Award-winning interior designer Barbara Wright is a specialist in optometric offices, having designed hundreds of such projects since 1984. In 1992 she completed the rigorous NCIDQ (National Council on Interior Design Qualifications) examination and was among the first to earn the professional title of Certified Interior Designer in the state of California.
Wright has lectured on office design for Southern California College of Optometry, Vision Expo and Quantum Optical. Her design work has been featured numerous times in 20/20, Eyecare Business, Ophthalmology Times and other industry magazines.
In addition to being a designer she is also the author of the Optometric Office Design Process & Pitfalls, a manual of practical advice and solutions to common problems - a unique and useful resource written especially for eye care professionals. Wright has applied her design skills to a number of freestanding optometric buildings; one of these was honored by the Metallic Braden Building Co. of Houston with a silver (second place) design award. The building, owned by Dr. John Wells of El Centro, CA was in competition with 250 other projects from all over the USA.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Wright studied design for an additional year at the Wetterhoff Institute in Finland. After six years in the fashion industry as a merchandiser and designer, she shifted her focus to interior design. Retail interiors naturally became a major interest because of her background in merchandising. Seeing a great need for a designer who could successfully integrate the professional and commercial aspects of today's optometric practices led her to establish her own interior design practice in 1984.
Wright says that a good designer is first and foremost a problem-solver. Her design philosophy is simple: "First make it functional, then make it beautiful."
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