EL Questionnaire 2021

Name: Jessica Williams
Company: Bergmeyer
Concentration: Multi-Family Residential
College/University: Wentworth Institute of Technology
Year(s) of Graduation: 2015

What is your strongest personal quality?: Empathy
What is your strongest professional skillset?: Dependability 
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: I've been drawing floor plans of my dream house since I was 12, and once I discovered HGTV I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I'm lucky that it came so naturally to me. 
How would you describe your personal style?: My style is always evolving, but I would say it's an eclectic mix. I've curated my home to be a combination of newer contemporary pieces and antiques that have been passed down in my family and I love it! 
What three things do you most geek out on?: Anything Disney, cat memes and videos, and murder mystery novels. 
What are you looking forward to as an IIDA Emerging Leader?: Meeting other designers, as well as (hopefully) getting over my fear of public speaking. 
What has been your go-to for de-stressing this year?: Taking walks. It's really gotten me to explore different parts of my neighborhood that I never thought to explore before and has given me a chance to slow down and really notice details that I never took the time to notice. 
What Advice do you have for designer students graduating?: Hmm... So many things, but I say let yourself be as creative as possible, be curious, ask questions, and network! Our industry is so small and tight-knit; your colleagues will become your friends and your way into other opportunities when timing allows.   
What is your favorite annual IIDA event?: I'm sure I'm not alone when I say the Fashion Show! It's such a unique and fun event every year. I love seeing the fashion talent from my fellow designers.  
How would you explain the difference between a professional Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator to a stranger?:This is always difficult, but I usually say that Interior Designers are doing more than decorating. We are creating spaces to better the health and safety of the people who use them. We must understand building codes and so much more than you may think.