Martin Horner (BIA 1997) and Shea Soucie (BIA 1996) studied interior architecture together at SAIC, beginning a friendship that developed into the successful Chicago design firm Soucie Horner. Founded in 2000, they began by designing high-end residential interiors on the north shore of Lake Michigan. Now they work with clients around Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Internationally. Their partnership extends into the classroom as they both teach a Professional Practices class at SAIC, staying engaged with a changing design world, impacted by technology and interdisciplinary collaboration. Just as their body of work describes how Soucie and Horner’s design practice has changed, each of the homes they design, says Soucie, is “a scrapbook of the people who live there.”
Soucie and Horner have indeed branched out both in their work as artists and in business. A few years ago, they began partnering with real estate developers to put together entire conceptual plans for the interiors of large developments. They recently launched Soucie Horner Collections, a signature line of home furnishings, hand-woven rugs, and lighting.