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Meet Carole Wylie of Wylie Architecture Planning Interior Design in Ramona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carole Wylie.

Carole, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My family has a long history in San Diego. My great-grandparents moved to San Diego from Scotland in 1891. My great-grandfather John Davidson was the original designer and caretaker of the gardens at the Hotel Del Coronado. He was later commissioned by the owner of the Hotel to design and maintain a 40 acre parcel on the cliffs overlooking Mission Valley, called Mission Cliff Gardens. It was known worldwide for many years and considered San Diego’s first park, before Balboa Park existed. John was also a poet as were many others in my family.

Growing up in San Diego and having a strong ‘design’ presence in my family, I gravitated toward landscape design and architecture. In college, I focused on architecture even though there were very few women in the field at that time. During and after college I worked for a large architectural firm and a couple of smaller firms, getting a well-rounded education, while completing my required internship and then passing my licensing exams to become an architect. After about ten years of work experience I started my own firm, Wylie Architecture Planning Interior Design, Inc. Feeling that interior design was an integral part of designing a well-functioning building, whether it be Commercial or Residential, I completed the interior design degree at San Diego State University and also passed the exams to become a certified interior designer.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of designing many commercial and residential projects within San Diego County, many of which are in the back country where there are beautiful sites with amazing views and natural features of rock outcroppings and interesting topography.

I pride myself in providing each of my clients my personal attention while creating a unique and creative design that fits their project site while meeting their requirements and personal tastes.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I faced some challenges along the way, being a woman in what was then considered ‘a man’s profession.’ No amount of negative comments or experiences swayed me from my determination to become an architect.

As a child, I was very competitive and excelled at athletics, often times beating many or all of the boys at various sports. I was typically the top math student in my classes from grade school through college. I often think this helped me have the confidence to pursue a career that was not typically for women.

The added challenge of proving myself, meant that I had to work twice as hard and do an even better job than the men in my field, to get half the credit. Because of that work ethic, my business has been quite successful with many repeat clients and an abundance of work over the years. My business has grown based on ‘word of mouth’ from very satisfied clients.

Please tell us about Wylie Architecture Planning Interior Design.
I founded Wylie Architecture Planning Interior Design in 1990. I am a Licensed Architect in the State of California, a Certified Interior Designer, a LEED Accredited Professional and was an Adjunct Professor at San Diego Mesa College. I also served on the Ramona Design Review Board for 18 years.

My background ranges from the architectural design of residential projects, commercial office buildings, restaurants, retail shopping centers, industrial parks, and small healthcare facilities, to complete construction documents, space planning, interior design, furniture specifications, and assistance with site analysis and land planning.

My projects are developed and explored through three-dimensional computer modeling, which can be shared with the client and consultants, for ease of understanding throughout the process.

It is my intent to create useable spaces and structures which exhibit a timeless quality. My designs are innovative, cost effective, and achievable within prescribed construction schedules. I take pride in not only the design process, but following the project through each phase, including construction and selection of fixtures and finishes and even furniture if the client so desires.

With the many decisions that must be made when building, having complete project guidance from the early drawing phase to the end of construction, can be invaluable. My clients get my personal attention throughout the entire project.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in a wonderful middle-class neighborhood in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego where we were very close with our neighbors.

My best friend, Tom, lived next door and we were constantly building things out of scrap wood or any other discarded materials we could get our hands on. We spent a lot of time outdoors exploring and creating. We just had to be home by the time the street light came on!

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Roberto Zeballos

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1 Comment

  1. Diane Aden

    December 12, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Congratulations on this well deserved recognition! I feel blessed to have had you design my home in Ramona. It was a great process and if I recall, there were few changes to your original draft. That means you hit the design nail on the head immediatelyy. I Throughly enjoyed working with you as you listened to what I was looking for and produced a end product that blew my socks off.

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