Hannah Starnes

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • Interesting / weird fact about me is that I have an affinity for dams. (Yes, so random!) I took an architectural elective on the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) in school that really sparked this interest even more. I enjoyed going around and photographing different dams around me and learning the history that came with them. Then, TVA ended up being one of my clients. It was a full circle – totally nerdy – moment for me!
  2. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I was initially introduced to the profession by my stepmom who is an architect. As I got older, I knew that it was a career I wanted to pursue. I have since felt honored to be a part of impacting and shaping people’s everyday lives through design.
  3. What is your greatest strength?
    • As a designer, I would say one of the most important parts of our job is to have good problem-solving skills. I like to think that I am good at working through issues that pop up during projects – and I usually enjoy working through them, too.
  4. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • My fiancé and I hiked and camped through Zion National Park on a roadtrip across the country. It is not Mount Everest, but we hiked Angel’s Landing and are super proud to say we did such a once in a lifetime hike. It sparked a lifelong bucket list of visiting various National Parks across the country!
  5. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • My greatest professional achievement would be getting NCIDQ certified. It meant a lot to me to have my certification and I was proud that after all the studying, quizzing, etc. that I was able to mark that off my list!
  6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • When I am not working, I’m most likely outside in the yard, camping, hiking, or playing with the dogs!
  7. What motivates you?
    • I am motivated by the end goal. Because the project timelines in our field are so extensive – what keeps me going is seeing the finished product and how happy our clients are with their new spaces.
  8. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • To create spaces that inspire the people that occupy them while being a good steward of sustainable design.

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton