22 March 2016

Interior designer Charrisse Johnston to present lecture ‘From pre-med to design principal’

The Student Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers invites students to a lecture and workshop with Charrisse Johnston, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C. Johnston will lecture on the topic “From Pre-Med to Design Principal” and present a workshop, “Lessons Learned,” where Johnston will share what it’s really like to be a commercial interior designer and answer any questions students might have: mistakes she’s made, what she looks for in new hires, how to collaborate with clients and teams. The workshop will be student-only and a ticket is required. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Arkansas Union in front of the food court.

Johnston is currently a Principal and the lead Interior Designer at Steinberg Architects. Her path to interior design has been a unique one. As an undergrad at Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Johnston studied Behavioral Biology. She attended the Columbia Business School for an MBA in Management & Marketing. While working on Wall Street, Johnston began a side business in event planning, which led to an interest in interior design. Johnston returned to school, this time at UCLA, to pursue an Interior Design professional certification. In her current position, Johnston uses all of her past experiences as references which influence her work and designs.

As a current ASID Leed AP, Associate AIA and national chair-elect for ASID, Johnston has had an unusual career that has taken her from Wall Street and wedding planning to leading an interiors practice for an international design firm. She will talk about how her varied experiences have given her a unique perspective on design and made her a better designer. Admission to the Friday night lecture is free for students; admission for the general public is also free and contingent on available seating.


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