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Essenza is an architecture firm based in Louisville, CO that specializes in eco-friendly, modern commercial & residential design around the world.  We believe that beautiful design stems from an understanding of our clients needs, an exchange of ideas, as well as detailed follow through.  Twenty years of experience provide us with the design insight to bring this all together.  We're ready to create the home you've dreamed of, the spa you've longed for and the building that lets your employees breath the fresh air of opportunity.


 

Christa Plaza

Christa's wide range of experience in project types contributes to her ability to work with clients that have different needs.  Her work includes projects located across the country from Tulare, California to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia.  She has extensive experience in designing various types of architecture including fitness centers, health and wellness facilities, restaurants, spas, commercial office buildings, retail, tenant finish, single family residential, and multi-family residential.


Why did you become an architect?
I was drawn to architecture at a young age.  Growing up on the East Coast, I was always enamored by building design- from the skyscrapers of New York to the Space Needle in Toronto.  I loved going to art and history museums as well.  With a passion for art and science I discovered that becoming an architect was the perfect fit for me.  It combines my creative interests and allows me to be part of creating solutions through my work.

What beliefs are incorporated into your designs?
I believe that architectural design should enhance the experience of people's living and working environments.  I want to know that the spaces that we create are truly compatible with those who work, play and live within them.  It's important to take the time to select the right products and provide meticulous, detailed, development to shape these sustainable spaces.

What are your influences?
When I moved to Arizona for college, I was inspired by the modern, sculptural styles of Will Bruder and Richard Meier.

What are your favorite materials?
My two favorite materials are concrete and wood.  Concrete because it can be formed into just about any shape and has amazing strength.  Wood because it's a great material that has a vast range of textures and colors that work nicely with other materials.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design, Arizona State University.
In addition to taking the required courses Christa also enjoyed taking classes in communications, scultpture, ceramics and Spanish.

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Core Competencies

We believe that you don't have to sacrifice form for function.  It's not all about lines and curves; it's about the people.  It's about what's going to happen after the walls are in place, the roof is constructed and the windows are installed.  It's about who lives beyond our process and what it means to them.

Sustainability and Efficiency:
Whether you are looking for cutting-edge green design or want to economic benefits of sustainable design, we can guide you through the process.  We will review your options and provide payback analysis to help you determine what is best for your project.  It is our mission to make each design as ecological and economical as possible.

Design and Detailing:
We practice integrated design that focuses on uniting architecture, interiors, engingeering and detailing together.  Lighting design, spatial relationships, circulation, and knowledgeable materials selection are all key components in our designs.

Communication:
We listen to your specific needs, arrange design review sessions and help guide you through the process from your first meeting to the last day of construction.  We create the space with your ideas and vision in mind.  We're approachable, enthusiastic and are with you each step of the way.


 

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