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PROpel is a national competition created exclusively for emerging leaders, providing the opportunity for engagement in discussions and connections with influential representatives in the interior design community. This year, the opportunity to engage and connect with designers in the industry will look a little different in light of the effects of the global pandemic. Instead, each participant will be announced as part of a promotional series on a weekly basis with a short profile published across IDC’s social media platforms, newsletters and honoured at the IDC Awards Celebration on September 23, 2020.

Congratulations to all 2020 Emerging Leaders Program participants! 

Meagan Buchanan

A thoughtful, innovative design solution might stem from a simple design concept, but it becomes so much more when it manifests into an intricate web of storytelling, research, inspiration, invention and care. By focusing on creating meaningful spaces albeit sounding clichéd, design can truly help to better the world.


Meagan Buchanan is a proud Torontonian with a passion for design. For the past four years she has worked as an interior designer at HOK, completing complex corporate interiors projects. Her technical credentials include NCIDQ, WELL AP, and LEED GA. As a highly creative interior designer brimming with ideas, she has been able to hone her skills to transform her clients’ dreams into successful spaces that are both innovative and functional. Meagan has three award wins for Stryker’s Canadian Headquarters, including IDC’s VODA Award of Excellence, ARIDO Award of Merit, and the REmmy Award for Workplace Design. She was also part of the team that received an ARIDO Award of Merit for HOK’s confidential pension project. Among her colleagues, she has been recognized as an emerging creative leader through a practice-wide initiative, HOK NExT (Nurture Empowerment eXploration Transformation), where the company posed the question, “What if you had one day to change the shape of our practice?”

Follow IDC’s Instagram to hear from Meagan on her ongoing projects and her new routine during COVID-19.

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