Jane Hallinan is NOT a decorator.

Jane Hallinan is NOT a decorator.

Jane Hallinan, of Perkins Eastman in Pittsburgh, has become one of the most networked designers in the Workplace Design industry. She is also the founder of “Not A Decorator,” an apparel and accessory brand dedicated to reflecting the pride and passion she has for her career as an interior designer. In this episode, she shares the keys to personal growth and the importance networking plays in a career in design, as well as the challenges our industry faces to take “Material Health” to the next level.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

  1. Personal growth as a designer
  2. Networking in the design industry
  3. The purpose and brand identity of "Not A Decorator" 
  4. Material health

Quotes from Jane Hallinan: 

"If you’re waiting for regulations to change the way we design, it will be far too late."

About Jane Hallinan:

JANE HALLINAN, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE, is an interior designer interested in environmentalism, material health, and honey bees. She is an Associate at Perkins Eastman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and practices within the workplace and higher education areas of the firm. This compliments her previous design experience in the renovation of existing and historic buildings for commercial, educational, and religious clientele. In 2017, Hallinan launched Not A Decorator, a brand that focuses on interior design advocacy and is dedicated to further strengthening a respected title for professionals across the industry. Hallinan was named the 2015 IIDA Member of the Year, was President of the IIDA PA/NJ/DE Chapter from 2015-2018, and was a member of the Contract Magazine Editorial Advisory Board. Jane is known for her active voice within the industry and recently co-authored a submission to the 2020 CoreNet Global Hackathon with a team of IIDA members titled “A View Towards the Workplace of 2024.”

Related Imagine a Place podcast episodes: 

Andrew Alford (Andrew Alford Creative): Living Your Most Colorful Life

Stephen Searer (officesnapshots.com): The story behind one of design’s most beloved websites.

Autumn Gloetzner (DLR Group): Finding your place in design


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