included an upgrade of the mechanical and electrical systems, as well as a reception desk, offices, conference room, kitchen, and two mock-trial rooms. The landscaping required a new handicapped accessible ramp that circles the exterior of a new sunken garden and patio.

The dining room in the Four Seasons condo project, designed by Louise Durocher and build by Dovetail. 

The dining room in the Four Seasons condo project, designed by Louise Durocher and build by Dovetail. 

Our next collaboration was a 4,500 square foot residential condo renovation for a client in the Four Seasons. Louise and Daniel paired up again, addressing the client’s bold sense of color and also adding a fire place, custom casework, lighting upgrades, and a sliding wall that transforms a music room and library into a private bedroom. Additionally, they worked together on a solution for extra guests which resulted in a kinetic bookshelf that converts into a Murphy bed. The results compliment the clients’ aesthetic as well as their music and art collection. 

The living room in the Four Seasons condo, designed by Louise Durocher and built by Dovetail. 

The living room in the Four Seasons condo, designed by Louise Durocher and built by Dovetail. 

These days, Louise is gearing up for an exhibition of her marble sculptures, in addition to maintaining her international architecture and landscape architecture practice. We can’t wait to see what the exhibition reveals – and what new architectural dreams Louise is waiting to bring to fruition.

Visit Louise's website to see more of her work.