Photo courtesy of Daroff Design Inc.
Throughout history, women have been an integral element to the progress and success of society. In the office, in the home, and everywhere in between – women have shown their versatility and ability to more than match their male counterparts.
In honor of Women's History Month and as a certified women-owned business, LebaTex has interviewed successful women in the interior design industry that we admire for a special feature. In this series, we will highlight their accomplishments, detail their journeys, and share their professional advice for other women to succeed as well.
For our second feature in the #WomensHistoryMonth Showcase, we spoke with Karen Daroff of Daroff Design + DDI Architects.
Karen Daroff is internationally respected in the global design community as the President and Design Principal at Philadelphia-based Daroff Design Inc. + DDI Architects (DDI). Ms. Daroff is as well recognized for her leadership and commitment to design excellence in hospitality, entertainment, and restaurant design, as she is celebrated for her achievements in corporate workplace, aviation terminals, and museum design.
A Philadelphia native and proud graduate of Moore College of Art, Karen founded Daroff Design Inc. in 1973, where by her tireless energy, formidable presence, and engaging personality, she has assembled and managed an extraordinarily talented team of design professionals over the past 45 years. Karen regularly mentors students and recent graduates aspiring to have careers in design professions. She has been a guest speaker at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Philadelphia University’s Architecture and Design Series, the Rotterdam Film Festival, HD Asia in Hong Kong, (NEOCON X-Chicago), HD Boutique in South Beach Florida, HD Las Vegas, and Temple University’s League for Entrepreneurial Women.
Karen is a recipient of numerous national design awards, including the prestigious “Designer of the Year” award by Contract Magazine, the “Design Giant” award by Interior Design Magazine, and the coveted Hospitality Platinum Circle Hall of Fame award by HD (Hospitality Design magazine). Being a successful female business owner has also won Karen the Pennsylvania Governor’s Top 50 Women in Business Award and recognition by Philadelphia Business Journal as a Top Women Owned Business. Ms. Daroff has served on numerous Boards, and is currently a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.
Karen’s prestigious client list includes Comcast Corporation, NBC Universal, Disney, Universal Studios, Liberty Property, Brandywine Realty Trust, Mohegan Gaming Authority, MGM, Tavistock Development Company, Loews Hotels, Marriott, Hilton, St. Regis, Ritz Carlton, Sony and Viacom, and the Philadelphia International Airport. Notably, Karen’s recent work in Philadelphia is highlighted at the Comcast Center, the new Comcast Technology Center, the Philadelphia Zoo, Terminals D-E, F and the new restaurants at the B Terminal of the Philadelphia International Airport, and right here at Moore College of Art.
We had the pleasure of learning more about Karen through a series of questions about her development as a professional and designer.