As a kid, Vanessa would tag along with her mom when she showed houses. When prospective buyers found “the one”, she remembers thinking, “Wow, they found their house.” But another thought quickly took over…”what if someone could design it specifically for them?” Today, that same question still drives Vanessa as she lends her creativity to tailor made interior designs like a tenant improvement project at Lincoln Plaza South for CalPERS.
Vanessa’s path to design was quite a ride, literally! She began designing amusement parks through computer games (shout-out to her fellow Roller Coaster Tycoon and The Sims gamers!). Although she has graduated from gaming as a design tool, Vanessa still loves the occasional round.
“Coming from a small town with not much going on, I looked for anything to fuel my creativity. From fashion to graphic design, I would figure out how I could put my twist on a design and integrate it into my own. I still do.”
Cosumnes River College
California State University, Sacramento
USGBC LEED Green Associate