Suzanne Frasier, ASID
Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State Uni
Professor Taneshia West Albert is an enthusiastic educator and design practitioner. Her research and creative scholarship explores: cultural identity, meaning and trauma; diversity and inclusion; and digital literacy. Her design career is focused on design for healthcare environments, corporate interiors, and higher education spaces with a unique background in Medical Equipment Planning and Facilities Design and Construction. Her community service, both within and outside of the university in which she is employed, focuses on issues of inclusion, diversity, and equity within education, design education, and the interior design profession of historically underrepresented group- specifically those: from marginalized ethnic groups, who are uniquely physical and cognitively abled, and who are lower socioeconomic groups.
Mari Ansera, CID
Mari Ansera, CID, is a Senior Interior Designer at HGA, where she leads interior projects for workplace, education, cultural, and healthcare markets. With more than 12 years professional experience, she approaches the design process with empathy, listening first then driving deeper to understand each client’s strengths. She provides space for the most marginalized to voice their perspectives. She believes interior design is about designing beautiful and functional spaces—and bringing human dignity and equity to our built environments. By creating spaces that holistically address the needs of the individual, she creates rich and inviting designs that support the unique mission and strategic goals of each client.
IA Interior Architects
Raul Baeza, ASID
Raul Baeza, RA, RID is a Senior Designer and Associate for IA Interior Architects in Austin, TX. With over 13 years in the industry, Raul brings his experience with interior, environmental graphics, and furniture design to provide clients with a complete vision. Raul works with his clients to develop a design that communicates and nurtures the cultural fabric of their company and community. As Senior Designer, Raul is responsible to be a steward for the client’s functional, aesthetic, and budgetary goals throughout the design process. He has designed spaces for clients including, Google, Dropbox, LegalZoom, HomeAway, SailPoint, and Galvanize.
Raul has been published in Interior Design Magazine, Interiors + Sources, On Office, and The Business of Furniture magazines. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architects from the University of Texas San Antonio. He is a licensed architect and interior designer in the state of Texas.
Fabiola Catalan, ASID
Through the years, my design approach has always been simple. Create experiences that bring people together.
I am an includer at heart. I thrive in positive environments, yet enjoy the journeys of hard challenges.
Born and raised in a small farm town in Northern California, I respect the natural characteristics of materials and approach all design with a sustainable eye. I value design thinking, curiosity, and creating forward-thinking designs with a unique experience.
In my spare time, I enjoy giving back to the next generation and bringing sparks of color and beauty to our communities.
Rebecca Hernandez, Associate ASID
Rebecca Hernandez is a Guatemalan-American designer born in Albany, New York. She moved to New York City thirteen years ago, receiving a degree in studio art. Rebecca’s early career involved a position in distribution for Printed Matter, a non-profit artists’ bookstore in Chelsea. She also worked in a variety of artists’ studios, as well as for a handful of contemporary galleries and independent retailers. Inspired by her work in visual merchandising, she pursued a degree in interiors. Rebecca worked full time while in school and was eventually hired by Will Meyer and Gray Davis as a receptionist. She has since worked her way up to become Director of Special Projects for Meyer Davis, overseeing select interior projects for high profile clients, acting as director of marketing, and spearheading the studio's product company, William Gray. She now lives in Hudson, NY with her husband and young daughter.
Perkins & Will
Jeanette Kim, ASID
Jeanette has a passion for workplace environments, with experience in corporate headquarters, ground-up and renovations, small-scale offices, luxury showrooms and experience centers. Her holistic approach to design includes a commitment to learning and experimenting – channeling curiosity into continuous improvement for her and her clients. With an emphasis on celebrating brand identities and prioritizing human experience, she considers the end user during all phases of a project. By combining responsible design with a motivation to amplify diverse stories, she seeks to challenge possibilities and find opportunities for lasting positive change and cultural influence. Jeanette is committed to defining solutions that inspire, connect, and empower people, with honesty and joy.
Jaclyn Moser, Associate ASID
Jaclyn is a partner and owner at Harken Interiors, a Chicago-based interior design studio with a focus on senior living, multifamily residential, workplace, and hospitality design projects. Harken Interiors derives its name from hearken, meaning to listen, and places a premium on uncovering, developing, and delivering compelling client narratives, beautifully functional spaces, and outstanding user experiences. Founded in 2015, Harken Interiors has imagined from the ground up, completed complex renovations, and connected existing designs with new development. Jaclyn holds degrees in Marketing, International Business, and Italian from Penn State and began her career in advertising with Disney. Jaclyn also has a BFA in Interior Design from Harrington College, and certificates in Hotel Design from Milan’s Domus Academy and Retail Design from London’s Central Saint Martins. With deep roots in hospitality and the human narrative, Jaclyn has translated that sensitivity, aesthetic, and vigor for details into each project throughout multiple sectors.
