Eddie Maestri, AIA began designing homes in Dallas in 2004 before it was officially established Studio master 2008. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he is registered as an architect in Texas and Oklahoma. Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Eddie holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with a certificate in health systems and design. There he had the opportunity to spend a semester in Italy, where he focused on architecture and city studies and expanded his talents in freehand drawing and the arts.
Eddie delivers bespoke architecture and design tailored to the styles and needs of his clients, influenced by the grand yet accessible architecture of his hometown. He leads the company’s team through the entire process of each project and promotes a collaborative design studio with independent and innovative thinking. His work has been featured on several AIA and neighborhood home tours of the Dallas area, as well as in numerous local and national publications. Eddie prides himself on his appreciation for design, attention to detail, and building strong customer relationships.
Today Eddie is joining us for Friday Five!
1. Be a father
I’ve wanted to be a father for as long as I can remember. I spend as much time as possible with my eight-year-old twin boys, Ethan and Elliot – carpooling, building endless LEGO sets, watching far too many horrific cartoons, lazy weekend mornings, and enjoying as many adventures as possible.
One of my first memories is drawing with my father on a blackboard in my room. My parents built a house when I was little and I’ve loved drawing houses and buildings ever since. My love for sketching really started when I was studying in Italy while studying abroad, and I learned that sketching a room could teach me so much about it. I would often jot down the basic outlines and just study the space so I could fill in the blanks later when I had more time. I remember sitting on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice and absorbing the rhythm, the patterns and the little quirks of a large house. I still bring a sketchbook when I travel and I rely heavily on sketching to convey design visions to my clients … part of the design process that I really love.
3. Classic Mercedes
I’ve always loved the lines of the classic Mercedes SL – from the Pagoda of the 1960s to the mid-1980s. Ever since I owned a silver Hot Wheels convertible, I’ve dreamed of owning my own. I found the perfect one on Craigslist a few years ago … 2nd owner and 63,000 miles. It was a fun project and great for weekend trips with my boys as it has a small back seat. And it’s very chic!
4. Social modernity
The lines, graphics, scale, landscape, and optimism of modernity just make me feel warm and fuzzy. I love modernism in general, but something about the addition of those tall palm trees and the bright SoCal sun makes it the absolutely perfect combination. From LA to Palm Springs, I just love these buildings. I’m a total nerd out when it comes to collecting vintage buildings, mostly Moderism N-Scale buildings, and I enjoyed putting together scenes from “SoCal” with my boys.
I am a complete wanderlust. Traveling to new places helps to give perspective and inspires me again and again. The architecture, interiors, details and landscapes of new places are recorded in my memory and sketchbook and eventually find their way into my design projects in some form. One of my favorite and most inspiring trips was to Japan last year.
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