Tracey Johnston

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I have a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • When I was in high school I was very interested in design and actually had a class in Interior Design.  I was drawn to interiors for how a space can affect people both positively and negatively.  Luckily my counselor knew that Michigan State had a CIDA accredited Interior Design program and suggested I check it out.  I went home that day and told my Mom I was going to MSU!
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Honesty
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Being a mom to my son Max.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Working on the MSU Football office renovation was really exciting.  I am especially proud to have been a part of the team that just won new work at the Duffy football building.   While I am a football fan, it’s most gratifying as an alum give back to the place that gave me my professional start.  I also serve on the Advisory Board for the Interior Design program at MSU.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I love spending time with my husband Greg and son Max.  I also enjoy gardening and landscaping at home.   We bought a neglected house a few years back and while it’s a work in progress I love bringing it back to life little by little.
  1. What motivates you?
    • Delivering a successful project for the people that inhabit the spaces I design.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • My overarching goal as an Interior Designer is to contribute at a level that elevates the perception of our profession beyond the selection of colors and finishes.

“You know something is well designed when it has functional and emotional value”  – Unknown