SUZANNE ALLARD

Licensed Interior Designer, AAA, BID, IDC


Licensed interior designer in Edmonton, Alberta, offering full scope of services for new fit-up and renovation spaces. I provide interior design, feasibility studies and space planning services for corporate businesses, healthcare, medical, assisted living, educational, financial, retail, and residential interiors.

How am I different from a traditional interior designer …. what does a “licensed interior designer” mean?  The best way to describe this title is that I’m like an interior architect; I complete interior design drawings and Alberta Building Code reviews for the architectural discipline, which yields a stamped construction set and schedules for building permit applications required by the authorities having jurisdiction within Alberta. Here are some details on my expertise:

  • 30+ years experience as an interior designer and space planner, in both commercial and residential projects
  • I am recognized to practice as a licensed interior designer through the Alberta Association of Architects
  • I complete on-going training on building technology, ergonomics, environmental issues, and local building codes, while integrating my technical expertise with function & quality in design
  • Fitwel Ambassador (Premier certification system for optimizing buildings improving health and productivity). I support health and wellness in the workplace
  • Certification through the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ)
  • Graduate – Bachelor of Interior Design (BID), University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture 4 year program
  • I have been a Curriculum writer for University of Alberta Faculty of Extension – Residential Interiors Decorating program

I strive to create an atmosphere where clients and business associates enjoy working with me. I spend time getting to know who the clients are and value their knowledge, talent and input. I’ve been told my strong qualities and abilities are:

  • Knows the questions to ask. Listens well to interpret project requirements and converting them into creative and effective solutions
  • Aims to understand client’s business, it’s philosophies and culture, while creating a space that’s compatible to the needs
  • Being flexible and responsive to client’s wishes, while emphasizing value and respect for their project. Looks out for the client’s best interest
  • Working effectively with individual people or groups as a team player
  • Taking projects from beginning to end in a timely, organized and efficient manner

I am connected with the following Associations and Affiliations:

  • Licensed with Alberta Association of Architects (AAA), and registered member of Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the Interior Designers of Alberta (IDA).                                                                              (These organizations establish standard of competence and conduct their practices in accordance with a prescribed code of ethics, thus assuring you a recognized level of skill and expertise. As a member of these associations, I am obligated to carry professional liability insurance, participate in ongoing professional development/training, and uphold a professional code of ethics and standard of practice.  I am not connected to any construction firm, nor do I sell products or materials.              (Not all designers are the same. Get to know the difference between an interior decorator, an interior designer and a licensed interior designer.  I encourage you to do your research on designers’ qualifications, experience level and related professional affiliations to be clear on what you are committing to. )
  • Fitwel Ambassador (Certified 2019) – Fitwel is a certification system geared towards optimizing building design operations for health and productivity
  • Successfully completed the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) examination. (This exam measures competency of Interior Designers to practice as professionals in North America)
  • 2016, 2017 Board of Director Member – International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
  • 2016, 2017 Council Member – Interior Designers of Alberta (IDA)
  • 2018 & 2019 Committee Member – Alberta Association of Architects- Practice Review Board