Vanna Aran

Senior Interior Designer

sporty, artistic, multilingual, problem solver, urban explorer, global traveler, soccer fan, loyal, fur mom, aunt, independent, outgoing, team player

I grew up in Kurdistan and moved to the US as a teenager. Where I am from, art, music, dance, poetry, history, and literature are a huge part of the culture, and I grew up immersed in the arts. Growing up, I spent many summers at art camp. One year I took ballet. The next I took piano lessons. Then I finally made my way to the art class where I fell in love with drawing.

My favorite subjects in school were always math and art. I knew I wanted to do something related to architecture, and once I learned about interior architecture and design, I knew it was perfect. I love that, as designers, we get to combine the technical and creative. I am one of those lucky people who really enjoys their career, and I am a big believer that if you do something you love, you can become very good at it.

My work in design is influenced by my global perspective. I feel privileged to have grown up in such a beautiful culture that taught me respect, a sense of community, and doing things that benefit the majority. The American culture has taught me that anything is possible if you work hard.

I am also fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel around the world. When I travel, I am always noticing how different cultures practice design. I observe what works, what doesn’t, and always leave with new ideas. Being familiar with different cultures gives me a unique perspective on life and design. I search for various points of view to better understand people. Meeting new people from all walks of life, getting to know them, learning about their vision, and bringing that vision to life is one of my greatest passions.

When I’m not in the office or traveling, I love spending time with family and friends, playing sports, or being outside with my dog.