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Why the name? Relics are defined as:
1. Something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared.
2. Something cherished for its age or historic interest.
3. An object kept for its association with the past; a memento, a keepsake.
4. A once widespread linguistic form that survives in a limited area but is otherwise obsolete.
Architecture is a lasting historical marker of an era. People flock to see famous buildings all over the world. Bringing a new age twist to an old building, or to an old style into a new building, neo-traditional design is making a comeback in the architectural world. Relics aims to enrich your space with the culture you lost, the culture you cherish, and/or the community connectivity you never had. It's about reparations, land back, revival, respect, decentering European standards and uplifting the ideals that make you who you are. Relics Design will root you to the past and help you grow into the future.
Lead of Design
McKenna is an adventurer, artist, hunter, equity advocate, and decolonizing ally. They uphold the Circular Economy, JUST policies, the Living Future guidelines, and biophilic design practices. They believe architecture should be accessible and beneficial to all types of people, not just those with wealth to spare.
McKenna was born in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, growing up with the same classmates from K-12 (an enormous class size of 11), learning how to hunt, fish, and work hard at the early age of 12. McKenna began practicing mindfulness and sound-mapping techniques, sitting under trees and listening to their surroundings, at the age of 16 to help control their ADHD. Connection to nature became an intrinsic coping mechanism, and over time, a foundation of holistic design. She believes one's connection to nature is fundamental to a healthy living space, as important as your mindset is about where you cook, sleep, and relax. She has chased experiences and lived in coastal Jacksonville, NC, Missoula, MT, the Northern California Redwoods, and western Washington State. A variety of cultures, experiences, and exposures has shaped McKenna into an open-minded, rational, and empathetic human. She has a partially blind cat, Montana, and a deaf dog, Odi, who go camping, hiking, and roadtripping with her.
McKenna is a Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, 2014 graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture and Interior Design. McKenna has 8 years of design experience in the field.
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