Emerging Professional of the Month
Meet the EPAC - June
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
Eunhae Grace Eun, ASID
NBBJ - Seattle, WA
"Live today to the best, and be who you are."
Bio: Grace Eun is an award-wining Senior Associate with NBBJ Seattle whose diverse portfolio features both interior and architecture projects in corporate, commercial, civic, and healthcare. She has designed a wide range of domestic and international projects for clients including Samsung, Microsoft and Russell Investment. Grace joined NBBJ in 2004 after receiving her Master of Interior Architecture from Rhode Island school of design. Since then, she has become an emerging leader in the development of their interiors practice who advocates the integration between interiors and architecture to advance human experience. Grace skillfully engages her clients in the design process, and her creativity, innovation and attention to detail allow them to fully realize each project’s unique vision and needs. Grace is actively involved in NBBJ’s internship program and mentorship for young professionals.
The EPAC is a powerhouse with driven, mature, but young professionals who are also developing their careers and skills set for the next step.
Name the best and worst thing about the Emerging Professional career stage?
With lots of opportunities given at this stage, it can define individuals at the various stages. Some designers can be very successful but the others can get stuck.
What is something you think all EPs should know at this stage in their careers?
Don’t be afraid of mistakes, but deal with them at the best manner. It will help to grow to be more professional. Set high standards for yourself. Be resilient.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment and your worst mistake?
I am always pushing myself to be a better designer. I cannot say what my greatest accomplishment is because I will have better ones tomorrow. My worst mistake is that I cannot say “No,” and tend to overburden myself.