Julia Fuller

Julia Fuller

Senior Designer/Associate


Interior Architects

Los Angeles, CA USA


Design is everything...it’s sort of endless. The limits and the opportunities are exponential.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
My parents were both very naturally creative and we grew up with an artistic spirit in the house.
I went to community college for sculpture, but I realized I wanted to do something bigger than clay.
I transferred to ASU and jumped right into the architecture program and my first design studio.
I immediately loved design because there’s always an element of change in every new project you tackle.
I went to graduate school in Los Angeles and decided I’d found my new home.
I started working at Interior Architects here in downtown Los Angeles.
I stay engaged with a lot of my creative hobbies: right now I’m restoring a classic car with my dad!

Education

High School
Bachelor
Architecture
Arizona State University
Graduate
Architecture
Southern California Institute of Architecture

Career

Senior Designer/Associate

We take clients’ ideas and visions and help turn them into their new home or workspace.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Design
Being Creative

Day to Day

My role is as the leader of the design team, so first I help them through the conceptualization of an idea, digitally modeling and rendering it, and then preparing presentations for clients—that process is very collaborative. Then we go into the construction document phase and get our permits from the city. Once those go through, we’re ready to build! I love doing construction administration, when I get to actually go to the job site and work with the contractors.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Design school teaches you how to be a good designer, but there’s still a lot to learn after that. What’s helped me accelerate that learning is finding mentors: mentors are huge in this profession. I have a business mentor, a design mentor, and a technical mentor, and having those people makes a big difference in your career path and your learning curve.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be ready to work, and get involved early: get in touch with design and architecture outreach programs in your local city, or just reach out to architects nearby. You’ll be surprised by how willing people will be to help you out, and to explain different career paths to you. Most importantly: keep having fun!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Architecture
graduate
Graduate
Architecture

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Maybe you’d be best suited to be a model builder, rather than an architect."