Member Monday: Clara Doti

This Monday’s Member is Clara Doti. Follow her on Instagram and check out her save mid mod account. View her portfolio and connect with her on LinkedIn.

Describe yourself in one sentence.

Obsessed with organization but not very good at it.

Where do you work/go to school?

I just started a new job at Passageways last week in Indianapolis/from my house.

Favorite program/tools to use for designing?

I love nothing more than a well organized Sketch file.

Design hero?

Avriel Shull! The Indiana designer and builder who, despite not having a college degree, built her first house at age 23 and continued on to design and build an entire 11 acre subdivision in Carmel. Her work is beautiful and she was a pioneer for women designers in a male-dominated industry.

Favorite thing to do outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy restoring mid-century modern furniture, perusing the internet for houses I can’t afford, and renovating my own house. When I need to take a break from the computer, I like asking my dog, Grandma, what she’s thinking and stockpiling library books.

Favorite place in Indy?

My neighborhood! And no, I’m not just saying that because I’m stuck here now. It reminds me of the neighborhood I grew up in and it has the perfect layout for taking walks.

How and why did you get involved with AIGA? Approximately how long have you been involved with the organization?

I got involved with AIGA because it has always been such a positive force for the creative community in Indy – I’ve been involved for awhile now but just this year joined the board.

What are you currently working on?

Trying to stay positive. And also working on finishing up my kitchen renovation and getting through as many quarantine books as I can.

Any projects you want to highlight?

One of my most fun projects has been @savemidmod.  I would obsessively comb the internet for mid-century modern houses across the country and my friends got tired of me sending them listings every day so I started an Instagram account instead. I’ve connected with a lot of really smart and passionate people through it. Someone messaged me the other day to let me know they bought one of the houses I posted and it’s strange but so nice to know that maybe one or two more homes are finding loving owners who will continue to highlight their original beauty instead of gutting them or replacing them with a McMansion.

By Kailee Koehler
Published March 30, 2020