Q&A with Sabrina Vogel
To meet with clients and listen to their ideas, their dreams, what they want to accomplish and then execute them in a timely manner, for a reasonable cost, and deliver detailed, comprehensive drawings to the builder for construction. Depending on services I am contracted for, I also meet with the entire design and builder team on site during construction for any issues or design changes that may arise.
What are your qualifications for the job (skills, degrees, past experience)?
I grew up with a background in construction, but received my Bachelor of Architecture (Magna Cum Laude) from Virginia Tech. in 2003. I proceeded to move through the internship and licensing process during my time at Herlong & Assoc. and gained licensure in March of 2010. I worked for various architecture firms every winter and summer of college, came to Herlong after graduation where I gained 10 years’ experience in custom residential architecture and project management before beginning my own firm.
When did you first know that you wanted to work as an architect?
Since I was very little. As a matter of fact, my grandma had on her refrigerator until she passed away recently, a crayon floor plan I drew of her home when I was around 8 years old. When I was young, my dad was a contractor, so as a child I grew up just pouring over his blue prints, fascinated by them, and always trying to re-create them. Then in 6th grade I recall stating in a report that I wanted to be an architectural engineer. I held on to this idea until 9th grade when I visited Notre Dame and met with the head of the architecture and engineering departments, and they informed me I needed to choose one as not many schools specialized in that degree. Architecture it was!
What's the best part of your job?
Seeing your clients faces light up when they see their dreams coming to reality during construction.
What's the most challenging part of your job, and how do you meet that challenge?
Honestly it is probably dealing with all of the different architectural review boards. Of course there are a lot of strict wind, earthquake, FEMA, and building codes in our area, but once you learn and implement them over and over, that of course always stays a challenge, but one you get used to. The review boards are all different, with their requirements, zoning regulations, design ideas, etc. and you just have to be methodical in reviewing their neighborhood/ island/ jurisdictions design guidelines and doing your best to meet them while also achieving your clients visions. Often I will meet with the review board administrators up front and have very good lines of communication with them which seems to make the process smoother and get everyone on the same page from the beginning.
Are you married? Do you have kids? What do you enjoy doing with your family/friends?
I am married, and I live on James Island with my husband and our son who is almost 2. I love being outdoors, whatever it is...but my favorite hobbies are snowboarding, wakeboarding, going to the beach, deep sea fishing, traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants and foods, and just meeting up with friends around town, out on the boat, etc. My mom and step dad live in Mt. Pleasant in a home I designed for them and my sister and her family live in Summerville. My husband’s parents also both recently moved to Summerville, so we get together fairly often.
What sets you apart from other architects in the area?
I like to think it is my background in construction and my desire to be a team player. Like I said, my dad owned a construction company and it’s been a running joke that he “hated architects” because they were often egotistical, drew beautiful but not functional details, or would not listen to a builders ideas, etc. I really strive to be someone that both homeowners and builders alike are equally excited to work with me. I once asked a client why they chose to work with me and her answer was so simple…”you listened to me.” That made me very happy…I strive to be an architect that listens to my clients and my vendors, suppliers, contractors and puts everyone’s knowledge into what I design.
What I really want to say is thank you, thank you, thank you. Your vision coming to reality has been joyful for Jim and I. We can’t wait to move in!
Mary Ann and Jim Mackey
We have been to the house several times (under construction) and I cannot thank you enough or this amazing home. Seeing it come to life has been amazing and I’m brought to tears each time I am there. Purely tears of joy and of gratitude. What a blessing it has been that we found you and that you were able to really figure out and design a home for us that will meet our needs now and in the future. I can’t tell you enough what joy this project has brought us.
Mary Ann Mackey
Once I contacted Sabrina at SLC Architects, I knew I had made the right choice. Her involvement and ability to conceptually draft my new porch was amazing. Sabrina was great to work with and she will be the first one I call for my next project!
Jason KechijianResidential Client
We couldn’t be more pleased with the work that Sabrina has done for us to help create our dream home in Daniel Island. From the beginning of the process, she took the time to ask questions about what our vision was for the home as well as our likes and dislikes. She practices the forgotten art of truly listening to her clients and has been able to deliver exactly what we had hoped.
Randy OatesResidential Client
Sabrina was in charge of our new home which was built on Sullivans Island, SC. She was hands on, extremely knowledgeable, and had many great ideas. She has a charming decisive personality. Working with her was a joy and made the home building process easy for us. We will definitely use her on our next project.
Samantha PlochResidential Client
Sabrina created our Intracoastal dream home. It only took one interview for us to see the talent we were seeking for an architect. Her attention to detail and foresight into functional design created an open home perfect for our family.
Steve RogersResidential Client
SLC Architect designed my new home. All deadlines and budget guidelines were met. Lovely design elements were suggested and incorporated into plan. Knowledge of complex beachfront building codes was key in design of this house. I would use SLC again and recommend them highly.
Lisa AlbertsResidential Client