LEAD Questionnaire 2021

Name: Jillian Tara
Company: Phase Zero
Concentration: Corporate Interiors
Title/Role: Associate / Senior Interior Designer
Years in the industry: 10

What is a fact that may surprise people about you?: I love plants! I have over 25 plants in my house that I love to maintain plus many more throughout my yard.
What past project of yours holds the most meaning to you and why?: It is really hard to pick just one, but I would pick this town library that I did a couple years ago. This is a place my nephews and niece visit often and to be able to design a space that my family uses means a lot to me!

Name a favorite space or experience you wish you had designed?: Before the pandemic hit, I visited a friend in Austin, TX and we had breakfast at this adorable restaurant. I would love to someday design a restaurant just like this with a really relaxed vibe and a homey feel!

How would you describe your leadership style in 3 words?: Empathetic, committed, and determined.
What advice would you give to this year's class of emerging leaders?: I would say to push yourself out of your comfort zone as much as possible. You never know you like something until you try it!
Recall a moment you felt the most empowered as a professional Interior Designer?: Completing my first project of 10,000SF+ as not just an interior designer, but as the project manager as well.
Do you have a "design mantra" or saying you find yourself repeating?: Work smarter, not harder.
What makes a project successful for you?: A project is successful to me when the client is happy. If it suits their needs and function, I think that is the most important part of the design.
How has IIDA helped you the most in your career?: It has helped me network within the industry and create some wonderful working relationships! 
How would you explain the difference between a professional Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator to a stranger?: An interior designer is someone who focuses on not only making a space pretty, but designing the space to function for a client’s needs. Decorators make a space pretty by selecting furniture and accessories within an existing design.