Q & A
Regional Award Winner
Ruard Veltman was mentored by McArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee in Auburn University's School of Architecture Rural Studio. He was trained by and worked for McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Montgomery, Alabama and has been principal of a partnership firm in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2001.
He started his own firm, Ruard Veltman Architecture, in 2005 based in Charlotte, North Carolina, specializing primarily in residential architecture.In a step toward providing yet another level of service, he implemented an interior design division to the firm, Veltman Wood Interiors, as well as a custom furniture division, Veltman Meubles. Ruard has cultivated a flair for distinctive traditional design while incorporating modernistic elements. He continues to hone his vision of inspired homes in traditional residential neighborhood settings and pristine natural environments.
Where do you find design inspiration?
Design inspiration comes from my surroundings. There is no telling what will ultimately inspire me so it’s always necessary to branch out and explore new, hence the power of travel.
How do you approach the design process?
My design process begins by asking a client, 'how do you want to live?', and my initial design is typically generated by my first, immediate thoughts that are captured in my sketchbook.
What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?
My goal is to have complete resolution within a space; I believe it's the balance of peacefulness and dramatization that draws upon people's emotions.
What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?
The ability to create "spaces" that they want to be in, and never knew they could live without.