EL Questionnaire 2021


Name: Meghan Mendes
Company: SLAM
Concentration: Education, Corporate
College/University: Endicott College
Year(s) of Graduation: 2012

What is your strongest personal quality?: I am very committed to whatever I put my mind to.  Whether its project related or something in my personal life, I give everything my all and don't stop until I am completely satisfied with the outcome.
What is your strongest professional skillset?: 3D modeling and rendering – not only does this help clients visualize our designs, it helps design teams create stronger design by being able to experience the design in real time to see what is working and what still needs some improvement
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: You could say interior design is in my blood. As a kid, I used to gather sticks and create "floor plans" in our yard, using outside toys to "furnish" the houses. When it comes to commercial design, I like the balance of technical details and creativity, creating spaces that work for each clients unique needs.
How would you describe your personal style?: Updated Classic. 
What three things do you most geek out on?: (1) Learning new Revit/Photoshop tricks (2) Color categorizing things, especially in my closet. (3) My pet bunny, Leo
What are you looking forward to as an IIDA Emerging Leader?: I am looking forward to learning leadership skills to help progress my career.
What has been your go-to for de-stressing this year?: Wine or working out - depends on the day!
What Advice do you have for designer students graduating?: Don't be afraid to start out in a librarian type position, this will help create a strong foundation of knowledge of materials, furniture systems, networking and building relationships wit reps - all important building blocks to a successful career. 
What is your favorite annual IIDA event?: The IIDA holiday party - a festive event where designers and vendors come together for some holiday cheer!
How would you explain the difference between a professional Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator to a stranger?: Think of interior designers more as interior architects. We do more than selecting accent pillows. Interior designers touch everything interior within a space - from space planning, to wall types, to lighting layouts, to casework details, to the ever fun finish selection. We wear a variety of hats!