Bruce MacLachlan

Interior Design

Interior Designer for JPC Architects
The Art Institute of Seattle

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[My education] provided a broad understanding of design principles, a wide range of awareness in the various programs used by the industry, and a high degree of competence in them. Bruce MacLachlan , Interior Designer for JPC Architects
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design , 2011 , The Art Institute of Seattle

Interior Designer for JPC Architects

Bruce MacLachlan is an interior designer II for JPC Architects in Bellevue, Washington. He develops and designs furniture concepts, prepares contract documents, creates technical interior architectural details, and selects finish materials and furniture. “I assist in managing client expectations and communications and contribute to office activities, initiatives, and learning programs,” he says.

A typical day includes creating space plans, design development, turning designs into construction sets, BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association International) calculations, and site verifications. “The odds of a design being perfect on the first go are virtually nil. Things will change and corrections, refinements, even starting again from scratch are all part of the design experience. Just keep going and do your best and eventually it'll work.”

He says that a challenge arose when he was asked to handle BOMA calculations for his office. “It's a specialty that involves the calculation of rentable square footage for each suite within a building and the precise formulas have no room for error. I'm not much of a math person, but the office expert had some health problems and was out for several weeks and I was assigned to take over in their place.” He stayed calm, asked questions, and learned as much as he could about the process. “Now, I'm one of only two people in our office who can handle these projects.”

Bruce adds that the ability to try something new and unfamiliar is paramount to success in the creative marketplace. “As the amount of work our office acquires continues to accelerate, people start to get overwhelmed. The creative environment is greatly facilitated by being ready to help others, assist in any way possible, and even take over projects at a moments notice. By working as part of a team, an impact is definitely made.

Bruce, who in 2011 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that his education provided a broad understanding of design principles, a wide range of awareness in the various programs used by the industry, and a high degree of competence in them. He states that when he received a promotion to his current position, he felt that he’d experienced the benefits of his hard work. “My new position has a new set of skills to learn and requires the refinement of ones I possess. Expanding to meet the needs of my new job description while being ready for the unexpected is my new challenge.”

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