Standing Out: What Design Leaders Look For


Get an inside look at how Student Portfolio Competition jury members review and assess design portfolios!

Meet some of the 2021 Student Portfolio Competition Jury! Learn about their firms, careers, expectations for the competition, and most importantly, gain an understanding of what employers are looking for when hiring and recruiting talent.  

What You Will Learn: 

  • Strategies to make your portfolio stand out in the competition and, by extension, in the hiring process 
  • Tips to more effectively tell your story through your portfolio 
  • The most common portfolio mistakes and how to avoid them 
  • The role of the design portfolio in the hiring process at firms  

Open to All Attendees.

Date and Time

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET




Featured Speakers

Briana Guin, Allied ASID

Condé Nast

Experiential Designer

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Briana Guin, Allied ASID

As an Auburn graduate and experiential designer at Condé Nast, Briana Guin thrives to look for innovative and creative solutions to design and influence the world around her in a more positive way. Her love for design extends into every aspect of her life - starting from a very young age with the moment she realized she could help shape the world into a more colorful place. More than anything, she wants to create holistic and immersive experiences and spaces that cater to everyone and inspire all. Briana is constantly seeking new opportunities and experiences that will help in expanding her knowledge in the ever-evolving field of design. 

Susan Chang, ASID, AIA

Shimoda Design Group


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Susan Chang, ASID, AIA

Susan Chang is a partner and founding member of Shimoda Design Group, a boutique studio specializing in bespoke design solutions for leading companies across the U.S. Her range of experience in workplace, retail and residential projects has been integral to the development of the multidisciplinary design practice. Under her leadership, the studio work is diverse with a common strength in its narrative unique to each client and company brand experience. 

In 2000, Susan and Joey Shimoda founded Shimoda Design Group at a live/work warehouse in the burgeoning Arts district of downtown Los Angeles. The firm steadily gained a reputation for innovative workplace interiors, history-conscious building renovations and bold, forward-looking creative mixed-use campuses. SDG's 17 design professionals allow creative collaboration to infuse and inform the work they do all across the country. On each project, their eclectic sensibilities merge with a unique client culture for engaging, enlivening, transformative design as exemplified by collaborations with Steelcase Inc., Tishman Speyer, TOMS Shoes and Bloomberg. 

Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet

Determined by Design

Design Advocate

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Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet

A design chameleon, Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet has the unique ability to tap into the heart of a community and give people a voice through design. With her diverse art and culturally-rich background as well as her multidisciplinary design experience, she is a versatile person who can help partners address any project challenge.  

Sequoyah has a Bachelor of Art in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College—where she studied art, literature and anthropology—as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Moore College of Art + Design. Boutique Magazine recognized her as a 2020 Boutique 18—a rising star in hospitality design.  

She is an agent of change who is passionate about advocacy and providing quality design for underrepresented communities. Sequoyah’s design process balances the beauty of art and materiality with functional solutions. She is passionate about championing diversity within the design profession and providing all people access to interior design through design equity. Sequoyah is determined to design for real people with real world problems and uplift them through elevated spaces. 

Betsy Graham Nurse, ASID


Senior Principal, Director of Interiors

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Betsy Graham Nurse, ASID

With 25 years of experience, Betsy Graham Nurse is passionate about orchestrating strategy and design solutions to create dynamic, highly-functional and user-centric interior environments. As Senior Principal and Director of Interior Design for HOK’s Atlanta practice, her professional experience in higher education, healthcare and corporate workplace inspire new ways to integrate and balance well-being, technology and flexibility for people and businesses. Betsy is President of CoreNet Global’s Atlanta Chapter, President Emeritus of The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center and lectures nationally on the evolution of the workplace and addressing the challenges of the future.