Tell us about your role at LS3P. I am an Interior Designer in LS3P’s Charleston office. I have worked across many sectors since I started last year, but at the moment I am working mainly in Federal/ Industrial. What led you to this career? A quarter life crisis and the commercial break during an episode of Cupcake Wars left me switching majors a week before my second semester of college. As one of my favorite professors said when I submitted my portfolio to her, “You didn’t really give me much opportunity to deny you from this major, did you?” This is the briefest summary I can give but I am always willing to retell my “Interior Design origin story.” What are the greatest challenges we’re facing in the industry? I think the greatest challenge that we’ve been facing in all industries is complacency. The world is constantly changing and evolving, and it is easy to want to cling to old ideas and “the way things have always been done,” but it can also be incredibly harmful to any business to not sit down and have the tough conversations on what needs to change and why. This is especially important now, since there are so many pressing issues revolving around justice, human rights, public health, the environment, etc. I think now is a more important time that ever to expose ourselves to new ideas and learn and listen with an open mind. Back in college, we got to work with a company on my senior project. The CEO brought in a sign he shows to his clients to get them to embrace new ideas. The sign read: “Status Quo = Complacency, Complacency = Irrelevance” and it had a bunch of logos of companies that have gone under because they were not able to keep up with the times like: Blockbuster, Blackberry, Kodak, myspace, etc. I have been thinking about that sign a lot lately. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your role? Say more, and ask more. Talk to your coworkers, ask them questions about work but also ask them questions about themselves and their experiences. Everyone you meet is interesting in some way and you never know what they could teach you until you start a conversation. What is your favorite hometown restaurant, and what should I order if I go there? If you ever find yourself in Syracuse, NY, going to Pastabilities is a must. The meal will always start with fresh stretch bread and spicy hot tomato oil, and after that just order some sort of pasta. It’s all made in house – my favorite is pappardelle. What movie do you think everyone should see? Awakenings (1990) with Robin Williams & Robert De Niro About Caroline Caroline Pedrotti is an Interior Designer in LS3P’s Charleston office. Caroline, a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, joined the firm in 2021 and works primarily on federal and industrial projects. She is also interested in higher education, K-12, commercial, and residential designs. Caroline is passionate about designing for diversity, activism, and inclusion in the built environment, including creating deafspace and supporting people with learning disabilities, dementia and Alzheimer’s. A member of LS3P’s JEDI Group, Caroline is also a volunteer in the ACE Mentor program to foster the next generation of designers.