Emily Carrasco is an associate principal at Rushing and manages the lighting design team.

Q. How did you become interested in lighting design?
A. While my degree is in interior design, I was working as an intern at an engineering firm during my senior year of college. I was drawn to a modern retail lighting showroom the company formed for their lighting studio that was open to the public. It immediately hooked me in discovering the perfect blend of both technical and creative design. 

Q. How have you grown since joining Rushing?
A. Growth has certainly been continual for me over the last 10 years.  I remember when I first joined Rushing there were approximately 22 people in the entire company and there was (and still is) opportunity to wear several hats.  I have to say that learning through extending efforts past my comfort zone and making mistakes has shaped me into who I am today.  I’m grateful to work for a company that has given me limitless opportunities in which I will always be growing and honing my craft.

Q. What do you hope to contribute through your work?
A. Inspiration. A sense of place. Impactful, sustainable solutions.

Q. What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?
A. My favorite way to spend a weekend is with my family: my husband and 1.5-year-old son.  We typically plan a fun outing on Saturdays such as a hike, brunch with friends, a trip to the zoo, etc. In this season of my life, time with them is so precious and I love soaking in “all the little things.”

Q. What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
A. I quit my comfortable job in Spokane during the middle of the 2009 recession and moved to Seattle (jobless) to pursue more impactful design work.  It took a while to get on my feet, but I was passionate and determined to become a part of Seattle’s influential design community.

Q. What project are you excited about right now?
A. I’m looking forward to a new project we were just awarded in San Diego, California.  It’s an opportunity expand our team’s knowledge of newer out-of-state codes as well as be a part of an interesting historically-influenced design.

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