Interior Design Women in Design 2020

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Welcome to our first annual Women in Design edition, a long awaited and much needed celebration to honor the talents and successes of female industry leaders. On these pages you’ll experience the brilliant and varied scope of our profession. There are some of our esteemed Hall of Fame members: Laura Bohn, Deborah Berke, Clodagh, Gisue and Mojgan Hariri, and Lauren Rottet. Plus, powerhouses such as TPG Architecture’s Mavis Wiggins, IDEA’s Dina A. Griffin, and Mary Douglas Drysdale alongside up-and-comers, including Samantha Josaphat and Paola Zamudio. But it’s not just architects and interior designers; say hello to product designer Bridgette Buckley, showroom owner Mary Ta, and IIDA CEO Cheryl Durst (also a Hall of Famer). Although the pioneering talents herein are prolific multitaskers who tend to work in numerous genres, we decided to profile them and their careers by featuring a single, signature project—one that’s personally and professionally meaningful to them. So, while the project shown is one that sums up their philosophy and sensibility, it’s also a teaser we hope will excite you to delve deeper into these designers’ broader contributions. We considered many ways to organize this book, but ultimately decided to divvy it into chapters that correspond to specific typologies—residential, workplace, hospitality, etc.—in our usual Interior Design fashion. It reflects our hope that you will use this book in many ways: as a compendium and directory of some of today’s brightest design lights, as a statement on the topics and themes that are driving the top project categories, or simply as a look book showcasing powerful creators and creations. The women on these pages talk of both the struggles and the high points of their industry experience, from the difficulties earning respect from contractors (“The elbow in jest and wink-wink culture has subsided in more recent years, but certainly has not been eradicated,” Susan Chang observes) to the typologies that have been especially inclusive. “The hospitality profession has always been female-strong,” Andrea Waldrop says. And as Blaire Murfree notes, “interior design has never lacked for female forerunners.” Many refer to the push-pull between professional and family life. “I tend to think that being a woman helps me professionally,” Elizabeth Roberts says. “Between the daily and hourly decision-making that designing demands and the combination of sensitivity and conviction that running a business demands, I have to do a lot of juggling, and I have to keep cool under pressure. Women have gotten pretty good at this kind of constant balancing act.” Female support networks prove paramount. Upon learning that the largest percentage of women who drop out of architecture do so in the first five years after graduating, Anik Pearson started a mentorship program to connect emerging female practitioners with the many successful, experienced women architects already in the field (see For Jennifer Hanlin, being empowered by a client to source pieces solely designed by women and people of color became a rich opportunity to commission new works. “The remarkable results reminded me that the profound power of our profession is in the making of things that aren’t already there,” she says. In the same vein, Cheryl Durst notes: “Design in all its manifestations is a force for change. Now more than ever, the world requires what design so abundantly endows: grace, civility, compassion, clarity, connection, common sense, empathy, well-being, healing, hope, and equity.” Of course, female designers of color have had to battle on multiple fronts. “My experience in the industry has been being Black first then a woman,” Samantha Josaphat reports. Priya Patel and Esther Beke confirm that “experiencing architecture and construction from a minority woman’s perspective has been both enriching and challenging.” Starting their own design studio has been a transformative enterprise. “It has given us agency over our beliefs, our intuitions, our design process, our product, and our practice.” Alison Antrobus talks about feeling a sense of responsibility “to take all of the challenging experiences that I have encountered along the way and ‘make it right’ for myself and the women around me.” The design community is strengthened immeasurably by amplifying voices from divergent backgrounds and experiences, and it is past time to establish a more inclusive industry. As Gabrielle Bullock of Perkins and Will says so eloquently: “Representation is not only valuable, but necessary. One group of people cannot design for an entire world; we need to make sure that all of humanity is in the fold. We change what we design by changing who designs it.”

from the editors

We change what we design by changing who designs it. The profound power of our profession is in the making of things that aren’t already there. Design is a force for change. Our designers have wisdom to share that’s for sure, so dig in and enjoy. Here’s to women in design.

contents women in design AT HOME: SANCTUARY 8


Residential sanctums that soak in the outdoors

Offices conducive to productivity—and wellness

























































Civic structures and more

Residences with urban appeal





















































Hospitality spaces designed with leisure in mind LAUREN ROTTET / ROTTET STUDIO























From country retreats and

at home sanctuary

weekend houses to primary residences conceived to commune with nature, these homes have a shared sensi-

bility of quietly vibrant calm. The talents responsible for these sanctuaries, though, are as artistically varied as they come, spanning the professional gamut from industry icons at powerhouse firms to gifted rookies who are mapping bold new terrain. And while these dwellings provide a sense of being at anchor, the visionaries behind them never stop voyaging into uncharted creative waters.

Katherine Chia Principal, Desai Chia Architecture

FAIA Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the AIA NY & Center for Architecture 27 years in the industry honors

AIA Institute Honor Award, Interior Design Best of Year Honoree, NYCxDESIGN Award

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Katherine Chia. At a Lake Michigan weekend house, all interior woodwork—flooring, ceiling beams and panels, and cabinetry—is reclaimed timber from dying borer-infected ash trees harvested on the site. A traditional Japanese charring technique was used on the cypress boards cladding the house to make them resist rot and insects. A concept model clarifies the massing of the three-volume structure.



Katherine Chia, who grew up in New York State and Belgium, and earned her Master of Architecture degree from M.I.T, began her career working for Maya Lin. In 1996, Chia and her architect husband, Arjun Desai, founded their namesake firm, which has since established a reputation for creating inspiring environments that are expressive of light and material, and spaces that foster collaboration. Its extensive portfolio includes cultural, residential, commercial, and institutional projects as well as commissions for product design and partnerships with artists. The firm’s ethos and praxis blend seamlessly in this weekend house perched on a woodland bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Designed in collaboration with Environment Architects, the structure comprises three offset volumes—containing living room and kitchen, master suite, and three children’s rooms, respectively—linked by a breezeway that also serves as a dining room. The roofscape has gentle undulations that follow the movement of the natural terrain and make a playful reference to the vernacular architecture of nearby fishing villages. The resulting rhythm of exposed wood beams provides layers of asymmetrical vaults throughout the interiors. At the southern end of the house, a cantilevered roof extends 20 feet over a “vista” terrace, providing a protected, unobstructed view of Lake Michigan and the surrounding woodlands. The exterior is clad in cypress boards that have undergone shou sugi ban, the traditional Japanese method of charring wood so it becomes rot and insect resistant. The charred texture and the modulation of deep facade members enhance the shadows across the various elevations as the sun rises and sets.




“Our design mitigated site erosion and supported the successful revegetation of the bluff with native plant species”



A cantilevered butterfly roof extends 20 feet from the south end of the house over a broad terrace paved with locally sourced bluestone and equipped with an outdoor fireplace sheathed in Cor-Ten steel.



Q&A with Katherine Chia What was a piece of wisdom you received starting out in design?

For several years I was Maya Lin’s assistant. She blurred the boundaries between art and architecture, allowing for a lot of cross-pollination, which I continue to let percolate into our work. What did you want to be as a child?

An astronaut. I was fascinated by the combination of technology and design, solving complex problems, and the adventure of pushing into new frontiers. What is your all-time favorite design?

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in HumlebĂŚk, Denmark, where architecture, landscape, and art frame each other and engage visitors in unexpected ways. The place has evolved beautifully over time. Dream project?

A building or environment that mixes the art world with community engagement. We really enjoy integrating art and themes from the art world into our architecture. Exploring those ideas in a larger, public venue would be a dream project, especially if it brings in a wider audience to connect with art and encourages more cultural outreach to the community.



Clockwise from opposite top: In the master bedroom, the custom-made bed and nightstands are reclaimed ash, as are the built-in wardrobe and shelving. The inflections in the roof were carefully designed to collect rainwater, an important element in a project that emphasizes environmental stewardship. A clerestory window floods the master bathroom with soft light. A broad staircase leads to the basement family room and adjacent garage. The wood-clad interiors embody the indigenous landscape that once thrived with old-growth ash trees.



32 years in the industry FAIA Regional, national, and international awards Board of the Architectural League of New York Founding board chair of Lighthouse Works, an artists’ resident fellowship program Guest critic for numerous graduate architecture programs

Mary Burnham Partner, MBB Architects

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Mary Burnham. At Sam’s Creek House in Bridgehampton, New York, sunlight filters through numerous skylights and large windows. The minimalist kitchen opens onto the diningliving area to span the breadth of the house, opening up to the landscape beyond. A fireplace with a modernist travertine surround anchors the living area. The building comprises two volumes—the main block containing communal living areas, the other housing private spaces—with a glass link between them.

Mary Burnham, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received a Master of Architecture from Yale University, is a founding partner of New York’s MBB Architects, a 30-person, women-owned firm committed to diversity and collaboration. “We believe a balanced, diverse team produces the best work,” she says of MBB’s worldview. Over a three-decade career, Burnham has enriched the built environment with architecture that synthesizes placemaking, space, light, form, and materiality with spare sophistication. Her portfolio represents a wide range of typologies (including educational, cultural, and residential projects) and scales, from master plans and new buildings to landmark renewal, adaptive reuse, and interior design. A multitude of these facets combine at Sam’s Creek House in Bridgehampton, New York. Situated on a slip of land between a diminutive river and the Atlantic Ocean, the home’s elegantly layered spaces connect to the outdoors through generous glazing that brings in light and views. Designed by Burnham for a young family, there are two distinct volumes with a glass link between them. The ground floor of the main block transitions from an informal kitchen-dining-living area to a screened porch to an open terrace. In the more private section, a guest suite and cabana open onto the pool, while second-floor quarters, including a master suite, enjoy ocean vistas glimpsed through slatted screens. Abundant glass filters daylight throughout the house while also providing a counterpoint to the weathered mahogany shiplap siding that forms the envelope of the house. PROJECT TEAM JOSHUA HOMER, MEGHAN BULLARD, CHRISTINA KWAK KEY CONSULTANTS P.A. COLLINS PE, ROBERT SILMAN ASSOCIATES, PHT LIGHTING DESIGN, HOLLANDER DESIGN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, REINHARDT O’BRIEN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: TY COLE



“My humanist approach to architecture conveys the power of design—at all scales—to positively impact people’s lives”



Dana Webber

Principal Architect, Dana Webber Design Group

Dana Webber was born in Southern California, where she rebelled against the one-size-fits-all fabric of suburban Los Angeles. Thinking to become a cinematographer, she attended film school at U.S.C. “I wanted to control an experience through what people see,” she explains. “But I became aware that reality had a more lasting impact than film and switched to architecture.” Webber studied under Pierre Koenig and Craig Ellwood—noteworthy contributors to the Case Study House program. After college, she spent a decade specializing in industrial buildings, then opened her own firm 20 years ago to widen her stylistic scope. Since then, she’s designed spaces for sports teams, chefs, psychologists, church congregations, attorneys, scientists, shoemakers, and coffee drinkers, to name just a few. The Alegria, a vacation home perched beside Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, represents Webber’s residential design skills. The house is a stone structure accented by rough wood, steel, and copper. Artisanal details—a handcrafted French range, over-grouted stone, a custom copper chimney cap—evoke the essence of regions like Tuscany and Bretagne, places where hospitality and food are arts. The house exterior is mainly dark, receding into the woods; in contrast, the pitched-roof entry and main circulation volume is painted white, giving a bright form to the structure. The clients are enamored. “I look around and everything seems to be in exactly the right place,” the owner told Webber. “There would not have been a better way to do any of it.” KEY CONSULTANTS MINDY GAYER DESIGN CO., FISCHER BOUMA PARTNERSHIP PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: AARON LEITZ

33 years in the industry AIA Licensed architect in Colorado, Washington, Idaho, and Hawaii honors

Urban Land Institute Award, National Transportation Design Merit Award, Luxe Gold List



“The warmth of the house conjures far-off places where food, wine, and good conversation dominate the culture—places where artisans are valued for their work in creating a home”

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Dana Webber. In a Bainbridge Island, Washington, house by Webber, the living area opens with bifold doors to Puget Sound. The warm, inviting home has become a social media favorite, with spaces designed for cooking, entertaining, and enjoying the great outdoors. The original kitchen was landlocked without views or natural light, so Webber switched it to connect directly to the patio, with servery windows on one side. Most of the facade is dark, receding into the woods; in contrast, the white-painted, pitched-roof “tower” comprising the entry point and central circulation hub reaches up to the sunlight and gives bright form to the house.



Clockwise from far left portrait: Interior designer Laura Bohn. Architect Carol Kurth. At Tango House, a Connecticut residence with architecture by Kurth and interiors by Bohn, a series of volumes are clad in zinc panels, stucco, and thermally modified white ash. A wall of wood-look porcelain tile lines the indoor lap pool. The gas fireplace in the living area is surrounded by slabs of textured Brazilian quartzite with hand-chiseled edges.

Laura Bohn

ASID, The Decorators Club Cofounder of Designers Collaborative 40 years in the industry honors

Interior Design Hall of Fame, Pratt Institute Distinguished Career Award, Roscoe Awards for fabric design Carol Kurth

ASID, LEED Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and founder of the AIA Westchester Hudson Valley Women in Architecture Committee; created and endowed the Carol J. Weissman Kurth Women in Architecture scholarship at the CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture honors

AIA and ASID Awards 35 years in the industry

Laura Bohn

Principal, Laura Bohn Design Associates

Carol Kurth

Principal, Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors

Call it timeless modernism. New York architect Carol Kurth’s award-winning body of residential and commercial work is notable for its imaginative integration of site, form, structure, and materials. Similarly, Houston-born, New York–based Laura Bohn, an Interior Design Hall of Famer and Pratt Institute alum, is known for her “soft modernism,” bringing unexpected hues and shapes together to create comfortable rooms with an atmosphere of depth and richness. The Tango House in Greenwich, Connecticut, is the result of the collaboration between the two woman-led firms for a client couple with a passion for sustainability and dance. The house that Kurth and her team of 10 architects and designers on staff conceived is a contemporary assemblage of interlocking volumes that plays openness against privacy. The primary cladding materials are zinc panels, stucco, and white ash treated thermally, which adds to the wood’s moisture resistance. In Bohn’s interiors, softness reigns with natural, recyclable fibers including mohair, banana silk, and wool. Color is introduced in subtle yet dynamic contrast to the architecture. Large by any standard, the 15,700-square-foot six-bedroom residence spans three levels. The lowest includes an indoor lap pool; the main floor is dedicated primarily to openplan living, dining, and kitchen areas, plus the master suite. On the top floor—most astonishingly—is a tango studio under a soaring swoop of walnut ceiling, where a galaxy of cast-glass globes hangs at precisely calculated “random” heights. Beneath those glowing orbs, the homeowners host weekly dance nights that last until the wee hours. PROJECT TEAM SARA LEDRA: LAURA BOHN DESIGN ASSOCIATES JOHN RAPETTI, DIANA WAWRZASZEK: CAROL KURTH ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS KEY CONSULTANTS OEHME, VAN SWEDEN & ASSOCIATES; LEGACY CONSTRUCTION NORTHEAST; E2 ENGINEERS; LEICHT; ROYALE UPHOLSTERY AND DRAPERY; ADVANCED HOME AUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY BOHN PORTRAIT: VLADIMIR WEINSTEIN; KURTH PORTRAIT: KRISTEN JENSEN; PROJECT: ERIC LAIGNEL;



Clockwise from bottom: The 950-square-foot tango studio features Omer Arbel cast-glass spheres suspended from the walnut ceiling. Seen through the dining area’s aluminum-tube chandelier, the kitchen’s custom walnut breakfast bar is backed by a Calacatta Paonazzo marble island. The kids’ lounge features Tambobamba coffee tables by Jiun Ho.

“Located on the top floor, the soaring tango studio sets the stage for the clients’ passion for dance”—Laura Bohn





Clockwise from opposite top: A ceiling fixture of stainless-steel mesh by Thierry Vidé hangs over a custom cement tub and large-format porcelain floor tiles in the master bathroom. For the master bedroom, a photograph by the client was turned into a mural. In the tango studio, the faucet above the marble sink pivots for use as a water fountain. The rear exterior elevation.

Q&A with Laura Bohn How did you get into design?

My father was an engineer and my mother was an artist. I fell in love with interior design before there were designers, only decorators. What is your design philosophy?

To simplify. I like quiet interiors that are plain, and I adore Shaker design: the furniture, wainscoting, and pegs on the wall. It doesn’t take much to make plain look good, and you can add almost anything to it. What inspires you?

I look at everything and anything! I read every periodical, even those with horrible items. I am very into research. There is always some surprising thing I never heard of. The other day I picked up a handyman magazine and read about planting grass in 1-inch increments for a lawn with no weeds. I look forward to trying it on my dream project. What’s that?

Revamping a château I just bought in the Loire Valley; it’s been empty for 10 years.



Q&A with Carol Kurth What was your breakthrough project?

Quarry Court, a contemporary home atop an abandoned quarry, 80 feet above the water. The project was recognized in 1984 by the AIA and featured in a traveling exhibition showcasing the work of women architects. To this day, my clients remain treasured friends. What has been your experience being a woman in the industry?

I often felt being a woman was an advantage in architecture since it was unexpected—particularly with real estate development and construction, both of which I was involved in at the start of my career. Many contractors did not want to build modern, which led my firm into a design/build practice. Do you think of yourself as a role model?

Since founding my woman-owned firm in 1995, I’ve focused on mentoring and philanthropic efforts geared toward women. It is why I sought to be elevated as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. As a member of this prestigious group (of which women represent a small percentage), I am able to further expand recognition of women-designed and -led projects and initiatives.

“The synergy of working with a like-minded designer was an exceptional experience for exceptional clients”—Carol Kurth

Architecture in a sentence?

Architecture is a backdrop for living.



Analía Nanni Dimit

Cofounder and Director of Interior Architecture, Dimit Architects

Analía Nanni Dimit, an architecture graduate of La Plata National University in her native Argentina, and her husband, Scott Miles Dimit, cofounded their namesake Cleveland-based firm in 2004. Dimit’s modernist training left her with a passion for design, one she gets to fulfill as the firm’s director of interior architecture. “The design process is a constant source of inspiration for me” she notes. “That phase of work presents the challenge of creating unique architectural and interior spaces for clients—exploring materials, details, shapes, patterns, colors, forms, and functions to make environments in which they love to live, work, entertain, and create memories with loved ones.” Dimit’s ardent spirit is apparent in a 9,600-square-foot residence the firm recently completed for a young family in the village of Bentleyville, Ohio. Sited on a wooded lot, the three-level house is massed around a courtyard featuring an al fresco living area, kitchen, and generous swimming pool. Large folding and French patio doors along with two-story windows open onto the courtyard, creating a strong indoor-outdoor connection. The family loves to entertain and requested that the home have an easy flow between spaces. Gathering areas include a 16-foot-long thin-slab porcelain kitchen island and, in the living room, a double-height 20-foot-wide linear fireplace with stone masonry. Vibrant artworks pop against the clean, modern finishes, while the exterior’s natural-materials palette of stained cedar, stucco, and stone ensures the large structure fits into its leafy setting. PROJECT TEAM SCOTT MILES DIMIT, MATTHEW SOMMER KEY CONSULTANTS PAYNE & PAYNE BUILDERS, STEVE EBERSOLE PE, WHS ENGINEERING, THE PATTIE GROUP, HIGHLAND CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: CHRISTIAN PHILLIPS

22 years in the industry IIDA Associate, AIA International Associate breakthrough project

Renovation of the historic ASM International Headquarters in Novelty, Ohio, a 1959 collaboration between R. Buckminster Fuller and John Terence Kelly honors

National Trust for Historic Preservation Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award, Ruth Ratner Miller Award, AIA Cleveland People’s Choice Award



“I push myself to evolve, keeping abreast of new and evolving interior architectural thought, while staying true to my modernist roots”

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Analía Nanni Dimit. A three-story family house in Bentleyville, Ohio, opens onto an expansive courtyard with a well-equipped outdoor living area, kitchen, and pool. In the master bath, full-height windows provide the soaking tub with views of the surrounding woods. Her interiors feature flowing spaces and clean, modern finishes. A linear fireplace with a spectacular stone-masonry surround anchors the airy, double-height living room.



