Meet Ashley Lee, associate principal and interior designer at Axis Architecture + Interiors. She grew up on Indy’s west side, in Brownsburg, and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in interior design. As the mother of a 3-year old, an 8-month old, a cat, and a Huskie, Ashley stays busy. Over the last 10 years at Axis, Ashley has designed the interior spaces of MOBI, Taxman Brewery, the Cummins LiveWell Center, and countless others. She enjoys Axis because everyone’s voice is equally heard.
How would you describe your design style?
Graphic, sometimes whimsical, and usually modern. I try to use the space I’m working with to tell a story about who will occupy it. Not an obvious story, but one that is revealed through the details. This makes each project’s style a bit different.
What is the best career advice you have ever received?
You must be present to win. You have to be part of the conversation, you have to go to things, you have to be in front of the people you are doing work for. Otherwise, you miss so much if you don’t show up.
What were your favorite hobbies as a child? Did they mimic what you do today?
I loved building houses out of LEGOs, making tiny dollhouse furniture, creating collages, and drawing (I have a killer portrait of Tom Cruise that I did when I was younger, if anyone is interested). All of it has served me well as an interior designer. I sketch before I ever put anything into the computer. It is easier to be creative that way.
What sets Axis apart from other architecture firms?
Design comes first at Axis, always. The firm was founded on the principal that Indiana needed to be pushed into having a new standard of thoughtful and forward-thinking design. Twenty years later, that is still the drive behind every project we work on. We ask, “How can this be better than anything we’ve seen like it?”
What is most rewarding about being an Interior Designer for Axis?
By far, the most rewarding part of being an interior designer is being able to affect people every day in a positive way. To reimagine an old way of thinking or working and transform it into something that makes someone’s life easier. This is why this job doesn’t get old.