Logan LaVail Architect, LLC is a full-service architectural firm with a specialization in high-end residential design!
The outstanding Logan LaVail of Logan LaVail, Architect LLC emits true passion for his lifelong career. His creations done in his office are vibrant and extremely unique because of his keen eye to detail and the desire to satisfy the client’s needs.
“On all our projects, but particularly for our residential clients, we strive to understand and incorporate as many of the details that inform our daily lives into an end product that reflects and responds to those details. There is a psychology and subconsciousness to architecture that, when executed well, satisfies all the senses and can serve in a multitude of uses for a diversity of users. As much as possible we try to hear not only what our clients ask for, but also identify their unspoken needs and provide spaces that delight, enliven, and gratify.” said Logan Lavail.
While attending Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, which is known to have an incredible vocational arts program, Logan LaVail met Goranka Poljak-Hoy, an architecture teacher there. “She is one of the most wonderful teachers I’ve ever had and encouraged me to develop my interest and passion for architecture early on.” said LaVail. When moving on to bigger and better things, LaVail enrolled himself into the Rhode Island School of Design. Although he had no clear cut choice of his intended major, he knew he loved working in so many different medias that offered a plethora of majors. Even after graduating, he was still uncertain of architecture degree.
As a lifelong lover for books, Logan LaVail decided to take a hiatus from architecture to work in an antiquarian bookstore. After realizing that working in a retail bookstore did not mean sitting around, reading books all day in a dusty, sunlit bookstore, he decided to return to architecture, and has done an impeccable job ever since.
“Probably the thing I love best about architecture is all the ways it intertwines itself with a user or inhabitant. One person’s use of a room, or space, or building, is never the same, just the way a book is never exactly the same as it is for someone else, or even the same for you the second or third time you read it. Recognizing that magic that architecture has to affect a person and trying to craft and nurture it is one of the most rewarding works I can imagine.” said Logan LaVail.
After only working in architecture in the early 2000’s, LaVail decided to open his own office in 2010. Although the office is small, the wider range of services Logan LaVail Architecture can offer are incomparable to many larger companies. The certifications and experiences obtained in multiple states, as well as long involvement with a variety of planning, zoning, and building codes, and departments attest to the trustworthy works he can create. With his positive attitude, he claims to have “a steady growth in the number and size of our projects, and also and more importantly, in the number of clients referring us to friends and family.”
When asked about his proudest accomplishment, one could not help, but admire his humble response. LaVail displays not only a passion for his work, but for his prize possession of his family.”It might sound cliche, but without a doubt my proudest ‘accomplishment’ is the wonderful relationship I have with my wife and two daughters. I’ve built everything in my life around them, and couldn’t be happier.” said LaVail. “They’re the reason the reason I felt the need to start my own practice when I did and worked from home to be closer to them.”
Logan LaVail’s advice to those interested in architecture would be, “There are so many permutations of what an architect does that it can be a great career choice for a broad range of personalities, but at root I think two pieces of advice would be important for anyone considering architecture. The first is that there is no ‘end,’ there is no one perfect solution, and that’s okay. We work and work developing ideas and designs, and there will be a stopping point, but that doesn’t mean we can’t always continue to improve on our work. The other is that, by definition, constant improvement takes hard work. There will be sleepless nights, especially in school. As one of my college professors said in our very first class, ‘Eat lots of pasta, sleep when you can.’ But if you love that work, and the work of improvement and refinement, it will always feel gratifying.”
For more information, please contact Logan LaVail Architect, LLC at 707-797-7773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. LaVail is located on 10 James St. Montclair NJ 07042.