Alumni Stories

Jane Hallinan

Interior Design

IIDA's 2015 Member of the Year & Interior Designer at Fukui Architects
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Jane Hallinan

I play an active role in design kick-off meetings with each new client. I then collaborate with my architect co-workers on the solution from schematic design, through design development and construction drawings into final construction. I am involved in the entire process from A to Z. Jane Hallinan , IIDA's 2015 Member of the Year & Interior Designer at Fukui Architects Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, 2012 , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Jane Hallinan is working as an interior designer at Fukui Architects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She says that a typical day includes detailing construction drawings, sketching floor plans, participating in-house design meetings, selecting finishes, reviewing handicapped accessibility, field measuring, or drafting floor plans. “Each day, I could potentially be doing work for multiple projects including an outpatient facility lobby renovation, a restaurant, a corporate office building, or a local university.”

In May 2015, Jane was given the honor of being named the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)'s 2015 Member of the Year. “This award was created to recognize and honor an IIDA member who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service through his/her commitment, passion, professionalism and dedication assisting IIDA as it advances the interior design profession and advocates for interior design excellence,” she says. Jane was an IIDA campus center leader as a student and accepted the position of IIDA Pittsburgh city center director within six months of earning her degree. “I have helped to organize meaningful, relevant, and fun interior design industry events in our area for the last three years.” She’s currently the IIDA Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware chapter president.

Jane, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, says that she benefitted from the faculty’s extensive understanding of the value of participating and engaging in our ever-evolving industry. “They not only encourage, but also lead by example and promote professional events that students may attend. Instructors like Suzanne Sekula hold an impressive combination of current, real-work experience and the ability to educate the next generation of interior designers. [She] is a lead participant in extracurricular design events and networking opportunities.” Jane adds that her instructors inspired her to succeed in an increasingly competitive market with advanced certifications such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate. She says that interior design students need to make the most of opportunities—and seek them out on their own. “Become involved in the industry early and consistently throughout you school career and professional career. Join professional associations like IIDA and know that you can help individuals elevate their careers into those of industry leaders.”

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