Emerging Professional of the Month

Emerging Professional of the Month - December

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








Christina Cruz, Allied ASID

Cruz Interiors, Inc - Tampa, FL










What's your story?

I am the owner of a small interior decorating business that is really starting to take wing. I am a recent residential planning graduate from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and I am obsessively passionate about design! I have a diverse background that includes a career as a Registered Nurse, this has fostered my concern for environmentally friendly design, not only for the environment's sake but also for the health risks associated with chemicals and pollutants.  I have also worked as a model which has allowed me travel and exposure to much cultural diversity, influencing my mix of styles with in my designs. I am a mother of four wonderful children, which has given me ultimate insight as to functionality and its extreme importance in our industry. 

What is the most important thing you have learned as an Emerging Professional?

The most important thing I have learned as an emerging professional is to have confidence, and that the only thing that limits one is one's self. It can be overwhelming (terrifying) to venture out on your own but grasping on to your abilities and fundamentals and exhibiting confidence can produce wonderful outcomes. I am so excited to pursue my creative path and to watch people living within real spaces that were once just visions within my mind. 

Who is your favorite designer and why?
A favorite designer of mine would have to be Victor Cañas. I am enamored by his ability to make spaces one with their environment, his ability to create beauty and serenity seemlessly blended with functionality.