ARCHITECTURE —— INTERIOR DESIGN —— CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT —— OPERATIONS
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Our focus on restaurants is no accident. We know them inside and out. We understand the unique restaurant environment at an incredibly detailed level. Restaurant design is as much about flow and functionality as it is about aesthetics. How do we know this? Because we’re restaurateurs, designers, and craftsmen ourselves.
Aric Mei’s involvement in the restaurant industry began nearly 20 years ago when his family opened Nello’s Ahwatukee in 1996. His experience and detailed understanding of the industry led him to open The Parlor Pizzeria, a rustic Italian eatery that he designed and built with Blake Britton and Pathangay Architects. Since its opening in 2009, The Parlor’s success has earned numerous accolades, including The Food Network’s award for best pizza in Arizona and Aric’s inclusion in The Arizona Republic’s “35 under 35” Entrepreneurs. While industry experience is a large part of the restaurant’s success, Aric’s love of designing and building objects also plays a prominent role; one that can be seen throughout the hand-crafted interiors his projects are known for.
Jennifer Mei, AIA, LEED AP, grew up alongside Aric in the restaurant industry and was part of the family business until attending the University of Arizona to study Architecture. Upon graduation, her family’s shared love of the mountains drew her to Jackson, Wyoming and she has been practicing in the western mountain region ever since. Jen spent 13 years at CLB Architects in Jackson, Wyoming where she developed a specialty in interior architecture and interior design. Her approach is collaborative, wide-ranging, and rooted in the idea that the solutions to the most complicated problems are disciplined, elegant, and functional. As a child she studied ballet and developed a fundamental appreciation for form, proportion and line, which still influence her work.