Last season, a new face was introduced to Showtime’s popular drama
“Billions.” The addition of TV’s first gender non-binary character has resulted
in a more diverse workplace at the largely white male team at fictional hedge
fund Axe Capital—and it provides a teachable moment for all viewers. Played
by Asia Kate Dillon, Axe Capital’s new employee Taylor Mason’s pronouns are
“they, their, and them.”
As definitions of diversity continue to evolve, so must the inclusion strategies
used by the interior design field. According to a Pew Research Center report,
“Non-Hispanic whites are projected to become less than half of the U.S.
population by 2055 and 46 percent by 2065.” The most competitive design
teams going forward will be those that have employees and leaders who can
relate to the widest range of clients.
Trevor Kruse, principal of Toronto-based Hudson Kruse Design and executive
board member of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers,
has seen just how important diversity and inclusion can be as he travels the
world as a design volunteer and participates at a leadership level. “As with
design teams, collaboration of any sort ensures a stronger outcome,” says
Kruse. “And, as the world seems to become smaller, an openness and
acceptance of diversities will require a willingness to broaden our views
and hopefully our outcomes.”
Inclusive work environments and diverse perspectives are
driving the future of the design industry.
BY DIANA MOSHER