Q: Tell me about interior design.
MC: I like it because it gave me the opportunity to improve the office environment for people. As many working adults, pre-pandemic, we spent more time at the office than at home. Even if I’m able to do an accent wall in the right place or get the right carpet so it’s not a sterile environment, that makes it better. It makes me happy to have a positive impact on the spaces where people work. It affects your mood. Great interiors provide an opportunity to make environments better and more collaborative.
Q: How can interior architecture have a positive impact on people’s lives?
MC: I would like to think that architecture and interiors can inspire people—even create a sense of wonder at times. It can be a safe, secure place for someone. It can be a place for contemplation or a place for playfulness. Now that I’m at BRS, I’m learning a lot about playfulness—not just through the community recreation work we do but the culture at BRS as well.
Architecture is responsible for bringing together people that maybe aren’t from the same backgrounds or cultures and giving them a common place to be. I like the public-facing projects we do because it is an opportunity for people to raise the bar in their lives whether it is a health-related goal, or gaining knowledge. At least that’s what I hope happens. In the commercial world, you see the breadth and depth of people working in large corporate offices. And they have different ideas of how the space is used, where you sit and places where you can get away from your desk, where it’s more social. It can promote collaboration, camaraderie, and hopefully respect.