Membership Spotlight: Toshiro Tsuha

Name: Toshiro Tsuha
Company/Position: Scott Edwards Architecture – Interiors Project Assistant
IIDA member since: 2022

Why are you a member of IIDA?
I became a member to connect and learn from a supportive community that understands my passion for interior design. Since joining, I’ve had a tremendous amount of support and acknowledgement in my efforts to advance my career as a designer from my colleagues at IIDA. It means a lot to me to know that there are people in my corner that want to help and see me succeed, and I’d like to do the same for others.

What is your favorite IIDA event?
Happy Hour! There’s nothing better than getting together with your colleagues to mingle and socialize. It’s also nice to catch up with other professionals and friends you haven’t seen in a while. These events are where the cross-pollination of ideas amongst your peers transpire and the information you take away from those conversations may spark a new perspective!

Tell us a bit about your creative process:
It all starts with inspiration. Whether it’s a color, place, or thing, I lean into the feeling that the subject invokes and visualize what it would look like. Aesthetics immediately come into play and I start to assemble a mental mood board. Things really start to take off when I begin to develop a preliminary FF&E. 

What is your favorite design magazine/blog?
I love Resident Advisor! It is an online magazine dedicated to showcase underground electronic music from around the globe. Music plays a significant role in my life and influences my creative process. Resident Advisor is usually where I discover emerging artists and new music to listen to ranging anywhere from organic house to minimal techno.

On a typical Saturday where can we find you?:
You can find me sharpening my photography skills. I enjoy taking pictures of neon signs, light trails and cityscapes in the urban night. After the sun sets, the city becomes its “true self,” where stale scenes by day turn ominous and fascinating at night. You might also find me photo editing at a local coffee shop around Portland.