LEAD Class of 2020

Lauren Maggio, IIDA
Margulies Perruzzi

Concentration: Healthcare, Corporate Retail
College/University: Rochester Institute of Technology

Q: Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?
A: As a teenager, I observed how impactful the built environment can be on so many aspects of life. I wanted to become a designer because it was a creative career that would allow me to make a positive contribution to the world. I am still enamored by the many ways interior space affects the human experience - health, wellbeing, safety, business, leisure, community, the list goes on.

Q: What is one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself when you were just beginning your career?
A: You're a hard worker and your instincts to do a good job will always be valued, but be mindful not to spread yourself too thin, or do someone else's job. Ask questions about process and communication it comes to roles and responsibilities so you can see how it all comes together without having to stress about what you may not know.

Q: What is the most important skill you have honed over the years?
A: Trust is contingent on consistent communication.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as part of the IIDA LEAD program?
A: I want to add to skills I didn't think I needed to work on so I can take my career to the next level.

Q: What is your favorite part of being an IIDA New England member?
A: I really like the camaraderie of knowing other people have gone through similar challenges. I also enjoy knowing that sharing my experiences can help others.