Sofeeka Hasiuk, CKD, CBD

Interior Design

Interior Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Philadelphia

Sofeeka Hasiuk

Your work is an expression of who you are. Sofeeka Hasiuk , Interior Design Instructor , The Art Institute of Philadelphia

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I was visiting my aunt in Denver when I was 13. She was an editor for a shelter magazine. I spent two weeks looking through her interior design magazines, and I knew that was what I wanted to do.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

Interior design is very hands-on. I share real-world examples from my 20+ years in the business with every class, drawing on expertise gained from working with tradespeople and other designers. I believe that a student who understands how design is rooted in support drawings and documentation will always be successful.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I’m tough but fair. I don’t let students turn in work until it’s as good as it can be. Your work is an expression of who you are. Interior design is a luxury business. No one wants to turn over their hard-earned paycheck to someone who doesn’t bring their best to the table.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Several schools in the area offer a bachelor's degree in Interior Design. I tell my students that those graduates are their competition once they graduate. It’s important to learn skills that are valuable to a prospective employer—and later, a client.