Dexter Dolores

Interior Design

Self-employed Interior Designer at Dexter Dolores Interiors
The Art Institute of Vancouver

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Interior design, as a profession, requires so much multi-tasking that one moment you're a creative mind, the next you're a project manager or casual laborer. Sometimes you're all three at the same time. Dexter Dolores , Self-employed Interior Designer at Dexter Dolores Interiors
Diploma in Interior Design , 2008 , The Art Institute of Vancouver
Dexter Dolores is working as a self-employed interior designer at Dexter Dolores Interiors in Vancouver, British Columbia. He says that a typical day involves sourcing, meeting with clients or trades, running errands for projects—and lots of emails. “I enjoy the unpredictability of my career. Interior design, as a profession, requires so much multi-tasking that one moment you're a creative mind, the next you’re a project manager or casual laborer. Sometimes you're all three at the same time.” Dexter admits that interior design is a fast paced industry—but says that the changes keep things interesting. “I enjoy seeing my designs come to life and seeing or hearing people enjoy the spaces I've put together. At the core of what we all do as designers is creating, not just for creation sake, but for the enjoyment of those who will be interacting with it.”

He’s proud to have taken the leap of starting his own company after working for a prestigious firm. “[I created] high-end residential interior design projects for a few years and although it was fantastic to be able to have such a great opportunity in a market that few young interior designers get to work in, I knew I wanted to grow in my own ways as a designer.” He received support from friends and family, which helped to solidify his decision to go out on his own. Dexter adds that he was a finalist and won the title of “Urban Barn's Next Top Designer 2014.” “That was a fantastic experience and it was definitely career shifting for me. I'm proud of accomplishing that and I know that there are so many more milestones to reach.” Dexter finds his creative inspiration in everything from photos to the work of others that he admires. “Other times even just touching or looking at a material, such as cabinet hardware, natural stone or inventive tile patterns can spark an exciting train of design ideas.”

Dexter, who in 2008 earned an Interior Design Diploma from The Art Institute of Vancouver, says that his education helped him to launch his career. “The instructors are creative professionals who are currently working in their chosen industries*. My education was never strictly theoretical or academic. It had, almost always, a sense of real time, as if I were learning from an employer or a career mentor.” He adds that following his graduation, he kept in touch with his program’s director and that he enjoys bumping into instructors and feeling the passion that they have for interior design. Dexter recommends that budding interior designers be open to learning. “I went in with an enthusiasm to learn the program and study the different paths I could take upon graduation. By being open to whatever was to be thrown at me, my excitement remained throughout my whole time at the school and more so going into the working world.”

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*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.