Katerina G.: Junior Designer Profile
Describe your role at Lischkoff Build | Design.
I am involved in all/almost all aspects of projects including CAD drawing, selecting and sourcing products, budgeting, calculating quantity take offs, client meetings, creating visual presentations for clients, 3D modelling, rendering, collaborating with various team members in various roles.
What is your favourite thing about being a designer? / Why did you become a designer?
My favourite thing about being a designer would be seeing clients happy with the ideas proposed, and seeing them even happier when those ideas have successfully come to life. It is rewarding seeing the trust they had in you grow into an appreciation for bringing their dreams to life.
How would you describe your design style?
I would say I mostly enjoy designing in a contemporary style, however enjoy juxtapositions being incorporated, big or small, if the right opportunity arises to do so.
What was your favourite project to work on and why?
My favourite project to work on so far, would be LDP project Grunwald. The clients were very easy going, they had trust in the process and advice given, they were a joy to collaborate with and speak to each client meeting we had together.
Where do you find your inspiration? OR What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
I find it difficult to state a favourite inspiration, given that design evolves so rapidly and can be so innovative, I find it is the same with inspiration. Inspiration I find really depends on the project. It could be drawn from people, places, nature, fashion etc. I feel I would need to know more about a project and the desired design direction, in order to know where to look for inspiration for that project.
How do you balance function with aesthetic?
I feel once you know what the functionality of a space needed is, it is easier to have a direction with aesthetic and form. It is easy to find an endless amount of aesthetically pleasing pieces of furniture, or rooms in a house, but if the furniture is not comfortable, or the rooms in the house don’t have proper circulation and flow, then will anyone really want to use either of them?
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job would be getting to work with the team that we have. It is such a great feeling knowing you are going into work seeing people you enjoy to be around, feel inspired around, and can have a few good laughs along the way. Also, we have dogs… always a pleasure.
What’s the first step in getting started on a home design?
The first step of getting started on a project would be getting to know the client; Who they are, what they’re like, what they want, what they need, and being able to try to bring it all together by the end of the project.
What area is your favourite to work in/design for? And why? (i.e. Muskoka, Collingwood, Kawartha Lakes, GTA, etc)
I would say my favourite area to work in would be up north in Hunstville/Muskoka area, I enjoy a day trip up north from the city to some peace and quiet. Working in Toronto is always interesting given it is close to home, but there is a warm feeling being up north once in a while.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
My super power would be to fly.