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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Heidi Blau 2008


  • Title: Partner, Cultural/Educational Studio
  • Company: FXFOWLE Architects, LLP
  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Birthplace: Boston, Mass.

College: Smith College, bachelor of arts; Columbia University, master of architecture
First job outside of real estate: Sales and court bookings for a country club tennis pro
First job in real estate or allied field: Junior designer for Hagmann Mitchell Architects,
a firm founded on the proceeds of placing in the PEAK competition in Hong Kong
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? FXFOWLE is a 30
year old architectural, planning and interior design firm committed to design excellence,
social responsibility, and sustainability with offices in New York and Dubai.
Favorite books: “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver; “The Cairo Trilogy”
by Naguib Mahfouz
Persons you admire most (outside of family): Susan B. Anthony for her dedicated
support and leadership in the women’s suffrage movement. Martina Navratilova for her
single-minded commitment to following her dreams and doing all that was necessary to
attain them.
Keys to success: Commitment to the value of design excellence for all projects;
leadership; in reaching consensus with groups that are leading our institutional clients; a
multi-faceted practice of public and private institutions; luck – the residue of design.
If you had to choose another vocation what would it be? Teaching tennis to kids