Stacey Diehl

August 7, 2012

Stacey Diehl

Photo: Kate Warren

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Graduated: Hanover College

Year of graduation: 1990

Area of study: Communications

Currently studying: Interior Design

Student membership: ASID Fundraising Co-Chair, Founding Member of USGBC

Stacey came to the Corcoran after years of developing a career in marketing and branding identity for a large credit card company. After feeling as though she had achieved what she set out to do in that field, she wanted to shift her energy to something else. She was inspired by friends who were pursuing their passions. She dipped her toe in interior design with  an introductory course, and the experience confirmed that this was what she was fired up to do.

”When I first got to the Corcoran and saw studio work,” she recalls, “I thought I would never be able to produce work of that caliber, but I have surprised myself with what I have been able to produce.” She has learned not to be afraid to fail or make mistakes, but to keep on trying. Her experience has taught her to understand the role and responsibility a designer has in shaping the future. She now sees how empowering it can be to make things better for everyone. Being exposed to all the potential good that she can do has given her career aspirations and direction that she never would have predicted before starting the program. It has completely broadened her view of an interior design career while making her realize the positive impact a designer has, and she is excited to take on that challenge.

Stacey has valued being a part of Corcoran’s Student Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). In joining that group, she has been able to network with professionals, exercise leadership skills, and develop a sense of community with her colleagues. She has participated in events such as Options, where she visited a variety of firms throughout D.C., and RealWorld DesignWeek, during which she shadowed a professional to understand what they do in a given day. Stacey is a founding member of the Corcoran’s student chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). In that group she meets with her fellow students to prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam, which she plans to take prior to starting her thesis. ”Preparing for the LEED GA,” she says “has helped me to understand what is possible with design.” In the future Stacey hopes to be a part of a team that designs a product or space that has a significant positive impact on the environment.