Kia founded Determined By Design, a minority + veteran-owned business in 2012 to bring design equity to affordable and supportive housing projects. Her firm’s practice focuses on making interior design a standard for all and not a luxury for a few. Kia leads a creative social impact business that has seen continual growth and created change in the housing industry. Service before self has been ingrained in Kia and extends into numerous professional, charitable and civic-minded organizations and pursuits. She is a founding board member of Room to Rebloom, a non-profit organization that creates healing home environments for survivors of domestic violence. She has been an integral member of the organization since its inception in 2012. Her firm Determined by Design has donated over 300+ hours of pro-bono design services to the organization annually. Kia has also assisted with the fundraising efforts of the non-profit that resulted in Room to Rebloom receiving donations of upwards of $34,000. Kia has been recognized by Boutique Design magazine as a Hero + Maverick advocating for Design EquityTM practices in multi-family housing, was honored as a Washington Business Journal 40 under 40 recipient, and was recognized by the Housing Association of Non-Profit Developers as an Emerging Leader. She recently received the IIDA Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Visionary Award for her advocacy of design equity and contributions to the design industry and was selected as one of the GlobeSt.com 2020 Women of Influence. Kia is a strong and inspiring woman and leader of color who is an example of what is possible for those who are determined by design.
“The success of the industry depends on interior designers and architects being advocates for design equity—a thoughtful design that impacts all lives, not just luxury design for the affluent. We must champion more curated spaces that tell the story of black and brown communities and develop a more Afrocentric design vernacular. We need teams of more diverse designers and influencers creating environments that make everyone’s lives better—authentic outcomes that are true to their origins.”