EL Questionnaire 2021


Name: Autumn Thompson
Company: Saam Architecture
Concentration: Interdisciplinary Interior Design
College/University: Wentworth Institute of Technology
Year(s) of Graduation: 2017

What is your strongest personal quality?: I try to live my life as compassionately as possible. I think it's important to put yourself in someone else's shows to understand where they're coming from, and always give the benefit of the doubt. 
What is your strongest professional skillset?: I'm very patient which help when it comes to listening to clients' needs and really figuring out what their goals for their space are. 
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: I always knew I wanted to do some kind of design. I thought I would be a Graphic Designer for a while and then I learned about Interior Design and just loved the scale of it. I love seeing something I drew come to life. 
How would you describe your personal style?: I would say it is very eclectic. I love collecting things from antique markets and all over, some of my favorite objects are from my grandfather who was an avid traveler! 
What three things do you most geek out on?: Cooking, windsurfing and camping
What are you looking forward to as an IIDA Emerging Leader?: I'm really looking forward to being around other young designers who share my passion for design! 
What has been your go-to for de-stressing this year?: At the beginning of quarantine I stayed with my parents up in Maine, every morning my mom and I did yoga and every night my dad and I played cribbage. Perfect way to destress! 
What Advice do you have for designer students graduating?: Never be afraid to ask questions! Everyone has had to google one of the million acronyms we use every day soo save yourself some time and just ask. 
What is your favorite annual IIDA event?: Fashion show was the first industry event I ever went to and was blown away so it will always have a special place in my heart. I' usually one of the last ones on the dance floor. 
How would you explain the difference between a professional Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator to a stranger?: I do more than pick pillows and paint! My favorite part of my job is making sure a space is really functional for the user, an important part of this is making sure it meets codes and is accessible which I don't think a lo of people realize is part of our jobs.