Emily Huang Principal, Huang Iboshi Architecture

In 1998, Emily Huang founded Huang Iboshi Architecture in San Francisco, applying the values of designing in harmony with the Northern California environment. Her husband and partner, Gregory Iboshi, joined the flourishing practice in 2000. Raised in Taipei, Taiwan, and Gainesville, Florida, Huang was fascinated with art and technology from a young age, going on to earn a Master of Architecture from M.I.T. The signature of her work—mainly residential and institutional projects—is the distillation of complex conditions into a poetic essence. Awareness of space and movement is a recurrent theme, especially in her designs for Marin County’s Marin Ballet. Huang’s philosophical ideas on the subject began with her graduate thesis, “Body in Space: The Sensual Experience of Architecture and Dance.” Significantly, she is an advisor on The Barcelona Project, an upcoming film about the interface of architecture and dance, directed by Stacey Menchel Kussell. A 2014 weekend retreat by Huang in Inverness, California, is intended to be as light on the land as possible. The property, which borders Point Reyes National Seashore, one of the most pristine areas in Northern California, is designed to have a minimal footprint while maximizing views of Tomales Bay. Her client’s childhood memories of a family cabin in Norway are recalled in poignant moments throughout the small house, which has generous, wraparound outdoor living areas. The use of natural and local building materials keeps the structure grounded in the landscape, while the modest scale and form of the house pays homage to the rugged, utilitarian vernacular buildings of the west. PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: MICHELE LEE WILLSON; PROJECT: PAUL DYER


NYCxDESIGN Awards finalist, SARA Award, AIA Honor Award, AIANY Design Merit Award, AIABQDA Design Merit Award



Clockwise from portrait: Emily Huang of Huang Iboshi Architecture. A weekend retreat in Inverness, California, pays homage to rugged, utilitarian vernacular buildings. The tripartite house, located on the eastern edge of the two-acre site, supports generous outdoor living areas and verdant views. Blending into the natural environment while providing essential comforts is the essence of the small residence. The structural design employs steel framing for seismic safety and to maximize volumes and views.

“Awareness of space and movement is a theme in my projects” AT HOME I


Clockwise from portrait: Nina Edwards Anker of nea studio. The curved envelope of Anker’s Cocoon, a family house in Long Island, New York, is clad in that regional staple, cedar shingle; the table and chair are also by the architect. The living room is anchored by nea studio’s Beanie sofa, which is filled with lentils and organic latex. The exterior entrance elevation. Tinted skylights above the hallway of the bedroom wing are based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s color theory. The colors range from vermilion, which signals sunset and rest, above the master bedroom, to deep yellow, which signals zenith and activity, near the living room.

Nina Edwards Anker CEO and Director, nea studio

Assoc. AIA, Arkitekt MNAL, PhD 8 years in the industry Design director at Terreform One, a nonprofit urban design research group honors

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Good Design Award, Best of Brooklyn Award, Home and Garden Awards, A’ Design Award



Nina Edwards Anker, a New York architect, specializes in evocative sustainable design. She holds a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is an alum of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, among other firms. She founded nea studio in 2006 and has since proved her mettle across a range of disciplines: architecture, interiors, furniture design, and installations. Her work has been widely published and exhibited. A LEED Gold–certified residence located in Long Island, New York, exemplifies Anker’s talent with form and function. Named Cocoon for its distinctive shape—a tubular form that curls like an L—the 1,730-square-foot cottage has two distinct sides: the public facade, a largely windowless shingle-clad curve that provides shelter and seclusion; and the concave private facade, a vast aluminum-and-glass expanse of windows, sliding doors, and skylights that take in open views and ocean breezes. In a boldly animating move, Anker turned skylights above the bedroom wing into a stained-glass installation. Based on Goethe’s color theories—which influenced painter J.M.W. Turner’s light-drenched seascapes—the translucent hues range from vermillion, signaling sunset and rest, above the master suite, to deep yellow, signifying zenith and activity, in the communal area. Anker further enlivened the house with several of her own pieces, including a multifaceted Crystallized chair, which sits on the half-moon patio, and an eco-friendly lentil-filled Beanie sofa in the living room. PROJECT TEAM ANNA AGOSTON, RAFAEL WALTHER KEY CONSULTANTS LICCIARDI BUILDERS, LYNBROOK GLASS & ARCHITECTURAL METALS, UNALAM, LANCE NILL, MITCHELL JOACHIM, BJORN SANDAKER, ALEXEY NEFEDOV, WILL LAUFS, ZEROENERGY DESIGN, STEVEN WINTER ASSOCIATES PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: LESLEY UNRUH; PROJECT: CAYLON HACKWITH

“My desire is to create designs that serve the well-being of humans and the planet”



Susie Hoffmann

Owner and Principal Designer, Envi Interior Design Studio

20 years in the industry breakthrough project

An award-winning private spa and pool house in Whitefish, Montana honors

Interior Design Best of Year Honoree, Luxe Gold Award, Stanford University Raina Giese Award in Creative Painting

Susie Hoffmann grew up in the suburbs of Boston. But she spent summers in Germany, where her grandfather, a furniture craftsman, and her uncle, a prominent architect in the Bauhaus movement, served as early inspirations. Prior to moving to Montana and founding Envi Interior Design Studio in 2006, Hoffmann designed for Bogdanow Partners Architects and Clodagh in New York. There, she honed her skills on hospitality and residential projects worldwide. Today, the Envi portfolio includes lodges, hotels, restaurants, and homes. Three tenets underpin each project: purity, through simplicity of form and environmentally safe products; balance, between beauty and function; and energy. “We understand the importance of the psychology of architecture,” Hoffmann says. “During the design process, we study relationships between space and objects, light and sound, and the natural flow within a floor plan. Our philosophy is that such relationships can energize a place and therefore incite human reaction, whether it be relaxation, excitement, or reverence.” One such project with that capability is a minimalist Montana retreat. Envi completed its interiors in 2019, taking full advantage of the glorious mountain and plain views afforded through the house’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Hoffmann and team instilled the contemporary architecture with clean lines but also warmth: Stone walls, walnut cabinetry, and white-oak flooring balance the expanses of steel and glass. Furnishings are intentionally restrained, and they’re finished in a palette that reflects Big Sky Country— subtle earth tones, muted colors, quiet patterns. The uncluttered design works in tandem with the natural surroundings right outside the home. It’s minimalism at its best. PROJECT TEAM DEBORAH MONAGHAN, ASHLEY THOMAS KEY CONSULTANTS STUDIO H ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN 5 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, PRG GROUP, SAV DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: NICOLE WICKENS/GREEN DOOR PHOTOGRAPHY; PROJECT: AUDREY HALL

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Susie Hoffmann. A 6,000-square-foot home in Big Sky, Montana, with interiors designed by Hoffmann’s firm Envi Interior Design Studio, reflects the colors and textures of the surroundings. Furnishings are intentionally restrained. A central “spine” in the home is clad in linear cut stone and serves as an architectural axis; the stone wall becomes an interior feature in each room. 32




Natural light floods the residence, and soft lighting adds glow.

“One’s physical, psychological, and emotional reactions to an interior stem from the energy within a space”



Clockwise from top left: A cozy bedroom maximizes views of majestic mountains. Custom timber bunk beds incorporate a petite study desk. Textured stone walls pair with white-oak flooring. Silk rugs and woolen textiles soften the clean lines of the living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows are throughout. A powder room’s vanity is walnut.

Q&A with Susie Hoffmann Dream project?

A destination spa in Montana. (We don’t have one, which is somewhat confounding.) I love the idea of creating an entire community with wellness and healing at its core. What is your personal motto?

The word manifest. Believe in yourself, set clear intentions, and achieve the goals you set. As it pertains to design, manifest is the perfect descriptor of our process. We take concepts and ideas and turn them into a physical reality. It’s a beautiful and exciting way to live. What inspires you?

Nature. I often recreate the palettes I find when driving or horseback riding across the country. And I turn to nature to understand and celebrate light and shadow. When I create interiors, I strive for the balance that has been magically and naturally set before us. Advice to young designers?

Try to understand why you’re passionate about design. For me, I learned early on in my career that I wanted to master the nuances of wellness design and healing environments. My experience with Clodagh was life-changing—not only from my experience with her but also with the other incredible people who worked in the studio. Find a designer who embodies what you love and work for them.





Suzie Lucas Principal Designer, Lucas

A pair of Del Mar, California, beach houses conceived as “fraternal twins” (and inspired by the clients’ two sets of the same!) is the brainchild of Suzie Lucas, who founded her Seattle interior design firm with siblings David and Rachel in 2012. Like the designers themselves, the two structures have a strong family resemblance yet individual personalities. The client couple wanted houses that could function separately but also as one—places where their extended family could unwind by the ocean. Board-formed concrete and shou sugi ban slats unify the structures. Yet a sense of contrast prevails: between cozy shelter and wild waves, solid oak flooring and stained hemlock screens, charred wood and crisp white walls. Many of the unfussy natural materials will weather over time, giving the residences an earthy, organic feeling. It was Lucas’s studies at New York’s School of Visual Arts that kickstarted her journey into the applied arts. She began her career organizing the materials library at a well-known firm. “This gave me a strong background in resources and vendors, and taught me how to research,” she explains. For her, a well-designed space should conjure an emotion. “I prefer spaces that make you feel embraced and promote curiosity, with some presence of nature to ground you,” she continues. Her firm has masterminded many such personal sanctuaries across the globe, from the designers’ Pacific Northwest home base to far-flung New Zealand. PROJECT TEAM DAVID LUCAS KEY CONSULTANTS C.J. LIGHT ASSOCIATES, SWEIG GENERAL CONTRACTING PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: TALITHA BULLOCK; PROJECT: DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN

18 years in the industry honors

International Design & Architecture Awards, Luxe Red Awards breakthrough project

Gallery House in La Jolla, California

Clockwise from portrait: Suzie Lucas, who runs her Seattle interior design firm, Lucas, with two of her six siblings. A shou sugi ban–slat entry distinguishes one of two houses the firm designed in 2019 for a Del Mar, California, property. A guest bedroom’s custom headboard is made of Holly Hunt faux leather. The interior design is casual with a strong Japanese influence, and all materials exhibit rugged durability. A Brown Jordan sectional and an outdoor fireplace anchor a restful patio. In the great room, a custom built-in sofa cozies up to The Meeting Place, a hanging sculpture made of graywacke stone by Chris Charteris. 38


“I lean toward natural and handmade materials to make large spaces feel intimate”



Clockwise from portrait: Architect Nicole Migeon specializes in residential, commercial, hospitality, spa, and salon design. The Guest House, a residential project in Western Massachusetts, involved the renovation of an 18th-century farmhouse and the construction of an addition where reclaimed whitewashed oak-plank interior walls convey a feeling of warmth. As the wood exterior of the addition grays over time, the building will further blend with its environment. Oversized trusses define the light-filled artist studio.

Nicole Migeon

Owner and Principal, Nicole Migeon Architect

AIA, ASID, NCARB, NCIDQ RA in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Massachusetts Tenured adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Institute of Technology Founder of furniture line Dual Function 25 years in the industry Widely published

“I would describe the Nicole Migeon Architect design style as warm minimalism,” the firm’s principal says. “We work a lot with artisans. Together, we practice a craft and create spaces that are individual in nature.” Migeon, who grew up in Baltimore, attended Syracuse University and earned a Master of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. For some years she was a painting appraiser at Sotheby’s and Phillips before switching to design and opening NMA in 2007. “Materials are always on my mind,” she says. “For each commission, we research the client and context, then look for regional materials and furnishings that can be sourced or manufactured and installed by local craftspeople.” Her practice is characterized by architectural inventiveness, ingenious use of materials, and diverse design capabilities (buildings, landscapes, interiors, custom furnishings, art selection, staging, and more). The Guest House, a 2018 residential project by Migeon in Western Massachusetts, involved the renovation of an 18th-century farmhouse and the construction of an addition. NMA kept the original decorative wood detailing, stone mantels, and as much else of the old house as possible. The design of the addition has vertical bleached-cedar siding that derives from nearby tobacco-drying barns. Part of the new addition is an “outdoor room” without glazing, where wood slats deflect heat and glare, creating deep shadows that lend a layered, chiaroscuro effect. Whereas the farmhouse is a more traditional, intimate space, the addition is very open, connecting the interior to the great outdoors figuratively and literally. PROJECT TEAM SEBASTIAN QUINN, NICOLE SCOPE, KRISTEEN ARNOLD, JUSTIN KURTZ, ERNESTO FONG KEY CONSULTANTS FISHER KOPPENHAFER ARCHITECTURE, MCVEIGH & MANGUM ENGINEERING, VREELAND DESIGN ASSOCIATES, VENTRESCA DESIGN, SEAVER AND SONS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: KRISTEEN ARNOLD; PROJECT: TAGGART SORENSEN 40


“My work is minimalist in nature, but also welcoming”



Alexandra Meyn Principal, Alexandra Meyn Design

Alexandra Meyn is an artist long captivated by the intersection of form, function, pattern, and color. She produces work across various disciplines: painting, sculpture, furniture, and interiors. “My objective, regardless of medium, is to construct a world worth living in,” she says. Her studies support her many talents. Originally from Ohio, Meyn earned her bachelor’s in ceramics from Lewis & Clark College. A few years later, she empowered her creative identity by completing an MBA from the University of Arizona. She then headed east to Pratt Institute for her MA in interior architecture. That was 2011. The same year, facing a still muzzled economy, she built a tree house in her Brooklyn backyard that was featured in The New York Times. She founded Alexandra Meyn Design in Kauai, Hawaii, in 2016. Nestled in the wilds of Kauai’s North Shore, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a two-story residential project which Meyn dubs Horizon Line. Casual luxury was the design objective. The client requested a house that was both laid-back and functional, weathering everything from sandy feet to seasonal heavy rain. Circulation was adjusted to facilitate an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. This decluttering was part remedial (the termite damage to the home was extensive), and part space capture. The materials, primarily wooden, anchor the structure to its original rusticity while keeping it impervious to the saline climate. The neutral palette was carefully formulated to fall within the visible spectrum of the client, who is color-blind. A series of contrasts—light/dark, pattern/solid, smooth/textured— further define spaces and forms. “Once I’m equipped with the concept,” Meyn adds, “crafting the design solution is a form of surrender.” KEY CONSULTANTS HORIZON CONCRETE DESIGN, LEHUA DESIGNS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: ADRIENNE BATTISTELLA; PROJECT: CHRISTOPHER HARDI

9 years in the industry design philosophy

Nature is my sovereign guide: Be weird, remain adaptive, and define the essential



“Most of the mavens I rely on for regenerative inspiration are women—perhaps this is a tribal coping mechanism”

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Alexandra Meyn. Seen on the left by the upstairs kitchen, a 9-foot-wide pocket sliding door opens the north-facing side of Horizon Line, in Kauai, to Pacific Ocean views, dissolving the barrier between inside and out. Meyn reconfigured interior walls to accomodate the master bath, while avoiding disturbing the natural light coming in from above, and painted the bedroom’s wall art herself. Glazed tiles that are flush with the wood wall form a backsplash in the kitchen. In the living room, seating was built-in where feasible from the same wood as the house’s walls; the custom driftwood pendant fixture doubles as sculpture.



Elizabeth Stuart Faith Principal and Owner, Elizabeth Stuart Design

Since founding her eponymous Charleston-based design firm and retail store in 1995, Elizabeth Stuart has been lauded for her sophisticated, eclectic style and her ability to bring unexpected beauty to each project. With a pragmatic approach emphasizing form and function in equal measure, Stuart has a fundamental understanding of how people want to live and work—qualities that enable her to create refined yet highly personalized residential, commercial, and retail environments around the world. “Great design can change the way we live and feel, and I believe as a woman, we can create magic,” she says. “We see detail everywhere, and we blend detail and emotion without thinking out loud.” A 5,000-square-foot four-bedroom beach house sited on the marshy edge of Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina is a case in point. From velvet walls to a koi pond, elegant details present themselves at every turn, complementing and rivaling Mother Nature. The carefully considered color palette, choice of materials, and generously scaled picture windows accentuate the everchanging vistas of water and sky. “Through these views, the home reads as if it has these amazing ‘paintings’ that just happen to be live, moving landscapes,” Stuart says. Great architecture, stunning materials, an impressive art collection, and panoramic views merge to create an enviable canvas. “It is a beach house that doesn’t feel beachy, and was designed to suit the client’s love of cooking, being close to the water, and spending time with family and friends,” she concludes. KEY CONSULTANTS BEAU CLOWNEY ARCHITECTS, WERTIMER + CLINE, STRUCTURES BUILDING COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: ANNE RHETT; PROJECT: TRAVIS MARK

25 years in the industry Widely published

Clockwise from portrait: Elizabeth Stuart Faith, whose Charleston-based business has grown to include lighting, upholstery, and garden items. Floors throughout a Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, home by Elizabeth Stuart Design are lye-finished white oak. Patterns in the master bedroom were chosen to reiterate the views. High notes of the interiors include the extensive windows permitting views of the marsh, river, and bridges. Pecky cypress walls bring a rustic yet modern vibe to the library. The art collection plays a major role in the expression of the client and includes pieces by Mickey Williams, Shannon Runquist, P. Gagni, and Rapp.



“Women designers are powerful multitaskers who bring detail and emotion to the table”



Elizabeth Roberts Principal, Elizabeth Roberts Architects

30 years in the industry Widely published AIA

Elizabeth Roberts earned her master’s in architectural historic preservation from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation after completing an undergraduate degree in architecture from UC Berkeley, later heading off to work in San Francisco and New York. In 1998, she established her own firm, designing projects for residential and commercial clients. Since then, she’s redefined urban living—The New York Times dubbed her “the titan of the townhouse.” Commercially, Roberts has masterminded much-Instagrammed environments for fashion darlings Rachel Comey and Ulla Johnson. “From the beginning, my practice has been about integrating structure and style into one vision,” the architect says. “It has also been about integrating history and contemporaneity to create a new language that is at once comforting and surprising. For me, perfection is not about symmetry or singularity, it’s about a sense of balance.” Roberts notes only 20 percent of licensed architects in the U.S. are women, and only 17 percent of those are principals/partners. “I’m proud to be a female principal. I see it as a big responsibility. It’s important for other women coming up in the design world—and for the men, too.” A recent ERA project, Orient Farmhouse, is an excellent example of the firm’s fluency in combining the historic and the modern. The two-story clapboard residence on Long Island’s North Fork dates to circa 1870 and was almost entirely rebuilt. For clients that love to entertain, a sunroom at the rear of the first floor was turned into the focal point, reimagined with red-and-white cement-tile flooring, rich reclaimed-pine paneling, and a wood-burning stove for year-round use. Paint-splatter wallpaper and eclectic light fixtures contribute wit and whimsy. To serve the property’s new in-ground swimming pool, ERA is currently converting a barn, also original to the site, into a pool house with guest quarters. PROJECT TEAM JOHN BASSET, DANIEL BONTROP KEY CONSULTANT NORTH FORK WOODWORKS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: MEGHAN MCNEER; PROJECT: SARAH ELLIOTT



Clockwise from portrait: Architect Elizabeth Roberts. In a 19th-century home in Orient, on Long Island, ERA converted an original fireplace into a woodburning grill for the now dining area. Wallpaper enlivens the powder room. A rattan stool proffers a beachy note in a seating nook. A 19th-century farm table functions as an island in the kitchen, where windows are new. The sunroom boasts cement-tile flooring, pine paneling, and a blackened maple chair by Loïc Bard.

“I’m passionate about retaining more women in architecture long term”

“Architecture, interior design, and decoration are three parts of a whole—the success of each depends on the other two”



Lauren Czarniecki Founder and Principal, Czar Interiors

NCIDQ breakthrough project

A 16,000-square-foot waterfront home in Boca Raton, Florida

Raised in Boca Raton, Florida, Lauren Czarniecki graduated with two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Florida State University, one in interior design and the second in art history. After several semesters abroad in Florence, Italy, she started her career in the L.A. office of renowned designer Kelly Wearstler. She is now principal of her own firm, Czar Interiors, which was recently awarded a Stars on the Rise honor from the Design Center of the Americas. In 2019, Czarniecki was hired by an entrepreneur couple for a new build in the village of Franklin, Michigan. Sited beside a pond and a cider mill, the 7,000-square-foot, three-bed, three-bath home was the opposite of the tiny condo the designer had completed for the couple earlier. “They wanted a Frank Lloyd Wright feeling, hence the exaggerated cantilever roofs and the organic local materials,” says Czarniecki, who worked with the builder on selecting exterior finishes. “The goal was natural materials inside and out—like the stone outside the front door that segues into the house and down the stairwell.” Although the home is modern with a lot of glass, Czarniecki warmed up the living room with a wood floor, Bernhardt hair-on-hide chairs, and a focal-point fireplace. In the kitchen, a deft touch is the ventilation hood hidden in a drywall soffit to eliminate visual clutter. “My work is respectful of clients’ needs and wants,” she explains, “but also pushes them to a more sophisticated level of design.” KEY CONSULTANTS NOSAN SIGNATURE HOMES, TR DESIGN GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY BETH SINGER

Clockwise from portrait: Lauren Czarniecki of Czar Interiors. In a house in Franklin, Michigan, a sculptural Hubbardton Forge Quill chandelier hangs above the glasstop dining table; the wall art is by Scott Hile. Custom iron-and-glass fenestration is by Gallery Steel. Czarniecki worked with the builder on the exterior finishes, which include locally sourced stone. The upstairs media room features a Baker Paris sofa and gray-toned wood floorboards.



