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CHANGEDPATH, Laura Guido-Clark has becomeaprominent
design leader, despite differentinitialplans, allowing
her passion to drivehergoals and infuence others.
Born in California, Laura Guido-Clark is an experienced design consultant, impacting the human experience through design, product, and environment. Her openness and desire to learn about new ideas led her on her journey in the design world. While attending Wayne State University in Detroit, she double majored in Pre-Med and Interior Design. Although most people see these as divergent fields, Guido-Clark
saw the similarities in them; professionals in both human-centric lines of work are tasked
with improving their surrounding environments, and experimenting with new ideas.
“Working in a hospital made me aware of how environments really affect us, and more
than ever when you are compromised,” Guido-Clark noted. This perspective allowed her to
develop a sensitivity and empathy for patients and
their families, and she appreciates how healthcare
design has been evolving. Despite the surprisingly
high level of creativity it takes to be a doctor, she
ultimately saw herself flexing her creative muscles
beyond medicine. “I’ve always been a sucker for
a before-and-after picture,” she said.
Before applying to medical school, Guido-Clark realized her passion for design and
decided to continue following her heart, soon
recognizing that her experience with medicine
went hand-in-hand with her future in design.
Upon graduation, she didn’t get a job in design
immediately. She worked in customer service,
and then as a textile rep, which opened the door
to product design. This opportunity helped her
learn what designers are seeking and offered a
unique perspective to create something different.
This was when Guido-Clark launched her career
as a color, material, and finishings consultant.