WestEdge Panelist Interview with Tiffany English

IIDA SoCal is pleased to partner with WestEdge Design Fair this year! We’re sponsoring a panel discussion on Friday, October 17th, 2014 on workplace design. The panel will be moderated by Edie Cohen, Interior Design Magazine and will feature a lively discussion with Elizabeth Burow, HLW; Tiffany English, Ware Malcomb; Michelle Ives Ratcovich, AECOM and Alan Young, Gensler. Cocktail hour following the panel discussion.

Tiffany English is the Principal of Interior Architecture & Design in the San Diego office of Ware Malcomb. She not only started the Sacramento branch of the company before moving to Southern California, she is also credited with being the first managing female principal in her office. She is the second female principal within the entire Ware Malcomb company. After graduating from San Jose State she began working in Oakland and San Francisco, transitioned to Sacramento, then was brought to the San Diego office to build there interiors department. Tiffany will be one of the panel speakers at the WestEdge conference on October 17th. She sat down with us to answer a few questions about her career and personal life.

How do you relate to the panel discussion topic “Why do you hate work”?

Tiffany loves what she does and made a point to say that she doesn’t hate work. She has an incredible team to work with and noted that when you love what you do, others around you will feed off of that sentiment. Human interaction is the key, which is what people seek in their office. Of course, everyone always asks for common things like more parking and nearby food.


Who is your favorite designer, past or present?

A wide range of designers influence Tiffany, from the classics like Florence Knoll and Ray and Charles Eames, to people like Bruce Mau who explores the outdoors and lifestyle. She also notes Maxfield Parish and his bold and unapologetic use of color.

Where would we find you on the weekend?

Tiffany has two children so you can often find her at a number of sports games like ice hockey, soccer, and softball. She is an avid reader and a lover of classic films like Casablanca and Gone with the Wind.

What is your favorite destination either international or domestic?

Italy is a destination that is very close to her heart. A recent trip allowed her to integrate into the culture as she visited Umbria and Rome among other stops along the country. She also loves Hong Kong and hopes to add Croatia to her vacation list next year.

What are your plans for the upcoming fall season?

Tiffany spends Christmas in Tahoe with her entire family which is something she looks forward to every year. They spend the time skiing and playing in the snow.

Jaclyn Giuliano, IIDA
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