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A Creative Imprint All Over the World

Posted by: Michele Cohen

Justine Yeagle ‘09 Interior Design, leaves her creative imprint all over the world.

As a project manager at Tricarico Architecture and Design PC, an architecture and design firm in northern New Jersey, Yeagle works with major retailers on high-profile projects across America and most recently in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The company specializes in Specialty Retail, Corporate Interiors, Automotive, Commercial, Beauty & Wellness and Hospitality & Restaurants.

Yeagle spends her fast-paced days maintaining project schedules, reviewing shop drawings, overseeing construction documents and communicating with clients, contractors and vendors.

Yeagle’s favorite project in her three and a half years on the job is the Robert Graham store at NorthPark Mall in Dallas, Texas. There, she collaborated with her best friend and co-worker in creating new merchandise fixtures for the store. The client wanted to represent Texas without the cliched “cowboy” feel. Yeagle and her partner researched the state’s history and drew inspiration from there. The pair combined elements from the state’s slogan, “Rising Star,” Dallas’ Six Flags theme park and oil rigs to create the fixtures.

“My favorite part of working in retail is seeing how the fixtures and merchandise define a space,” Yeagle said.

She credits Margaret Leahy, former faculty member in Interior Design, for running a “fantastic” program that developed the conceptual design skills she uses every day. She does have one regret — she wishes she had taken the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) course. Her advice to students: “Do not pass up an opportunity to better yourself.”

Yeagle said her AutoCAD skills, honed at Moore, helped her land three internships. While a student at Moore, Yeagle interned at John Kelly Interior Design in Philadelphia and continued the internship for about a year after graduation and the summer before her senior year, Yeagle also interned at TJD Architects in Bridgeton, New Jersey.  The summer after graduation, Yeagle interned at AC Moore in Berlin, New Jersey, which eventually led to her first job. She was later recruited to join Tricarico from her former boss at AC Moore.

Yeagle recommends that Interior Design students complete the National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification. The test is in three sections and can be overwhelming, she said, but she suggests creating a study schedule and sticking to it. She began the process in April of 2014 and is now certified.

Despite her love of traveling and working on projects, Yeagle misses Moore’s inspirational environment. “There is something comforting about being in a room full of women who share your passion.”