Embracing what we do allows us to build on valuable networking experiences
and volunteer leadership, which is necessary to incorporate into any career,
especially in the design profession. Actively participating in IIDA has allowed me to
seek additional opportunities to take on responsibility, contribute to our industry,
and constantly challenge myself and build char-
acter. These aspects translate into an offensive
strategy that adds value within my firm and to the
clients I serve.
My fellow interior designers, as part of this
global design community, we are a strong, tight-
knit family. Days before I officially became chapter
president, I listened to Scott Hierlinger, newly
inducted president of IIDA, share that “the best
thing that you can be armed with is incredibly
talented people in your office.” These talented
people are in our chapters, in our association, and
in our entire union—no matter how vast the distance.
and job descriptions written for us, not by us. We
have taken that energy, turned it around, and have
thrown everything in, including the farmhouse sink.
We’ve done it through grassroots advocacy efforts,
books, and publications explaining what we do,
why we do it, and how other interior design industry
professionals can do it too. This year alone has
seen releases from Art Gensler, founder of Gensler,
and Primo Orpilla, principal at Studio O+A, who
are sharing years of hard-learned lessons from
their design experiences. In the words of Ryan
Ben, staff member at IIDA, “If you embrace what
you do for a living, then you should be able to talk that weird uncle’s ear off until
Thanksgiving is over.”
Jane Hallinan is president of the IIDA Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware Chapter
and an interior designer at Fukui Architects in Pittsburgh. She can be reached at
email@example.com. Fabiola Lara is an illustrator and GIF-maker at casagirl.co.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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