“As a young woman, often I have to overcome the notion that I am simply a decorator when in reality, as an interior designer, I create designs that also fit within the framework of functional architecture�




Innovatively elegant (or fun

at work

and funky), these workplaces command attention. Above all, they prove that women architects and designers, be

they fresh-faced newcomers or tough-minded veterans, know how to lean into work. From sleek corporate headquarters to cheerful startup warehouses, environmentally aware office suites to energyfilled ideas incubators, this portfolio of projects shows women propelling the modern workspace into dynamic new dimensions: spaces that are flexible, forward-thinking, future-proof, and fabulous.

Catherine Heath Managing Principal, HYL Architecture

AIA, IIDA, LEED AP 31 years in the industry CEO of Heath Design Strategy Lab, a workplace strategy consulting practice honors

IIDA Premier Design Award, NAIOP Awards, ASID Awards, CREW Annual Achievement Award, AIA Awards, IIDA Awards Clockwise from portrait: Architect Catherine Heath heads up HYL, a boutique design firm with a focus on corporate and legal interiors. For a confidential law client in New York, Heath orchestrated an airy doubleheight reception with orb lighting that draws the eye up to the second level. To warm things up, accents of elm wood were used strategically on high-touch details like office door pulls and handrails and in places where employees gather, such as corridors and elevator lobbies. Reception’s custom glass globes are by Yellow Goat Design.

Catherine Heath is renowned for her skill in workplace design and strategy and is a nationally recognized expert in legal office design. Under her leadership, HYL Architecture, which she founded in 2014, has grown from a practice of six to 25 staffers. From its first year, HYL has been a nationwide practice, with notable projects in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. To date, the firm has designed 4 million square feet of space in 25 cities and regularly competes with the nation’s top 10 firms. Prior to founding HYL, Heath was a senior principal at HOK, leading the Washington, D.C., interiors practice. Earlier, she was an associate director at SOM—a leadership role she achieved at just 32— and a managing director at LSM. Her breakthrough project was the mammoth 2-million-square-foot Goldman Sachs Tower in Jersey City, New Jersey. “It built my confidence to move from supporting team member to leader,” she notes, “and to handle complex projects at any size.” For an international law firm’s New York office situated in one of Rockefeller Center’s midcentury expansion towers, HYL orchestrated a complex, multiphase renovation. Heath’s intervention allowed the law firm to shed two full floors while maintaining the same number of staff and provided room for future growth. A new double-height reception acts as a grand foyer for a new conference center, which includes a large divisible multipurpose room with sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan. Throughout, the design language synthesizes a timeless aesthetic suited to the rigorous plan with bespoke midcentury detailing that pays homage to the era of the iconic building.






An interconnecting stair originating in reception stitches together the private and public functions of the office and allows staffers to move easily from floor to floor.

“My education in and passion for architecture has shaped the way I think about design�

A cantilevered butterfly roof extends 20 feet from the south end of the house over a broad terrace paved with locally sourced bluestone and equipped with an outdoor fireplace sheathed in Cor-Ten steel.



Q&A with Catherine Heath Who is a woman who inspires you?

Marion Weiss, my thesis advisor at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a wonderful way of blurring the lines between landscape, architecture, interiors, and furniture. She taught me that it is all part of one design solution. What did you want to be as a child?

I have wanted to be an architect since I was 10 years old. My family went to a resort for vacation, and I decided I could do a better job designing the place. I took a piece of grid paper and mapped out a dream resort, including a lush pool area with multiple water slides! Advice to young designers?

Don’t get too lost in one idea. There are always many good ways to solve a design problem and being flexible can lead you to a much richer solution. What has been your experience being a woman in the industry?

I came into the industry in the early 1990s. In that era, I did feel like I had to work harder to gain recognition in what was then still a male-dominated profession. But over time, with changes in social attitudes and especially as more and more of my clients are women in leadership positions, I find the issue is abating. What is your design philosophy?

I believe the most successful projects have overall guiding principles—related to both design and business—that allow them to resonate in a broader sense. This goes beyond an architectural concept to connect with culture, location, or mission. In our team meetings, we call this developing the narrative of the project, or client storytelling. It sets a collective vision for the project that keeps the client and design team aligned.

Clockwise from top left: Clear glass interior walls promote collaboration through visibility, offer future flexibility, and extend daylight into the interior of the floorplate. Midcentury-inspired furniture in the pantry pays homage to the era of the building—which is part of the iconic Rockefeller Center complex. Elegantly curved glass fronts a petite meeting room. An intimately scaled hospitality lounge offers guests a place to relax with a coffee on a tufted mohair banquette. Small conference rooms are scattered throughout the floor plate.



Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri Founding Principals, Hariri & Hariri Architecture

34 years in the industry Widely published honors

Interior Design Hall of Fame, The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award, PAAIA Career Achievement Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award for Architecture, Interior Design Best of Year Award

Hariri & Hariri Architecture is a multidisciplinary New York City firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born, Cornell-educated sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri. Today they are lauded as two of the most accomplished women in American architecture, and the studio is considered one of the most progressive working in the U.S. For the sisters, who are Interior Design Hall of Fame members, design is a holistic, boundaryless enterprise ranging from master planning and architecture to interiors, furniture, lighting, product design, and jewelry; their portfolio encompasses luxury residential developments, hotels, single-family houses, and high-concept experiments. The Hariris promote female empowerment in their male-dominated field, and their recent monograph, Hariri & Hariri: Leading Architects, celebrates the firm’s nearly three decades of international work. In 2018, Hariri & Hariri Architecture revisited a New York office project it had originally completed in 2007. The client, a Manhattan private equity firm, had the opportunity to take over an additional floor in its existing tower—and returned to the Hariris for the expansion. “We recognized that, 14 years later, the new talent joining the firm required different ways of working,” says Gisue Hariri. “With new technologies, materials, and products available, the challenge for us was to blur the timeless and the contemporary.” Various semi-private pods and private booths occupy a zone between the open workspace and the perimeter meeting rooms. The pods and booths, wrapped in dark wood, have a “space-age geometry,” says Mojgan Hariri. “They become pieces of sculpture,” she explains. Blues and greens are introduced in seating, flooring, and felt wall coverings, creating a playful environment for the younger generation of bankers working there. PROJECT TEAM BIEINNA HAM, CHRIS WHITESIDE, KYUHUN KIM KEY CONSULTANTS STRUCTURE TONE, SILMAN, LIGHTING WORKSHOP, IP GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY ERIC LAIGNEL 58


Clockwise from portrait: Architects Mojgan Hariri and Gisue Hariri. In a New York office for a private equity client, wenge wraps meeting pods. Ocean colors brighten the plan. A geometrically intricate spatial divider screens the feature stair. A series of small, medium, and large meeting rooms at the perimeter surround the L-shape plan’s central open office and lounge areas.

“A lot of people think everything is about taste; design is about a vision”



Cheryl S. Durst Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA

Overseeing the strategic direction of the International Interior Design Association, an organization comprising 15,000 members across 58 countries, Cheryl Durst manages a team of 25 staffers, helms the international board of directors, and spearheads all outreach and programming, including more than a dozen global design competitions. Durst is not a designer but, boy oh boy, is she a design force. A visionary futurist, thought leader, and dot connector, Durst has spurred progress and encouraged the expansion of the industry. As the EVP and CEO of the IIDA, she is committed to achieving broad recognition for the value of design. She began her tenure at the IIDA in 1998, tasked with rebuilding the organization, which was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Through her efforts, she revived the association and repositioned it as a profitable enterprise, integral to the commercial interior design community and dedicated to furthering the profession. “As society faces current challenges—an ongoing global health pandemic and a reckoning for an urgent need for racial justice—it’s imperative to act from an intersectional lens and strive to promote leadership and equity across demographics including gender, race, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic background,” she says. The IIDA’s current focus is on expanding inclusiveness in the industry. “For companies, this means recognizing that your team isn’t as diverse as it could or should be,” she notes. “Most of us feel comfortable in our own ‘bubbles,’ but a lack of diversity creates a false feeling of safety.” Representing a physical manifestation of the IIDA’s mission to strengthen and extend the design community into the world beyond is the association’s Chicago headquarters, designed in 2017 with Gensler. The envelope was conceived as white space, allowing design objects and creative work to take center stage. It also nods to the provenance of the building—a 1970s creation of the Office of Mies van der Rohe. PROJECT TEAM TODD HEISER, MARC HERNDON, STEPHEN RAMOS, DAVID WINANS, RANDI RICHARDSON, JOOHYUN SON, PIERCE FISHER, YUKIKO TAKAHASHI, DANIEL KRAUSE: GENSLER KEY CONSULTANTS KUGLER NING LIGHTING, MOSS, AVI SYSTEMS, MAGNUSSON KLEMENCIC ASSOCIATES, SHINER + ASSOCIATES, ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS DESIGN, WM. HUBER CABINET WORKS, FURNITURE SHOP, SKENDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: RYAN MCDONALD; PROJECT: ERIC LAIGNEL

Hon. FIIDA 30 years in the industry

Interior Design Hall of Fame MCA Chicago and New York School of Interior Design Trustee

Clockwise from portrait: IIDA’s Cheryl Durst. At the organization’s Chicago headquarters, seating running along a window wall is backed by vignettes featuring design products from IIDA partners. The organization’s logo. The office was designed in collaboration with Gensler. A Durst mantra writ in neon in a bathroom. In reception, bold design elements such as a mural depicting the Burnham Plan of Chicago and a custom mosaic floor create dynamism, while the reception desk, a custom charred walnut slab modeled on a refectory table, invites gathering. 60


“Design in all its manifestations is a force for change. Now more than ever, the world requires what design so abundantly endows: grace, civility, compassion, clarity, connection, common sense, empathy, well-being, healing, hope, and equity�

Clockwise from portrait: Interior architect Lauren Rottet. A custom reception desk in folded and welded mirror-polished stainless steel stands on engineered European whiteoak floor planks at Rottet Studio’s Los Angeles office for Paradigm Talent Agency. A Greg Bogin artwork was commissioned for a corridor. The reception area features an armless curved-plywood chair by Karim Rashid. Damien Hirst’s paint-splattered skateboard for Supreme is mounted with other decks on an office wall. Rottet outfitted the stair atrium with an innovative mirror-finish stretched-membrane ceiling that reflects a series of screen prints by Eve Fowler.

Lauren Rottet

Founding Principal and President, Rottet Studio

FAIA, FIIDA honors

Interior Design Hall of Fame, Women in Design Hall of Fame, Lifetime Appointee to the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals for Design Excellence

Talk about credentials. Lauren Rottet is the only woman in history to be elevated to fellow status by both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. As such, she is one of the most celebrated interior architects in the world today. After graduating with a BArch with highest honors from the University of Texas, Rottet began her career in San Francisco, working for the residential design firm Fisher Friedman Associates. Relocating to Chicago, she joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where high-rise office projects took her back to her native Texas before the firm asked her to start an interiors practice in Los Angeles. She successfully built that business, then joined forces with several other SOM partners to create the architecture and interiors firm Keating Mann Jernigan Rottet. After expanding the practice from a staff of six to 60 in only four years, the partners joined Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall, with Rottet as principal-in-charge of the interiors division, DMJM Rottet, for 14 years. In 2008, Rottet left DMJM to form Rottet Studio. Comprising a team of architects and designers she has worked with for as long as 25 years, the WBE-certified firm has created workplaces for many of the Fortune 100 companies, including Goldman Sachs and Disney, amassing more than 65 million square feet of built-design experience across all typologies, hospitality and residential included. Rottet’s most recent office endeavor is the artful Paradigm Talent Agency in Los Angeles, completed in 2020. PROJECT TEAM RICHARD RIVEIRE, HAROUT DEDEYAN, LAURENCE CARTLEDGE, CHRIS JONES, THERESA LEE, PEGAH KOULAEIAN KEY CONSULTANTS ESQUARED LIGHTING, NEWSON BROWN ACOUSTICS, CIBOLA SYSTEMS CORPORATION, LENDRUM FINE ART, THORNTON TOMASETTI, ARC ENGINEERING, AMA PROJECT MANAGEMENT, CLUNE CON­STRUC­TION COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: ERIC LAIGNEL 62


“We’re known in the marketplace as innovators, not followers”



Sarah Kuchar Owner and Creative Director, Kuchar

Sarah Kuchar, a Chicago-based interior designer, founded her awardwinning namesake studio in 2016 with the goal of creating unique spaces across all typologies. Project types include private residence, workplace, multifamily, showroom, education, hospitality, and product design, and her team has completed work in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. “My design philosophy is ‘no rules’,” she says. “When we disregard what we’ve been taught to believe is ‘the right way,’ we can truly explore a space’s full potential.” In recently completed headquarters for Farmer’s Fridge, a Chicago startup that brings fresh food to vending machines, Kuchar breaks the rules to brilliant effect. Located in the industrial Kinzie Corridor, the century-old, 14,000-square-foot building has 30-foot-ceilings and spans two floors with a mezzanine. Kuchar’s concept brings the company’s “farm-to-city” story to life, while being mindful of a startup budget. Materials represent both rural and city dwellings: corrugated metal siding, neon lights, and chain-link fence. The last encloses the connecting stair as an effective and muchless-expensive alternative to the standard metal-mesh guardrail while also evoking the “city” concept. The 30-foot ceilings, though spectacular, presented a challenge: Almost anything designed for such a volume would be costly. To draw attention to the enviable height in the open office, Kuchar grouped together inexpensive IKEA light fixtures to cascade from the ceiling with an ambient glow. “It is by thinking of the sensory experience of the user,” Kuchar notes, “that you design a space that will elicit an emotional response.” PROJECT TEAM HEIDI JOHNSON, EMILY OSBORNE PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: IRON + HONEY; PROJECT: CHRISTOPHER BARRETT

IIDA, ASID IIDA Illinois RED and Design Excellence Awards

Interior Design Forty@40

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Sarah Kuchar. In the headquarters of Farmer’s Fridge, a Chicago startup, a connecting stair with chain-link-fence sides is the conduit between the social spaces—kitchen, lounge, and meeting rooms—and the openoffice floor. The lounge area has a modern farmhouse feel. A lick of the brand’s signature green coats exposed pipes. Kuchar juxtaposed corrugated metal siding with neon signage at the entry. 64


In the open office, Kuchar emphasized the 30-foot ceiling with 25 inexpensive IKEA wovenbasket light fixtures gathered into one dramatic installation.



“I believe there are no rules when it comes to design and that the best projects are created by being allowed to believe anything is possible�



Mavis Wiggins

Managing Executive and Studio Creative Director, TPG Architecture

Known for her unique, avant-garde approach to design, Mavis Wiggins has created outstanding workplaces for companies such as IEX Group, HBO, and NEX. She prizes the art of shaping space through design, a passion that began growing up in Northern California surrounded by great architecture and visual art. An early love of photography also helped establish her vision of the world. But it was in pursuing a BFA in interior architecture at Pratt Institute, mentored by industry legend Joseph D’Urso, that Wiggins found her true calling. Since joining TPG Architecture 10 years ago, she has used her leadership position to act as a committed mentor. She strives to create an ongoing dialogue about race and representation in the industry and encourage young BIPOC designers to pursue their career aspirations. “As a young female designer, I felt a lot of eyes on me and some doubt regarding my ability, so I developed the confidence I needed to believe in myself,” Wiggins says. “My general mantra to my mentees is: keep your eyes and ears open, stick to your convictions, and do not be discouraged by negative persuasion.” In a recent project, TPG consolidated Assured Guaranty’s vast New York office into a more cohesive, two-floor space, with Wiggins designing a traditional layout that incorporates progressive elements. Town hall meetings are frequent, so the ample, well-appointed reception area with barista bar is frequently used to host events for clients and company leadership. Glass sliding doors allow for easy overflow into the adjacent reception area, where legacy and custom artwork and gallery benches repurposed from a live-edge wood table help add character to the space. PROJECT TEAM CINDY YI, MICHELLE MCCARTY, ED KROIS KEY CONSULTANTS STRUCTURE TONE, ROBERT DERECTOR ASSOCIATES, CERAMI & ASSOCIATES, ONE LUX STUDIO, THE ATLANTIC GROUP, JAS CONSULTING, PARAMOUNT GROUP INC. PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: TPG ARCHITECTURE; PROJECT: ERIC LAIGNEL

IIDA 30 years in the industry honors

IIDA Leaders Breakfast honoree, CoreNet Award Project of the Year, Crain’s Coolest Offices Coolest New Construction, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters 17th Annual Women of Valor Awards breakthrough project

Headquarters for HBO in Santa Monica, California, which ultimately made the cover of Interior Design



“Design is meant to be a thoughtful expression, with a balance between creating clarity and emphasizing detail” Clockwise from portrait: Interior architect Mavis Wiggins. A custom sculpture by Michael DeLucia, flanked by live-edge wood benches, dominates reception at Assured Guaranty’s New York office; the backsplash mosaic tile behind the barista bar is by Sicis. The sleek conference room, which features a Newmat stretch ceiling and a Svend Nielsen table, epitomizes Wiggins’s penchant for pure, unembellished spaces, learned from mentor Joseph D’Urso. Burnt-orange Tretford cord carpet enlivens a glass-enclosed meeting room. A José Parlá painting, one of the project’s many commissioned art pieces, backgrounds reception seating.



Nina Etnier Partner, Float Studio

Nina Etnier, raised in Southern Maine, had a childhood heavily influenced by creativity: Her grandfather was a painter, father a musician, and mother a modern dancer. Studying graphic design and psychology as an undergraduate in Washington, D.C., led Etnier into advertising before she moved to London to earn a graduate diploma in interior design. That trajectory has left her with a unique perspective on how to make spaces that are faithful extensions of brands. Back in the U.S., Etnier cut her teeth in project management at Urban Dwellings in Portland, Maine, then, eager to get back to a larger city, she moved to New York in 2012 to work at Steve Blatz Architect. Two years later she partnered with Brad Sherman to launch Float Studio. The firm now employs 10 designers and architects and focuses on workplace, retail, hospitality, residential, and product design, with zeitgeisty clients such as Casper and Food52. Float’s Elysium Health headquarters in New York’s SoHo houses a science-based community. The anti-aging startup wanted a place that felt futuristic but also nourishing and open. “We really paid attention to sight lines,” Etnier says. “Wherever you are in the space, you can see from one end to the other.” There’s a theme of life in the office. All elements are natural: wool textiles, cork, stone, wood floors. The palette, too, is derived from nature: blue water, white light, green plants. “More specifically, we wanted it to have the effect of looking at a crisp map,” Etnier adds. “It’s scientific but not sterile.” PROJECT TEAM BRAD SHERMAN, LAUREN BEGEN PHOTOGRAPHY AARON THOMPSON

10 years in the industry ASID honors

Interior Design Best of Year Honoree, NYCxDESIGN Awards



“It is critical that the clients’ personalities—whether individuals or brands—come through in a real way in the spaces I create for them” Clockwise from portrait: Designer Nina Etnier. In the office waiting area of Etnier’s Elysium Health in New York, greenery purifies the air. Acoustical drapes and custom slatted cubicle/desk hybrids foster an open plan with privacy. The presence of round and oval shapes—as in this conference room table—nods to Elysium selling a conventionally shaped pill in a circular bottle. The kitchen’s custom terrazzo island echoes the theme and is a favorite spot for impromptu team meetings.



