Rachael Bauer is a valued member of the Interior Design team at Weber Thompson. She recently received her NCIDQ certification, and is participating in planning for this year’s Park(ing) Day. We chatted with her to learn more about her background, her inspirations, and her upcoming travel plans.
Name & Title/Role
Rachael Bauer – Interior Designer
How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?
Summarize your job in a paragraph.
Starting with conceptual design, I help develop the direction of a project. Design development is my favorite phase, where I create a three-dimensional model and renderings to better understand the spaces and they start to come to life. I take this into construction documentation and construction administration until the project is fully constructed.
What do you do on a typical Saturday morning?
I start my day off at the gym or doing some form of exercise.
Where do you find inspiration?
My first inspiration to become an interior designer began in my junior/high school days when my family boated in the San Juan Islands and I became fascinated with the unique designs of homes, always wondering what they looked like on the inside.
Today my inspiration comes from anywhere, but especially from various textures I encounter, whether on the street, building facades or from nature itself.
What has been your favorite project?
My favorite project has been Talking Rain’s corporate offices. This was the first project at WT in which I was heavily involved in every design phase. The mixture of materials and textures adds excitement to the space.
What is your favorite thing about working at Weber Thompson?
I value the opportunity to partake in every phase of design, especially developing the three-dimensional models and renderings, and seeing their transformation into real spaces.
Share a little about your background. Where have you been and what brought you to Weber Thompson?
I knew early in my life I wanted to be an interior designer. I started my interior design career early, from my senior project in high school to job shadowing and assisting a local residential interior designer during my college years. I then worked at EHS for a year as resource librarian and assisting in corporate design and tenant improvements. WT allowed me to become a well-rounded interior designer, gaining experience in all phases of design.
What’s one of your current obsessions?
I am obsessed with animals. Ever since I was a child, my family has been involved in animal rescue and it has become a passion of mine.
I am also obsessed with the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. In fact, I am so passionate about them that I couldn’t decide on my major in college, resulting in my double major in interior design and Spanish. My goal is to visit every Spanish-speaking country.
What are you looking forward to?
Next April/May my family is planning another family reunion in Germany, where many of my distant relatives live. After a week in Germany, we will tour other parts of Europe.
Read more about Rachael at www.weberthompson.com.