Gabrielle Bullock Named IIDA International Board President

Gabrielle Bullock. Image courtesy Perkins+Will.

Gabrielle Bullock, principal and director of global diversity with Perkins+Will, was sworn in on Sunday, June 11, as the new president of the international board of directors for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Bullock is the first African American woman to assume the role. She previously served as vice president of IIDA’s international board from 2017-2018 in addition to building an extensive creative portfolio over the last three decades.

“As one of 430, or 0.2 percent, of black female licensed architects in this country, it is my passion—and, I would argue, my moral obligation—to pursue social justice and equity through my work,” Bullock said. “I am honored, yet humbled, to serve as president of IIDA’s international board. I look forward to using this platform to continue to be a change agent, to advance the value of interior design, and to further our industry’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and engagement.”

Prior to becoming director of global diversity for Perkins+Will in 2013, Bullock served as the managing director for the firm’s Los Angeles office from 2005 to 2013. She also worked in the practice’s New York studio ahead of her tenure in Los Angeles. In 2014, Bullock was elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), with which she also serves on the Equity in Architecture. She is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and a board member of the Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles as well.

“Throughout her time on the IIDA international board, Gabrielle has contributed in-depth industry knowledge, a distinct perspective, and an enduring passion for interior design and its practitioners,” said IIDA CEO Cheryl Durst. “As the new board president, her leadership and commitment to diversity will be instrumental in our continued effort to cultivate a strong culture of inclusivity within the profession as a whole.”