EL Questionnaire 2019

Name: Jana van Wijk
Company: Saam Architecture
Concentration: Architecture - I have project experience in multi- and single family residential, commercial interiors and renovations
College/University: I completed my Bachelors and Master degrees at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia!)
Year(s) of Graduation: Undergraduate in 2013, Graduate in 2016

What is your strongest personal quality?: I highly value my relationships with people in my life. I consider myself honest, loyal, trust-worthy and compassionate.
What skill set are you most proud of professionally?: I work well in a team – probably because I enjoy it and because I think that there is a lot of value in collaboration to learn and develop skills and to improve outcomes.
What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?: Books, but mostly the family dogs!
What do you hope to accomplish as an IIDA Emerging Leader? As a more recent resident of Boston, I hope the program will allow me to get more involved in the local industry, learn new skills and meet other designers.
What's your go-to for de-stressing?: Long walks, music and ice cream
Revit, CAD, or Sketchup?: Definitely Revit.
Are you usually early or late?: Probably early, as long as it is past 9am
What three things are in your bag?: Earphones, lip balm and my phone
What is your favorite part of being an IIDA member?: SO far – the Emerging Leaders program!
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: Architecture and design offered a work environment that needs both a technical and creative approach, and often a balance, which I think creates very interesting problems to solve.