As a child, Rebecca Insko knew she wanted to work in an artistic field. She had always loved to travel, and particularly enjoyed architectural tours, so it was a natural fit when she began her career in Interior Design with Swope Design Group. Having only been with Swope for two and a half years, she says the biggest turning point in her career was when she received a call from Jennifer Dumesnil, asking her to come to Louisville for an interview. At the time, she was working for Paoli Furniture, and happened to be visiting Louisville the following day. With just a few short hours to pull her portfolio together, she interviewed with Swope the following day, resulting in what seemed like an overnight change in the trajectory of her life and career. According to Rebecca, the best part about her job is that she gets to design “living, functional art that people get to interact with every day.”
Take one look at Rebecca, and you’ll understand her appreciation for functional art. On any given day, you may find her channeling her inner Audrey Hepburn or Judy Garland in an A-line skirt and peter pan collar. It comes as no surprise that her personal design style is Mid-Century Modern. In fact, when asked if she could live in any era other than present day, she says she would love the 1940’s or 50’s, because “everything seemed like an occasion.”
Her favorite project with Swope so far has been the Appriss Corporate Headquarters because she’s been able to work through all phases of design; something that designers don’t always get to be a part of. “We’ve really gotten to know the client throughout the process, and now it’s all coming to fruition. It’s really nice to work through all of the phases. We have a specific reason for every decision we make.”
When asked what IIDA means to her, Rebecca says it’s about community. “IIDA has created the opportunity for every internship and job I’ve had in the industry, and I’ve also developed friendships with people who can relate to my everyday work life. It is priceless to have such a tight knit, professional community.”
Her advice to young designers starting out in their careers is similar to her reasons for loving the IIDA community. She says it’s the same advice that she once received from her co-worker Jennifer Dumesnil, “Get out there and network because it doesn’t matter who you know, it matters who knows you.”
While Rebecca has certainly made her mark as a designer and the City Center Co-Director for IIDA LouLex, she says that she does try to make work-life balance a priority. Her love of travel is very strong, and she would love to travel to Insch, Scotland (where her ancestors lived and her name was derived) as well as one day achieve her “ridiculous” goal of making a memory in every state!