Sarah Devine

Managing Principal, Revel Architecture & Design

IIDA 28 years in the industry Cofounder of reDiscover, a nonprofit that donates reusable materials to educational centers so kids can develop creativity through hands-on tinkering with sustainable goods

Raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sarah Devine adored design from an early age. After attending the University of North Texas to study art and interior design, she worked at major firms such as HOK, LEO A DALY, Rapt Studio, and AECOM. In 2020, she spearheaded the opening of Revel Architecture & Design’s Los Angeles office. While at Rapt, Devine was instrumental in designing the L.A. headquarters of media start-up Fullscreen. (The elevator pitch: Fullscreen finds potential YouTube talent, then helps produce and distribute their video content.) As visitors walk in through covetable fold-up garage doors along the front elevation, they are welcomed by a swath of blue— the main lounge, where an enormous video wall pivots to either semi-enclose the sunny yellow pantry beyond or leave it wide open. From there, a series of “mini-theaters” lead through the space. Much like Fullscreen content, the media playing on screens is always changing. While most staff are firmly within the millennial age range, the video makers themselves skew much younger, from 13 to 18. The HQ needed a place for them to perch and hang out. Meanwhile, the talent agents needed a place to work. Rapt provided plenty of both types of space, with select walls segmented by color to define areas and serve as backdrops for on-the-fly filming. PROJECT TEAM ANDREW ASHEY, SCOTT JOHNSON, SAM FARHANG, ASHLEY COCOLIVO, DANIELA COVARRUBIAS: RAPT STUDIO KEY CONSULTANTS STRUCTURAL FOCUS, ARC ENGINEERING, HOWARD BUILDING CORPORATION, MASH STUDIOS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: JENNIFER MECHNER; PROJECT: ERIC LAIGNEL 72


Clockwise from portrait: Designer Sarah Devine. At Fullscreen’s Los Angeles headquarters, which Devine worked on while at Rapt Studio, custom laminate cabinets backdrop a pendant fixture by Bend Goods. A video-screen partition pivots 180 degrees to partially hide the main pantry; Ronel Jordaan ottomans provide casual seating. A garage door opens onto reception. The workplace came as a blank slate—38,000 square feet of raw space in a brandnew office building—the industrial vernacular of exposed ceilings and concrete flooring already in situ.

“Providing the right solution for the client is my overall design philosophy”



Jennifer Hanlin Principal, Hanlin Design

17 years in the industry honors

NYCxDESIGN Awards Honoree, New York State AIA Design Citation, Interior Design Best of Year Honoree breakthrough project

Demisch Danant Gallery in 2003

Hanlin Design in Brooklyn, New York, focuses on residential and commercial interiors, emphasizing material choices that support a minimalist response to the built environment. The firm’s founder, Jennifer Hanlin, earned a BA and an MA, both in architecture, from Princeton and Harvard Universities, respectively. Her love of merging interiors and architecture began while at Gabellini Sheppard Associates, where she worked on award-winning stores for Jil Sander. To Hanlin, quality design demands tough self-editing. “I find beauty in many things,” she notes. “But having the self-discipline to resist mixing every sumptuous ingredient together is the ultimate challenge of good design.” Hanlin’s recently completed office for a private foundation in Cold Spring, New York (her fifth for the client) is crafted with dedication to sustainability. Women designers feature prominently. Jessica Whickam, a local woodworker, designed the conference table, while rugs are either by Elisa Padrón, made of biodegradable hemp and sustainably sourced, or woven in Iran’s Mazandaran Province by women who preserve the Hezar-Jerib kilim technique. In another recent project, Hanlin was asked to design an office with pieces exclusively by women and people of color. When she found it a particular challenge sourcing in the marketplace items by women of color, she took it as an opportunity to commission custom designs from local talent. The remarkable results, she concludes, “remind us that the profound power of our profession is in the making of things that aren’t already there.” KEY CONSULTANTS RIVER ARCHITECTS, ANDREW PIDALA LIGHTING, JEFF TIGHE, MONTELEONE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: KATE BURTON; PROJECT: FRANK OUDEMAN

Clockwise from portrait: Hanlin Design’s Jennifer Hanlin. In the office of a philanthropic foundation in Cold Spring, New York, Arne Jacobsen chairs, a Richard Long artwork, and a Tapio Wirkkala coffee table resonate with one another like perfectly tuned instruments. A TAF Studio table sits under a skylight in the staff meeting room. The office is located in a historic landmarked building in Upstate New York. A sustainable-pine desk system defines a shared work area.



“The profound power of our profession is in the making of things that aren’t already there”



Peggy McDonough Jan President, MHTN Architects

33 years in the industry AIA, LEED AP First woman in Utah promoted to lead a large legacy firm, founder of MHTN’s Women in Architecture and Design Group, leads MHTN’s diversity initiative, former AIA Utah Chapter President, current chair of the AIA WMR Honors & Awards committee project honors

AIA, IIDA, ASID & ACUI Design and Honor Awards, Utah AGC Outstanding Architectural Firm of the Year

Earning her architecture degree in 1987 from the University of Notre Dame, Peggy McDonough Jan began her career in Italy, Baltimore, and San Francisco, and since 1994 has practiced and taught in Utah. Today as president of MHTN Architects, an 80-person regional firm in her native Salt Lake City, she is nationally recognized for her expertise in campus design. Her work demonstrates innovations borrowed from public and private sectors as well as lessons from great urban spaces translated to be the conceptual underpinnings of powerful interiors. Leading student-life design teams on more than 16 national campuses, Jan has applied this knowledge to different realms, resulting in projects that have received awards from the AIA, IIDA, and the Association of College Unions International. “One of my greatest pleasures is to overlay nontraditional ideas so that design is not constrained by market-sector preconceptions,” she says of her genre-defying spaces. A passion for “people, performance, and product” was the guiding force behind the 50,000-square-foot Salt Lake City headquarters for ZAGG, which is an innovator in consumer electronics accessories. The MHTN team created new branding and incorporated it into the design, layout, and material selections for the twostory corporate office. The unique floor plan features open collaboration areas, high-tech workstations with sit-stand flexibility, comfortable lounge furniture, breakout and meeting spaces, and a grand all-hands staircase with bleacher seating—all conceived to encourage free thought, creativity, and invention. Reflected in the plan, each department has a custom layout designed for its individual function, whether that be sales, marketing, product development, or research. A wide variety of friendly furnishings, from hammocks to pingpong tables, further enhance the originality of ZAGG—and the project.

personal honors

Arnold A. Arbeit Memorial Prize, 76th Paris Prize in Architecture

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Peggy McDonough Jan. At ZAGG corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, a two-lane walking path is an innovative way for employees to interact while getting their steps in for the day. Branded graphics have been seamlessly integrated into the interiors. Bold colors provide energy in collaborative spaces. PROJECT TEAM ROBERT PINON, JEFF JUIP, KAREN CAHOON KEY CONSULTANTS OKLAND CONSTRUCTION, CCG INTERIORS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: ERIC DELPHENICH; PROJECT: DANA SOHM



“I design with, not for, companies and organizations. We achieve spaces through three things:



From left: Colorful pillows vivify the grand staircase, which doubles as stadium seating. Felt-covered pendants absorb sound in a meeting room.

the power of listening, mutual respect, and envisioning together�



Jackie Wheat

Managing Director of Design + Brand Services, PDR Corp

20 years in the industry RID, LEED AP

This Houston-based innovator shapes the world not only through the act of designing but also through her leadership. Jackie Wheat, whose projects range from challenging, multiyear initiatives to small, bespoke workplaces, actively hones talent and amplifies the abilities of her cohort of designers, architects, and consultants,

assembling and building teams that can scale challenges with confidence. “I find beauty in connection, and I love helping others find the courage to define their purpose in the design world,” Wheat explains. She found her own occupational purpose a bit belatedly, entering the field in her late thirties, after raising her family. “PDR was my first job and now, 20 years later, I’m a proud owner of this woman-led business.” Emblematic of her approach is PDR’s Dominion Energy project in Richmond, Virginia. In her role as executive designer, Wheat created a light-filled workspace emphasizing colors and materials that speak to Dominion’s Virginia roots, while looking toward its future. The 20 floors include full-service dining on the garden level, a conference center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a three-story interior atrium with jaw-dropping views of downtown Richmond and the James River. The design of each floor promotes a variety of work settings, from robust collaboration and team areas to private focus spaces. The fruits of collaboration with a number of local artists include Kendall Buster and Siemon Allen’s monumental sculpture hanging in the atrium. The workplace reflects Dominion Energy’s deep commitment to enrich the community while driving business performance and results. PROJECT TEAM LAWRENCE LANDER, STUART HARRIS KEY CONSULTANTS PICKARD CHILTON, KENDALL/HEATON ASSOCIATES, OJB LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, HOURIGAN GROUP, CLAYCO, ALVINE ENGINEERING, MKA, CERAMI & ASSOCIATES, WC&P, CLINE BETTRIDGE BERNSTEIN LIGHTING DESIGN, MDI PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: SCOTT MCDONALD/GRAY CITY STUDIOS, TERRY BROWN, ERIC E. CARLSON, BRYCEN FISHER 80


“My path to maturity as a successful businesswoman is founded on being confident in the experiences that shaped me as a human being”

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Jackie Wheat. A connecting stair links the amenity floors at PDR’s Dominion Energy in Richmond, Virginia. Sunlight pours into the soaring lobby. A Kendall Buster and Siemon Allen sculpture can be seen through the curtain wall. A bright breakout area is furnished with comfortable sofas. Work lounges provide communal gathering places for employees, encouraging collaboration.



15 years in the industry LEED and CDT accredited honors

IIDA NC Honor Awards, Elevate 2020 Industry Impact Nominee, San Francisco Design Week Honorable Mention

Jenna Ruth Principal, FENNIE+MEHL

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Jenna Ruth. Vintage shipping containers in GitHub’s San Francisco headquarters allude to the building’s history as a packing warehouse. For the main kitchen, Ruth and team opted for warm millwork and chandeliers evoking the city’s hip SoMa district. Banquette seating in the main floor’s lounge offers employees an alternative workspace. A decorative brassand-concrete railroad references trains that passed through the warehouse a century ago.

“I am grateful for the women who took me under their wing when I was a young designer,” says Jenna Ruth. “Having heard their stories about the barriers they had to break, decades before I entered the industry, I recognize that my own path to leadership was made smoother by their hard work.” Though she was raised in Hawaii, Ruth moved to California in childhood and has been in the Bay Area ever since. Ruth earned a BA in interior architecture from the University of California, Davis, and spent her early career designing interiors at Millican Jones, where she worked under female partners that she praises as “powerhouses.” In 2012, Ruth joined FENNIE+MEHL, stepping into the role of principal and drawing on what founder Ned Fennie calls her “innate ability to translate through design what people at a company need to flourish within their workplace.” For GitHub’s headquarters in San Francisco—complete with meditation room, dojo, hidden speakeasy, and roof deck—Ruth and team embraced the tech company’s culture of employee flexibility and socialization with a full bar and commercial kitchen that is open to workers when it is not rented for community events. “The client was adamant the office should not be an insular campus,” she notes. “Jenna is motivated to constantly raise the bar,” adds FENNIE+MEHL cofounder Doug Mehl. “We’re entering into our third decade of designing and building wonderful spaces, and Jenna has proven to be the kind of leader who creates award-winning work.” KEY CONSULTANTS STUDIO HATCH, BNBUILDERS, THE CRE GROUP, HLB LIGHTING DESIGN, CRI, MURPHY BURR CURRY, RAS DESIGN STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: STEVE BURNS; PROJECT: EVA KOLENKO



“To be a designer you have to be a true optimist: I believe that design can help shape the world for the better”



IDS 20 years in the industry LEED Gold for commercial interiors

Lorraine Mulligan President, LAM Studios

Clockwise from portrait: Interior designer Lorraine Mulligan, president of LAM Studios. In renovating a corporate office for CCG in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mulligan emphasized circularity, adding curved seating, a round inset carpet, and an ethereal custom chandelier to the entry lobby. A custom wood-block wall backdrops the CEO’s office, adding texture. Glass-faced offices coax daylight into the core. Custom cove lighting in a C-suite zone echoes a Fibonacci spiral. Backlit panels trace a delicate arboreal pattern in a hallway.

Raised in the U.K. and Belgium, Lorraine Mulligan spent her early career working in the antiques auction world before starting her commercial and residential interior design firm in Matthews, North Carolina. (She also designs and manufactures the Ellen Ash Collection, bespoke upholstery geared toward both sectors.) “I always begin the design process with the same questions, no matter the genre,” she says: “How can I bring a unique perspective to my client’s project, and how can I convey an essence of comfort and sophistication?” A student housing corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina, challenged Mulligan to create a LEED-certified office in an existing structure that would accommodate its rapidly growing staff. Mulligan’s approach was to celebrate naturally occurring materials and products used in the construction industry. Unique granites and onyx play off LEED-friendly materials such as cork. “The play between hard stone and soft coloration and furnishings is the essence of my design philosophy,” she notes. The project, spanning two floors, had to address the functional needs of multiple departments, from communal workspace for the accounting team to conference rooms and flex space for the company as a whole. Clear glass panels implemented as walls allow daylight to penetrate into the heart of the building. Mulligan also incorporated circular elements. See the Fibonacci spiral in the lobby of the executive suite, anchored with a cascading custom chandelier at once elegant and dramatic. KEY CONSULTANTS GARY B COURSEY AND ASSOCIATES PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: DEBORAH TRIPLETT; PROJECT: DUSTIN PECK



“As a young designer I was blessed with great female mentors. I am now in a position to share that knowledge with my team of young women”




The projects in this chapter

at large

comprise a smorgasbord of delights: retail in Toronto, an open-air museum in Los Angeles, a K-12 charter school in

Columbus, Ohio. Showrooms, an installation, multifamily residential complexes, a community library, and furniture design—you’ll find all of them and more in this genre-spanning section. The 20 women architects and designers responsible for this richly varied banquet evince talent, skill, and imagination in equal measure. In each case, the chosen project or product is indicative of a wide-ranging portfolio filled with mouthwatering ideas and achievements. Dig in and feast on the multifarious creativity of women in the world of design.

Louise Braverman Founding Principal, Louise Braverman Architect

A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Architecture, Louise Braverman founded her namesake firm to work on “aesthetically inventive projects situated in their time, place, and culture,” she says. “Having been one of only a handful of women in my graduate architecture class, I experienced firsthand what it felt

FAIA 35 years in the industry Current member of the AIANY Honors Committee, multiple installations at the Venice Architecture Biennale, both at international exhibitions and at the United States Pavilion honors

Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards, AIA National and State Awards, NYCxDesign Award Honoree, Green Good Design Awards

like not to be in the mainstream. Ironically, this understanding allowed me to develop the empathy and humanity required to work with people from all segments of society.” She puts voice to action in recent projects such as an off-the-grid dormitory in the postgenocide village of Kigutu, Burundi, and the Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso in Boticas, Portugal. The latter is a single-artist museum that honors Nadir Afonso, the Portuguese geometric-abstractionist painter who formerly practiced architecture with Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. Sliced into a steep hillside, the museum is divided into two connected parts: a light-filled cultural center looking out on the intersection of a national highway and City Hall; and nestled in the back, a below-grade exhibition hall topped by a sustainably planted green-roof park designed in the spirit of Afonso’s geometric aesthetic. The exhibition hall, a large space with the paintings hung on freestanding partitions, is the heart of the museum. Floor-to-ceiling glazing allows visitors a close-up view of the surrounding retaining walls, tall expanses of rustic stone that create a unique feeling of experiencing the art within a lavish, airy grotto.



“I entered the field with a passion and commitment to create sustainable architecture of art and conscience”

Clockwise from portrait: The principal of Louise Braverman Architect. In the double-height entry hall of the Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso in Boticas, Portugal, a photomural of the namesake artist and a continuous band of his sketches provide a splash of bright color visible from the street. The stairwell seen from the art museum’s second floor. The sculptural facade is informed by Afonso’s love of geometry. Cyclopean stone retaining walls are visible through the glazed exterior walls of the exhibition hall.



Susan Chang Partner, Shimoda Design Group

In 2000, Susan Chang and Joey Shimoda founded Shimoda Design Group at a live/work warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. Since then, the firm has steadily gained a reputation for innovative workplace interiors and distinctive mixed-use projects. Chang’s role is to guide the vision for each project, for clients such as Rolex, Netflix, and Tishman Speyer. It is a bespoke design approach captured by the firm’s motto, Extra Superfino or “extra super fine.” The Steelcase WorkLife Center is a quintessential Shimoda Design Group project. It was originally imagined in 2006 to unify four partner showrooms in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart under a single company brand experience. Its expansion a decade later challenged the notion that the slate must be wiped clean to avoid being outdated. “It was a rare opportunity to reflect on the ambitions of the original design and to potentially rework it,” notes Chang. “How did the concepts of the future workplace stand up over the last 10 years? How does the design address the most pressing technological, sustainability, and wellness issues the industry faces now?” The design conversations spanned more than six months and culminated around a bold decision to retain elements of the past design. The design of the original phase was driven by digitized fabrication methods embodied in a GFRG lattice-like sculpture anchoring the south showroom. In the expansion, the team introduced a counterbalance in the north showroom: a wood sculpture made by hand. The juxtaposition of the two seemingly opposite elements became a powerful narrative about workplace paradigm shift. Ironically, the birth of the handcrafted came from the digital. PROJECT TEAM JOEY SHIMODA, GABRIEL SANTOS, GARINE GABRIELIAN, YING-TAO TAO, CHERIE JOHNSON, AMANDA O’KEEFE KEY CONSULTANTS BUSHMAN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, PURE TIMBER +, ONE LUX STUDIO, FITZGERALD ADP, IMEG CORP PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: DONNA WONG; PROJECT: BENNY CHAN/FOTOWORKS

AIA, IIDA, ASID 25 years in the industry honors

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Art and Design Good Design Award, Interior Design Best of Year Awards, IIDA Calibre Design Awards, Architectural Woodworking Institute Award of Excellence motto

Good design delights

challenge in the industry

Design homogenization



“The industry has made strides, but we can certainly do better—we need more women in design firm leadership, real estate development, and land-use legislation and policy” Clockwise from portrait: Architect Susan Chang. In the Steelcase WorkLife Center in Chicago, exposing chipped concrete columns in the WorkCafé revealed their history and materiality. A hightech conference room. Dichroic film animates glass partitions. Woody is an ash sculpture designed digitally but made completely by hand; nothing larger than a table saw was used in its creation.



Clockwise from portrait: Interior designer Jenn Zella. At Kalea Bay, a condominium complex in Naples, Florida, a gallery wall of local historic photographs graces the private dining room in Salt and Oak, one of two restaurants in the 88,000-square-foot amenity center. Zella‘s two daughters in the nostalgic game lounge and arcade. A high-rise lobby in one of the five towers features a wall installation of indigenous riprap coral stone with a sculpted relief pattern and infinity mirror portal. Salt and Oak’s main dining room is divided by peekaboo partitions made of rope. An aerial view of the resort deck, planted with dozens of fragrant Meyer lemon trees.

