Perspectives 02.04.2020

Conversations with Colleagues: Nicolette Gordon

Nicolette is a designer in our Boston studio
Nicolette was a model for the IIDA Fashion Show in 2019, and also a member of the costume design team
Nicolette was a model for the IIDA Fashion Show in 2019, and also a member of the costume design team
Q: It’s Black History Month—and, the first BHM of a whole new decade. What message about design’s positive influence on the world would you most like to get out there?

A: Design always has the potential to positively influence the world, because in its simplest form it is a tangible expression of one’s perception of life. That perception is influenced by each person’s many experiences and acquired knowledge throughout their everyday journey. This creates a beautiful opportunity for Black designers to infuse the world with different flavors of their expressive being. Find your voice and tell your story through your designs.

Q: What drew you to the design profession, and what’s keeping you here?

A: I was drawn to the design profession by the opportunity to connect people from across the world to one another. The gratitude and growth of the people who occupy our spaces is what keeps me here. I also stay as an example to young urban girls that no career field is off limits. You can be successful doing what you love while positively impacting others, regardless of being a minority.

Nicolette attended the Hospitality Design expo in Las Vegas, 2018
Nicolette attended the Hospitality Design expo in Las Vegas, 2018
Private client corporate interior, 2019
Nicolette has worked on a variety of corporate interior projects
Q: In what ways do you think our firm stands apart from other firms as far as diversity, inclusion, and engagement go—and how has our firm enabled you to thrive as a professional?

A: Perkins and Will provides the opportunity to work in a variety of commercial market design sectors throughout the firm. This is an ideal environment for young professionals to try out different types of design and explore their preferences. Being involved in an office culture that enables designers to diversify their skills is essential, especially for a minority designer who may not have the opportunity to do so elsewhere.

Q: In what positive ways have your experiences at Perkins and Will changed you, personally or professionally, and/or your outlook on the world?

A: My experience at Perkins and Will has greatly impacted my life both professionally and personally by teaching me to take every situation by the horns and steer it to a place of growth and positivity. It is important to know that your voice matters, especially regarding your career. A smart professional speaks up to ensure that they are getting 110 percent out of all their experiences.

Nicolette's allet for the Belmont Middle and High School
Nicolette's pallet for the Belmont Middle and High School