Pluck Architecture Harmony Grogan

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Pluck Architecture’s Harmony Grogan is blazing a new trail in the industry

By Hannah J. Phillips
Photographs by Leonid Furmansky and Claire Schaper

After nearly two decades in the industry, architect Harmony Grogan decided it was time to see what she could accomplish on her own. Armed with extensive experience in the luxury residential space, a passion for remodels and a little bit of courage, she founded Pluck Architecture earlier this year to embrace her core values. First and foremost, Grogan wants to create more space for women in the field with her female-led firm. She engages her clients with authenticity and transparency, providing a holistic vision of architecture and interior design that is already setting her apart from the crowd.

The newly redesigned Queen Anne House.


Grogan in her own home.

Grogan operates Pluck Architecture out of the converted attic space in her own recently renovated 1936 home, nicknamed the Wende Bungalow. In the 10 years since Grogan purchased the 1,300-square-foot home, the architect has been renovating room by room, allowing each space to retain its own personality yet creating a sense of cohesion throughout. She now employs that same balance between individuality and interrelation with each project at Pluck. Touring her home studio, we sat down with the pacesetter to learn a little more about the passions and projects behind her new firm, including one of her latest, the Queen Anne House.

Through Pluck Architecture, Grogan works to find projects where she can oversee the full scope of work.

Grogan aims to provide authentic architecture with a cohesive flow, designing not just the bones of a house, but also a unified vision for how the interior will become a comfortable, livable space. She reviews each client’s aesthetic and personality very intensely, curating the best materials to bring forward for each space. Explains Grogan, “I work really hard to find projects where I can do this full scope of work. It’s fun to follow a project through to that level of detail.”

In her own home Grogan converted a bedroom into what is now a light-filled library with plenty of seating for guests.

In the Queen Anne House, Grogan converted an old laundry space into a mudroom, implementing dramatic floor tile that corresponds to the pattern in an adjacent room. Recalls the architect, “It’s the smallest room in the house, but it embraces the remodel as much as any other space. It wasn’t about the square footage, but the creativity in how we maximized it and still made it exciting. The client had a lot of personality and really wanted to infuse color and unique finishes in a special way.”


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