Welcome! Journey with me, Ali Giaudrone.
My 20+ years of professional design experience has expanded my views—on architecture throughout the globe, on the history it has accumulated, and on our connections to each other. I have a deep appreciation for culture and language, for travel and art, and on the importance for research and education to open our minds and hearts.
My intention is to celebrate and bring awareness to our cultural differences while discovering our common threads through architecture, food, writing and visual art. Together let us learn about and celebrate culture, heritage and art forms–both for our uniqueness and for the certain universal languages that we all share.
My hope is that you will also find inspiration and realize our universal connectedness through these elements that continually inspire me. Celebrate our wondrous planet through my art and the craftsmanship of others.
MISSION + VISION
Designs quality architecture, compositions and global experiences.
Enthusiast discovering and creating detailed architecture, written and photographic compositions, and travel experiences with an intention to promote excellence, understanding, heritage, innovation and balance in the world.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi
We are all connected. My best brings out the best in you.
My goal is to create architecture and interior design that work in harmony, connected to the surrounding environment; expand and capture my understanding of the world through my art while sharing it with others; advocate for excellence and the preservation of heritage; and discern quality, discovering innovation that contributes to sustainable, healthy living for all.
Visual interest is created through focal points and use of materials, textures and colors. Knowledge promotes understanding. Balance is fundamental. Along with creating innovative solutions to support a complex world, it is important to preserve heritage and to support small, independent farming, artisans and businesses.
Creating Extraordinary Spaces that Inspire
Well-planned design is the first step to promoting a thoughtful, detailed design… a space that will ultimately be more functional and enjoyed longer. Spend more time planning to save overall. Space and design should:
- Flow functionally and aesthetically
- Create focal points
- Use natural materials
- Combine contrasting elements
- Illuminate to highlight design features
I believe that it is our responsibility to improve our relationship with the earth and as a global community. My desire is to find design solutions that are sustainable and ecologically friendly. My goal is to contribute to a world in which its inhabitants live in harmony with each other, conscious of the affected world around us.
Enthusiast of Quality Living and Experiences
To understand other cultures and languages, my aim is to experience the world without judgment, seeing life through different eyes, honoring other customs, ways of communicating. It may be difficult to separate ourselves from our own culture and biases, but our lives are enhanced through an openness to experience the colorful array of differences found throughout the world, and even within our own communities.
When learning to speak another language, I pay attention to the way people speak, the way it sounds. Like a child who absorbs the voices, I listen to how native speakers communicate, repeating common phrases and words used. It is also important to honor cultural etiquette and use basic greetings and manners.
Good food starts with quality ingredients—fresh, seasonal ingredients grown or raised as nature intended without additives or chemicals. A healthy ecosystem provides more nutrients to agriculture and promotes general health and well-being for all. Happy, healthy flora and fauna contribute to the overall quality of the products.
Once these ingredients find our kitchens, the best cooking is an art form, a way to preserve heritage, a gesture of love toward family and friends. If prepared with care and heart, food not only nourishes our bodies, but our spirits as well—especially when enjoyed together. I celebrate restaurants, cafés and chefs that embody this ideal.
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We are a culmination of our experiences.
For years I have been designing, writing about and photographing our world. I appreciate how detail and passion cultivates quality. My background is diverse. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, discovering an appreciation for language, culture, and global cuisine and design; the array of architectural styles and building methods found throughout the world and history fascinated me.
Prior to my design education and a career in architectural design, I worked in high-end fashion retail and served in a traditional Japanese restaurant. Both experiences honed my standard for detail, quality and service. During my four years learning the art of sushi and Japanese cuisine, I studied the language and culture. (Yes… I was the first caucasian female sushi chef in Portland.) In addition to Japanese, I have studied French, Spanish and Italian.
While completing my design degree in California, I began my career as a kitchen and bath designer for a residential design firm. My interest in architectural history influenced my appreciation for global design. Upon graduation, I expanded my architectural abilities designing for a commercial architect. For several years I teamed with architects, engineers and contractors to develop creative, functional spaces for large-scale projects in multiple sectors: healthcare, education, civic, commercial and hospitality. Finally in 2008, I took my skills out on my own and created AMG Inspired Design.
I now live in California, the golden foothills of the Sierra Nevada, with my husband and two boys—students who play competitive soccer. We are fortunate to live among people of differing backgrounds and ethnicity. Traveling as often as possible, we continue to discover cultures through history, language, design and food, while expanding my craft. As I continue to explore the world, I am able to bring this experience to my clients who value artistry, quality and detail.