Erica Alexander

The Art Institute of California - San Diego alumni Erica Alexander

Working on group projects [in school] was so helpful because I'm constantly working with other designers, clients, sales representatives, and architecture and design firms. Erica Alexander , Designer at Tangram Interiors
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design , 2015 , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

Erica Alexander is a designer at Tangram Interiors in Santa Fe Springs, California. She’s responsible for space planning, field measures, client management, and CET Design—a visual space planning software package. Erica works on multiple projects at a time and says that she is constantly growing as a designer. “[Learning other computer programs in school] helped me to catch on to [CET] quickly. Working on group projects was so helpful because I’m constantly working with other designers, clients, sales representatives, and architecture and design firms. Knowing how to hear what people are saying and how to combine ideas from multiple people is very helpful.”

Erica’s biggest challenge has been “figuring out her place” within Tangram Interiors. “It took me several weeks to understand how the company works within the context of the larger field of interior design.” She began listening to others around her and learning from fellow designers who took her under their wing. This helped her to feel comfortable and confident in her position at the company. Erica recommends that students and those new to interior design keep pushing forward, no matter how difficult things get. “Many times I didn’t think I was going to make it or could make it through the classes—yet I made it through.”

The creative collaboration at her workplace serves as inspiration for Erica. “I am constantly talking with other designers and have helped other [them to] consider new ways of planning a space.” She credits her education with helping her to find her place in the interior design world. “When I interviewed with Tangram, I knew that all of the hard work had paid off. I got many compliments on my portfolio and I knew that this was a place that I had to work.”

Erica, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of California—San Diego, says that she’s pushing herself to understand products and how the design process works. She’s currently working on an account that combines educational, healthcare, and corporate design. “[It’s giving] me a small taste of everything that Tangram does.” She views this as a challenge to build her knowledge and experience. “[Tangram] made me feel so welcome. I knew that this was what I was supposed to be doing.”

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