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Angela Dean, Architect

Angela Dean is a native New Yorker who was transplanted to Utah at the age of 15. She fell in love with the state as well as a local boy and is now firmly rooted in Salt Lake City.  Angela founded AMD Architecture in 1997 with the goal of providing quality architecture that is equally responsible to her clients and the greater environment.

When asked about her creative process she remarked, “I think a lot of people think the creative process is a blank slate and the marker comes out and voilá, there’s a beautiful design from day one, and it’s not at all like that,” explains Angela. “There’s always constraints and I think those constraints are what make our designs stronger.”

Angela and her architecture firm designed the popular Treasures of the Rainforest building located in Tracy Aviary. This indoor exhibit is a walking tour through a rainforest greenhouse where visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a rainforest. Using special tech and design elements, the building is a greenhouse for the tropical birds living in the exhibit.

“A climate such as a tropical rainforest in Utah was quite tricky,” explains Angela. “And how we can capture the heat… the water, and reuse that in the landscape within the building."

As the author of Green by Design: Creating a Home for Sustainable Living, Angela shares the environmentally responsible design principles she holds dear. She has been steadily active in the community, supporting local non-profits, serving on several boards, and volunteering in efforts to strengthen our community.

For more information on her work visit AMD Architecture and visit their Facebook page.

Produced by

Erik Nielsen

Edited by

Erik Nielsen and Ashley Swanson