Jenn Zella

Cofounder and Chief Visionary Officer, CID Design Group

19 years in the industry ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ honors

Interior Design Giants and Rising Giants, IIDA South Florida Bragg Awards, ASID South Florida Design Excellence Awards, NAHB Aurora Awards, Collier Building Industry Association Sand Dollar Awards, Gulfshore Life 40 Under 40, Great Place to Work certified role models

My grandmothers: one was a fashion entrepreneur and the other an interior designer well before it was a recognized profession

Jenn Zella’s CID Design Group is a Naples, Florida, firm specializing in multifamily and hospitality interiors, branding, and design forecasting. CID is fast-growing: In 2018, it was #1 on Interior Design’s Rising Giants list for growth in revenue, and it counts nine of the top 10 largest developers in the U.S. as clients. Growing up, Zella’s family bonded working on weekend DIY projects; after college, Zella and her brother fixed up and flipped old houses. “We did all the work ourselves,” she says. “It was the best education because it gave me the know-how and grit to design and build the things we imagined. It has also afforded me credibility with contractors, which is priceless in the field.” Kalea Bay, a Naples high-rise condominium community consisting of five 22-story towers totaling 660 units is the quintessential showcase for Zella’s creative vision and unexpected use of materiality. The biophilic design marries local and natural materials with countless spaces that blur inside and out. “Most high-rises in the market at this price convey a serious and formal luxury,” she explains. “This space is intentionally more casual and fun, attracting an underserved consumer segment seeking relaxed luxury.” The resort-style amenities include three pools, two restaurants, an outdoor bar, a nostalgic arcade, and a forthcoming wellness center for a true live-work-play lifestyle. “I learned early on the value of being an idea engineer who knows how to feasibly and affordably build what we imagine,” she concludes. KEY CONSULTANTS LODGE ABBOTT ASSOCIATES, SOAVE REAL ESTATE, C.R. SMITH, MANHATTAN CONSTRUCTION, LARS W YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: BRIAN TIETZ; PROJECT: KRIS TAMBURELLO



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“We believe approachable, light, and uncomplicated design allows people in the space to truly relax”



Kimberly Frank Principal and Interior Design Practice Leader, GGLO

25 years in the industry NCIDQ, Fitwell Ambassador, IIDA, LEED AP, GGLO executive committee culture leader honors

IIDA Northern Pacific INawards, Urban Land Institute Global Awards of Excellence finalist role models

Clodagh, Kelly Wearstler, Frank Lloyd Wright

Over 20 years of experience have prepared Kimberly Frank for her current role: leading the interior design group at GGLO, where she’s also principal. Because the interior designer has worked across a spectrum of sectors, from workplace and hospitality to retail and multifamily, she understands how myriad functions intersect in a mixed-use project. Frank is adept at integrating cross-market influences, such as incorporating hospitality into senior living or residential touches into offices, and keeps abreast of emerging trends, wellness and co-living as a multifamily project type among them. Effective and fair management is paramount, as well. “My predecessor taught me a valuable lesson early on, of learning to bring others along to reach consensus,” Frank says. “Leading others requires trust, listening, strong communication skills, and the ability to make others feel valued.” Representative of Frank’s portfolio is 624 Yale, a mixed-use building in Seattle. The office, retail, and multifamily-housing complex occupies a highly visible but underutilized site by a highway on-ramp. The designer capitalized on the site’s irregular shape and sloping topography by separating the project into two buildings, which engage with the street level through open green spaces. The south tower has a speakeasy-style lounge and a rustic, wood-clad deck. The north tower features a sculptural connecting stair and a rooftop with sweeping downtown views. All reflect her and GGLO’s refined sophistication. PROJECT TEAM MEAGHAN MCDONALD, TED PANTON, CHRISTINE HARRINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: DAN JEON; PROJECT: DEREK REEVES

Clockwise from portrait: GGLO’s Kimberly Frank. In a lounge with shiplap siding at 624 Yale, her mixed-use complex in Seattle, the duality of nature and city is balanced via clever material selections. The north tower’s connecting stair pairs industrial black metal with natural timber. Also wooden, the south tower’s deck is surrounded by lush landscaping.



“Beauty in design results from the thoughtful curation of function, materiality, and detail�

Kelley Banks

Vice President, Flansburgh Architects

After working as an architect on high-end residential projects, Kelley Banks had the desire to reach a broader sector. That desire led her to Flansburgh Architects, a firm founded in 1963 by Earl Flansburgh, known in Boston for its education projects and modernist roots. Banks joined Flansburgh in 2006 and was named vice president and principal in 2013. There, she works primarily on academic facilities—classroom buildings, libraries, dormitories, athletic and performing-arts centers—both in the U.S. and abroad (Belgium, Brazil, Nepal, and South Africa). “My philosophy has matured over time, from coming out of architecture school as an educated modernist to gaining a great appreciation for historic materials and details,” Banks says. “I believe that architecture has a direct influence over the quality of our lives. It becomes a great responsibility then, to design something that will make our lives better.” KIPP Columbus, a K-12 charter school in Ohio, offers 124 acres of natural habitat that can be explored through the new Battelle Environmental Center, which was designed by Flansburgh. The center imbues students with the beauty of the natural environment while providing them with a resource to collect, test, and analyze in a lablike setting. Materials are used sparingly, with the exterior envelope serving as the interior finish for most rooms, and a large glass curtain wall draws in natural light for the duration of the school day. PROJECT TEAM DAVID CROTEAU, MICHAEL BANKS KEY CONSULTANTS LAB 3.2, OLIN, EDGE GROUP, KORDA, JEZERINAC GEERS & ASSOCIATES PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: RABER UMPHENOUR; PROJECT: MATTHEW MILLMAN

AIA, LEED AP 23 years in the industry Worked on the first LEED–certified building in Lebanon, the LEED Gold International College Beirut elementary school, and the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab, the fourth building in the world to achieve Living Building status honors

AIA Virginia Merit Award, BSA Educational Facilities Design Awards, USITT Architecture Honor Award, AIA Honolulu Award of Excellence, AIA Honolulu Jack C. Lipman Members’ Choice Award



“I believe our built environment should aspire to the grace and elegance of nature�

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Kelley Banks. At KIPP Columbus in Ohio, a K-12 charter school, the new 5,350-square-foot Battelle Environmental Center has a large, northfacing glass curtain wall overlooking the sweeping campus landscape. Daylight and occupancy sensors help reduce the energy use of light fixtures. The roof is long-lasting metal on a perforated, corrugated metal deck that aids sound absorption. The bent-steel structure has no interior bearing walls, allowing for partitions to change over time.



Dina A. Griffin President, Interactive Design Architects

Dina Griffin was raised in Chicago and received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She became president of Interactive Design Architects in 1999 and under her leadership, along with that of her partners, IDEA has completed a multitude of projects for clients such as the University of Chi-

31 years in the industry FAIA, NOMA, IIDA, NCARB, chair of the Illinois Architect Licensing Board honors

IIDA Star Award, Excellence in Masonry Architectural Award, Women in Design Award, Ebony Magazine Power 100 Women Up Award breakthrough project

Working as architect of record on Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago

cago and Chicago Public Schools. The firm has partnered with renowned studios like Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Renzo Piano Building Workshop. In 2016, the studio was awarded the African American Cultural Center project at Griffin’s alma mater and joined the team of TWBTA designing the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. Griffin is a sought-after speaker, regularly presenting to schools and organizations such as the AIA, NOMA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Illinois. IDEA’s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center is a new 2 ½-story building located off the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s main quad. The structure supports inclusive openness while also being a sanctuary for learning. The exterior expresses these dual goals through transparency on the first level and a solid brick envelope on the second level. The building is designed to be open to the campus at large yet cocooning to those students needing more reflective study. The building’s scale bridges the gap between a residential structure and an institutional campus building, while inside, stadium seating, transparent interior walls, and furniture clusters support a modern, flexible approach. PROJECT TEAM MELISSA CLARK, JEFF PARFITT, KIM JOHNSON KEY CONSULTANTS CIVIL DESIGN INC, ROSS & BARUZZINI, THE CONCORD GROUP, LEVEL-1, LERCH BATES, BROEREN RUSSO BUILDERS INC PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: CHARLES G. YOUNG/INTERACTIVE DESIGN ARCHITECTS; PROJECT: MELISSA CLARK/INTERACTIVE DESIGN ARCHITECTS 98


“Reaching aspiring students is fundamental to my mission to encourage and guide minorities interested in building careers in architecture”

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Dina A. Griffin. The University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign’s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, for which Interactive Design Architects was the architect for all phases, is a 2 ½ story new building. Intricate exterior brick detail. The project was designed to LEED Silver certification inside and out. The building’s scale bridges the gap between a residential structure and an institutional campus building.



Betsy Vohs Founder and CEO, Studio BV

Associate AIA, LEED AP 20 years in the industry

Interior Design Best of Year Honoree community

Leads Design Forward, a pro-bono and reducedfee division within her firm

The Nordic, a mixed-use development with a contemporary warehouse aesthetic, gives Minneapolis’s North Loop a new complex in which to live, work, eat, drink, and relax. Charged with designing the ground-floor lobby, which incorporates a lounge, coffee bar, and food hall, Betsy Vohs has created a modern living room inspired by the open, community-driven spaces embraced by Scandinavian culture—a nod to the heritage of many Minnesotans. “The concept is one of intentional overlap and complexity of use,” Vohs says, blurring the boundary between work and play, public and private. The lobby is anchored by a backlit perforated wall inspired by traditional Swedish textile patterns; flanking it, a long custom table is a workspace or gathering spot. Nearby, cocooned by felt-paneled walls, the warm-and-cozy fireplace lounge serves as a counterpoint to poured-concrete columns. The bright and welcoming coffee bar connects the lounge to the adjacent plaza, which Vohs also designed, while the food hall’s four stalls and full bar draw people in from the street. Since founding Studio BV in 2015, Vohs has overseen a diverse portfolio of hospitality, workplace, residential, and health and wellness projects. She established a culture that propels women into leadership roles and supports working mothers. “I often saw women pushed into client and project management and not given access to major design positions at larger studios,” notes Vohs, who fosters a far more progressive mindset: “I think Studio BV is a model for the firm of the future.” PROJECT TEAM COURTNEY LEHMANN, SHANE EVENSON, LAUREN BARRY, AMY BARTHEL PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: BETHANY BIRNIE; PROJECT: COREY GAFFER

“We leverage design to drive change in culture and communities”



Clockwise from portrait: Betsy Vohs of Studio BV. Glazed tiles and orb pendant fixtures define a restroom in The Nordic, a mixed-use Minneapolis building with a public coworking lobby, bar, and cafÊ. Varying seating configurations lend themselves to coffee, study, work, or group meetings. At the bar, warm timber contrasts with cool cast-concrete floor, ceiling, and columns. The custom walnut concierge desk is inspired by Scandinavian ship building, and the Studio BV team worked with local artist Mark Schoening on a sculptural installation in the adjacent sitting area. The fireside lounge’s walls are paneled in felt.



Ryoko Okada

Principal and Director of Interior Architecture, ODA New York

25 years in the industry Widely published

Ryoko Okada received a BS in industrial design from Chiba University in Japan and an MS in interior design from Pratt Institute in New York. Prior to joining ODA, she worked at a variety of firms including Jeffrey Beers International, Perkins Eastman, and Rockwell Group. Her professional experience includes hospitality, residential, retail, and theater projects, plus client-specific finishes and furniture. “In recent years, I have started to recognize that I am operating to some degree through a Japanese lens,” she explains. “I am influenced by traditional philosophical principals, such as perfect imperfection and suggestion, rather than revelation.” For Okada, the best design goes almost unnoticed. For the interiors of Long & Waterson, a London condominium complex, ODA took on the challenge of unifying three buildings—two former workshops plus one new structure—requiring a cohesive vision melding tradition and originality. It’s located in Shoreditch, a former industrial neighborhood now populated by young designers and hip hotels, which inspired the edgy design. The aesthetics reference the site’s history (commercial and craft-oriented) as well as its current stylish incarnation, introducing new elements with fluidity, freshness, and refinement. The lobby is a continuous line that wraps amenities from end to end with landscaped terrain, culminating in a sunken garden on the patio. Communal areas are chic and cocooning, showcasing carefully curated details and materials in their raw, natural state. A uniquely lit spiral staircase, ample use of warm woods, and rounded profiles are among the project’s stunning architectural elements. PROJECT TEAM ERAN CHEN, CAROLINA MOSCOSO, VI NGUYEN, TULIKA LOKAPUR PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: COURTESY OF IGI UK



“My experience as a woman in design has been positive and energizing! As an ODA principal, I’ve had the opportunity to hire and work with talented, dedicated young designers, and help them grow”

Clockwise from portrait: Interior designer Ryoko Okada. ODA’s Long & Waterson, a condominium complex in London combining two refurbished buildings with one new structure, features a cohesive and welcoming lobby. A sinuous wood-slat wall provides a continuous backdrop through common areas, partitioning amenities and incorporating utilitarian built-ins. The spiral staircase is a cocooning element. The lobby library features lush greenery and natural materials for a sense of Zen.



Irena G. Savakova

Vice President and Global Design Principal, LEO A DALY

30 years in the industry RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, AIA, NAIOP, USGBC, World Affairs Council, NUSACC University of Maryland School of Architecture lecturer and advisory board member, NeoCon East keynote speaker, Bulgarian Union of Architects, Commercial Real Estate Women member, Fitwel Ambassador, first female design director at LEO A DALY, where she’s involved in advancing ongoing diversity programs honors

AIA Awards, Air Force Design Awards, IIDA Awards, NAIOP Awards

Irena Savakova was born in the Bulgarian city of Varna on the Black Sea coast, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. She began her design career there and has since practiced architecture across the European Union and the U.S. As vice president of LEO A DALY with two master’s degrees, she has an industry-wide reputation for her creativity in managing complex core and shell projects globally. Savakova has designed for the federal government, including embassies in Zimbabwe and Mauritania, as well as a facility for NASA. “My father was an architect and told me a good designer is somebody who acts as a conductor,” she says. “All these years later I understand what he meant. I think of myself, of all the participants at the proverbial design table—the investors, the community, the clients—as the many ‘instruments,’ and we must successfully conduct this complex orchestra.” On the boards for Savakova is 20 Massachusetts Ave NW, a Washington, D.C., project. It represents “the synergy of all the design lessons I’ve learned throughout my career,” she says. RMR Group commissioned her to reinvent the site, currently occupied by a single-use government tenant, into a mixed-use development in a single structure, the first of its kind in the city. The existing building will retain only its frame, floor slabs, and below-grade parking. The building exterior and ground plane will be remade to include retail and restaurants, a four-star hotel, and class-A office space. A lush green roof will top it all off.

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Irena G. Savakova. An upcoming Washington, D.C., project, 20 Massachusetts Ave NW, will reimagine the government site as a mixed-use development with a new penthouse amenity level and green roof. A vibrant streetscape with retail and restaurants will foster an inviting pedestrian experience. The building facade will be entirely re-clad, only the floor slabs and structural frame will remain. The new design enhances views along Massachusetts Avenue.




“As co-leader of our global design practice, it’s my mission to create the conditions that will ensure our teams are healthy, inspired, and inclusive”



Clockwise from portrait: Designer Jules Wilson. In a model apartment at Grey House, a 279-unit residential complex in Houston, Jules Wilson Design Studio opted for a restrained color palette and warm, tactile finishes. The firm also designed Grey House’s communal areas, including the clubroom kitchen, where artwork was inspired by trends in fashion, a nod to the boutiques in the neighborhood. A grand staircase curves through the lobby.

NCIDQ 26 years in the industry

Jules Wilson

Principal, Jules Wilson Design Studio


Interior Design Best of Year Honoree, Rethinking the Future Awards runner-up breakthrough project

Fit Athletic, San Diego

At 17, Jules Wilson enrolled at the Design Institute of San Diego to study interior design. She would later come to base her practice in the city, but not before earning a graduate degree at Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, and traveling throughout Europe. Back in the States, she cut her teeth at a number of prestigious firms, then, in 2005, founded Jules Wilson Design Studio, her multidisciplinary firm working in the residential and commercial sectors. Grey House, a luxury multifamily complex in an upscale Houston neighborhood, combines both areas. Jules Wilson Design Studio conceived the 2017 project’s communal spaces and model apartment, for which Wilson selected a muted color palette and warm finishes, all balanced by fashion-inspired artwork—an apt choice, since boutiques like Cartier, Dior, and Hermès populate the surrounding River Oaks District. “It’s all about the end user,” Wilson says. “We strive to create meaningful and memorable experiences. Our aesthetic leans toward timeless elegance, with a tactile feel, so that the user is at ease. We give deep consideration to movement, flow, texture, color theory, lighting, mood, and acoustics.” It’s a philosophy that has propelled Wilson to earn projects all over the country, including in Nashville, where she and her team recently completed the interiors for Fifth + Broadway, a mixed-use development with over 200,000 square feet of shops and rooftop restaurants, and Waikiki, where Jules Wilson Design Studio won the commission to design the Hawaii neighborhood’s first new residential complex in 20 years. PROJECT TEAM ABBEY HOARD, LEAN WIEN KEY CONSULTANTS OLIVER MCMILLAN, PAPPAGEORGE HAYMES PARTNERS, HOERR SCHAUDT PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: JENNY SIEGWART; PROJECT: TARICK FOTEH



“I find inspiration in art history and architecture, editorial photography, high fashion, and classic films”



Leads the firm’s mentorship program 7 years in the industry honors

Interior Design HiP Rising Star Honoree, Docomomo’s Commercial Design Excellence Award, Interior Design Power Grid

Paola Zamudio

Founder and Head Designer, NPZ Style + Décor

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Paola Zamudio in Holmdel, New Jersey’s Bell Works, a mixed-use campus in Eero Saarinen’s former Bell Telephone Laboratories building. Zamudio collaborated with Ron Arad on tubular seating in the atrium: “I wanted to avoid the traditional sofa and truly create something unique for this expansive space,” she says. A photovoltaic glass skylight illuminates the interior. Zamudio designed modern offices with a warm and cozy vibe. The building is a mammoth 2 million square feet in area, and as long as the Empire State Building is tall.

Paola Zamudio was born in Bogotá, Colombia, to an antiques-collector father and a decorator mother. After moving to the U.S. at age 13, she become the first in her family to graduate college, going on to earn a master’s degree in design trend forecasting from Polimoda in Florence, Italy. In 2014, Zamudio founded NPZ Style + Décor, an interiors firm that has expanded into an all-around creative agency also engaged in art direction, graphic design, events production, and more. “I’m a designer, a collector, a researcher,” she says. “I’m always adding to my mind’s mood board.” Zamudio’s breakthrough project—ongoing and massive—is the transformation of the former Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey. Designed by Eero Saarinen in the early 1960s, the famous research facility incubated some of the world’s foremost inventions. In 2009, redevelopment began on the abandoned landmark, gradually turning it into a 2-million-square-foot office, retail, and hospitality ecosystem known as Bell Works. Since joining the revitalization effort in 2014, Zamudio has paid homage to Saarinen’s design while executing details with a modern twist. In the atrium she collaborated with artist Ron Arad and architect Alexander Gorlin to bring in funky tubular seating in colors inspired by Anni Albers textiles, surrounded by geometric-pattern floor tiles based on a Josef Albers graphic. Seen from above, the two elements form an arresting graphic design. “In this way, I’m able to connect the past and the present,” Zamudio explains. “As the project grows, I grow alongside it.” KEY CONSULTANT INSPIRED DEVELOPMENT PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: KATE TESTA; PROJECT: JONATHAN HOKKLO 108


“A tenet of my design philosophy is paying homage to the past by connecting it to the future—what I call retro-futurism”



“The notion of ‘women in design’ is an ongoing conversation spanning generations. I am energized by diverse voices reshaping the field and I believe in my responsibility of paying forward and contributing to this conversation”

AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC 17 years in the industry honors

NYCxDESIGN Award Honoree, SOM Prize for Architecture in Design and Urban Design

Jieun Yang

Founding Principal, Habitat Workshop

Clockwise from portrait: Jieun Yang, founding principal of Habitat Workshop. Layered Fragments, a temporary installation for BKLYN Designs in 2017. The installation consists of strands of doublesided reflective Mylar. The strips are arrayed in shattered arcs, seen on the left, and a perfect circle, on the right. The project was an NYCxDESIGN Award honoree in 2017.

