A native of the Atlanta area, my path to design has been as diverse as my interests. I have enjoyed a successful career in information technology, and since completing my interior design education, including a BFA/MID (Interior Design) and MFA (Interior Design), I am utilizing my technical skills and design education as an adjunct professor at a local university, and working as an interior design project consultant.
My design philosophy begins with understanding that the role of the design professional must adapt to our changing culture and environment. In 2011, a Paper Presentation (co-authored with LaJuana Gill), “Defining Meaningful Categories of the Body of Knowledge,” was accepted for presentation by the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), Southern Region. This presentation was a joint effort to contribute to the discussion among interior design educators to provide a framework for the Body of Knowledge (BOK) that defines the profession. My contribution to this paper suggests categories of the BOK that are fluid, adapt to change, and can not be defined in absolute, finite terms.
As the profession adapts, so must the designer. I have a strong interest in Universal Design principles, or designing for all abilities, as well as design that is culturally aware. My MFA thesis addresses the westernization of Asian Indians and how they will care for their aging parents whose expectations of multi-generational living may not be realized as their children and grandchildren adapt to American customs. “Culturally Competent Design for Elderly Asian Indian Immigrants” was accepted for presentation by IDEC, National (2014, juried submission) and Brenau University (2013, juried submission).
I am an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and proud to be one of the first recipients of a terminal degree from Brenau University.
“I am driven by a strong desire to provide design solutions that meet both aesthetic and long-term functional needs – solutions that are based in research with proven outcomes. My goal is to serve others through the design of interiors that enhance and embrace their abilities.”