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Liane Brock

Designer

Wiregrass Studio

Family: Married to Nathan Brock, who is also my business partner at Wiregrass Studio. I have three great kids – Caroline is finishing her final year at UGA, Thomas is in his first year at UGA, and Sally is a junior at Glynn Academy. My parents, Robert and Caroline Venusti, moved our family to Alaska when I was 4, and that is where I grew up.

Occupation: Architect

School: Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, Master of Architecture from Georgia Tech

Years in the Golden Isles: 25 years

Who or what inspired you to become an architect? My dad is an architect, so he was certainly my first inspiration. In school, I struggled in English, but loved math and art so architecture was a good fit for me. Beyond that, beautiful architecture continues to inspire me.

Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: So many, but I’ll give a shout out to the historic architecture of downtown Brunswick. I like standing at the spot where Norwich dies into the north end of Glynn Academy and admire the Trifecta: the original 1840 Glynn Academy School to the west, the venerable 1923 GA Building to the south, and the 1890 Temple Beth Tefilloh to the west. If you have a chance to get inside the Temple, you will not be disappointed. The scale and spirit of the place, the stained glass and the rich heart pine are all breathtaking.

A local you admire: John Tuten was the best mentor a young aspiring architect could ask for. Bill Edenfield and the late Bobby Shupe are also cut from the same cloth. All three are true gentlemen, highly competent in their fields, with a deep understanding of our area and of humanity in general, and all with a great sense of humor.

What do you hope to achieve when designing? A sincere connection between architecture and landscape, an honest use of materials, rigorous detailing, smart spatial efficiencies, happy clients.

How did you learn that you had a passion for architecture? I feel like it was always there but it certainly deepened in college through great professors and a semester abroad in Italy.

What is your favorite part about being an architect? I love that it is always something new – new site, new clients, new aesthetic, new challenges. I also love the one consistent: working with my best friend every day. It’s a miracle we don’t want to punch each other in the face sometimes. It just works for us.

Describe your perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles: I would divide my perfect Saturday into thirds. To be truly happy I need to accomplish something tangible so the first part of the day would be working on a project, preferably something outside. The second part would be spent paddling the Altamaha River. Then I’d wrap up the night in front of a fire pit with a glass of red wine and a small group of friends and family.

How did you learn that you had a passion for architecture? I feel like it was always there but it certainly deepened in college through great professors and a semester abroad in Italy.

What is one thing every visitor must do before leaving the Golden Isles? It surprises me how many people come to SSI and never get over to the Millionaire’s Village on Jekyll. It is an easy thing for anyone to do and such an eye treat.

What is your favorite part about being an architect? I love that it is always something new – new site, new clients, new aesthetic, new challenges. I also love the one consistent: working with my best friend every day. It’s a miracle we don’t want to punch each other in the face sometimes. It just works for us.