Member Spotlight - Amy Watson

June 28, 2021
Amy Watson
Associate, Architect
Noll & Tam Architects
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Professional Background
My interest in architecture originated in wanting to create places of community and belonging. I started my career working for a high end residential and hospitality interiors firm in London, which continues to influence my designs today. I draw on the opulence of that experience while blending solutions with inherent practicality. I leverage an “inside out” approach and how the interior of a building makes people feel.
I received my California architectural license in 2008, and my current focus is on designing office, library and academic interiors primarily for public clients. My varied career has included designing condos in Napa, corporate headquarters in Dallas, veterinary clinics in Walnut Creek, as well as a specialty in small public district projects, like MidPeninsula Open Space District and North Coast County Water District. I am currently working on a 90,000sf build out of an existing building for the Alameda County Center for Re-Entry Excellence and Probation Department.
CREW SF Background: 
A CREW Member since 2014, I started out on the Programs Committee through Samantha Low’s recruitment. At my first meeting, I jumped right in to organize the annual Brainstorming event and have been hooked on Programs ever since serving as the program director of the Real Estate Luncheons, then Leadership Luncheons, and then becoming the co-chair of the committee. In 2020, I took a break from Programs Leadership to serve on the Governance Committee and learn more about the inner workings of our organization. I currently serve as Vice Chair as Programs.
What advice do you want to give a new CREW SF members?
My advice would be to jump in, join a committee, and seek out a leadership position. This is the best way to develop close relationships within the organization.
How has CREW SF benefitted you personally and/or professionally?
When I was looking for my current position, I was able to reach out to Katy Faix at Holmes Structures who I knew through the Programs Committee. She connected me with Janet Tam, which is how I arrived at my current position at Noll & Tam Architects. This job is the culmination of aligning my personal and professional values to design uncommon projects for the common good.
On a personal note, I have made some great friendships with like-minded ambitious women who help me focus on the big picture and offer support on specific work and life challenges.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I play as much competitive tennis as possible. I love to smash it over the net! It is a great way to get outside and relieve work stress.