Amanda Hamilton | Top 40 Under 40


Age: 35

Job title: Founder and Creative Director, Amanda Hamilton Interior Design; Director, The Loft by Amanda Hamilton

Why she's a 2017 Top 40 Under 40:

Hamilton’s keen eye and attention to detail has positioned her as a leader in Calgary’s interior design community. Beyond her flourishing interior design practice, she regularly mentors young entrepreneurs and emerging interior designers.


photograph by erin brooke burns


When interior designer Amanda Hamilton left her first employer, McKinleyBurkart, to start her own company in 2009, she had only one residential client and one commercial client. Now, with design teams that include five full-time employees based in Calgary and Vancouver, plus work in Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina, Amanda Hamilton Interior Design (AHID) has had exponential growth. Last year the firm worked with a roster of 45 clients across the country. 

AHID has handled the design of renowned restaurants in the city including Native Tongues, Rodney’s Oysterhouse and Añejo as well as retailers such as Mariah and Bricks Wine Company

Beyond her residential and commercial design projects, Hamilton has also debuted her own line of products including kimonos, table linens, throw pillows, scented candles and a collection of ceramics produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles ceramicist Brooke Winfrey of BTW Ceramics

Earlier this year, Hamilton was approached by the owners of The Guardian condo towers to take over the Sanctuary Loft space in Victoria Park. In the spring she relaunched it as The Loft by Amanda Hamilton — a designer showroom and retail shop that also serves as a design consultation office and event space. To take advantage of the space, Hamilton started a panel discussion series centred around design, hospitality and creativity. “My goal is to educate the general public on design and the arts by making it accessible and approachable,” says Hamilton. 

It seems she may become a victim of her own success as the popularity of the events has them destined to outgrow The Loft very soon. 

The panel discussions have allowed her to raise awareness and funds for Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta (JASA), as currently all the proceeds from ticket sales go to support the organization.

Hamilton’s dedication to raising the profile of the interior design industry while supporting education also led her to launch a travel scholarship for Mount Royal University (MRU) interior design students. 

Having mentored students with both MRU and JASA, Hamilton says she was excited to find another way to encourage students to grow. “Education doesn’t necessarily need to be formal; we sometimes need the disruption of learning about design outside the classroom to really grow,” she says. —Kait Kucy


Here's a breakdown of a typical workday for Amanda Hamilton.
Click here to see the workdays of all the Top 40 Under 40s.

Timelines were submitted by the Top 40 Under 40s, and do not reflect volunteer work, multi-tasking and periods of unusually high workloads.


Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

Marie-Claire Arrieta
Yann Blanchard
J.R. Brooks and Gareth Jenkins
Dr. Shauna Burkholder
Shawn Cable
David Crosby and Cole Torode
Kevin Davies
Anton deGroot
David Dick
Mark Erickson and Matthew Kennedy
Christina Fast
Dr. Geoffrey Gotto
Angel Guerra
Tulika Gupta
Devon Guy
Amanda Hamilton
Aubrey Hanson
Dr. Glen Hazlewood
Scott Henuset and Suzanne Henuset
Jeff Jamieson and Jesse Willis
Kenneth Keung
Matthew Kinderwater
Anila Umar Lee Yuen
Jennifer MacDonald
Richard MacDonald
Avnish Mehta
Uyen Nguyen
Dr. Daniel Niven
Melanie Noel
John Pantazopoulos
Mark Powers
Kevin Read and Julia Read
Eddie Richardson
Pam Rocker
Liz Scarratt
Dr. Fiona Schulte
Jessica Shaw
Dr. Amy Tan
Tommy Wheeldon, Jr.
Jennifer Winter


This article appears in the November 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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