Anna is a recent graduate of the Kent State University where she earned her B.A. in Interior Design and participated in the Kent State Florence Program. Prior to joining FitzGerald, Anna worked on interior design teams for the Office of the University Architects at Kent State and as a Design Consultant with Restoration Hardware. She was involved at Kent State in the Alpha Rho Chi professional architecture & allied arts fraternity and the Interior Design Student Collaborative, the student organization for the American Society of Interior Design and International Interior Design Association.
What has made Anna, uniquely Anna?
Q: What’s a trip that changed you, and why?
A: “For almost 5 months in college, I was able to live and learn amongst historical works of art and architecture in Florence, Italy. You cannot compare the real thing to what you see in any textbook. I am still grateful for this opportunity, as it reassured my passion for design.”
Q: What’s one professional skill you are currently working on?
A: “I’m taking advantage of time during the pandemic to improve my hand-sketching skills; by spending an hour or two drawing.
Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: “I went on a 6 mile hike in the jungle of Chang Mai, Thailand, in 100+ degree heat. I fell down the side of a cliff, roughly 10 feet, and then another 5-10 feet trying to get up. Clumsy or daring? You choose.
Q: What surprised you about working at FitzGerald?
A: “The biggest surprise is friendships I have formed with coworkers. I find myself in constant contact, even on weekends, because I do not consider them only colleagues... but friends.
Q: Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
A: Yes, surprisingly I have a few nicknames for someone with an already short name, and most are longer than my real name. My sister calls me Annie, which I think is cute. My closest friends call me Annz (yes, the Z is important.) I get the classic Anna Banana from time to time. I also get called my Instagram handle a good amount… which started out as a joke, but is not any more. (follow me @itsmee_annalee). Lastly, though not a nickname, a lot of people just call me by my full name. My name is so short, so it still just rolls off the tongue.
Q: What's a work-related accomplishment that you're really proud of?
A: My biggest work-related accomplishment was working on the North + Vine project. This was one of the first projects that I worked on at FitzGerald, as well as my first real project outside of school. Nothing compares seeing a project you work on come to life. I (embarrassingly) sent so many pictures of our finished project to my friends and family.
Q: Who is someone you really admire?
A: Someone that I really admire is someone that is anonymous to the public: Bansky. He shredded his famous "Girl With Baloon" print as a publicity stunt to force the public to laugh and reflect on the fact that graffiti, and street art, being treated as fine art is ridiculous. There comes a point where art should be accessible to everyone. Banksy really allows me to reflect on art as a whole, which is something that I had never thought about while experiencing other artists' works.
Q: What's a mistake you made early on in your career, and what did you learn from it?
A: I still consider myself being in the early stage of my career, so I am still learning and growing from my mistakes. I think my biggest take away (moving forward) is that we are all human, we make mistakes, but it is important not to dwell on these mistakes. There will always be a lesson learned out of every experience. Use what you have learned to inform others so that we may slowly, but surely all grow together.
Q: What is one totally irrational fear you have?
A: Bridges. I am not a fan of bridges. I instantly get anxious walking or driving across them. My mom is also afraid of bridges, which is kind of weird… maybe I got that from her? Our biggest accomplishment was walking across the Brooklyn Bridge two years ago; which may not seem like a big deal to others, but to us it was amazing! If you ever walk with me across a bridge, do not make jokes because I will not be happy with you!
Q: What is the best gift you have received?
A: The best gift I received was from my parents. They created a puzzle that my sister and I had to put together to inform us that we were going on a trip to Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. This was my first time ever leaving the country and definitely encouraged me to travel more.
B.A., Interior Design, Kent State University
3 Years @ FitzGerald
3 Years @ Total