Born in South Korea and raised in Connecticut, Jieun Yang creates work that explores spaces, objects, experiences, and systems through the lens of connected agency and constructed mediation. “I believe in the potential of ‘the ordinary’ and in uncovering the unseen and dismissed,” she says. Yang received a BA in architecture from Yale University and an MArch from Columbia University. Before founding Habitat Workshop four years ago, she worked at SOM and 1100 Architect in New York on public and residential projects. In addition to her current practice, Yang is an adjunct assistant professor at CUNY City Tech and a lecturer at Parsons School of Design. Habitat Workshop is a small-scale design practice that offers intimacy and attention to each detail. “We are very hands-on in our client relationships and are hyper local in our making,” Yang explains. “We value life outside the ‘work’,” she continues, “and believe that each staffer’s experience enriches the collective design process. I encourage design responses based on empathy, constantly asking how design can become a positive tool in reshaping our world.” A key example of Yang’s work is Layered Fragments, a temporary installation for BKLYN Designs in 2017. Conceived as an exploration of visual distortion, fragmented reflections come from long, thin Mylar strips hung from the ceiling in a curvilinear array. Producing the effect of a kaleidoscopic collage as visitors walk around and push between the strands, the project challenges the notion of fragmentation as separation by instead highlighting moments of visual and tactile connection. KEY CONSULTANT BROOKLYN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: ROD GOODMAN; PROJECT: JIEUN YANG



Mary Ta

Founder and Owner, Minotti Los Angeles and MASS Beverly

Mary Ta is the founder of furniture titan Minotti’s first mono-brand showroom and cofounder (with partner Lars Hypko) of the MASS Beverly design showroom. Based in Los Angeles, Ta is recognized as a leading figure in the world of modern luxury furnishings. “I believe in refined nature as the new luxury,” she says. “I love to layer and enjoy a curated mix of materials, furnishings, art, and complements. I have learned design is not about a sofa per se but about a client’s life. I always listen and observe.” Her distinct vision has captivated a host of A-listers in the worlds of technology, music, fashion, and entertainment, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Calvin Klein, and Elon Musk. In her projects, Ta skillfully brings together developers, designers, architects, fashion houses, artists, and clients. The 181 Fremont Grand Penthouse is exemplary Ta. The four-bedroom residence in a San Francisco skyscraper was fully furnished by Minotti Los Angeles and MASS Beverly with pieces by Minotti, Bottega Veneta, Swarovski, Verpan, and more. The home is a sophisticated retreat thanks to the use of American walnut wall panels, white limestone, and parquet wood floors. Amenities include a private elevator, wine tasting room and bar, study, exhibition kitchen, and catering kitchen. Spaces are thoughtfully divided by custom pocket doors and floor-to-ceiling shelving by Italy’s Henge. The formal living area celebrates Minotti, while the adjacent fireside lounge prominently features Thonet, the heritage brand that combines iconic steam-bent beechwood with tailored upholstery. PROJECT TEAM LARS HYPKO KEY CONSULTANTS JAY PAUL COMPANY, HELLER MANUS ARCHITECTS, HORNBERGER + WORSTELL, ARUP, WSP, LEVEL 10 CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: JORDAN ASHLEY BRETT; PROJECT: MATTHEW MILLMAN;

20 years in the industry design philosophy

My design philosophy is about understanding people and what they value through my interactions with them



“I believe design must represent the emotions a person desires to experience: comfort, warmth, lightness, sexiness”

Clockwise from portrait: Mary Ta, owner of Minotti LA and MASS Beverly showrooms. In the living room of the 181 Fremont Grand Penthouse, San Francisco, a Minotti Seymour sofa by Rodolfo Dordoni pairs with pieces from the brand’s Catlin, Elliot, and Leger ranges, all curated by Ta. Elegant Thonet seating defines the fireside lounge. On the opposite side of the stone fireplace, a secondary dining area plays with color and texture, overlooking spectacular city views. In the master bedroom, Minotti’s Lawrence king bed, another Dordoni design, meets Lou nightstands by Christophe Delcourt.



President of the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, adjunct associate professor at CCNY, LEED GA 8 years in the industry honors

Beverly Willis Tribune Award, AIANY 9th Annual Women in Architecture Award, Jumaane Stewart Recognition Award, finalist in the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Samantha Josaphat. At a COS store in Toronto, which Josaphat worked on as a lead architectural designer while at Office AO, exterior wood siding is charred according to the Japanese method of shou sugi ban. The existing monolithic stone structure was converted into a modern showcase for the fashion brand. The design challenge was to create a dynamic retail environment within a residential-scale building.

Samantha Josaphat

Founder and Principal Architect, Studio 397 Architecture

Samantha Josaphat is founder and principal architect of New York’s Studio 397 Architecture. Part of the mere 0.3% of architects registered in the U.S. who are both Black and female, she is also only the 397th to be licensed. Her interest in the field began when, as a child, she’d house hunt with her mother and wonder why people settled for such cookiecutter homes. Josaphat received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Penn State University in 2012; five years later she started her own firm after coming to the realization that “a large portion of the profession was miserable about pay, exhaustion, diversity, industry fees, and accountability at all levels—and I had no interest in waiting any longer to make a drastic change.” In 2019, Josaphat became president of the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, within a year holding a national conference that broke attendance and fundraising records, thereby receiving a proclamation from New York City’s Public Advocate. Josaphat’s design philosophy is one of “textured simplicity: the juxtaposition between the expected and the unexpected, comfort and curiosity.” She honed that viewpoint while working at Office AO Architecture as an architectural designer and project leader on commercial retail spaces such as the Scandi-chic COS Toronto flagship. The upscale clothing label under the H&M umbrella expanded into the Canadian market with a dynamic store located within a landmarked, residential-scale building, its exterior artfully clad in charred wood. PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: NEV SIMPSON 114


“My experience in the industry has been being Black first, then a woman: The biggest challenges in my career have been about getting equal opportunities”



Karen Fairbanks Founding Partner, Marble Fairbanks Architects

Karen Fairbanks is a founding partner of the New York– and Atlantabased firm Marble Fairbanks, where she focuses on educational and cultural clients. She received her MA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and is currently the Claire Tow professor of professional practice and chair of the architecture department at Barnard College. She founded the department, developed its curriculum, and expanded the faculty to offer

Board of Directors for the New York Chapter of the AIA; Claire Tow Professor and Chair, Barnard College; Fellow in Architecture, New York Foundation for the Arts AIA, LEED AP honors

More than 50 awards including the Oculus Award, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation; Educator of the Year, AIA New York State; Distinguished Alumna Award, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture; American Architecture Awards, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Art and Design

liberal arts architecture studies to the wider Columbia community. Among Fairbanks’s outstanding projects is her 2013 expansion of the Glen Oaks Branch Library in Queens, New York. Her work there replaced an existing single-story facility with a three-level, 18,000-square-foot building—not only doubling the area of the previous structure but also earning it LEED certification. Features such as a reading garden accessed through the library and a landscaped plaza serving as a green roof above the adult reading room helped in attaining the latter. A two-story atrium illuminates the library’s below-grade level as do skylights that bring in natural light from the plaza above. A large picture window on the second floor allows for views into and out of the children’s area while presenting a civic identity to the community. On bright days, the word “search” appears above this window, moving across the glass surface as the sun sweeps across the sky, a detail that uniquely animates the building throughout the seasons. At street level, a delicate graphic pattern on the glass curtain wall displays the same word but translated into 30 languages spoken in Glen Oaks—such as Hindi, Spanish, and Urdu—celebrating the neighborhood’s rich diversity. PROJECT TEAM SCOTT MARBLE, ROBERT BOOTH, MALLORY SHURE, ERIC NG, ADAM MARCUS, KATIE SHIMA KEY CONSULTANTS BURO HAPPOLD CONSULTING ENGINEERS, PLUS GROUP, LANGAN ENGINEERING, RICHARD SHAVER ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING, SCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: DOROTHY HONG; PROJECT: EDUARD HUEBER



Clockwise from portrait: Architect Karen Fairbanks. Channel glass on the facade of her award-winning Glen Oaks Branch Library, in Queens, New York, transforms the building into a luminous beacon for the neighborhood in the evening. A continuous skylight casts silhouettes of people entering the building on the ceiling of the reading room below. The new building doubles the area of the previous structure and includes reading rooms for children, teens, and adults as well as community rooms throughout. Since the building area required is double what was allowable by zoning, half of the interior spaces are placed below-grade.

“Until the profession includes representation that reflects our society, we’re missing critical voices in our work”



Michelle Davis

Principal and Chief Design Officer, Davis & Davis

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s BFA program in fine arts and interior design, Michelle Davis cofounded her firm with husband Howard Davis in 1990 to specialize in architectural and design services for the commercial real estate industry. Davis, who lives in Detroit and Chicago, specializes in reimagining building lobbies and amenity spaces. “With each project, I collaborate with the client to create a signature identity and transform the property into a unique and standout location, which increases the ability to attract and retain tenants,” the designer affirms.

30 years in the industry IIDA, CREW breakthrough project

The interior architecture of Greater Grace Temple, a Baptist church in Detroit with a 4,000seat auditorium designed by Fusco, Shaffer and Pappas Davis’s repositioning of the Bank of America Building in Troy, Michigan, is an excellent example of her philosophy and practice. Clad in granite inside and out, the six-story 1989 structure was sophisticated yet foreboding, dark, and unsecured—in dire need of thoughtful and strategic enhancements, activated design elements, increased light levels, and additional amenities. Davis and her team reimagined the existing multistory lobby, elevator lobbies, restrooms, and corridors and created a new fitness center, game room, putting green, café, and seating area in the lobby-adjacent pavilion. The renovation expanded the potential tenant profile to include tech companies and creatives while maintaining the sleek sophistication necessary to retain existing lessees in the finance and legal sectors for the building owner, Sovereign Partners, New York. “Creating exceptional spaces fuels my passion for design,” Davis notes. “My goal always is to elevate the human experience in the built environment.” PROJECT TEAM IVONA GRUJEVSKI KEY CONSULTANTS INTERIOR DEVELOPMENT GROUP, TEAM RULE, ARTSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: JARED CHULSKI Clockwise from portrait. Designer Michelle Davis. At the Troy, Michigan, Bank of America Building entry lobby, a 165-footlong Sensitile lighting element in the ceiling pulls interest back into the previously cavernous space. A new security desk, faced in backlit stack glass and encased by a white marble surround, gives the entry an intriguing focal point. Color-changing Bluworld wall panels help activate the once austere and drab lobby. The main fitness area is defined by Soelberg 3-D wall panels and Focal Point pendant fixtures. 118


“I believe that design is linked to a designer’s ability to interpret and translate the client’s identity into physical space”



Clockwise from portrait: Designer and interior architect Jasmine Lam. For her sitting room at Holiday House NYC 2019, Lam paired a mohair rug with a Michael Felix daybed. James Austin Murray’s oil on canvas hangs above a suedefront sideboard by Matthew Fairbank Design. Kristina Kossi’s silver leaf and resin relief sculpture is one of four Lam selected for the room. Chenille upholsters the Roman Thomas sofa beneath the 17-foot-wide diptych by Jeff Muhs.

Jasmine Lam

Founder, Principal, and Design Director, Jasmine Lam Design Studio

23 years in the industry honors

Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year finalist, multiyear winner Best Interior Design NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Commentator for the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal real estate sections, UCLA Alumni Scholarship evaluator, Everglades Foundation junior board member and Rainforest Foundation planning committee, benefits co-chair for Asian Professional Extension

“As someone who straddles both the interior design and interior architecture fields,” Jasmine Lam begins, “sometimes I’m the only woman in the conference room or on the job site, especially when working on large commercial projects. That experience has taught me to be strong and communicate with confidence.” The Chinese-American interior architect and designer grew up in Hong Kong and San Diego. She earned her BA from UCLA and her MS in interior design from Pratt Institute, where she also taught. Staying in New York, she spent the late ’90s learning the ropes at Gensler and HOK. In 2009, she founded her five-person firm, Jasmine Lam Design Studio. Today, she specializes in high-end residences for clients in New York, Miami, Shanghai, and more. For a recent Holiday House NYC, the annual designer show house, Lam devised a 450-square-foot sitting room in a sumptuous style similar to that of the residences she’s conceived in such prestigious Manhattan buildings as One57 and 56 Leonard Street. To balance the room’s existing staid backdrop of traditional boiserie and coffered ceiling, she introduced statement-making contemporary artwork, like a 17-foot-wide black-and-white diptych displayed behind a plush cream-colored sofa. Copper and blush accents, such as an amber mohair rug, enliven the restrained palette. “Pairing the practical and the functional with beauty is essential,” Lam explains. “My design aesthetic is about contemporary luxury that has a sense of comfort and warmth.” PROJECT TEAM NATALIA PASCOVICH, CAMILO RODRIGUEZ, JOE BARBOSA KEY CONSULTANTS EPC ELECTRIC, TARGET PAINTING, SOUTHAMPTON FLOORS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: WARD YOSHIMOTO; PROJECT: ADAM KANE MACCHIA

“Strong gestures are important in my work, as are subtle textural experiences”



Rebecca Jones Founder and CEO, RD Jones & Associates


Clockwise from portrait: Designer Rebecca Jones. In the clubhouse lounge at Belgard NoMa, a luxury apartment building in Washington, D.C., dramatic lighting accentuates the rich, textured materials used on floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces. Circulation areas are similarly moody. The lobby lounge is surveyed by bold cylindrical fixtures. At the concierge desk, backed by an exotic saltwater aquarium, classic material details such as timber and concrete ensure ageless sophistication.

40 years in the industry

Interior Design Rising Giant honors

MHN Excellence Award, MFE Awards, NAHB Best in American Living Awards

Stepping into an RD Jones & Associates project, you are instantly aware of the sharp architectural scheme and texture-rich features. “My designs are big and bold,” Rebecca Jones says with a grin. “I am a Texas girl, after all!” Armed with a BFA from Texas Tech University, Jones moved to New York City, first to attend Parsons School of Design, then to work for over 12 years designing hotels. In 1996, she launched her own firm, which has offices in Baltimore and Chevy Chase, Maryland, and specializes in upscale hospitality and multifamily design. “Our work is detailed and layered, with equal attention given to how things look and how they make people feel,” Jones explains. “Comfort is not just tactile, it’s also affected by lighting, color palette, and how approachable the design is overall.” RDJA delivers spaces that are functional and within budget. “Our multifamily projects are inspired by our passion for hotel design,” Jones notes. “But we’re just as influenced by the story a city tells through its culture, community, and history.” The Belgard NoMa, a luxury apartment building in Washington, D.C., is a good example of the RDJA design philosophy: highly detailed interiors, an eclectic art program, and layers of materials enhanced by dramatic lighting—all Jones signatures. Her ability to merge the technical with the visceral gives her projects a relatable yet sophisticated edge that attracts guests and keeps their attention, effortlessly. PROJECT TEAM KAMAL MOHEY, KOBITA MUKHERJEE, AMANDA HULL KEY CONSULTANT PALINDROME LIGHTING DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: WHITNEY COX



“I entered the field with a passion and commitment to create sustainable architecture of art and conscience”



Bridgette Buckley

Principal and Director of Design, Maxine Snider Inc.

Board member, League of Women Designers; Former chair, Object Society

Interior Design Best of Year Awards 25 years in the industry

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Bridgette Buckley. The Heron lounge chair forms part of the Holly Hunt Outdoor line that Buckley played a major role in developing and launching in 2016. Siren, her breakthrough design for Holly Hunt, has an intuitive handle in the back of the frame, making it easy to pull out from a table. Harlow, a lounge chair and ottoman for Holly Hunt, was inspired by Marco Zanuso’s use of tubular steel; advanced CNC machining allowed for upholstering the metal arm, making it softer to the touch. Michelle Obama’s phrase “When they go low, we go high,” inspired Higher, Buckley’s self-initiated barstool with a 360-degree swivel seat and footrests that get progressively higher, suiting all lengths of leg. 124


Bridgette Buckley is an award-winning furniture designer and maker based in Chicago. She grew up building wood objects in the basement of her family home, but her formal design education began at the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental design. After graduating with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Buckley landed at design powerhouse Holly Hunt, where she rose to the position of senior designer. In 2019, she was approached by American furniture designer Maxine Snider to take the reins of her eponymous luxury furniture company, long renowned for its meticulously crafted pieces. Buckley has since transitioned the venerable brand into its next chapter with her fresh take on modernism. “I believe design is in service of experience, utility, and memory,” she says. “The things we use every day impact our lives in ways we don’t often think about. The doorknob you turn each morning leaving your bedroom, the coffee mug, the faucet handle—they all affect our lives in positive and negative ways.” Buckley’s breakthrough design was Siren, a now-iconic 2007 collection of walnut dining arm and side chairs for Holly Hunt. “I set out to create an honest design that would showcase the structure, almost like an exoskeleton,” she says of the sinuous form. She also faithfully followed three tenets acquired during a postgraduate sabbatical at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen: In a well-designed chair, it’s always apparent how to sit in it, how it holds you up, and how it’s put together.


“Designed objects help facilitate our everyday lives and create ease— or maybe friction—but they all shape our experience”

Gabrielle Bullock

Principal and Director of Global Diversity, Perkins and Will

“The best design comes from local, human engagement with tradition, pattern, color, and life,” says Gabrielle Bullock. “When that’s lacking or standardized, the project falls flat.” Bullock is regularly sought out for her expertise in issues of social equity in architecture, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and physical and mental ability. She became the first African-American and the first woman to rise to the position of managing director of Perkins and Will’s Los Angeles office and has led numerous complex and high-profile projects over the decades of

IIDA, FAIA, NOMAC, LEED AP 36 years in the industry honors

AIA Whitney Young Jr Award, AIA LA Robert Kennard Diversity Award, Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Award, Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce Diversity Award, American Architecture Prize honorable mention, AIA and NOMA Awards, National Association of Women Business Owners Leadership & Legacy Hall of Fame

her career. In 2014, she was elected by her peers as a fellow of the AIA and in 2018 as president of the IIDA. “There is a noticeable lack of female representation in the design industry, let alone people of color,” Bullock points out. “I’m one of less than 500 Black female architects in the U.S., and that’s a problem. Representation is not only valuable, but necessary. One group of people cannot design for an entire world; we need to make sure that all of humanity is in the fold. We change what we design by changing who designs it.” Destination Crenshaw is an outdoor art museum and cultural experience in Los Angeles slated for 2021 that will tell the oft-overlooked stories of the contributions African Americans have made to L.A. and the world. “Our intent is to prevent cultural erasure through design,” Bullock explains. “Now’s the time to change the world through design. All the signs are there, the stage is set. We need to use inclusive, culturally aware design to uplift voices and reset the issues we’re seeing, from global health to the environmental crisis. It’s all possible.” PROJECT TEAM ZENA HOWARD, DRAKE DILLARD, KENNETH LUKER, YAN KRYMSKY, MALCOLM DAVIS KEY CONSULTANTS STUDIO-MLA, KPFF CONSULTING ENGINEERS, GALLAGHER & ASSOCIATES DESIGN, SYSKA HENNESSEY GROUP IMAGES PORTRAIT: NOAH PYLVAINEN; RENDERINGS: COURTESY OF PERKINS AND WILL



“We change what we design by changing who designs it”

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Gabrielle Bullock. Anchored by installations and 10 new public parks, L.A.’s Destination Crenshaw, a free, open-air art and culture experience, will run 1.3 miles along Crenshaw Boulevard and celebrate the legacy of Black Los Angeles through art, storytelling, and design. The unifying theme, “Grow Where You’re Planted,” is inspired by African giant star grass; used by slave traders as bedding in ships, the grass thrives in alien lands despite inhospitable conditions and today remains a profoundly resonant reminder of the African diaspora and Black resilience. Destination Crenshaw is slated for 2021.




Urban pads may tend to be

at home in the city

smaller than their country cousins, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be big on design. On the contrary, these

exceptional pieds-à-terre, penthouse apartments, and city-adjacent houses make bold statements through a slew of strategies: eye-catching art, maximalist finishes (velvety walls, anyone?), luxurious custom furnishings made to suit the client’s tastes and needs exactly, and many other adroit moves. Each of the designers and architects within showcases her know-how through a key residential project from her portfolio. Take a look.

Clockwise from portrait: Interior designer Mary Douglas Drysdale. In a penthouse apartment in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the two kitchen islands is topped in dark quartz. A custom Sherwin Williams paint color coats the kitchen cabinetry. An architectural partition divides the living area from the entry, encasing a structural column in the process; the rug is custom by Drysdale. Pale blue is a complement to the orange of a vibrant Linling Lu painting in the living-dining area.

Mary Douglas Drysdale Creative Director and Founder, Drysdale Design Associates

70 magazine covers in the U.S. and abroad 39 years in the industry honors

NKBA Awards, Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Awards, Luxe Gold List

With a signature style effortlessly bridging traditional and modern, Mary Douglas Drysdale’s projects have garnered over 70 magazine covers worldwide. The Washington, D.C., designer started her firm in 1980, and her personal motto—“patience, persistence, performance”—has led the way forward. A breakthrough moment was “forcing myself to draw every detail of my own renovation in the 1980s, at full scale,” she says. “It taught me to really see.” Since then her career has been an upward trajectory involving many of that holy grail: the repeat client. Such was the case with a 2019 penthouse in Bethesda, Maryland, the eleventh project Drysdale has tackled for the family during the course of her career (others include a shingled house in Maine, a 1930s mansion, and a historic farmhouse with a new addition). This was the first, however, that she designed for just the couple and their dogs, without the three children: a contemporary apartment overlooking downtown Bethesda. Drysdale altered the architectural plans, from the kitchen and bathroom to the HVAC system, excising bulkheads that obstructed windows and eschewing compartmentalized rooms in favor of a natural flow of spaces. She also selected furniture and curated much of the art. With her wealth of industry knowledge, Drysdale is happy to share with young designers the wisdom she’s acquired through the years. Among the gems: “Listen to your clients, and remember that the project is for them, not your ego.” It has clearly worked for her. KEY CONSULTANT HEMPHILL ART GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: AMY GREENWALD; PROJECT: JOHN COLE


“I am not so interested in a particular style; I prefer problem-solving a space�

Clockwise from opposite: Janus et Cie stools surround the dining table. A large-scale inkon-Mylar artwork by Linn Meyers defines the entry; the smaller prints are by Wendy Concannon. Maple panels conceal storage in the master bedroom. The cheerful rooftop patio boasts a comfortable cabana with roll-down fabric screens for shade.




