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NEW YORKJUNE 7, 2022

As the design voice of impact and change, Kia Weatherspoon, NCIDQ, ASID, has spent 15 years defying every design stereotype. The most damaging: Interior design is a luxury reserved for a few. Her voice, advocacy for Design Equity™, and design practice have shifted the narrative, making interior design a standard for all. Weatherspoon is challenging the lack of these standards in economically challenged communities. Her presence and leadership have created ripples, prompting housing developers, agencies, and industry partners to not just take notice of her work–but to do better.

For over a decade Kia has led her firm, Determined by Design, to create equitable design outcomes for over 3,500 families, 25 communities, and designed over 165,000 square feet of interiors for affordable and low-income housing. Communities where the average median income was below $35,000/year per family. Communities that mirrored her, with 95 percent of residents being black and/or of color. Weatherspoon believes interior design should be in service to all people so every person and community is uplifted by spaces they inhabit. No matter the project type, her focus is elevating communities—requiring advocacy and empathy!

She serves on boards and councils at Moore College of Art & Design; Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ); Madame Architect; Van Alen Institute; and the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA). She is the newly appointed Chief Development Officer for the Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN), and an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.