LEAD Questionnaire 2022

Name: Amanda Pouliot 
Company: Adrenaline Agency
Concentration: Interior Design, Design Strategy
Title/Role: Design Manager, Interiors
Years in the industry: 11

What is a fact that may surprise people about you?: I grew up during the inception of HGTV, so have wanted to be an interior designer since I was a little kid. Turns out the real world of design is less glamorous than HGTV, but I still love what I do and am glad I made this career choice so long ago.
What past project of yours holds the most meaning to you and why?: Cooperative Teacher’s Credit Union in Lindale, TX. This was my first project shortly after starting at my current firm, designing for a new-to-me industry, retail banking. It represents a lot of personal growth for me, and the Client was thrilled with the result - a win, win in my book! 

Name a favorite space or experience you wish you had designed?: 250 Main Hotel in Rockland, ME.  I think the Designers on this project did a fantastic job fusing the area’s maritime traditions with a modern retreat – the colors and textures have an interesting dichotomy to me. 

How would you describe your leadership style in 3 words?: Empathetic, Role Model, Quiet.
What advice would you give to this year's class of emerging leaders?: This program will open your eyes to many ways of becoming a better, more effective leader. It’s OK if you’re not a great leader yet, just be open to the process, what you will learn and can start putting into practice little by little.
Recall a moment you felt the most empowered as a professional Interior Designer?: Anytime I am on a construction site and can experience my work coming to life. 
Do you have a "design mantra" or saying you find yourself repeating?: "Keep it Simple” I often find that the best solution to a design problem is also the most straight-forward.
What makes a project successful for you?: A happy Client and project team.
How has IIDA helped you the most in your career?: I would not be NCIDQ certified if it hadn’t been for the IIDA prep course and can’t imagine the type of leader I would be without this course. The resources they’ve provided to advance my career are invaluable.
How would you explain the difference between a professional Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator to a stranger?: Interior design is more of a science – it requires knowledge of codes and standards to allow occupants to experience your designs safely and as you intended.