Magdalena Keck Founder, Magdalena Keck Inc.

25 years in the industry Widely published

Magdalena Keck grew up in Poland and moved to New York City in 1993 where she received her BFA in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Now an established interior designer and art gallery owner—she launched Magdalena Keck Gallery in 2018 and represents artists Morgan O’Hara, Jon Shireman, Joan Waltemath, and Larry Lee Webb—Keck is known for conceptual, minimalist interiors. Since founding her namesake firm in 2003, she has designed easy, refined residential and commercial environments across the United States, and is the subject of a 2017 monograph, Pied-à-Terre: Magdalena Keck. The Beekman Residence, an apartment in New York, is unmistakably contemporary yet filled with an oldworld aura achieved through the layering of materials and objects referencing different points in time. It begins with architectural finishes: chalky paint, wood-grain wallpaper, bronzed brass. It continues with architecturally integrated custom pieces designed in-house, like the curved tambour wall cabinetry concealing the television in the living room. A spirited collection of art and furnishings completes the scene, with a Stephen De Staebler sculpture taking pride of place. There is a dialog of details: the black-lacquered bamboo arm of a lounge chair, the unique texture of cast glass against a silk rug. “I like how the lighting creates a soft glow in every corner while allowing the exterior water and city views to come through vividly,” says Keck’s client. “My favorite element is the tambour units wrapped around a modern, strict metal grid. I love how the unit demonstrates the design intent, found throughout the apartment, of mixing old and new.” PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: ALICE GAO

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Magdalena Keck. In the Beekman Residence, a 2019 New York apartment designed by Keck, a 1950s Jason Møbler rosewood dry bar is highlighted with sconces from Dimore Gallery. Stephen De Staebler’s sculpture Leg with Blue Wing animates a niche between tambour cabinets in the living room. The master bedroom is veiled with two layers of architecturally folded curtains. A handmade walnut desk is paired with a vintage Bird chair by Fabricius & Kastholm in the study. The living room wall unit conceals a television.




The palette is darker in the dining room, with an ebonized-walnut table joined by Sergio Rodrigues chairs in black leather and a Jason Miller chandelier.


“My work is rooted in a keen awareness of light, composition, and materials�



17 years in the industry IIDA, WPO, WBENC honors

IIDA People’s Choice Award, Building Industry Association People’s Choice and Excellence Awards

Cheryl Stauffer CEO, Crimson Design Group

Clockwise from portrait: Cheryl Stauffer, CEO of Crimson Design Group. In a modern luxe residence in Columbus, Ohio, bright upholstery and a patterned rug enliven a corner. A soaking tub sits beneath a window in the master bath. The master suite is suffused with a hygge palette of cream and beige. In the dining room, Stauffer paired dark teal wall panels evoking crushed velvet with capiz shell chandeliers and a custom John Strauss woodand-concrete table.


Cheryl Stauffer was born in Paraguay to two Mennonite missionaries, a far cry from the world of luxury interior design. In 2003, she decided to take a risk and fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a business owner. Specifically, she opened an interior design firm built on two ideals: the pursuit of beauty and fearless giving. “I chose the name ‘Crimson’ to reflect the passion I feel for my clients’ projects,” Stauffer explains. Over the next 16 years, her one-woman studio grew into a 12-person team of creative visionaries. “We’re driven by curiosity, forward-thinking design, and an unwavering attention to detail,” she says. “And we love a challenge!” In remodeling a residence in Columbus, Ohio, for a couple relocating from California, Stauffer curated opulent, unusual finishes in communal areas and soothing, light-and-bright furnishings in private spaces. The clients wanted their home to feel unique, full of distinctive objets. A custom 22-foot glass chandelier sets the mood upon entry. In the living room, Prussian-blue sofas pair with peacock-blue walls; in the dining room, chairs feature animals of the Zodiac and doors are upholstered with a showstopping snakeskin print. The palette is more neutral in the master suite but warm, layered, and textured with natural woven fibers. For a final touch, Stauffer worked with the husband to frame a surprise gift for his wife: an original print by fine-art photographer David Yarrow. PROJECT TEAM STEPHANIE FULKERSON WALKER, JESSICA ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY REAGEN TAYLOR

“I love having the opportunity to help shape and design our community�

Huma Sulaiman

Owner and Creative Director, Huma Sulaiman Design

9 years in the industry Widely published honors

Luxe Red Award, NKBA Design Contest Award, CA Home + Design Bathroom Design Award

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Huma Sulaiman. A Gino Sarfatti brass chandelier is joined by artist Donald Sultan’s prints and Alexander AD’s photographs in Sulaiman’s Marbella project, a bathroom renovation in San Juan Capistrano, California; the tub is Terrassa from Victoria + Albert. Classic black-and-white checkered marble flooring is from Ollin Stone. The geometricpatterned shower floor is custom by HSD. Antique Burmese curios top a custom cabinet.


The daughter of a diplomat, Huma Sulaiman is very much a woman of the world: Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was raised there (including a stint living in the residential section of Louis Kahn’s monumental parliamentary complex) and in Europe, before moving to the U.S. as an adult. Recently, she lived in India for three years and traveled extensively in the Middle East and Asia. “The cumulation of all these places—the different art, culture, and experiences—is what I gather my inspiration from,” she says. “But my aesthetic is more versatile and global than specific to one area.” Although design has always been an integral part of Sulaiman’s life, she was a software engineer until 2011, when she was asked to design for a leading hotel chain. “I finally submitted to my destiny,” she admits, “and my studio was born.” For her, design is ever-changing, hence no two HSD studio projects look alike. A recent renovation for a couple in San Juan Capistrano, California, saw her transform the 1980s tiled master bath into a sophisticated retreat that evokes the neoclassical elegance of the boutique Hotel Del Casco in the wife’s native Buenos Aires. Sulaiman stripped the space down to the studs, installed separate his-and-her water closets, and added graceful arches, a classic black-and-white-marble checkered floor, and a salon-style arrangement of fine-art photographs to create that distinctive Europe-in-South-America vibe unique to the Argentine capital. KEY CONSULTANTS POSNER FINE ART, JILL’S PAINT STUDIO, ALEXANDER AD PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: HEATHER GILDROY; PROJECT: CHAD MELLON

“Our design reflects passion for art, culture, architecture, and above all, the viewpoint of a citizen of the world”



Anik Pearson Principal, Anik Pearson Architect

AIA, LEED AP certified, New York State Board for Architecture Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award 30 years in the industry Co-created, a mentoring program to retain more women in architecture Co-created the Sue Ferguson Gussow Scholarship Woman-owned firm with more than 70% female employees

“I’m inspired by the unexpected,” says the Swiss-American Anik Pearson, who studied architecture at New York’s Cooper Union and in 2002 opened up shop in the city as a sole practitioner. From country estates to office space, her portfolio spans many genres—including one of Manhattan’s last surviving wood-framed, shingled churches (which won her the prestigious Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award). In 2013, responding to client demand for integrated architecture and interior design services, she started Anik Pearson Interiors. She consistently hires, promotes, and elevates women and minorities and cofounded a mentoring program to retain women in architecture after discovering the highest percentage of women who drop out of the field do so in the first five years of graduating, for lack of support. Pearson’s work is refined and layered. Her creative plans for a New York duplex penthouse convinced the clients to bid on the property, which had enviable views of Central Park Reservoir from the terrace but was lacking light and openness inside. Clean lines dovetail with finishes that convey an uptown sensibility (think richly figured wood and rare marbles). The couple wanted a showplace that would also be a comfortable aerie to enjoy with their children, so behind each luxury surface lies plenty of useful built-in storage. The finishing touch in the kitchen—where a new skylight doubles as a backlit light fixture come nightfall—is a framed photograph by Pearson herself, who in addition to her day job is an exhibited sculptor and a keen artist in many mediums. PROJECT TEAM DAN WEBRE, LAUREN HEDGE KEY CONSULTANTS STUDIO RIGA, HOLLY WOOD AND VINE, HIGHLINE CONSTRUCTION GROUP, LUMEN ARCHITECTURE, E-HOME, RIMI WOODCRAFT, VITROCSA, REILLY WINDOWS & DOORS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: PETER OLSON; PROJECT: EMILY GILBERT


Clockwise from portrait: Architect Anik Pearson. In a New York duplex penthouse, Pearson enlarged the living room windows to strengthen connection to the planted terrace. The dining area is defined by a geometric oak-slat ceiling and a table inset with lava stone; the white ceramic vessels on the back wall are by Eric Roinestad. The powder room’s custom sink is Bleu de Savoie marble. In the master dressing room, closets are made of African teak and white glass. Paneling above the living room fireplace is book-matched chestnut, creating a repeating pattern evocative of a forest.

“I’m passionate about retaining more women in architecture long-term”

Amy Storm

Principal and Lead Designer, Amy Storm & Company

For 15 years, Amy Storm has created striking interiors homeowners love to live in. With a penchant for luxury and livability, Storm’s modern-classic aesthetic has attracted clients from the Chicago suburbs to the mountains of North Carolina, and all points in between. After spending nine years in hospitality design, Storm pivoted to the world of residential interiors. What began as a collection of folding tables for her bedroom in 2004 quickly developed into a full-service firm with a small team and an office in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Years later, with hundreds of projects under her belt, plus a corresponding home-accessories store, Storm celebrated the relaunch of her brand, now called Amy Storm & Company, in late 2019. “The DNA of all our projects starts with the clients—their style, their wish list, their personality,” Storm says. For a newly built residence in Wheaton, Illinois, open-plan living was the client wish, as were nods to their beloved Aspen hideaway and plenty of space for grandkids to roam indoors and out. Over the next 18 months, Storm pored over features big and small, flow, finishes, and furnishings. “Rather than replicate their mountain home, we took the elements they loved most—the expansive ceiling height, a scene-stealing fireplace, timber beams—and spun them in an unlodgelike, modern-eclectic direction,” Storm explains. “The details found at each turn, from the simple millwork to the mitered staircase, are all in service of our clients’ desire to create a welcoming family home filled with their favorite things.” PROJECT TEAM JENNIFER CHERIAN, ANNA MORELLO KEY CONSULTANTS PATRICK MURPHY BUILDERS, G.O. ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY STOFFER PHOTOGRAPHY

NCIDQ 25 years in the industry Widely published

“My aim is to elevate spaces with distinctive details, insightful space planning, respectful collaboration, and well-crafted product”

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Amy Storm. For Amy Storm & Company’s residential project in Wheaton, Illinois, custom lighting, a 22-foot ceiling, and white oak beams work in stylistic synchronicity. The ground level opens to a patio and swimming pool. A soaking tub boasts views to the garden. Herringbone wall covering defines the master bedroom. In the dining area, a neutral palette helps to showcase the clients’ ever-evolving art collection.



Blaire Murfree

Principal and Lead Designer, Blaire Designs

Luxe Gold List 5 years in the industry

Blaire Murfree was a nurse practitioner and prior to that worked in product development and management for a medical-device company. “I was always doing decorating and perusing creative passions on the side and finally decided to make the leap and turn those into a career,” she says. “Talk about a career change!” Now heading up her own studio in Nashville, Tennessee, Murfree’s love of fine art, textiles, and the juxtaposition of pattern, texture, and color sets her design aesthetic apart. With an appreciation for timeless design and the contemporary arts, she prides herself on creating what she terms “new traditional” spaces. “I strive to create homes that represent the aesthetic of their owners and tell the stories of those who live there,” she says. “In doing so, we envision a modern take on traditional design.” In the Belle Meade area of Nashville, Murfree masterminded a warm, cosseting home for a growing family with small children and large dogs. The clients needed a house that had modern conveniences yet longed for a home that told their story; a home that felt fresh yet collected, that was elegant without being stuffy, and that could endure the daily wear and tear of young children and pets. Family heirlooms and modern art mix throughout. Bold, saturated colors and pattern play create several memorable rooms, while white walls and toned-down palettes allow for respite in others. “It’s all about juxtaposition and balance,” she notes. KEY CONSULTANTS KEMP WALLCOVERINGS, MCGEE IRONWORKS, DANDELION INTERIORS, WILLOW BRANCH UPHOLSTERY PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: PAIGE RUMORE; PROJECT: LESLEE MITCHELL AND DAVID HILLEGAS

“Details are what take a piece from great to ‘wow’: some fringe here, a tassel there”

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Blaire Murfree. Quadrille Bali Hai wallpaper enlivens a bedroom in a recent Nashville residence designed by Murfree; the bear rocker provides the touch of whimsy “every well thought-out room should have,” she says. A glimpse into the practical beauty of the mudroom. The daughter’s red-and-blue swimsuit inspired the palette of her bedroom, with wallpaper by Katie Ridder. Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue paint envelops the library; “I like complex colors: a hue that reads as blue in a certain light and green in another,” she says. The art-filled upstairs den.


“Using our diverse global backgrounds, and having a freespirited yet rigorous practice, we provide client-focused designs that are simple in character, modest in nature, and fundamentally beautiful”

Priya Patel

Lead Architect and Founding Partner, 4|MATIV

Esther Beke

Lead Interior Designer and Founding Partner, 4|MATIV


NYCxDESIGN Awards finalist, SARA Award, AIA Honor Award, AIANY Design Merit Award, AIABQDA Design Merit Award Priya Patel

22 years in the industry Esther Beke

14 years in the industry Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute

Born and raised in Kenya, Priya Patel has a master’s in architecture with honors from the University of Minnesota. “My passion lies in the many scales of design, from the building to the tiniest details within,” she says. Esther Beke, who’s originally from Caracas, Venezuela, earned her master’s in industrial design from Pratt Institute. Deeply interested in cross-disciplinary work, she spearheads the studio’s interior and product design, with Patel as lead architect. The two founded 4|MATIV in 2014, taking on various private and commercial projects in the education, retail, and residential sectors. “Starting our own studio has transformed who we are as minority women designers and architects,” Beke says. “It has given us agency over our beliefs, intuition, design process, our practice, and the final product. It’s been extremely liberating!” Their breakthrough project, in 2017, was for a young couple with a baby on the way. The clients were looking to update their newly purchased row house, a three-story brick structure in Brooklyn, New York. Stretching 50 feet long, the house’s rooms were dark, with heavy paneling from a previous renovation. 4|MATIV’s solution was to remove all the walls on the main floor, creating an airy, open kitchen-living space that was now able to receive sunlight coming in from the front and back. A gleamingwhite island inspired by bespoke English kitchens is the centerpiece. A tile backsplash and custom ovens add pops of turquoise. By adjusting the floor plan to suit their clients’ needs and instituting a subtly eclectic mix of modern furnishings and fixtures, Patel and Beke delivered an ideal contemporary family home. KEY CONSULTANTS BLU CONTRACTING, IRON OAKS PHOTOGRAPHY PATEL PORTRAIT: ABBY MOSKOWITZ; BEKE PORTRAIT: DEB JOHNSON; PROJECT: SARRA FLEUR ABOU-EL-HAJ


Clockwise from bottom portrait: Designer Esther Beke. Architect Priya Patel. The living area of a Brooklyn, New York, row house renovated by 4|MATIV features a custom lacquered media cabinet to hold the clients’ extensive LP collection. A reclaimed wooden unit provides open storage in the master bathroom. Omar Arbel’s three-sphere chandelier hangs over the dining table. Tom Dixon pendants illuminate the custom island in the kitchen, with custom-colored Blue-Star ovens and a backsplash of handmade Moroccan tiles.

“I’m passionate about retaining more women in architecture long term”




Hotels, resorts, inns, and

at ease

more. Get ready to jet off, if in imagination only: It’s time for armchair travel, from California vineyards to the

Bahamian coast, from the hills of Tuscany to the towers of Houston. The hospitality projects in this section span not only the globe but also the design universe. The women superstars who created them have a collective eye for adventurous, inspiring architecture and design that still makes guests feel right at home. They expertly juxtapose commercial requirements with residential comforts, public zones with private retreats, cocooning interiors with outdoor expanses. Not to mention, they make it look easy.

Lauren Rottet

Founding Principal and President, Rottet Studio

FAIA, FIIDA Widely published honors

Interior Design Hall of Fame, Women in Design Hall of Fame, Lifetime Appointee to the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals for Design Excellence, Hospitality Design Platinum Circle, Boutique Design Designer of the Year

Clockwise from portrait: Interior architect Lauren Rottet. At Houston’s Hotel Alessandra a sense of playful volume is achieved in a guest room when mirrored bifold doors between bed and bath are open. The reception area is capped by a coffered ceiling, its knife-edge planes fitted with LED strips. An acrylic tub outfits a bathroom. Lucienne, the 48-seat eatery. The living room of the 1,600-square-foot presidential suite centers on a custom sectional sofa upholstered in mohair.



Rottet Studio has designed hotels all over: New York, Chicago, Miami Beach, Las Vegas. But none in Houston, even though interior architect Lauren Rottet’s firm has been headquartered there for more than a decade. None, that is, until Hotel Alessandra. The 21-story ground-up property is the Interior Design Hall of Fame member’s hospitality debut in the city. She even devised a narrative for the project, with Alessandra as a fictional female character, an old-world European sophisticate who comes to freewheeling Houston from Spain and falls in love with an oil man. Typical of Rottet Studio, the project evolved as a hybrid: traditional glamour paired with contemporary implementation. Rottet characterizes Houston as simultaneously rough and polished, “like crude oil and yellow diamonds, gardenias and tobacco.” The hotel’s exterior is a lean jigsaw of planes and glass. But inside, a grand marble staircase anchors the lobby, a soaring space with a distinctive color scheme of white, graphite, gold, and jade that is repeated subtly throughout the property. The second-story public spaces include the restaurant Lucienne, a long, narrow room with a rib-cage ceiling and herringbone floor that feels one-part conservatory and one-part futuristic ship. Beginning on five, the expertly planned guest rooms include classic king and double options along with a Texas-size presidential suite. Like her fictional counterpart, the Alessandra represents authentic, deep-rooted grandeur reinterpreted for the modern, cosmopolitan world—a recurrent theme in Rottet’s enviable portfolio of genre-spanning work. PROJECT TEAM CHRIS EVANS, ANJA MAJKIC, BERNARDO RIOS, MAKSIM KOLOSKOV, KRISTIN AMUNDSEN KEY CONSULTANTS GENSLER, OJB, LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE, CARDNO, HI-TECH ELECTRIC, THOMPSON COMPANY, WARD, GETZ & ASSOCIATES, HOAR CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT: ERIC LAIGNEL

Old-world style vaults hover over the butterfly entry staircase in Brazilian marble.



“Hotel Alessandra’s interior architecture is a contemporary statement about the grandeur of old-world details”



Clodagh Founder and CEO, Clodagh Design

Clodagh’s reputation precedes her: the shamanistic first-name-only moniker, the devotion to feng shui, the contemplative mood that suffuses both her personality and her work. Her vibe is Earth Mother, her aesthetic the spatial equivalent of a deep, cleansing breath. She joyfully embraces the use of chromotherapy, biophilia, and natural elements, which enrich her projects with unmistakable warmth. Needless to say, she was “green” long before it became the movement it is today. Raised in Cong, Ireland—Oscar Wilde’s summer retreat—at age 17 Clodagh launched a couture fashion house in Dublin. She later moved to Spain, opening a namesake studio to work on the design, furnishing, and landscaping of environmentally conscious residential and hospitality projects. She brought the studio to New York in 1985. Today, Clodagh Design’s projects and products include million-square-foot hotels, spas, restaurants, retail stores, offices, flooring, hardware, textiles, lighting, furniture, women’s apparel and cosmetic packaging, and more. It was a woman-led team at Clodagh Design that created the interiors and outdoor living spaces for the Six Senses Resort and Spa in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Occupying a converted 19th-century manor house located high on a hilltop overlooking the Douro River, the property first opened in 2015 and has been continually updated by CD since then. Known for its elegant spa, organic vegetable and herb gardens, vineyards with wine tastings, indoor-outdoor pools, and open-air meditation areas, the project places sustainability, luxury, and comfort as key design components—all of which Clodagh and her team address with consummate ease. PROJECT TEAM NANCIE MIN, ELIANA LEE, DANIEL HYLAND, NEHA SHETH, LAUREN SANFORD, GUY HUMPHREY, LAMIA BENSOUDA KEY CONSULTANT G2J DESIGN INC. PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: ERIC LAIGNEL; PROJECT: JOHN ATHIMARITIS

40 years in the industry honors

Interior Design Hall of Fame, Hospitality Design Platinum Circle, Global Wellness Summit Leader in Sustainability Award, Gold Key Award Grand Prize Winner, IFC Circle of Excellence Award for Enlightened Design, ADEX Gold Award, Interior Design HiP Award, AIA Miami Design Award community

Through, the designer supports the Thorn Tree Project, fundraising for the pastoral nomadic Samburu people in Northern Kenya



“I believe in life-enhancing minimalism: everything that you need, but nothing more than what you need”

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Clodagh. Ancient tools are set in a concrete wall in the wine library at the Six Senses Resort and Spa in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Soft, warm, and nostalgic hues mix with burnished metals and distressed leather in a guest room. A green wall graces a “secret garden.” Most of the ancient tiles and stone used throughout were sourced locally by the Clodagh Design team, and regional artisans and craftspeople were employed every step of the way.



