Member Spotlight: Farida K. Sadliwala, Intern, ARIDO

  • Published on: Dec 16, 2021
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Q: How long have you been a member of ARIDO?

FS: Less than a year.

Q: We talk a lot about “The Path” at ARIDO, how did you get on the path to the association and develop your interest in Interior Design as a career?

Halfway through my undergraduate degree in architecture, I realised I was more drawn to crafting the experiences for those who used a building within its interior spaces. I wanted to use my skills to not simply curate innovative structures but to create interior spaces that would be just as inspiring as the edifices that they were embedded in. And so, I pursued my master’s in Interior Architecture at the Suffolk University in Boston, which became my gateway to the Interior Design industry.

Q: You’re the chair of the Awareness subcommittee formed as part of the Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Advancement committee’s work. Tell us about your work with the committee and what’s ahead?

FS: It’s a vital time to re-evaluate what we mean by equity, diversity and accessibility particularly as we continue to learn how the pandemic has impacted different communities in unique ways. The EDAA is exploring how we can champion equity and inclusion both within ARIDO’s membership and as goals that underwrite our professional practice. The Awareness subcommittee is prioritizing accessibility at organised ARIDO events (virtual or in-person), creating a safe space for everyone to engage in, and bringing diverse value to participants. We also plan to reach out to youth and high-school students to raise awareness about the professional opportunities within the industry.

Q: What has been a memorable project you have been part of in your career?

FS: New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NJ, USA) from when I worked in Boston - as a new designer, this was the first project I was involved in from Concept to Construction Admin - it was a very rewarding experience.

New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
Interior, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NJ, USA).

Q: What book are you reading now?

FS: How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Stories (Umberto Eco), and The Secret Lives of Colour (Kassia St Clair) - highly recommended!

Cover Image of "The Secret Lives of Colour"

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