Name: Eliza Balen
GBD Architects â€“ 11 months
Membership Type: Associate
IIDA member since: 2013
Hobbies?: Iâ€™m a very active person and I love to get outside â€“ you can usually find me playing or coaching soccer. That being said, I can also appreciate a good Netflix binge. Iâ€™m also a huge foodie and love trying all the awesome craft beers and restaurants Portland has to offer!
What gets you excited about design?: Every time I complete a project or assignment, I think of something I could have done differently. I get inspired every day by my peers and other designs and itâ€™s hard to not feel like you couldâ€™ve done something better. The great thing Iâ€™ve learned is that the next time around, you get to implement the lessons youâ€™ve learned. The constant exposure I get to great design everyday is amazing and thatâ€™s what gets me excited about the work I do.
Favorite color at the moment?: All those shades of yellow/green! Chartreuse especially is catching my eye right now. Also greys have always been very comforting to me. I usually struggle with bright colors but with all the grey we get in Portland itâ€™s easy to add a bit of sunshine!Â I love to add a pop of color to a mostly neutral palette.
Why are you a member of IIDA?: I joined IIDA when I was a student at Savannah College of Art and Design. Since Iâ€™ve began my career and moved to Portland itâ€™s been a great way to meet and connect with peers.