Melissa Hucke ’07

I’m an interior designer for One Earth One Design. We specialize in sustainable design and work on both commercial and residential projects. What is so great about working for a small company is that I am so involved in all phases of the projects. There is never a dull moment, as I’m always busy with a variety of different tasks.

My days can range from being on site taking measurements and meeting with contractors to visiting showrooms and meeting with clients. Other days I’m in the office working on plans, elevations, specifications, budgets, proposals, and purchasing. I am constantly learning new things by researching products or meeting with reps.

My favorite days are when I get to be more creative. Those days I am selecting furniture and materials or putting together color boards. Depending on the project, I even get to go on business trips. I love that no two days are ever the same.

Starting out as a new designer fresh out of college, I felt like I had such a great foundation to start with. SPU’s Interior Design program really prepared me to jump right into my career. There was a lot to learn once I was out in the field, but I felt prepared and confident.

The studio classes really taught me the processes that designers go through. It was so beneficial to have such a great understanding of construction documents and being able to produce them. Being proficient in AutoCAD was also a huge asset. Having a background in materials, lighting, and textiles has proven to be quite valuable.

Although designers are constantly learning and being challenged, SPU’s program really gives the background knowledge that is necessary to succeed in the interior design field.

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