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Renee Sprogis-Marohn, AIA

Principal and Director of Interiors | 10 years at SCB

With over 20 years of experience in the practice of architecture and interior design, Renee has been instrumental in building SCB’s interiors practice and its well-rounded, modern “work-learn-live” sensibilities, resulting in an award-winning portfolio of work across the country.

As a woman, what unique perspectives do you bring to the design industry?

I think that my collaborative work style and ability to keep an eye towards subsequent project needs is a great asset on complex projects. You have to know how to work with others – specifically how to use, and trust, each person’s expertise – when you have a large design team working to solve complicated design challenges. And you have to always be aware of, and anticipate, what is to come as a result of decisions and work taking place today. I am not sure if I would call it multi-tasking, but being able to be focused on the present and at the same time aware of the future is critical to keeping the design process moving forward.

How has inclusivity in the design industry improved since you first started?

I am really encouraged by the progress I have seen in the industry since I started my career. I had no female professors. There was one female partner at my first job. I don’t think any of us wanted to be in the spotlight because there were so few of us. I’m glad to see how far we have come, but also know we still have a ways to go. I think the new generation of women in the industry, and specifically at SCB, not only brings great talent to the profession, but also an energy and optimism that is sure to keep us moving in the right direction.

What are your thoughts on career success when considering a family in the design industry?

The challenge we continue to face as women in the design industry- and all industries- is the disproportionate impact that starting a family can have on our career. It will sound dated and it will sound cheesy, but my greatest accomplishment is my family. Hands down. No second thoughts. My path to my current leadership role was not a traditional one, but I think it is an example of what we need to do moving forward – work together to identify alternative paths for advancement and support people along the way.

What changes do you hope to see in the industry moving forward with regard to gender equality?

I hope to see the end of us being recognized as “women leaders” or “women architects” and just being recognized as leaders and architects. And yes, I realize that this is an interview specifically highlighting “women leaders.” I know that visibility is important to where we are at now as a profession; it is tough not to see someone like you doing what you want to do. I think it is our role as current leaders to make sure that we are providing the mentorship and support to inspire future generations of women as they work to become leaders.