Mollie Bigley is an architect who takes each project from the idea stage all the way through to completion. Whether it’s a remodel, renovation, addition or new construction, her approach is the same.

“We are a full-service firm; we start from the beginning architectural sketches and see a project through to the final finishes,” Bigley says. “Every detail is important and making sure an idea is seamlessly thought through on every scale, I believe it makes for the best and most cohesive projects. Our clients appreciate good design and trust us to deliver a design that is functional and beautiful.”

Her professional inspiration is her father, an architect who launched his own firm in 1989. She recalls spending time in his office, seeing first-hand the challenges and rewards of the profession.

“I saw how much time and dedication it took to take a client’s ideas and translate them into the physical form but it was unbelievably rewarding for all involved,” Bigley says. “I loved that architects work with so many different traders, developing beautiful solutions that make clients so happy.”

Having earned an undergraduate degree in art history at Trinity College and a master’s in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Bigley started out with Linberg & Simmons, where she worked for seven years.

Bigley is a licensed registered architect in Massachusetts and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Institute of Bermuda Architects (IBA).

In the autumn of 2020, she launched Mollie Bigley Design & Architecture and hit the ground running. She has learned to be selective about work opportunities.

“I had been itching to start my own firm for a long time,” Mollie says. “Luckily, the market was — and still is — hot.  At first I took every job that came our way. I found it hard to say no but in the third year of practice, I have found it is so important to really get a sense of a project, making sure we are the right fit for the job. 

“This helps us do what we do best, delivering a well-designed product to the client, start to finish.”

Her all-female team creates a full set of permit and construction documents; produces architectural, interior design and furnishings drawings; and works with the project manager and contractor through construction.

Key to a successful outcome is interacting with the client to learn what they truly want, paying attention to every detail.

“We understand that every project we take on is a big investment — time and money,” Bigley says. “We take the time to get to know a person, a family or a business to make sure that the end design reflects them and their individual needs and style. 

“We truly care about every detail and this is evident in every interaction, presentation, meeting, drawing, spreadsheet — everything we produce. The success of a project is when the client is happy at the end of the day.”

She has found that people often don’t understand when they need an architect versus an interior designer or interior decorator. Her firm offers all three services as a package, but not separately.

“The design and construction process is complex and it’s important to understand who and what you need,” Bigley says. “We make sure to explain this from the very beginning. There is a misconception that if you have an approved set of permit drawings, that this is enough to execute a project. This is just the beginning!”

Bigley says her architectural style is rooted in history but embraces innovative products and processes suited to modern Bermuda living.

One job she particularly enjoyed was building and designing her family home in Devonshire. “I was able to test new products and ideas which really showed off the level of care and detail we can offer our clients,” she says. “When you can show a client you can do something different, take risks, I think it gives them the comfort and confidence to do the same.”

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