EL Questionnaire 2021


Name: Julia Donahue
Company: Margulies Perruzzi
Concentration: Interior Design
College/University: Roger Williams / Boston Architectural College
Year(s) of Graduation: 2014 / 2017

What is your strongest personal quality?: I can/will talk to anyone, very personable. 
What is your strongest professional skillset?: Attention to detail and Revit
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: I love working with materials, color and texture and I was not getting a lot of opportunity to do that as an architectural designer, so I made a shift. 
How would you describe your personal style?: A mix of preppy and outdoorsy
What three things do you most geek out on?: Star Wars, Cooking competition shows. Cheesy Sci-FI shows. 
What are you looking forward to as an IIDA Emerging Leader?: Learning how to lead better and gaining the skills to climb the corporate ladder. 
What has been your go-to for de-stressing this year?: Spa days at home, bubble baths and facemask. 
What Advice do you have for designer students graduating?: Cut yourself some slack, and plan for some down time. You will burn out if you just go-go-go. 
What is your favorite annual IIDA event?: The Fashion Show! 
How would you explain the difference between a professional Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator to a stranger?: As an Interior Designer, I have the knowledge to plan a space from start to finish. Walls, plumbing, electrical etc, vs just furnishing and finishing up the aesthetic of the space. I am involved in all parts of the design process.