Leslie Myers is a Professional Interior Designer and Associate at Number 10 Architecture Group in Victoria, BC. With a focus on commercial work and a flair for leading renovations, Leslie leads Number 10’s Interior Design Department on projects ranging in scope and size.
What did you do in high school that connects to what your career as a Professional Interior Designer?
When I was 12 years old, I discovered what it meant to be an architect and at that point, I knew that my future included a career in architecture. Once I got into high school, I researched what I would need to do to become an architect and moved in that direction. After high school I was accepted into the University of Manitoba and achieved my Bachelor of Environmental Design with a major in Architecture. As no career path is completely linear, the positions I took on as an architect after graduation helped me discover that my true passion is in interior design.
What training or jobs did you complete previously that led to this career?
After graduating, I found that there were no jobs for young architects in my region, so I started out with an interior design firm working on residential design and renovation projects, from there, I went to work for a small architecture firm to gain experience as a project manager. During that time I learned a multitude of things, including how to write specs. In 2008, I was laid-off and it was the best thing that could have happened to me — it spurred me to search out new opportunities and eventually brought me to work with Number 10 in Victoria.
What part of working with wood inspires you?
Wood offers flexibility in design and is warmer than most man-made materials. It brings the outdoors into the workplace and provides a calming effect which increases the quality of the work environment.
Do you have any advice to share?
“Life is not linear. Work hard and be open to opportunity.”Number 10 Architecture Group