Doreen Hunter was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, her early years were spent on Detroit’s west side. Later, she moved with her family to the new, urban renewal area of East Lafayette.
Ms. Hunter became particularly interested in the area known as “Black Bottom,” where old streets were paved with bricks similar to the Streets of Old Detroit, exhibit at The Detroit Historical Museum. She was also attracted to the Mies van der Rohe Townhouses, known as the Glass Houses, because walls of windows allow residents to look out into Plaisance Park, which is filled with honey locus trees.
Doreen joined the American Society of Interior Design, Michigan chapter (ASID–MI) in 2017 and immediately became Financial Director. Ms. Hunter is the Chapter’s first African American President. In her role as President, she is leading the chapter to advocate for professional interior designers to have the right to seal and stamp their own nonstructural work. Along with other professional design organization, including the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Doreen is also a professional member of IIDA.
Ms. Hunter has 30-plus years of experience as an interior designer, and she continues to hone her skills and knowledge in the design field. She recently completed a Healthy Materials and Sustainable Building Certificate through the New School of Parsons School of Design NY; and looks forward to more course work in the future. Staying in constant flow is important in this quickly changing world.