People have been gathering around the fire since the beginning of humankind, making it a focal point of the family home and community gatherings. And the purposeful use of color has been a tenet of architecture for thousands of years. In the modern age, advances in technology and a focus on forward-thinking design have combined to create even more opportunities for architects to practice their craft with a focus on color and fire.
In this Studio Session, ARCHITECT Editor-in-Chief Paul Makovsky explores the architecture of color and fire with Kathianna Rousseau, senior associate and director at the Rockwell Group, and Jackie Schneider, vice president of marketing at Hearth & Home Technologies. They examine case studies and concepts that show the power of color and fire in architecture, including how color plays a key role in the built environment and influences us physically, emotionally, and mentally; patterns and textures that are vital in color strategies for a building’s interior and exterior; optimizing color through bringing in the natural landscape and views; and how fire and fire features can be leveraged as their own dynamic color in the built environment.
Kathianna Rousseau is a senior associate and director at Rockwell Group. She has worked on a range of hospitality projects in the U.S. and abroad, including the Nobu Hotel Atlanta, the W Nashville, 15 Hudson Yards, the Union Square Café, and Daily Provisions. Kathianna draws upon diverse influences and experiences, including art, fashion, and film, to create dynamic, inclusive spaces that connect people and place. She’s also a member of the Hospitality Diversity Action Council (HDAC) and serves on their membership and social media committees.
Jackie Schneider is the vice president of marketing at Hearth & Home Technologies, leading the fireplace business unit marketing members in driving awareness, demand generation, and growth strategies. Prior to this position, she was the vice president of marketing at Marvin and a brand director for Heat & Glo Fireplaces. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Jackie has worked in the building industry her entire career, including 12 years at Kohler Co. as a sales executive and five years at Wold Architects and Engineers as an interior architect. During this time, she served as the president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).