Interior Designer Rachel is one of the three key individuals who opened WHR’s Dallas office, which now employs more than a dozen people. She was at another firm when she got the call offering her the chance to start a new office with two colleagues she had worked with previously and respected infinitely. Once she interviewed she saw that it was “an opportunity too good to pass up.”
Rachel began college as an art major, but really couldn’t see a future in it, so she started looking for other inspiration. She found it in interior design, which to her was a comfortable, controlled chaos blending creativity and rules. Rachel’s favorite of her WHR projects is the Memorial Hermann Ambulatory Care Center because so many wonderful ideas were incorporated into the job. One of the most unusual of these ideas was a “humor wall” in the waiting area for patients about to undergo MRI and cancer treatments. It is filled with jokes and inspirational quotes to take patients’ minds off the scary, unfamiliar procedures they are facing. During a project, Rachel is happiest in the research phase. She loves learning and studying case histories, which explains her voracious appetite for reading as many books as she can get her hands on.
“My inspiration for design choices comes from many sources. I’ve been inspired by the early Disney drawings of Evan Earle and by the beautiful graphics of the video game Siberia. But more often than not, I let the architecture of the space influence the interior design, as well as the client’s vision statements and dialogue. ”