JOSEPH IRELAND (he/him/his)
Founder + creative director of J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture & Design
Words to live by
Always buy what you should’ve bought the first time.
Your impact on the District
D.C. can be so buttoned-up and I like to shake that up. When it comes to how I impact the people around me, I consider myself simultaneously a connector of talented artisans, to people who might not have had a connection to the decorative arts, and a teacher to an engaging clientele. I also think I bring humor and comfortability to people’s homes and lives.
How D.C. supports the LGBTQ+ community
D.C. welcomes people dedicated to positive change, which has thus created a fairly robust LGBTQ+ community. People want to be with their people!
What the city can improve upon
Overall, I don’t think D.C. lacks diversity [or] uniqueness. Improving LGBTQ+ support should start in the classroom, and that sentiment reaches far beyond the District line. It’s ultimately all about understanding and education.
What you’re looking forward to most this summer
We had no real summer of 2020, so this summer I’m all about watching the city come back to life.
Read the rest of our LGBTQ+ names to know below:
Marcelle G Afram | KC B. Yoncé | Chord Bezerra | Charity Blackwell | Allister Chang | Esther Ciammachilli | Cassidy DuHon| Lana Duran | Michael Edmonson | Clarence Fluker | Cey Cey Green | Anthony Hesselius | Joseph Ireland | Andra “AJ” Johnson | DJ Lemz | Arvind Manocha | Dusty Martinez | Chloe Mcinnis | Kyle Meeks | Brixton Millner | DJ Mim | Mykie Moll | Peter Morgan | Aaron Myers | Monika Nemeth | Eric North | Brendan Padgett | Carl Parker III | Rach Pike | Brittany Rheault | Shady Rose | Bianca Russo | Ella Schiralli | Sloane Spencer | Mane Squeeze | Bobbi Strang | Alli Vega | Whit Washington | Dr. Imani Woody
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