Karen M. Fisher, CID, IIDA, ASID, Principal Design/Director
As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by how people relate to space. I have always had a curiosity about the world and cultural diversity. Eventually, these interests merged in the form of Environmental Design. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, but my multifaceted education has spanned many countries and years, including studies at the American College, Lucerne, Switzerland, four years with Daikyo, Inc. in Tokyo, and many years with Cole Martinez Curtis and Associates, a prestigious design firm in Southern California. While living in Japan, I traveled to and from Australia, working on a variety of projects there. My multicultural overseas experience and multinational market knowledge makes me comfortable within a broad spectrum of projects and environments. I live and breathe in a big, wide world and am at home in any setting, and up for any challenge. As a Certified Interior Designer (CID) in the State of California, it is critical that I stay current with continuing education that includes ADA Accessibility, BOMA standards, sustainability, building codes and market trends. I pay particular attention to swings and advances in the building industry and specifically how construction methods, value-driven design, and the world market affect the end user. I am an accredited member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Additionally, I have been an instructor for the American InterContinental University and a guest lecturer for ASID.What keeps me motivated and inspired after all these years? Everything. I love the process of getting inside each project, problem-solving and mapping out the details for completion. I like the challenges each project brings and how I draw on my experiences to solve them. And the relationships formed with my clients and my team are particularly satisfying. When we are all in sync, it is no longer work, it is pleasure and it shows in the results. Who could ask for a better way to spend each day!