EL Questionnaire 2019

Name: Danielle Boucher
Company: RODE Architects
Concentration: Interior Design
College/University: Endicott College
Year(s) of Graduation: 2016

What is your strongest personal quality?: I like to think my strongest personal quality is my ability to make friends. I love being in social settings, and I get along with so many different personalities. I’ve always just fell into a role of being the first face people see at a company, whether it’s reps or new employees. I enjoy being a part of a welcoming committee!
What skill set are you most proud of professionally?: Something I want to continually grow in is my rendering capabilities. I love creating visual representations of our spaces, and I try to excel in the programs used to create these perspectives. I think this is something I will always be interested in learning more about, especially as new technology creates more realistic materials and entourage.
What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?: Polly Pockets. Those things were so fun! I loved how tiny they were and she always had such an extensive wardrobe of little rubber clothes! Not sure why this was better than regular-old Barbies, but I couldn’t go anywhere without my little carrying case of Polly Pockets.
What do you hope to accomplish as an IIDA Emerging Leader?: I’d love to just grow as a professional and make connections with my peers. Everyone in this field has extremely small degrees of separation, and I want to be able to learn through those connections of not only interior design, but how we can support each other in this field of creativity.
What's your go-to for de-stressing?: Depends on the season! I’m a sucker for coffeeshops and pastries in the winter, so I can escape the cold, but a huge beach-goer in the summer. There’s nothing I love more than sunbathing and listening to the ocean!
Revit, CAD, or Sketchup?: Definitely Revit. It is truly the one program I know the most and have the easiest time navigating. If I didn’t have Revit at my fingertips, designing some of our more complex work would be impossible!
Are you usually early or late?: Tough question because I love being early, but find myself always running late! I would say I’m mostly on-time (aka right on the dot) to most things. I would be early if it weren’t for my nit-picking and last minute changes!
What three things are in your bag?: A nail file (I’m always breaking a nail), hand lotion, and my headphones!
What is your favorite part of being an IIDA member?: Again, just how many people you can connect with! There are so many parts in this organization that you can be involved with and it’s great being able to find people with like-minds.
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: I have always wanted to pursue something artistic in high school, but I knew I didn’t want to be an “artist” and paint or draw for a living, it just didn’t seem feasible. We had one interior design class that I signed up for and it changed my definition of the typical artist. It showed me a way to let my creativity out, as well as change how others view a designed space.