Emily Motramm - Architect

A little bit about me….

Being an architect requires equal parts determination and imagination. I chose to go to architecture school because my high school drafting teacher told me “architecture school is really hard” I said “Challenge Accepted” Thank you Mr Oatman, you had a huge impact on my life.

I developed an interest in building science and sustainable design in college. And if I hadn’t gotten into architecture school, I would have gone to school for science. So maybe I’ve always been a little nerdy. By 2009, the market was terrible. It actually became a joke that being an Architect was considered “gainfully unemployed”. Instead of throwing in the towel, I said “What am I interested in, and what does Maine need”. And that’s when I started doing energy engineering work that taught me how to look at buildings just a little bit differently. That’s when I knew I had found my true passion. This led me to start designing energy efficient, zero energy ready, and super insulated homes. But even that wasn’t enough. Your home has to be somewhere you WANT to live. It has to be comfortable, durable, healthy, and beautiful. Because, I believe homes have an impact on your physical, social, mental and economic well-being. And that was what I thought Maine needed and is the foundation that I have built Mottram Architecture on.

And even though you’re on my business page, I want you to know that I’m not just an architect. I’m a wife and mom to two fur-kids (Bastian, a min pin and Chase, a shepherd rescue). I love to scuba dive, hike, kayak and read. I’m a teacher at heart and have taught several sustainable design and building science classes. And even though I’m very social, I am an introvert. I lead an adventurous life, whether it is traveling with my husband or taking my nieces and nephews on adventures. I became and architect because I wanted a challenge. I remain an architect because it’s rewarding and I get to design beautiful spaces that make people happy and healthy!