As the Alaska Business art director, Monica is responsible for creating eye-catching covers, inspired special sections, and visionary imagery.
Monica joined Alaska Business in 2019; previously she owned a boutique design studio for ten years, working with organizations around the world. This experience with a broad spectrum of organizations allowed her to find her passion for designing for organizations focused on education, children, and community development.
A long-time supporter of the Anchorage community, she has served on several nonprofit boards and was a founding member of the AIGA Alaska, the local chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, and currently serves as President. She is also a member of the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame board and a past board member of the Zonta Yellow Rose Foundation.
When not designing, Monica enjoys being in the water and spending time with her family indoors. Her “new” favorite font is Gilbert (Type with Pride!) and her guilty pleasure is eating McDonald’s fries and soft-serve ice cream together.
In This Issue
The Art of Architecture
Architects often find themselves facing something of a chicken and egg dilemma. When it comes to design, what takes precedence—form or function?
“It’s a great question, and it’s probably a loaded question,” says David McVeigh, president of RIM Architects. “You can ask ten different architects and get ten different answers.”
Many of the factors that influence those answers land outside the architect’s control. The client’s vision for the building, its location and intended use, the project budget, and whether the design must conform to specific guidelines are all details the architect must consider when determining how much emphasis to place on aesthetics and how much on function.