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Lisa Statkiewicz
Associate, Design Practice Leader

Lisa Statkiewicz
  • Parsons School of Design - The New School
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What motivated you to become a designer (or current role?)?

I was always interested in shaping space, even as a kid. I went to an architecture program at Parsons and at the firms I 1st worked for out of school I worked purely on the architecture side of things, like elevator shafts, egress stairwells and residential housing. I happened to work on an interior reception lobby with lots of millwork and found that far more fulfilling and ended up switching firms and taking a more interior architecture focus in my career. I love working on interior projects. With the speed of the projects you see your ideas come to life much quicker.

When you are retired and look back on your life, what is the biggest accomplishment you hope to achieve?

Helping others to reach their potential as designers and feel confident in what they do.

What does successful workplace culture mean to you?

Empowering others on your teams brings successful projects to fruition. With the goal of having everyone feel like they had a say in the outcome.

What would you be doing if you were not working in this industry?

Figuring out 1 million ways to be creative. Wait I already do this too many UFO’s in my house, Unfinished Objects. Currently looking into

Do you have a talent (outside of being your talented self at Bergmeyer) that you are proud of?

Mad gardening skills, the chipmunks like this too.

What do you listen to while working?

I listen to Spotify “Coffee Table Jazz” most often. For me it promotes productivity without too many distractions, like words or sudden loud sounds. That being said, my favorite for driving to work right now is Missing Persons album Spring Session M. #80schild

What valuable lesson did you learn from your grandparents?

My grandmother told me to be careful about choosing what chores you pick to take care of. Her example was her sister chose to get her children ready in the morning while her husband put coal in the furnace. The children grew up and left home and her husband still needed to get up early to put coal in the furnace. Choose Wisely #IndianaJones

What’s the most important part of your morning routine?

I like to ease into my day. Start with coffee accompanied by Peace and Quiet reflection. Usually followed by early morning gardening or a 10-15 minute fitness app routine. If I don’t get to do this I’m a bit out of sorts. Especially if I miss the coffee with quiet contemplation.

At what age would you live forever?

NONE. Did we learn nothing from Ground Hog Day or Captain America?

Coffee or tea?

Both. Start with 2 cups of really good Peet's coffee. I’m a bit of a coffee snob. Followed by tea of every kind the rest of the day. I just joined a monthly tea service and keep a ceramic tea pot at my desk. Maybe I’m really a tea snob? I have been known to mix up the afternoon tea with a cup of really good cold brew, but not after 3pm.

What was your first job?

In high school my after school job was an orthodontic assistant. I was also certified to take dental x-rays. I found it very interesting but I really wanted to go to Parsons School of Design in NYC.

What is the first site or app you visit every morning?

Instagram is part of my morning coffee routine. It is like reading a magazine with all of my favorite things. It is kind of a zen thing.