Name: Sierra K.
Major: Interior Architecture
Hometown: Ashland, Oregon
Sierra pairs a simple black dress from Lulu’s (similar here) with a colorful scarf from ASOS. “It’s a combination of my two favorite things in life,” she said. “It was raining, and I was like, ‘Yes I get to wear it one more time this year.'”
How did you become interested in interior architecture? I was definitely into art growing up and drawing. There are architects in my family, and stuff like that. So, I was exposed to that sort of thing. A couple of years ago, I realized that I didn’t know what I liked to do with my free time. I realized that putting together spaces was what I liked to do.
Are you working on any cool projects right now? Right now, I’m working on a really awesome project for interior finishes and materials class where we get a scent, and my scent is crayons. You have to pick out pieces of material that evoke that scent. That will be fun.
Her simple, brown leather tote is the perfect chic school bag (similar here).
What’s a dream job for you? I would like to be a commercial interior designer. I’d love to live up in Portland and work at a larger firm where I get to be part of a lot of different projects.
How would you describe your architecture aesthetic? Currently, I lean more towards modern and Scandinavian minimalists designs for sure.
Does that fit in with how you dress? I dress really differently all the time. I guess it does fit in. I mostly just love sweaters and boots.
Her classic brown leather Frye boots were a Christmas gift.
How would you describe your personal style? Other than sweaters and boots, I would say comfortable chic. Something like that.
How has your style changed over time? It has definitely evolved. I think after getting into architecture and design, I started caring more about how I dress because it’s an expression of design, and I try to bring design into my life in other ways too. I think just caring more about it.
How do you bring design into your life in other ways? I try to live in an artful way. I have really fun stuff around my house, fun clothes. It’s just caring about the little things and noticing them.
Her cute, simple watch is from Kate Spade.
Do you think people assume you do something artistic based on your style and the clothes that you wear? I don’t know. I’ve never thought about that. Maybe. I feel that most people in Lawrence Hall have a kind of specific style because the building is for arts and architecture. That’s kind of fun.
Her seemingly complicated hairstyle only took thirty seconds. She puts her hair in a ponytail and then takes “like a million bobby pins, and basically just stick them in places,” she said. Her funky clear glasses are from Warby Parker (similar here).
Do you think there is an expectation in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts that you have to dress well? Not at all actually, especially because we are in studios really late. I try and dress nicer when I can, but we end up pulling all-nighters together in sweatpants. There is definitely a level of comfort. I would say there’s not that expectation.
Do you feel different when you dress up or care more about what you wear? I guess it contributes to confidence a little bit. It’s just fun. It is something that I enjoy doing.
What’s your perfect outfit? I have this dress and these colorful rain boots and then this bright yellow rain jacket. I pair it with a blue and white scarf thing that I love playing with.
What’s your favorite song right now? What was I listening to on Spotify just now? I’ve been really into Ween. It’s totally random. They have this song called “Baby Bitch” that I really like, and I have been listening to it on repeat. I like the lyrics. I think they are really funny. It has a catchy beat, and it’s good for listening to while driving around because it has been sunny the last couple of days.
Words by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, @HSteinkopfFrank
Photos by Elinor Manoogian-O’Dell, @