A lifelong New Yorker, Allison grew up in the heart of Manhattan during the 1970s and 1980s. These days, you will find her riding the subways to and from work, jam-packed with people from all over the world, all different ages, identities, and walks of life. Design’s power to change people’s lives and their perspectives became clear to her, from a young age, as a respite from the both the gritty and inspiring urban experience. Creativity, art, and expression were the underpinning of her home life–family values that were held in high esteem. Her mother is a costume designer, her father a musical conductor, pianist and composer, her grandfather a portrait painter. Many in her extended family were also musicians and artists.
She studied architectural and art history at Harvard University, and eventually came to see herself as a translator of art and design–helping people of all backgrounds to understand and appreciate the significance of these creative disciplines. Today, she continues to do so, communicating the relevance and positive impact of great design to clients around the world.