At C2 Design Group, people and their spaces are our passion!

All of our designs start and end with a discussion about people: who they are, what they like, what they need, what environmental design features will help them to foster communication of their own.

With this focus on people, we decided to share more about our own staff, their passions and how they define creativity…

Meet Mike Giddings: Mike is a creative, architectural designer that just celebrated his first anniversary with C2!

Q: What does being creative mean to you?
A: Being creative is being able to create a solution that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in architecture?
A: Ever since I was young, I enjoyed designing houses and building things out of Lincoln Logs and Legos. As I got older, it became clear that my childhood love of building was here to stay and I’ve never looked back.

Q: Do you have a favorite project?
A: My favorite project to date is the 101 Nott Terrace apartments in Schenectady. It has been a great experience developing the construction documents, as well as being able to see the project under construction right up the road from our office.

Q: What do you do for fun? What hobbies do you have?
A: I like to spend my free time with my family and our pets. I enjoy being outdoors, riding my 4-wheeler and brewing beer. I also love watching Yankee games and am a NY Giants fan.

Q: What fuels you throughout the day? Coffee?
A: I like Cinnamon Hazelnut coffee.

Q: Schenectady has such a cool walkable downtown environment. Do you have a favorite lunch spot?
A: On Wednesdays, the C2 Team goes out for Burger Day to the Manhattan Exchange.

Q: If you could design anything, what would it be?
A: If I could design anything, I would have to say a brand new house for my family. I think there’s something special about designing your own house because it allows you to customize the layout to match your lifestyle.

Q: If you could share something you’ve learned or a piece of advice that was given to you, what would it be?
A: Never stop learning and always ask questions.