Alice Joseph-Limer

Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Fusion Architectural Interior Design; Managing Director of FAID Procurement

24 years in the industry NCIDQ, NEWH community

Long-serving volunteer at various poverty outreach programs in Atlanta

Clockwise from portrait: Interior Designer Alice JosephLimer. Fusion Architectural Interior Design completed the 13-story, 176-key Embassy Suites by Hilton Knoxville Downtown hotel, where a custom chandelier spans the three-story atrium. Custom millwork in the rooftop bar is inspired by a tree canopy. The rooftop has an outdoor lounge and an infinity pool. Guest rooms feature murals of the city skyline.



Born in Tanzania, and raised there and in India and Qatar, Alice Joseph-Limer moved to the U.S. at age 18 to earn her BS in interior design from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MArch from Virginia Tech. This education and an internship with architect John Saladino in New York prepared her for seven years at an international architecture firm in Atlanta where she became the youngest associate in the firm’s history. In 2003, she founded Fusion Architectural Interior Design with a vision of “fusing” the two design disciplines to create holistic human experiences within built environments. Awarded the NEWH Top Interior Design Firm in Atlanta for two consecutive years, Fusion is a preferred firm for global leaders like Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group. Working in hospitality and health care, together with multifamily, corporate, and residential projects, JosephLimer’s expertise is in transforming open floor plans into engaging spaces. “Combining the artful and practical to inspire opportunities for human connection through placemaking is at the heart of my approach,” she says. “My ethos is to elevate interior space beyond the pragmatic to include well-being and sensorial delight.” Fusion recently transformed a 1970s office building into an Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, capturing the city’s spirit in an upscale setting. The firm reimagined the interior as a luxe destination. A statement chandelier draws visitors into the three-level lobby, setting the tone for a high-end experience. Local connections are integrated throughout the property, including custom tree-canopy-inspired millwork at the rooftop level where a bar, lounge, and infinity pool survey superlative city views.


“Great design happens when the delightful and the pragmatic come together in a unified whole”



Deborah Berke Partner, Deborah Berke Partners

With BFA and BArch degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MUP in urban planning from the City University of New York, Deborah Berke is not only a fellow in the American Institute of Architects but also serves as the first female dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Already celebrated for her visionary minimalism when she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2002, Berke continues to set the distinctive creative direction—one informed by a pursuit of authenticity, love of the visual arts, and devotion to intellectual rigor—for the team of architects and designers who form Deborah Berke Partners, her 50-person New York–based practice. The interior renovation of the 21c Museum Hotel Chicago—the latest addition to the boutique chain’s nineproperty portfolio, all designed by DBP—provides a fine example of the firm working at the height of its powers. Articulating the hospitality brand’s art-driven concept was a top priority in refashioning the 297-room, 16-story downtown high-rise. To create gallerylike spaces that privileged the experience of contemporary art, close attention was paid to the public areas and how they flowed. For instance, the DBP team devised a double-height lobby and relocated the main staircase, interventions that offer an engaging visual path into the hotel while producing a museum-quality setting for three-dimensional artworks. Guest rooms and suites are light and airy, with a calm, cool palette drawn from the Midwestern skies and the waters of neighboring Lake Michigan. In short, both aesthetic and sybaritic needs are fully met. KEY CONSULTANTS GREC ARCHITECTS, ILLUMINATION WORKS, BABICH ACOUSTIC, SP ENGINEERS, IMEG CORP, BULLEY & ANDREWS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: WINNIE AU; PROJECT: JULIE SOEFER

FAIA, LEED AP 37 years in the industry honors

Interior Design Hall of Fame, inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize, Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design



“We have a strong set of guiding values in our office, but we start every project with a fresh perspective�

Clockwise from portrait: Architect Deborah Berke. A new staircase with balustrades of resin panels backdrops a life-size sculpture by THE KID, a French artist, in the lobby of the 21c Museum Hotel Chicago by Deborah Berke Partners. Calacatta marble slabs and tile appoint a bathroom. Guest suites feature soft, comfortable furniture and a calm, cool color palette. As with all the public zones, contemporary art is integrated into a spacious hallway leading to the second-floor event spaces.



Clockwise from portrait: Margaret McMahon of Wimberly Interiors. In the Rosewood Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, a curated collection of objects bedecks tables in the library, encouraging guests to explore the space. Multiple seating areas in the lounge invite visitors to lose themselves in conversation. A mural in the same area showcases island views painted in the styles of John Hussey and Milton Homer Williams, both Bahamian artists. A custom artwork developed by SilverHill Atelier and John Cox and inspired by the natural textures and hues found in Nassau anchors one end of the library.

Margaret McMahon Global Managing Director, Wimberly Interiors

36 years in the industry Former president of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality, New York chapter; Hospitality Design Platinum Circle breakthrough project

Working on what was at the time the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world, in New York role model

Kelly Wearstler, because she is truly fearless words of advice

If you have a great client no project is too small

As global managing director of Wimberly Interiors, Margaret McMahon leads the hospitality specialist’s offices in New York (her home base), Los Angeles, London, Singapore, and Shanghai. Needless to say, this lends a broad perspective to her impressive arsenal of design skills, which include a natural talent for pinpointing details, a gift for analyzing conceptual work, and a flair for integrating emotion into real-world projects. The full range of McMahon and her team’s expertise is displayed at the Rosewood Baha Mar, the crown jewel in a 1,000-acre resort complex on Nassau’s Cable Beach in the Bahamas. Completed in 2018, the luxury hotel comprises 232 guest rooms, suites, and beachfront villas. From the outset, the designer wanted the property to reflect its island setting—to be fresh, modern, and unmistakably Bahamian. The interiors embrace a distinctively residential style, designed to flow harmoniously from the airy public spaces—the lobby, lounge, and library—to the private guest quarters. Woven rattan, painted lacquers, and a carefully curated mix of eclectic furnishings set the scene. The color palette was imperative to the design and McMahon and her team selected a subdued spectrum of neutrals highlighted by rich tones of green, lavender, blue, and charcoal. “We purposely avoided the expected color scheme of vivid brights to reflect the island,” she says. Instead, painterly murals showcasing sweeping Bahamian views become a visual tool blurring the line between indoors and out. PROJECT TEAM LIANA HAWES YOUNG, ADAM DARTER, NOEL CUVIN, ANISAH AHMED KEY CONSULTANTS SILVERHILL ATELIER, JOHN COX PHOTOGRAPHY DURSTON SAYLOR 162


“My mission is to create great design that has a sense of place and purpose and brings joy�

Kathleen Dauber Partner, HBA Los Angeles

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Kathleen Dauber. HBA’s Hotel Villagio at the Estate Yountville in Napa Valley, California, features elegant his-and-her guest room vanities. Its lobby has soaring wood ceilings, large-scale light fixtures, and a brick accent wall. Art graces the lobby of the property’s 80-key Vintage House. A Villagio guest room features rich timber paneling. The Villa, a stand-alone luxury residence on the Estate Yountville, has five bedrooms and its own private pool.

36 years in the industry Serves as HBA Los Angeles’ key mentor, a role she designed to support emerging designers in developing their own voices breakthrough project

The 1995 renovation of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel honors

Gold Key Award finalist, Lodging Industry Elite Awards, Habitat for Humanity



As a young girl, Kathleen Dauber was interested in art and design, sewing in her bedroom at age 13 and building out bespoke dorm rooms while in college. Today, she oversees high-end, large, and mid-size projects at HBA Los Angeles, with the Ritz-Carlton and Hilton among her clients. From initial architectural layout to the finalization of furniture, fixtures, fabrics, and finishes, Dauber ensures every element complements the overall vision. Working alongside HBA founders Howard Hirsch and Michael Bedner, Dauber learned from the ground up, starting as the company’s resource librarian and quickly advancing to partner. Throughout her tenure at HBA, she has been involved with more than 50 projects in 15 countries. A highlight from 2018 is the Estate Yountville in Napa Valley. The glamour of California wine country formed a palette of influences for the team working on the multi-million-dollar renovation of the estate’s trio of properties: Hotel Villagio, Vintage House, and The Villa. First up is the 105-key Hotel Villagio, where formal Italianate architecture and gardens emphasize simplicity and warmth, dovetailing with interiors that marry a sophisticated blend of farmhouse and industrial chic. For the smaller, 80-room Vintage House, the design team’s board-and-batten exteriors meet a double-height, white-painted lobby with a glassed-in upper mezzanine that shares the room’s abundant light. Lavender accents in guest rooms link to local vineyards, which plant the fragrant bushes to attract bees to the vines, and soft velvet and tufted leathers create a space that is layered texturally and visually. Finally comes the Villa, a stand-alone luxury residence with five bedrooms and its own private pool. PROJECT TEAM HARUNA SATO, LINDSEY NELSON, SHUXIN CHEN KEY CONSULTANTS SB ARCHITECTS, GIRVIN ASSOCIATES, CENTRIC BUILDERS, ILLUMINATE, CANVAS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: NICK ALBERT; PROJECT: WILL PRYCE

“I view a design project as a jigsaw puzzle and it is the designer’s role to make sure that all pieces fit together seamlessly”

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Alison Antrobus. In her culturally sensitive S Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica, a hypnotic path of wood planks, similar in scale to a pier and lined with twinkling lanterns, draws guests through the lobby toward the ocean. Inspired by local woven-straw crafts, synthetic wicker wraps a guest room soaking tub. A sunset view can be enjoyed from the rooftop pool. Guests snap photos of the local recipes painted by artist Fiona Godfrey on columns in the restaurant. The project, which won the 2019 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Award for #1 Hotel in the Caribbean, makes ample use of cut stone, in a nod to historic Jamaican buildings.

Alison Antrobus Founder, Antrobus Design Collective

20 years in the industry ASID breakthrough project

Working with Philippe Starck on Miami’s Icon Brickell honors

DCOTA Rising Star of Design, International Property Award, USA Property Award, IIDA South Florida BRAGG Award

When approached to renovate the former Breezes Hotel in Jamaica’s Montego Bay, Alison Antrobus didn’t think twice. “As a Jamaican who left in the 1970s, I always wanted to return to my island and contribute in some way,” she says. With the saturation of foreign-owned resorts along the coast, Antrobus felt a keen sense of social responsibility to maintain the local culture in the newly named S Hotel, which opened in 2019. She wove cultural elements into the design, from regional recipes painted on restaurant columns to tall lobby screens evoking woven-straw crafts. “It never ceases to amaze me what new design vocabularies arise from a project once you are willing to think outside the box and pay attention to clues of place, program, client, and history,” she notes. It was after earning her BA and BFA degrees from Rhode Island School of Design that Antrobus opened her namesake firm in 2002. Soon after, she was invited to open and lead YOO’s Miami studio for several years, working closely alongside Philippe Starck—who remains a major influence. (A true multihyphenate, she’s also dabbled in fashion, designing watches and handbags.) She’s also a thoughtful advocate for female designers: “As a woman balancing motherhood, marriage, and running a company, I feel a responsibility to take all of the challenging experiences I have encountered along the way and ‘make it right’ for myself and the women around me.” Hear, hear! KEY CONSULTANTS MARA MADE DESIGNS, FIONA GODFREY ART, CLAD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, MKDA ARCHITECTS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT: GARY JAMES; PROJECT: ALAN SMITH 166


“I see creativity as transformative to our souls and to the lives of others”



Kay Lang

President and CEO, Kay Lang + Associates

This designer is multitalented. In addition to masterminding interiors helming Kay Lang + Associates, which she founded 20 years ago, Kay Lang also illustrates, paints, and golfs. In the past she used to surf, scuba dive, collect Porsches, and even barrel-race horses for fun. Lang began by earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from U.C.L.A. She also received a scholarship right out of high school to attend the ArtCenter College of Design. With that artistic background, she is intimately involved from the inception of all her firm’s projects, providing hand sketches during conceptual and schematic design phases, supervising color palettes, designing custom furnishings and lighting, and orchestrating the selection of art and artifacts. Projects are mainly high-end residential and hospitality properties—some for major brands like Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels, and Marriott International—and span the globe, from boutique hotels and destination resorts to full-service properties. One such property is the five-star JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort in California, its design rooted in references to the area’s farmland history. “We were inspired by the organic color palette of oranges, lemons, and limes, coupled with natural textures and wood tones,” she explains. The resort is holistically conceived to uplift the soul, enriching the body, spirit, and mind. Multiple thoughtful amenities include an expansive garden, fitness center with yoga studio, and outdoor swimming pool. Tocca Ferro, the site’s Italian restaurant, features fresh local ingredients. After dinner, the luxury JW lounge offers stellar views of the nightly fireworks display. Steps from the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center, the JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort provides visitors with respite, nourishment, and beautiful surroundings. PROJECT TEAM BRANT GORDON, ELISA CIRIECO KEY CONSULTANTS HUITT-ZOLLARS, W.E. O’NEIL, HPG INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY MAX SOUSSAN, LIONS & LEGACY

30 years in the industry

Interior Design Rising Giant key projects

Higgins Hotel in New Orleans; Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Paséa Hotel in Huntington Beach, and The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, all in California; Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, British Columbia



“Always design with a sense of place and timelessness”

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Kay Lang. Golden tones inspired by nearby citrus groves enliven Tocca Ferro, the restaurant at JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort in California by Kay Lang + Associates. There’s an elegant lobby on the second floor of the hotel. The property features 43,000 square feet of events and function spaces, both indoor and out. Natural materials, rustic tones, and a floor-to-ceiling glass sculpture define the ground-floor lobby entrance.



Joni Vanderslice President, J. Banks Design Group

When Joni Vanderslice was tapped to turn a dilapidated castle that had graced the Castello di Casole estate in Tuscany since the 10th century into a beautifully restored five-star boutique hotel, the task must have been more than a little daunting. The interior designer

34 years in industry

Interior Design Top 200 Interior Design Giants and Top 75 Hospitality Design Giants Licensed collections for Kravet, New Ravenna, EJ Victor, Holland & Sherry, and more Leads the Valentine Project, a mission to provide a safe home for orphans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania honors

ASID Dora Gray Award, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center Southeast Designer of the Year Awards, Gold Key Award, ASID Design Excellence Awards

was up to the challenge, however, thanks to a wealth of experience accrued over her 34 years helming the multidisciplinary J. Banks Design Group. With over 40 associates and a credo of luxury without pretense, the studio takes on a global portfolio of interior design projects that translate resort living to home—and vice versa. The vision for Castello di Casole centered around melding the magical views of the countryside with well-appointed interiors paying homage to the Italy of old. “We needed to capture authentic Tuscan interiors in an elevated and current manner that would appeal to American and European travelers alike,” Vanderslice says. The hotel has 41 private suites in a range of sizes. The team scoured all Europe to source fabrics, fixtures, and furnishings from the most acclaimed artisans. Throughout the restoration, traditional construction methods and authentic materials found on the estate and throughout the region were employed. Wood-beam ceilings, exposed stone walls, original brick arches, reclaimed wood flooring, terra-cotta tile, marble, travertine, Italian glass mosaics, and handplastered finishes create an alluring blend of old and new. “I want to walk back in after a project is completed and see people using the space in the way that we designed it to be used,” Vanderslice notes. “Then we have created a successful space.” PROJECT TEAM DORIS GILCH PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF J. BANKS DESIGN GROUP

Clockwise from portrait: Designer Joni Vanderslice. At the Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy, a contemporary infinity-edge pool contrasts with the boutique hotel, a converted 10th-century castle. Each door, cabinet, and mantle was crafted by a specialty artisan. J. Banks Design Group partnered with Bagni Volpi Noemi on fine Italian linens for each of the suites; antiques and accessories were purchased at fairs throughout Italy to decorate each room. Interiors combine old-world Tuscan charm with modern luxury and sophistication. 170


“Luxury without pretense prevails in our designs, for this is the way that we live our lives today�

Reggi Nichols Founder and President, waldrop+nichols studio

Andrea Waldrop Vice President, waldrop+nichols studio

Reggi Nichols

40 years in the industry RID, IIDA

Hospitality design was a logical career path for Reggi Nichols. With her father working as a general and regional manager of high-end hotels throughout Kansas City, Missouri, when she was young, she essentially grew up in grand hospitality environments, experiencing them firsthand. As the founder and president of waldrop+nichols studio, her leadership has been the constant behind the firm’s 35-year success and her 40-year career. New Zealander Andrea Waldrop, who has spent years living and working abroad, brings global experience to her role as vice president of the firm, where for two decades she has earned a reputation for being an accomplished registered interior designer. Scripting a design story line—what the two women term “spatial mythology”—is essential to the success of the waldrop+nichols studio’s luxury hotel projects. “The narrative remains the constant, giving authenticity and continuity throughout the entire process,” Nichols says. Details are also key. “The success of hospitality interiors is often based on the appeal to a broad spectrum of genders, cultures, and lifestyles,” adds Waldrop. “This naturally opens the profession up to inclusive diversification.” Witness the firm’s Omni Louisville Hotel in Kentucky. The 612-key project pairs the charm of the city with the graciousness of the Omni brand through the use of contrasting luxury materials: light and dark millwork, mixed metals, limestone and polished leather, rock crystal and iron trusses. Copper and amber hues add warmth to the rich depth of charred wood. Much like Louisville itself, the design showcases a refined urban industrialism.


IHMRS Annual Gold Key Award Finalist Andrea Waldrop

20 years in the industry RID, IIDA breakthrough project


Gaylord Palms Resort, 2002

Clockwise from bottom portrait: Andrea Waldrop. Reggi Nichols. Marble flooring runs through the elegant lobby of Kentucky’s Omni Louisville Hotel by waldrop+nichols studio. The spa is sybaritic and calming. Snapshots of historic Louisville facades, maps, and curated original works of art line a lobby corridor. The entrance to Pin + Proof, the hotel’s speakeasy bar and bowling alley.



“‘Spatial mythology’ is paramount in providing the foundation for our designs to unfold”



index 4|MATIV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Alexandra Meyn Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Amy Storm & Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144 Anik Pearson Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Anker, Nina Edwards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Antrobus, Alison. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 Antrobus Design Collective. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 Banks, Kelley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Beke, Esther. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Berke, Deborah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 Blaire Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 Bohn, Laura. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Braverman, Louise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Buckley, Bridgette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124 Bullock, Gabrielle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Burnham, Mary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Chang, Susan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Chia, Katherine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 CID Design Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Clodagh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Clodagh Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156 Crimson Design Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 Czar Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Czarniecki, Lauren. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Dana Webber Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Dauber, Kathleen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164 Davis & Davis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Davis, Michelle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Deborah Berke Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 Desai Chia Architecture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Devine, Sarah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Dimit, AnaliĚ a Nanni. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Dimit Architects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Drysdale Design Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 Drysdale, Mary Douglas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 Durst, Cheryl S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Elizabeth Roberts Architects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Elizabeth Stuart Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Envi Interior Design Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Etnier, Nina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 FAID Procurement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 Fairbanks, Karen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 FENNIE+MEHL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Flansburgh Architects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Float Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Frank, Kimberly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Fusion Architectural Interior Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 GGLO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Griffin, Dina A.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Habitat Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 Hanlin Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Hanlin, Jennifer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Hariri & Hariri Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Hariri, Gisue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Hariri, Mojgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 HBA Los Angeles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164 Heath, Catherine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Hoffmann, Susie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Huang, Emily . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Huang Iboshi Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Huma Sulaiman Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 HYL Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 IIDA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Interactive Design Architects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

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