CBRE | Heery Interior Designer Jillian Doyle was honored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Great Plains Chapter as this year’s Emerging Professional. Each year during the annual IIDA Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), the Chapter recognizes a student IIDA member or recent graduate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, insight and involvement in IIDA Great Plains.
Doyle was nominated by Chapter board members for her continued dedication to IIDA and her commitment to elevating, advocating and celebrating the profession of interior design. Doyle started as an involved student member and has since taken the position of Director of Professional Development for the Chapter’s Eastern Iowa City Center where she oversees the planning and execution of IIDA networking events and continuing education course sessions. Already this year she has successfully coordinated the RT London CEU and Public Speaking talk as well as the DL Couch CEU. These continued education programs serve as a creative outlet to promote awareness regarding pertinent issues within the practice of Interior Design and are applied toward helping Professional and Associate Members in achieving the organization’s required continuing education units.
A graduate of Kirkwood Community College, Doyle is especially passionate about paying it forward, often sharing her experiences and lessons-learned from her time as a student and early career. She serves as the Alumni Mentor for Kirkwood Community College’s Interior Design Program and sits on its Advisory Board. Earlier this year, Doyle hosted design students from local college campuses for a job shadow opportunity at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital as part of IIDA’s Student Mentoring Program.
A passionate and innovative interior designer, Doyle’s experience includes programming, furniture specifications, design development, presentation, space planning, and construction documentation for healthcare spaces. She is often responsible for translating client requirements to design criteria from conceptual design through installation. Her current projects include healthcare design for an Interventional Radiology department, PET-MRI, and Psychology department.
Asked if she has any words of advice for other emerging professionals fresh out of school or just getting their foot in the door, she offered, “I think it’s important to always look at every task as a learning experience and to always have a positive attitude. If you work hard at everything you do, you can accomplish anything!”