Emerging Professional of the Month

Emerging Professional Profile - September

When I moved to Manhattan in 2008 everything in the city was new to me. I was newly wed and had just been accepted to study at the New York School of Interior Design, which had always been my dream college. At the time I was facing one of the biggest challenges of my life, studying in a new country and yet to make friends. How could I meet and socialize with people who shared the same interests and passion as me? So I started to research about which associations could benefit me and further my professional career. That’s when I discovered and subsequently became a member of ASID. I felt like I had done something right. I found myself going to a lot of incredible events and networking like never before, and I was surprised how welcoming everybody was to new members. I liked the experience so much that I decided to start volunteering for ASID. These volunteering opportunities allowed me to meet many new designers, and I knew I was m

Gillian Bowman, Allied ASID

KSA Interiors - Richmond,VA


"Life is better when you're laughing."

What's your story?

I am a Certified Interior Designer who works at KSA Interiors in Richmond, VA. I also own a small side business, Fennel & Rose, where my dad and I make handmade gifts in the wood shop. Non-work related: I love taking photos, trying out new restaurants, hunting for good vintage finds, fun DIY projects, and exploring with my dog, Toby.        

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

ASID has helped me realize the importance of networking and building relationships with other professionals in the industry. I have seen ASID members find new jobs, gain clients, and be inspired from local events. It's great way to become a part of the design community. 

What is the best career advice you have received?

Keep track of your work. Take photos of your process, write down projects you have worked on, and note the different tasks you did for each one. Keeping a running list and image folder of your work will only help in the future. 

Where do you hope to be in five years?

I would love to own my own house, have successfully grown Fennel & Rose a bit, and be collaborating on meaningful design projects in the community.