We recently chatted with Meena Krenek, the newly appointed Interior Design Director of our New York studio. Meena’s passion and divergent thinking are evident in her work ethic and bold approach to design. Read on to discover how Meena empowers and inspires through transformative projects.
What is your role at Perkins and Will?
I’ve recently become the Interior Design Director of the New York studio. I foster innovative thinking for provocative design exploration. I really love to be inspired, and to inspire, and be around passionate people who are fearless. I want our office to step away from normalcy and think of bold ways to consider space and the use of space. For example, I want our teams to think about the end user and provide a memorable experience that influences and connects the users to the space.
I participate in the Design Leadership Council, which allows me to elevate the excellence of Interior Design in our practice. I also am a graduate of the Leadership Institute of 2015. This year I was selected to be a rotating member of the Executive Committee.
What are your workspace must-haves?
For me, being inspired never occurs in the same way. My work environment could be at a workstation, in a meeting room with a team, in the shower, in transit, etc. I’m always “on.” Design becomes alive in all forms when I think about projects and design ideas. My favorite experiences typically occur with team members. When I chat with designers, I love the way our ideas feed off each other, and collectively, our ideas become a concept for a project—it’s so cool and rewarding!
In short, a workplace must have the most talented, intelligent, inspiring, creative thinkers! I get excited about our workplace because of the designers that work beside me!