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5 Minutes with the Top 5: Heather Wallace

heatherHeather Wallace, Newcombe Design Associates

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

IDC’s Top 5 under 5 Emerging Professional competition is a great opportunity that offers exposure to the design community that a designer new to the industry may not receive otherwise. It gives young designers a chance to try their skills at something out of the ordinary.   

2) What inspired you to become an interior designer?

As long as I can recall I loved watching and helping my father build things. I also have always had a passion for design and architecture. A career as an interior designer has provided an opportunity for me to pursue a future encompassing those interests.

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

Look at every situation task or project as an opportunity to grow and develop your skills and knowledge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s better to take a few minutes to ask then spend double the time correcting a later issue. Looking at the whole project can be overwhelming, it’s best to break down every goal into smaller, achievable steps and acknowledge accomplishing each one of them.

Mostly, find what drives your passion for design, whether it be furniture design, innovative construction methods and building materials, art, etc. use this passion to propel your desire and curiosity, have fun.

4) 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 complete my NCIDQ’s by 2015. In preparation for NCIDQ’s I will be taking advantage of the information and study sessions IDC provides. As well as referencing all recommended text.

5) 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?

The whole experience was wonderful. From meeting the sponsors, IDC coordinators, designers and all the individuals that worked so hard behind the scenes doing their part to contribute to the the success of the program, to having the opportunity to connect and share our individual design solutions with the other designers selected for this year’s Top 5 under 5 Emerging Professionals. It was truly a memorable experience.

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

Five years from now I see myself a Registered interior designer having completed my certificate in project management overseeing multiple projects and encouraging designers new to the industry to get involved with their organization and make their mark.

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

Sustainable design gives designers an opportunity to create environmentally responsible solutions that will set a new precedent for our generation and future generations. My design was able to express the values of our generation by incorporating user friendly construction methods and sustainable resources readily available in Nepal.

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