The people who make Palm Springs like no place else
Taking a leap of faith is admirable. When that leap is 5,700 miles, it’s notable. When you’re in your early 20s and make that leap without knowing anyone where you’re landing, that’s newsworthy. Hence, that was the case for Logan Guinard, who left France to pursue his dreams in Palm Springs.
“I arrived from France as a simple landscape designer, with a mediocre level of English and only one person I knew by sight thanks to Facebook,” he explained. “Then, little by little, I created an environment of trust around me and worked hard, which allowed me to evolve in an impressive way. I managed in six months to become the main designer of my company and one-and-a-half years later I’m one of the project managers at Architectural Blue. I can’t thank enough my boss, Matthew Naylor, my colleagues, and the clients for trusting me and believing in my designs and crazy ideas.”
Get to know Logan, whose work can be viewed here, below.
NAME: Logan Guinard
OCCUPATION: I’m an architect designer in the pool industry.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Oasis Del Sol
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN THE DESERT? 2 years
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE DESERT? My passion that is also my work.
WHAT KEEPS YOU HERE? The chance to see splendid houses, meet wonderful people, and to hear incredible stories.
DO YOU HAVE FAMILY HERE? The people who welcomed me here have become my family.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR IN THE DESERT? The winter because to me it’s the only time in the desert that you can feel a different season, and probably because it reminds me of the climate in France.
HOW DO YOU BEAT THE HEAT? Working in the office or of course traveling in a cooler environment. Being in a pool is not too bad, too.
DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY BY WHICH YOU LIVE? Making people happy helps me every day to wake up with a positive attitude.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL PLACE TO EAT? Le Vallauris Restaurant
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST ISSUE FACING OUR COMMUNITY? Taking care of the homeless and being more responsible for our environment.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO OR PLACE TO GO IN THE DESERT? I like to go to the high desert and admire a sunset.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL PEOPLE ABOUT PALM SPRINGS THAT THEY MAY NOT KNOW? There are a lot of nice French people!
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Do you think there’s anything better than a crepe with Nutella?