Bachelor Interior Design (BID)
- Vancouver Island University
Sumner developed a love of art and design from an early age. She took her first drafting class in high school, which sparked her interest in perusing interior design as a career. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Interior Design at Vancouver Island University. During this time she explored her love of heritage buildings, Art Nouveau design, sustainability and urban planning.
After university, she worked at a drafting firm designing custom residential homes, subdivisions and small multi-family developments. This job broadened her knowledge of urban planning, code analysis, zoning restrictions, variance applications and the steps towards receiving a building permit.
Later in her career, she became the in-house designer at a high-end millwork shop. This position allowed her to reestablish her focus on interior design, cabinetry design, and material & hardware selections.
Outside of work, you can find Sumner walking her dog Siff, checking out little book libraries along the way, or enjoying a beer with her partner at Whistle Buoy Brewing.
What other specific interests within the field of architecture do you have?
I love heritage buildings and have been following the Hallmark Heritage Society and Victoria Heritage Foundation since moving to Victoria in 2016. I love researching
heritage structures and discovering their hidden histories, uses, previous occupants and current purposes. I have an Instagram account devoted to doing just that!
Are there specific books for schools of thought in architecture that inspire you?
This Old House - Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods (Volumes 1 thru 4) by the Hallmark Heritage Society & Victoria Heritage Foundation
Aqua Vitae: A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria by Glen A. Mofford
Glorious Victorian Homes by Nick Russell
Is there an architecturally significant city you would like to visit, and why?
I am itching to get back to Belgium to admire it's Art Nouveau buildings. My favourite architect Victor Horta has a majority of his works there, and his designs are full of
whiplashing curves. They are works of art!