“Brave, intrepid, and fluffy! And I love the combination!” No, Craig Nealy of Dineen Nealy Architects isn’t talking about his design style, he’s talking about something much more important, Scout, his 4 lb. Maltese! Scout, a very popular dog, accompanies Craig everywhere. “I wanted a dog who is never lonely, and I always said if I owned my own business, I would bring my dog to work with me everyday, and I do!” Scout’s presence is certainly never a hindrance for this highly sought after architect who believes “architecture and design are seamless disciplines; the two are integral and inseparable. I find we get the best product when they are treated as a single entity.” In short, his philosophy on designing with a pet in mind is if it’s kid-proofed, it’s pet-proofed! In his own life, decorating with a pet was easy, “my house is white and my dog is white!” Craig said. But for his kitty, he employed the “rub test,” rubbing a sample of the upholstery he had chosen on her back; if her hair showed up, he tossed it, if not, he used it in his home. When not hiking with Scout to the top of Mt. Mansfield in Vermont, Craig is hard at work. He has designed countless residential and commercial spaces including the Sports Illustrated headquarters and a number of Louis Vuitton stores around the world. He is an “unabashed but gentle modernist” who understands a space must be at once beautiful and livable.
– Eden Hammond