The Most Valuable Lessons I Learned Working in a Design Firm

Having spent years working in the showrooms in Chicago’s design center while attending design school, I thought I was well prepared and ready to take on the residential design world upon graduation. Then, when I scored a position at one of the top firms in the country, I realized that I, in fact, did not know it all. But after years of working for some of the best design minds out there and being a part of some truly incredible projects, I picked up a few new skills and developed some lifelong habits that have been invaluable ever since. From keeping an open mind when it comes to design decisions to anticipating problems that may (and will) arise, the below seven lessons have helped shape my career.