Q: What is your area of expertise?
A: I studied for my Bachelor Degree in Florence, Italy then returned home to Bangkok, Thailand where I worked primarily on hospitality projects located in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. In my pursuit to further my education, I selected the New York scene for my post-grad degree. Upon graduation, I landed my current job at HOK, where I’ve been given the opportunity to draw from my hospitality experience to work and create an upscale healthcare/wellness project.
Q: How long have you been an IIDA NY member?
A: Around 2+ years.
Q: How has being an IIDA NY member helped you professionally and personally?
A:As a new comer to the U.S. Design world, the networking events and different forums that are offered really give me the opportunity to meet new people and experience more of the ‘scene’.
Q: What is your favorite IIDA NY event and why?
A:It’s hard to pick just one, but a memorable event for me last year was the Leader’s Breakfast. The speaker, Jake Barton, spoke with such passion on designs they worked on for museums and memorials and how they were using methods of bringing people to feel curated emotions through use of graphics and technology. I enjoyed being able to get the “inside scoop”, per se, from different leaders of the industry.
Q: Biggest trend in design right now?
A: Sustainable design strategies, as well as an ever increasing awareness of Wellness in interior environments. It’s becoming very common to hear users concern about the quality of the interior environment and how they want people to use the space and to feel within the space.
Q: What projects are you currently working on?
A: I’m primarily working in the healthcare sector in a new healthcare building on a project well being center that merges healthcare and hospitality on the upper east side of Manhattan, NYC.
Q: What’s your favorite ‘design space’ in New York?
A:I love the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Even though it’s not exactly a museum or exhibition space, the park has a remarkable architectural stance at the south end of the island. It is a simple, clean, and beautiful space to sit and contemplate everything.
Q: Where do you go to find inspiration in New York?
A:Simply walking around the city brings inspiration; there’s something for everyone. I think downtown Manhattan is constantly changing, so it’s a good place to start.
Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I LOVE playing volleyball; I established the HOK corporate volleyball team and am currently the captain. Can’t wait to serve up and score big in our upcoming spring after-work leagues!