Michelle Alcanter NCIDQ
Senior Associate / Interior Designer
Michelle knows what it is like to take a challenge head-on. At the age of 16 she moved to the U.S. from her home in Hong Kong; as the only one in her family who spoke English, she had to face her fear of a completely new culture in order to take care of her parents and younger brother. “This experience gave me the strength and courage to take on daunting tasks head-on, and to know I will always come out successful,” Michelle explains.
Michelle has been at Page since 2007 and a Project Interior Designer since 2012. Her courage in the face of challenging tasks has allowed her to successfully take on large scale projects such as the AMC/USASAC Headquarters Building in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Michelle deems this her favorite Page project because she “enjoyed the collaboration between the design teams, clients and end-users. It certainly makes a project smoother when there is a collective and open communication.”
After working on many projects, Michelle has concluded that collaboration and commitment are two key attributes to the success of a project. She explains, “Unless a person is a one-man-team, you have to learn how to work with others. There is no way around it, no matter how good you think you are. And if you aren’t committed to something, why even start it? You're wasting everyone’s time by pretending you have what it takes to see a task through to the end.”
Michelle received her Bachelor's degree in Interior Design and a Minor in Business from Marymount University in 2007, and has since acheived NCIDQ certification. Away from work, Michelle enjoys meditation, working on jigsaw puzzles, organizing her home and, when she feels creative, wrapping gifts.
“This is not just typical wrapping-paper and scotch tape holders,” she claims, “but artisanal gift presentations. I believe a well-presented gift brings joy to people.”