Alyse Makarewicz


Alyse is the principal architect and founder of AMB Architects. She has created a company that is an HBJ Best Places to Work by fostering teamwork, professional growth, and a healthy and fun working environment. She uses her 24 years of experience to support the AMB Architects team to create to best solutions for their Client on a personal level. She understands the unique challenges that accompany owning a business and uses her knowledge to create effective designs for each client’s current business and future growth.

“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 began her professional career with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. She has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of fields which include corporate, retail, and healthcare. In addition to client-based projects, she also works extensively in landlord services and facilities management.

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, 14-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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