Perspective is a starting point. Perspective is one of the first considerations of a concept napkin sketch, the beginning of a conversation with a client to better understand the function of a space; it is a pillar of design. Through Sharla’s pursuit of Interior Design, she has begun to carve out a space in the design community to share, explore, and apply her perspective. At Washington State University, Sharla admits that drawing perspectives in her introductory courses were initially tedious but then it began to evolve. Sharla learned to understand the intersections of creating space, generating reactions, and understanding the users needs.
As her Masters programs culminated, Sharla honed both her practice and personal narrative in a medical facility design for her Final Defense Presentation. As a cancer survivor, Sharla spent significant time in chemotherapy treatment spaces which tended to be dark and sterile. Through her research, she identified that these spaces could be improved with architectural amenities that addressed comfort, light, mental and physical well-being to create a more therapeutic environment. Her final graduate project explored the relationship between biophilia and the WELL Building Standard to promote a healing and restorative environment for cancer patients. Drawing perspectives that intertwined her research and attached her personal experience in treatment spaces was driving.
“You can make a difference as a designer. It’s about paying attention to the details along the way.”
Sharla, KMB architects’ Interior Design Specialist, looks forward to integrating therapeutic design concepts into spaces and complimenting the growing KMB architects’ Design Team.