Alyse Makarewicz

Alyse Makarewicz

Alyse Makarewicz AIA is President of AMB Architects. Alyse graduated from the University of Houston in 1997, with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design.

She was initially a Business major taking art classes. But she decided to seek out more of a challenge. She switched to Architecture because it was an ideal mix of her analytical and creative strengths.

Alyse started working at a large architectural firm right out of college. After 8 ½ years of churning out work for other people, she decided she wanted to open up her own shop.

When she founded AMB, she set out with the goal of creating a fabulous team and great work culture. She wanted to break down the myth that successful architects need to pull all-nighters and burn the candle at both ends.

“Work life balance is a huge focus here at AMB. People do their best work when they’re enjoying life, so everybody benefits. We’re all about balance. Lots of people have families, which is equally as important as the work. When somebody’s sick or needs time off, everybody contributes.”

Alyse Makarewicz

Alyse’s favorite project to date was the SITUS project. The space needed to set the stage for the work culture they wanted, with the goal of attracting millennials.

“It was a new space, and we had a creative license to start with a blank canvas. The result was exactly what the client wanted. We’re proud of all our work, but especially that project.”

What does an architect do in her spare time? She builds massive Lego projects, of course! Alyse also enjoys crocheting, travel, and reading. And of course, spending quality time with her husband and energetic, 8 year old daughter keeps her very busy.

Q + A

  • What do you like best about working at AMB Architects?

    I like being able to create the best work and design environment and love to come to work every day! If something is broken, I get to fix it! It’s an environment of continual growth and improvement.

  • How do you Relax?

    Crocheting or walking while listening to a book or podcast.

  • What is your favorite quote or motto?

    Play what’s in front of you.

  • What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

    Strawberry, but not the pink kind. The white kind with bits of frozen red strawberries. I ate gallons while pregnant with Ariana. I even made a strawberry ice cream bowl at the Mad Potter while I was pregnant.

  • What is your favorite place to travel/vacation & why?

    Since my regular days are busy and hectic, when I go on vacation, I like to go somewhere (mountains, beach, lake) where I don’t have to go anywhere for a week. I like to crochet, read, hike, and have someone else cook. I very rarely go on a sightseeing vacation because I need a vacation after that vacation.


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