Susan Gujral

“I feel like I’m doing what I’ve always done, what I love.”

Susan GujralGrowing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, Susan couldn’t wait to get up in the morning, finish her “chores” and then run outside to play. Along with her three siblings, and cousins who lived just across the road, Susan’s days were filled with creating — from building hay forts and turning the granary into a clubhouse to styling homes in hollowed-out cottonwood trees and digging up clay to form pinch pots that would transform into tableware.

By the time Susan entered high school she immersed herself in the industrial arts, poured her soul into architectural drafting, and fell in love with the artistry of hand drawing.

Susan’s passion for creating has been a constant in her life. Where once she crafted livable spaces behind the tractor shed, today she focuses on making outdated or neglected spaces habitable, intimate and welcoming — a place where you want to spend time. With every project, she looks for “that little something extra” that makes the home a warm and personal space that can adapt to the way its inhabitants want to use it.

With more than 25 years of Interior + Architectural Design experience, Susan’s background includes planning and project management for commercial and residential property development, and product design and color line development. As a multi-disciplinary design professional, she brings a depth of knowledge to her Interior Design and Interior Architectural practice. Her keen understanding of products, material and construction practices allows intelligent decision making when specifying appropriate materials and implementation methods. She applies this disciplined approach to all her projects — from the inception of the planning process through design and development, onsite project management and completion.

Susan possesses an instinctual aesthetic awareness and strives to create environments and products that reach beyond her clients’ expectations. Her genuine interest in understanding the unique set of concerns that can arise with each project enables her to blend her creativity with practicality and a vision for sustainability. She relies on a set of close professional relationships to build the right team for each project to coordinate realistic, comprehensive schedules and cost management — the goal is a project everyone is proud to claim and use.

“An informed level of design inquiry is essential to understanding our changing communities as we re-think and adjust the environments that affect our families, work place and social spaces. The first question to ask is, “ How will we be able to use this space and product 10 years from now, how easily can it be adapted to fit a new set of requirements?”

Professional Affliations:
ASID – American Society of Interior Designers, Professional Member www.asid.org

NCIDQ Certification, National Council for Interior Design Qualification www.ncidq.org