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celesteCeleste Christie, Synyshyn Architecture Interior Design Inc.

1) What did it mean to you to be named one of IDC’s Top 5 Under 5 Emerging Interior Designers for 2013?

I think IDC’s Top 5 Under 5 is a great competition.  It encourages ones commitment to the profession and pushes creative thinking.  It also demonstrates how interior design can help solve everyday situations, which go beyond the interiors of buildings.  It is a wonderful opportunity for new designers in the industry. 

2) What advice do you have for other interior designers in the first five years of their career?

My advice to interior designers within their first five years of practice is to look at every project as an opportunity to learn something new and add to your personal repertoire of skills and experience.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed at times in projects, but each experience helps you in the next project that comes along.   

3) You will need to start thinking about writing the NCIDQ exam soon – are you ready? How are you preparing?

I have set a personal goal to write the NCIDQ exam within the next one to two years.  I will start studying in the new year. I plan to take advantage of forums on-line and study groups within the provincial association.  I hope to connect with others going through the same process.

4) By becoming a Top 5 for 2013, you received an extensive prize package including airfare and accommodation to IIDEX Canada, participating in the Top 5 roundtable, a trophy designed by Tim Forbes presented to you during the IDC Annual Meeting, access to showroom parties and tours sponsored by Interface and Knoll, and dinner at one of Toronto’s chicest restaurants through Dine by Design. Which part was most meaningful and what did you take away from the experience?

Personally, I found the most valuable experience was spending time with the other Top 5 winners.  It was great to meet fellow like-minded young professionals in the industry from across the country and learn about their experiences.  It was also great to talk about the competition and people’s design solutions.  Many of us had worked on the project on our own, or in isolation, so it was great to have a round-table discussion and learn what everyone came up with.  It reminded me of studio time in school. 

5) How do you feel your winning design solution expresses the values of your generation?

My design solution highlights the mobile nature of our generation.  Today people are on the go; things fluctuate and change quickly.  We must consider flexibility and growth in all design solutions.  In this situation specific to Nepal, the mobile cart is an effective and basic way to reach out to a lot of people in areas in need. 

6) Where do you see yourself five years down the road?

I would like to have my professional accreditation within the next five years.  I would like to gain a solid handle on the design industry and be confident to take on and manage larger sized projects.  I would also love to have a project published. 

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