Texas Tech University

Interior Design Alumni Spotlight: Katie Butler

Matilda Beckanovic

July 21, 2023

Katie Butler

Katie Butler works on all aspects of the project from the design to the technical and project management

What degrees/certifications do you have?
Bachelor of Interior Design, 2020 - Texas Tech University, NCIDQ, Registered Interior Designer, Fitwel Ambassador, IIDA

What is your current job title, and what does that role entail?
I am an Interior Designer in the Workplace Interiors studio at Gensler's Dallas office. I work on all workplace project types, from landlord repositioning services to campus headquarters, to small tenant finish-outs. Typically, I am able to work on projects all the way through, taking on both design and technical roles from the initial interview through test-fitting, schematic, design development, construction documentation, and into CA. Gensler gives young designers the opportunity to learn all aspects of working on a project and then empowers them to choose an area to specialize in, such as design, technical, or project management, when they are ready to do so.

What inspired you to get a degree in Interior Design from Texas Tech University?
Though I initially thought I wanted to be an Architect, upon researching university programs, I found that Interior Design was really more of what I was looking for. When I found out that Texas Tech offered an exemplary ID program with the possibility of an Architecture minor, I had to come and visit! I fell in love with Lubbock and the Texas Tech campus and knew it was the right fit for me.

How did the ID program prepare you for your current role?
The ID program at Texas Tech helped prepare me in a number of ways. Students finish with a diverse portfolio of project types, perfect for students to show their skills to firms of all types. Professors encouraged me to jumpstart my licensure exams while in school and helped me to understand the basics of both design and documentation. The program also offers wonderful and active student chapters of both of the large professional organizations, IIDA and ASID, and there is always a way to connect with professionals in the industry. 

Would you recommend this program to current and prospective students? If so, why?
The people in the Department of Design make the program what it is. The professors and your classmates really become your family. The career plan ensures small classes where students are given the attention and resources needed to succeed. Projects are diverse and realistic, and deadlines though challenging, set students up for reality in their careers. My professors really helped me when it came time to look for Internships and jobs, and many of the relationships made through this department are ongoing in my career today.