As one of seven employees to recently be promoted, we asked Rachael about what the new promotion to Senior Associate means to her, where she finds inspiration for her award winning interior design projects and more. Learn more about Rachael in this Q & A, on our website or by reading her Q & A from 2014.
Name & Title/Role
Rachael Bauer, Senior Associate, Interior Designer
How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?
I have worked at Weber Thompson since 2011. I enjoy the collaborative nature of the firm, being able to work with other disciplines and build on each other’s expertise.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
I am the lead interior designer for the Nexus condominiums here in Seattle. I also enjoy working on our smaller tenant improvement jobs.
You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
I’m glad to be able to contribute my knowledge to projects and grow with the firm. I enjoy mentoring others and working with my team members to watch great projects come to life. However, I’m also excited to become more involved in marketing and management and contribute to the firm’s success in other ways.
We know you don’t work all the time. What do you do on a typical Saturday morning?
I don’t sleep in, but never really did. I used to go to the gym every Saturday morning, but now I’d rather be spending a quiet morning with my new baby. Once we get going for the day, we usually end up out on a walk.
Where do you find inspiration?
Materiality. I am constantly looking around me at different materials in nature and the built environment – their textures, shapes and colors. I have to touch and feel everything.
Share a little about your background. What brought you to where you are today?
My interest in interior design was first sparked by family trips in the San Juan Islands when I was younger. While boating around in that area, I was fascinated with the unique designs of homes. It was then that I knew I wanted to do interior design. Later I realized I preferred commercial design because of all the opportunities to be wildly creative. I now enjoy designing the common areas of multi-family projects in addition to tenant improvement projects.
What is one of your current obsessions?
Candles. I could stare at the glow of a candle for hours.
What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
The Spanish language. I double majored in interior design and Spanish, because both are strong passions of mine. I enjoy reading and listening to music in Spanish and am now immersing my baby in the language.
What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
Designing more shower pans J (No really, I did do that!) I hope to continue to grow in my areas of expertise, from creating realistic 3D renderings to expanding my knowledge in the technical aspects of design.