Heidi Fiscus - Modern Design Consultant

Contributing Writer in Charlotte, North Carolina

Heidi Fiscus is the Design Consultant and Vice President of Marketing at Vireo, a modern condo development in Uptown Charlotte.

She is able to put her passion for design to use throughout all the project phases, from beginning to finish. You will most likely see her in the tile showroom or selecting cool modern lighting.

After graduating from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Interactive Media Design, Heidi started creating online marketing plans for small businesses around Charlotte. She is not your average marketing person as she has a keen sense for how to market and brand a business in the modern world all the while creating more sales and building the brand online.

Within the last few years Heidi has joined forces with her husband James to help design and market modern condo developments in Uptown Charlotte. With exterior design ideas as well as having the ability to design the interiors, she has had a positive effect on Octadia and can't wait to get started on Vireo.


Sarah Catherine Norkum - Interior Designer

Contributing Writer in Charlotte, North Carolina

Sarah Catherine Norkum, a Charlotte native, founded her full service interior design studio, sarah catherine studio of design, in 2009 with an objective to emphasize a modern eclectic, yet classic approach in the design community.

Her love for creating all things beautiful became apparent at an early age when simple trips to local home stores became her playground for visually merchandising their vignettes. Since graduating from The Art Institute of Charlotte, Sarah has spent the past seven years exploring her talents while working for area designers, and has had the opportunity and pleasure of working on a variety of interior design projects both challenging and rewarding. Drawing inspiration from travels, fashion, research, and life’s unique flashes of unexpected beauty, each project established an arena for creativity and distinctive design, allowing her to define a personal style that was collaborative with the vision of each individual client.
“With each project, I am able to drive my passion for interior design, while developing both personal and professional relationships throughout the design process.”
In 2007, she obtained her NCIDQ certificate, a nationally recognized exam identifying those interior designers who have met the minimum standards for professional practice in the interior design field. She continues to be an active member in the design community and believes that continuing education and professional development are important in achieving success.


Michael Williams - Architect, LEED® AP

Contributing Writer in Charlotte, North Carolina

Michael is an Architect and President at Liquid Design. Liquid Design is a “total package” design firm in Charlotte North Carolina specializing in building design, space planning, interior design, and project management.
“I have had some incredible opportunities to apply my design passion in our profession. My developed set of design and management skills are contributed to working side by side as a masterplanner, architect, and project manager with developers whose developments contained complex operational models, sometimes first of their kind, such as the U. S. National Whitewater Center and The Encore Tower.”
Michael has worked with teams of talented individuals throughout his professional career; designing successful, cost effective, and creative solutions.
 “I love the dynamic evolution of a concept where the end product provides every team member with a sense of ownership.”
In 2007, Michael was named one of the year’s “40 under 40” by Building Design and Construction magazine.

Mike Standley - Architect

Contributing Writer in Charlotte, North Carolina

Mike is an Architect and Vice President at Liquid Design. Liquid Design is a “total package” design firm in Charlotte North Carolina specializing in building design, space planning, interior design, and project management.

Mike began his career as an architect working in Chicago, the birthplace of a true international style and has honed that influence into a shared practice that specializes in contemporary solutions. A sculptor at heart, the expression of unique space and volumes comes naturally and is easily distinguishable.
"Sustainability and modern design complement each other and has helped elevate Liquid Design as a leader in today’s contemporary practice."
Mike has extensive experience in Mixed-Use and Adaptive Reuse project that includes masterplanning, multi-family, recreational, institutional, commercial, retail and his favorite, residential.

Peter L. Wong - Architect & Associate Professor at UNC

Contributing Writer in Charlotte, North Carolina

Peter is an architect and Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he has taught architectural design, history, and theory since 1988. 

He received his bachelors in 1981 from the University of Washington in Seattle, and earned a masters degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. He is a recipient of a 1996 Design Excellence Award given by the National Organization of Minority Architects and has received an AIA

His written work includes a translated edition of Vittorio Gregotti’s treatise, Inside Architecture (The MIT Press, 1996), as well as writing that explores the meaning and use of architectural drawing techniques.

He is the Graduate Program Coordinator at the School of Architecture at UNCCharlotte and is currently teaching a seminar entitled Popular Modernism: American Architecture in the 1950s and 1960s.

Eric Boyd - Designer, Maker

Contributing Writer in Charlotte, North Carolina

Eric is the principal at Reaching Quiet Design, a decorative concrete company specializing in modern design and architecture.

Delawhere? Eric transplanted to Charlotte from Rehobeth Beach, DE in 1994 to attend UNCC’s School of Architecture. With body-board and flippers in hand, Eric was a bit disappointed when he realized the Outer Banks wasn’t a couple hours down the road! With a bit more time on his hands than expected, Eric dug his nose in the books and thus his love for design flourished.

Upon graduation, he and two fellow graduates started Reaching Quiet Design. The firm has been blurring the boundaries between architecture, interior design, and product/furniture development ever since. Their hands on approach makes the firm truly stands out amongst their peers. Reaching Quiet designs and fabricates most of their work.

Masters in the mediums of concrete, wood, and steel, Eric’s firm works with other
design professionals in realizing their projects, as well as receives commissions to
work solo. Eric’s love of concrete as a medium has helped Reaching Quiet become a
leader in the decorative concrete industry and has receive multiple national awards.

Grayson Gant - Interior Designer

Contributing Writer in Raleigh, North Carolina

Grayson is an advocate for strong and healthy communities, she is committed to creating comfortable and sustainable homes, efficient and inspiring work spaces, and places of healing that offer positive, restorative, and healthy.

Graduating from Meredith College in 2004 with her bachelor degree in Human and Environmental Science, Grayson furthered her education by obtaining her LEED accreditation in 2009. Seven years of experience in healthcare design founded her understanding that all spaces bring an opportunity for healing. Her knowledge of environmentally preferred resources allows Grayson to incorporate these elements in the health care field and in all aspects of design. Other projects for interior architecture have included public lobbies, offices, centers of higher education, conference , retail, and dining spaces. Co-creation with her clients and team members allows Grayson to share her collaborative spirit and love for the detailed and unique aspects of life. She brings a modern and refreshing approach to each design opportunity.

Passionate for the arts at a young age, Grayson has developed an accessory line she now offers under the label Madhya Metals. Madhya is defined as "the middle",  possibly the calm found between two breaths. Her work incorporates gold and silver, natural and man-made materials, and the use of light and dark tones together to express the inherent calm in each of us. In an effort to encourage a healthy lifestyle, Grayson became a registered yoga instructor in 2011.  She offers yoga and hooping workshops and classes and views these practices as opportunities to maintain wellness, recognize intrinsic goodness and live with a full and open heart!

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