I am IIDA | Paul Vanderheiden

Paul Vanderheiden, IIDA 

I am a Northern Colorado native with a passion for people and problem solving.  I’ve earned a degree in Interior Design from Colorado State University, and studied Interior Architecture at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Since graduation, I have focused on growing my technology skills as a draftsman, producing interior construction documents in Autodesk Revit, and coordinating heavily with other architects, engineers, and project stakeholders.  As a BIM Manager and Project Manager, I am continually looking for ways to improve our design processes, enhance our project deliverables, and provide clear and direct communication with the entire project team.

I have come to understand that truly successful projects are the ones that focus first on building strong relationships and personal trust.  No architectural project can come to fruition without enthusiastic, cooperative teamwork.  With this understanding, I am always eager to learn about the techniques, challenges, and perspectives of everyone involved in the project, so that I may assist in finding the best possible solution for every design constraint.  This approach builds strong, sincere relationships with our clients and industry partners.  

Outside the office, I am committed to networking through the International Interior Design Association: Rocky Mountain Chapter, and am currently serving on the IIDA RMC NoCo Core Committee.  I also enjoy cycling, mountain biking, hiking, and downhill skiing, and have recently began to dabble in the world of residential real estate investment.

Why IIDA? 
To foster sincere, relevant relationships with the wonderful human beings that help me do what I love.  That’s it.  Life is solely about connecting with and enriching one another, and work is so much more fulfilling when it is approached this way.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An Air Force Pilot!  My grandfather was a pilot, and took me to a lot of air shows when I was young.  Too bad I grew up to motion sickness and horrible vision…

What is your favorite design element? 
My favorite architectural element is staircases.  I love them for their visual motion, detailed material composition, and physical interaction with the user. There are so many beautiful ways to design and experience them!

Do you have a current obsession? 
I really enjoy singing.  I’m always jamming out and singing when I’m alone.  I should really do more with that talent…

Which super power would you like to have? 
Teleportation.  There are so many amazing things to see in this world, and who really wants to waste their time flying there?

What are you looking forward to this year? 
Buying my first house.  Becoming debt free.  And spending some amazing time with my family.

How do you think Interior Designers can Advocate for the profession?
 I think the most important way is to educate people outside the industry about the process of design, and help them realize the impact of the design choices that have been made around them.  I don’t think people realize how much the built environment directly effects their daily experiences, opinions, and emotions.  Our design choices are extremely powerful once they are adapted and applied to the masses.Designers can Advocate for the profession?


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