Alana Kuroyama

Constructing a new building requires a lot of meticulous planning, collaboration, and hard work. No one knows that better than Alana Kuroyama.

“You need to analyze functions and spaces. It’s important to understand how things work and how you want them to work and then create a space that supports that.”

Kuroyama, an interior designer, is a graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) bachelor of interior design program.

“At the time, KPU had the only interior design degree program that was accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation” says Kuroyama, “That really stood out to me.”

The degree program was the first program in the province to receive the prestigious accreditation and with professional degree status, it’s a quick path to becoming a professional interior designer. KPU’s innovative program model includes extensive studio time and professional practice, ensuring students graduate with a comprehensive portfolio and a wealth of hands-on experience.

“KPU came very highly recommended” says Kuroyama, “They were known as the “IT” school for the creative and if you were able to become accepted into their program you were set!”

After graduating, Kuroyama began working for a commercial interior design firm in downtown Vancouver for several years, during which time she and her project team were the recipients of an Award of Excellence from the Interior Designers Institute of BC. More recently, Kuroyama has returned to her alma matter, taking an active role in the opening of KPU’s new Wilson School of Design building in Richmond.

“It’s the cherry on top of my career to contribute to the school I went to. It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.”

The state-of-the-art building, which opened earlier this year, supports the university’s design programs and added an additional 140 full-time seats for students studying in one of the design programs.

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