Standing Out: What Design Leaders Look For

Get an inside look at how Student Portfolio Competition jury members review and assess design portfolios.

Meet some of the 2021 Student Portfolio Competition Jury! Learn about their firms, careers, expectations for the competition, and most importantly, gain an understanding of what employers are looking for when hiring and recruiting talent.  

This is a recording of a webinar presented on January 14, 2021.

What You Will Learn
  • Strategies to make your portfolio stand out, in competition and in the hiring process
  • Tips to more effectively tell your story through your portfolio
  • Common portfolio mistakes and how to avoid them
  • The role of the design portfolio in the hiring process at firms

Access Period: One year from registration.

Susan Chang, ASID, AIA

Partner, Shimoda Design Group

Susan Chang is the co-founder of Shimoda Design Group, a boutique studio specializing in bespoke design solutions for leading companies across the U.S. Susan's breadth of experience in workplace, retail and residential projects have been integral to the development of the multidisciplinary design practice. Under her leadership, the studio work is diverse with a common strength in its narrative unique to each client and company brand experience. In 2000, Susan and Joey Shimoda founded Shimoda Design Group at a live/work warehouse in the burgeoning Arts district of downtown Los Angeles. The firm steadily gained a reputation for innovative workplace interiors, history-conscious building renovations and bold, forward-looking creative mixed-use campuses. Their eclectic sensibilities merge with a unique client culture for engaging, enlivening, transformative design as exemplified by collaborations with Steelcase Inc., Tishman Speyer, TOMS Shoes and Bloomberg.

Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet

Design Advocate, Determined by Design

A design chameleon, Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet has the unique ability to tap into the heart of a community and give people a voice through design. With a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Moore College of Art + Design, Sequoyah is an agent of change who is passionate about advocacy, championing diversity within the design profession, and providing all people access to interior design through design equity. Recognized as a rising star as one of the 2020 Boutique 18 by Boutique Magazine, Sequoyah is determined to design for real people with real world problems and uplift them through elevated spaces.

Betsy Graham Nurse, ASID

Senior Principal, Director of Interiors, HOK

With 25 years of experience, Betsy Graham Nurse is passionate about orchestrating strategy and design solutions to create dynamic, highly-functional and user-centric interior environments. As Senior Principal and Director of Interior Design for HOK’s Atlanta practice, her professional experience in higher education, healthcare and corporate workplace inspire new ways to integrate and balance well-being, technology and flexibility for people and businesses. Betsy is President of CoreNet Global’s Atlanta Chapter, President Emeritus of The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center and lectures nationally on the evolution of the workplace and addressing the challenges of the future.

Briana Guin, Allied ASID (Moderator)

Experiential Designer, Condé Nast

As an Auburn graduate and experiential designer at Condé Nast, Briana Guin thrives to look for innovative and creative solutions to design and influence the world around her in a more positive way. Her love for design extends into every aspect of her life - starting from a very young age with the moment she realized she could help shape the world into a more colorful place. More than anything, she wants to create holistic and immersive experiences and spaces that cater to everyone and inspire all. Briana is constantly seeking new opportunities and experiences that will help in expanding her knowledge in the ever-evolving field of design.


Standing Out: What Design Leaders Look For Part One
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Standing Out: What Design Leaders Look For Part Two
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