Meet the Team | Sharla Thiesen

The exercise of drawing perspectives goes beyond sketching and creating spaces. It allows you to see things that you didn’t know about yourself.
  Sharla Thiesen  Interior Designer

Sharla Thiesen
Interior Designer

 
 Sharla celebrating her Master of Arts in Interior Design with her family and friends.  Washington State University,  Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony

Sharla celebrating her Master of Arts in Interior Design with her family and friends.
Washington State University,
Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony

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.

 Exam Corridor, Interior Concept by Sharla Thiesen for her Final Defense Presentation  Washington State University, 2018

Exam Corridor, Interior Concept by Sharla Thiesen for her Final Defense Presentation
Washington State University, 2018

Design is about considering every detail and its impact. I wanted to present thoughtful design from the perspective of a survivor.
 
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“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.