Washington, DC-based design practice Determined by Design recently announced the appointment of Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet to the role of vice president.

Bringing forth 15 years of design experience, Hunter-Cuyjet holds an undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College and became the first Native American to graduate Moore College of Art + Design’s MFA program. In addition to amplifying Determined by Design’s mission of Design Equity, she also serves as an adjunct professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

“It is a privilege to sit with Kia at the table she built and continue Determined by Design’s legacy of going against the grain,” says Hunter-Cuyjet. “Pay attention, because this is what allyship looks like—women like Kia who aren’t afraid to have other women take a seat. While making her place, she makes room for other women who would otherwise be overworked, underpaid, and undervalued.”

“I never wanted to be ‘the only’ or ‘most recognized’ leader of color,” Determined by Design president Kia Weatherspoon adds. “Our industry needs more firms with intentional, diverse, and multilayered leadership. As we transition into the next ten years, this is what a firm of the future looks like.”

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