PROFILE | Ashley Rickard
What is your area of study?
Interior Design. I will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
You have put so much time and energy into your education and towards earning a degree. Now that you’ve almost earned it, how will it enable you to make a difference in your field?
I was given the opportunity to do an externship with Whitney-Architects in Oak Brook, IL. There, I was able to apply my education and it was amazing to see how similar the reality of a career in Interior Design is to the work we practice in the classroom. I was also able to assist one of the professional designers with design software we frequently use in the classroom. In that instance I went from learning to teaching.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I want to start off working in the Chicago area in commercial design, and then pursue my dream of designing internationally.
How will you help “change the world” so to speak?
I hope to make the world a “greener” place to live in. To accomplish this goal of a sustainable design, a designer needs to focus on the location of a building and the resources/materials that will be used to grant a LEED certified building. A LEED certified building means that the building is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live in.
What first interested you in the SIU School of Architecture and why did you choose SIU instead of another school?
SIU is known for their excellent Interior Design and Architecture programs. What impressed me most was the guidance the faculty offers students after graduation.
What have you learned about yourself based on your experiences in the School of Architecture?
Over the years I have realized that my level of perseverance is still growing stronger. I could have easily given up or went to bed instead of working on my projects, but I didn’t. I always made sure to make the deadlines, fix problems and consult with my professors to ensure my work was of the highest quality.