Melissa Mabe-Sabanosh

Ruggles Mabe Terrell Architecture

By Deborah Walden Ossi

For Melissa Mabe-Sabanosh, her career fulfills a lifelong passion. “I loved architecture even as a young child. I remember being five years old and drawing houses for people that we knew. That has always followed me.” After studying art throughout high school and college, Mabe-Sabanosh initially pursued a career in business. She soon returned to her first love. “I realized that I needed to go back to my calling,” she says.

Her background in studio art and art history informs Mabe-Sabanosh’s work as an architect. She also credits travel with sparking her creativity. “I also really get refueled by talking to other architects and designers in our community. Just having a dialogue. I feed off of that.”

Mabe-Sabanosh says that the client-architect relationship is one of her greatest inspirations. “I find creativity in talking to clients. They will start to tell me about experiences, and that will spur something in my brain. That energy that you get between people, it makes the journey,” she says. Maintaining that connection she feels to her clients is the basis for her design philosophy, which she sums up with the words “beauty, resonance and sincerity.” She explains, “I think it’s so beautiful that people hire someone who they trust. Their trust is so inspiring. It’s what gives us the freedom to create something special.”

 

Melissa Mabe-Sabanosh

Ruggles Mabe Terrell Architecture

303.355.2460

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