EL Questionnaire 2021


Name: Emma Hyson
Company: Lavallee Brensinger Architects
Concentration: Workplace & Healthcare 
College/University: New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University
Year(s) of Graduation: 2015

What is your strongest personal quality?: Kindness
What is your strongest professional skill set?: I have an affinity for learning new programs and applications. With my prior background in graphic design, I have a strong proficiency within the Adobe Suite along with expertise in Revit and its add-ons such as Enscape.
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: My passion in life has always been art in all its forms. I wanted to pursue that in a way that would provide more structure than being a freelance artist.
How would you describe your personal style?: Contemporary & Eclectic
What three things do you most geek out on?: Food, I really love food; Dungeons and Dragons; pretty much all dogs.
What are you looking forward to as an IIDA Emerging Leader?: I am really looking forward to meeting and learning from individuals in the industry across New England outside of the Maine community I’m used to.
What has been your go-to for de-stressing this year?: Arts and crafts for sure. I found out in October that I am going to be an aunt, so I have been creating paintings and sewing a mobile for the nursery!
What Advice do you have for designer students graduating?: Find a firm where you feel respected; know it might not be the first one you get hired at. Even with no first-hand experience your perspective is valuable, and a good firm and team will encourage that. Don’t settle for less.
What is your favorite annual IIDA event?: Art Uncorked! I’ve donated art in the past and hope to continue doing so.
How would you explain the difference between a professional Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator to a stranger?: Not getting into the complication of Title Laws, an Interior Designer works to create beautiful spaces that provide health, happiness, and meet the needs of end users. An Interior Decorator applies design elements on the surface to achieve the same affect. While both professions have similar goals in mind, Interior Designers dive much deeper and require more education concerning health and safety to understand the entirety of what makes a space successful beyond aesthetics.