In Spring 2018 I was awarded the International Interior Design Association Northern Pacific Chapter Spencer De Mille Traveling Fellowship. The fellowship is offered bi-annually through the Chapter's Knowledge Advancement Fund, in honor of past president Spencer De Mille. It is meant to support foreign travel to research innovative practices in regards to the built environment, and assess their application in our community.
Through this fellowship I will explore examples of interior design having a substantial impact on formerly homeless peoples housing retention and the restoration of their dignity.
My research will focus on those transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing, by evaluating a range of design, architectural, and affordable housing models. I believe Interior Designers have the ability to help solidify the recovery and well-being of vulnerable populations.