EL Questionnaire 2020


Name: Kelsey Rogers
Company: Elkus Manfredi Architects
Concentration: Interior Design
College/University: Northeastern University
Year(s) of Graduation: 2012/2016

What is your strongest personal quality?: I think my ability to always see the good in every situation. It helps to make even tough situations better.
What skill set are you most proud of professionally?: My ability to produce iterations of design quickly. I think this is an important skill for pushing the design as far as possible by exploring a many avenues as possible.
What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?: Legos. And building spaceships.
What do you hope to accomplish as an IIDA Emerging Leader?: I hope to gain the knowledge of how to put together a successful team and become more inspiring as a leader.
What's your go-to for de-stressing?: Working out by going to the climbing gym.
Revit, CAD, or Sketchup?: Sketchup for design development and Revit for production.
Are you usually early or late?: Always early. I hate being late.
What three things are in your bag?: Headphones, pens, and climbing shoes.
What is your favorite part of being an IIDA member?: The opportunity to network with so many talented people in the industry and the knowledge gained!
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: I used to work in the high-end residential field and felt that the work was not personally rewarding. My goal in becoming an architect was to design spaces that positively affect the most amount of people possible. When I started working on office design, I felt that I was beginning to have an impact on the everyday lives of many people. I feel that there is still room to grow in terms of actually helping the everyday workers rather than responding to the desires of the developer, but progress is progress.