In honour of Indigenous History Month, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is celebrating the contributions and stories of Indigenous designers within the Canadian interior design community.
Learn more about the work and experiences of these talented IDC members.
TESSA PIAPOT CHRISTOPHER
Credit: Neffi Bergen Photography
Tessa Piapot-Christopher is from Regina, Saskatchewan, and is a member of Piapot First Nation. She is an intern member of IDC and received her Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Manitoba in 2016. After completing her education, Tessa began her career in residential home design. She has produced award-winning, new-residential home designs. In the 2018 Fall Parade of Homes (presented by the Manitoba Home Builder’s Association), her work received gold and bronze awards.
Tessa currently works for P3Architecture Partnership in Regina, SK, and collaborates on an array of projects in varying sectors including culture & recreation, heritage, office, as well as health and institutional settings. Tessa is gearing up to write her NCIDQ examinations to become a Registered Interior Designer. Identifying as Indigenous and Black, Tessa brings a unique perspective to her work. She is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within the design community and is committed to working closely with indigenous communities.
Keshia Caplette is a versatile and innovative Métis interior designer with an inclination for healthcare design. With over a decade of experience in the architectural, interior design, and construction industries, she has had the opportunity to be involved with many projects throughout various sectors. After undergoing brain surgery in January of 2020 to remove a tumor, Keshia’s desire to strengthen the experience of our medical facilities has only expanded. By rethinking and (re)creating the spaces we surround ourselves with, Keshia believes we can transform our day to day and bring a little bit of light to the world in which we all share.
Keshia has been a part of the IDC Board of Directors for a few years now and currently holds the Vice President role. Serving on IDC’s board has been an opportunity to grow, both as a designer and an individual. Keshia brings a strong voice for members across the country based on the network she has helped to grow through the PROpel program and her involvement with board activities. She will be leading IDC’s new Indigenous Task Force to discuss the distinct challenges that Indigenous peoples face when looking at a career in interior design. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to join this conversion by emailing email@example.com.
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