Paul Cooper

Interior Designer

My name is Paul Cooper. I grew up in a small suburb of Dayton, Ohio. I attended one of the most competitive interior design schools in the country at the University of Cincinnati, where I received a 5-year Bachelor of Science degree. One of my fondest memories was my internship in Cambridge, Massachusetts with The Architects Collaborative founded by Walter Gropius. I have also taught as an adjunct professor at Ringling College of Art & Design and served in several board member positions with IIDA Florida Central Chapter including President.

Today, I advocate on behalf Florida licensed interior designers, 90% of whom are women and minority owned businesses, to protect our ability to practice commercial interior design in the public realm. I play an active role in legislative affairs to educate the public of the rigor and discipline demanded of licensed professionals and even testified in Tallahassee to oppose deregulation of our industry.

Challenged to balance function with aesthetics, I value a holistic approach to the patient and staff experience for positive healthcare design outcomes. At the end of the day I know what I do has the potential to impact those who are most vulnerable in a dignified manner.