We are pleased to announce that Jacqueline recently passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Examination and earned her NCIDQ Certificate. The rigorous, three-part NCIDQ Examination covers all aspects of professional practice and related topics such as codes, sustainability and universal design.
In celebration of her accomplishment, we asked Jacqueline a few questions about her journey to earning this acreditation and next steps.
What was your inspiration to become an interior designer?
I always loved watching This Old House and other design shows as a kid, but I can trace my point of inspiration back to a Christopher Lowell show. Lowell would always end by answering viewers’ questions. One of the viewers asked if they could paint their room a dark color even though it was small. I loved his response! He told the viewer to measure the room with its white walls, paint it the color of their choice and then measure it again. He explained that the room will not change in size.
It was the first time I realized I don’t have to follow all of the “rules” and that I can take chances. I am driven to create spaces that makes the user feel comfortable and happy.
What is your motivation to succeed?
My parents! They are extremely hard workers and have been exceptional examples for me. They have done everything in their power to see me succeed in both school and for the NCIDQ examination. When they found out that I was starting the process, they took me out to get any supplies that I could possibly need. The purchases included new bags for my studying supplies, a new planner, a study teddy bear, colorful pens and highlighters.
What were your study habits when preparing for the exam? Any weird habits?
I really have no fun study habits like listening to crazy music or eating two bags of Cheetos, but I am a little OCD when it comes to certain things. The pens and highlighters that my parents got me come in handy since I like to color code my notes to help me remember.
The best way for me to study is with flashcards; I am somewhat fanatical about keeping them organized. I number them so I know when they are out of order, and I can’t stand when they get bent or crinkled. Because of this, I got a flashcard box to keep them protected and in order. For the hand drafting portion of the exam, I had to learn how to get out of my comfort zone and allow trace paper and eraser crumbs fly.
What are you looking forward to doing now that you have a bit more free time?
With my newfound free time I am researching my next goals and challenges. I have it narrowed down to three, but am still determining which one will come first.
In case you’re wondering about the photos
It’s an RLPS tradition that firm partners cut the scarf (or tie) of a newly credentialed interior designer or architect during our monthly staff meeting. Although the history of this practice is a little murky, the tradition continues mostly because it’s fun and certainly an achievement worth celebrating.