Emerging Professional Award

The Emerging Professional Award recognizes and honors a junior design leader who has advanced the Interior Design profession and enriched Interior Design in Oregon through their hard work and passion for design. Congratulations to the 2019 winner of the Emerging Professional Award: Emily Wright! Learn more about Emily in her video feature:

Emily Wright, IIDA NCIDQ


Place of Work: SRG Partnership

Design Leader:  Emily has been a rising star at SRG ever since she stepped foot in the door.  She is always pushing design teams to dive deeper into design and providing inspiration at all levels.  She is curious about design and that curiosity has driven her to produce incredibly inspiring designs.  She has been able to bring our client’s along in the process so that they feel invested and just as passionate as she does about their projects. Emily leads by example and shows how hard work and striving for design excellence can produce outstanding results and lasting relationships. Emily tackles all design challenges with optimism and curiosity even when budgets are lacking – she finds a way to make space interesting and dynamic. She is thoughtful, playful, thorough and exploratory in her work.  She builds trust in the materials that she develops through her process and is continually pushing her process to be the best. She built consensus between user groups while maintaining the integrity of the design ideas that were the foundation of the project.

Excelled Growth: Emily has quickly achieved Associate status at SRG partnership primarily based on her strong work ethic, her drive to pursue elevated design and her ability to contribute to the Design community.  She works hard and learns quickly and is a valued member of every team that she is on. Emily has risen to each challenge she has been dealt and continues to deliver quality work regardless of the difficulty. She brings creative talent to every project and continually shows signs of improvement and growth. She has also played an integral part in mentoring and developing SRG’s young emerging talent and has become a strong leader in the process. She works to be better every day and to push boundaries – her potential is unlimited. 

Value and Support:  Emily is an integral part of the interiors and sustainability team at SRG. She has developed an expertise that allows her to serve as an invaluable resource to design staff at all levels. Emily goes above and beyond to ensure great design, while bolstering the importance of healthy interior environments for her clients. She initiates discussions about creative process, tries out new technology, teaches others and always asks what SRG can learn from every project. She collaborates broadly listening to a wide array of voices and provides a strong team environment.  She is raising the bar culturally by championing ideas in an open collaborative environment. Emily performs well beyond her years and provides tremendous value to those she works and collaborates with.

Community Involvement:  Emily has served on the IIDA Oregon Chapter board for four years.  Two years, as Director of Advocacy engaging with the community to push the efforts of the Interior Design licensure in the state of Oregon; and two years as the Director of Annual Sponsorship. She regularly attends IIDA events and has been a valuable resource for SRG’s connection within the design community.