Camilla Watson, ASID
Camilla Watson is a leading interior designer at ZGF with a breadth of experience in corporate workplace design. She is dedicated to the integration of architecture and interior design and creating healthy environments that respond to the human experience. Camilla has worked extensively with companies such as Microsoft and, most recently the California Department of General Services, to design spaces that are flexible, innovative, and beautiful. Camilla enjoys collaborating with clients and engaging users to create designs that respond to their unique culture and goals—from big-picture conceptual visioning with stakeholders to detailing and FF&E.
Camilla earned an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and BFA from the Harrington College of Design. She has volunteered and spoken at various events including the SCAD EMBRACE Diversity & Inclusion Conference, Metropolis’s Workplace Wellness: From Office to Home, and The Hip Hop Architecture Camp.
Elyse Ayoung is an Associate Designer at Gensler Boston. First generation American, she earned her BFA in Architecture from Massachusetts College of Art + Design. With ten years of experience, her current work focuses on workplace design in the consumer products, tech and private/financial service sectors centering around the future of workplace and shaping of environments that are inclusive, whole and purposeful. She is passionate not only about the spaces she helps to create, but the impact her lived experiences can and should have on design and the built environment; strongly believing that through design, we can tell stories that move one another.
As co-founder of the MiD Collective and a board member of BosNOMA, Elyse is committed to the success of the next generation of designers, working to build and enhance opportunities that expose them to interior design and architecture and ways in which they can impact their communities.
Born and raised in São Paulo - Brazil, Leonardo moved to the US to further his education. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, Leonardo worked in highly-acclaimed design firms and gathered a wide project experience base. Leonardo also has an MBA.
As a licensed award winning Interior Designer, Leonardo's practice focus has been in technology companies, professional services, creative media, education, retail and hospitality projects, creating a well-rounded approach to all types of spaces and client demands. He has demonstrated high design innovation and sensibility, great client relationships and dedication to his career. Leonardo is an Associate at Gensler where he has been for the past 11 years and has served as Regional Technology Workplace Practice Area Leader. Outside of the office, Leonardo is a Co-Chair for IIDA NY and a member of CIDQ Writing Committee. He has WELL AP certification and is member of IIDA, AIA, and NOMA.
Revel Architecture and Design
Candace’s ability to quickly visualize creative designs and her strong technical skills has made her an asset to her team at Revel.
She has proven her versatility leading designs on multiple large-scale and complex projects. Her strength lies in her ability to work cross-functionally and bring various design practices together under a cohesive design vision.
With 12 years in the design industry, she has become a reliable leader in office culture and a true representation of her company’s core values. Always mentoring, leading by example, owning initiatives above and beyond her job description, she is a true force to be reckoned with.
Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
Natasha Edwards is a practicing licensed architect at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, an international design firm in Charlotte. She is in the Workplace Interiors studio specializing in corporate office environments. Previously, Natasha worked on retail projects and headed remodels for Sun City Hilton Head.
Edwards resides in Matthews with her husband and 2 children. She Vice Chairs the Matthews Planning Board (member 2018). Edwards recently co-authored a report on affordable housing in Matthews. Edwards served on the Matthews Silver Line Task Force for the CATS Light Rail.
Education: BA in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Asheville (year); Master of Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2010). She later organized an international design competition, Manifestation of Memory, at UNC Charlotte about the legacy of slavery in the U.S. www.asmcompetition.com
Honors: AIA Charlotte Citizen Architect award (2019). “40 under 40,” Charlotte Business Journal (2020).
Owner, Quin Gwinn Studio
Quintel spent her formative years at an architecture firm designing large-scale commercial and community-centered spaces. It was through this experience that she sharpened her technical skills, developed a knack for project management, and learned the bolts of the built-environment business. In 2014, she launched Quin Gwinn Studio and surged into her creative future. Aside from her practice work, Quintel is passionate about the impact design has on our society at large. She embraces non-traditional roles as a spatial activist, community advocate and placemaker, addressing opportunities through transformation of space. She believes responsively created spaces are integral and poetic elements of a culturally significant built environment. She spearheads design projects focused on: adaptive reuse, identity, healing, inclusive public engagement, and cultural sustainability. In all aspects of her work, Quintel positions community and culture as an answer to how we might innovatively embed responsive design elements into the soul of a space.
Sherri King Parente
Sherri brings over fifteen years of experience to the HOK interior design team. As project manager, Sherri is a highly collaborative team member, seeing projects through from the proposal stage to final photography.
She has extensive experience in the design of higher education and workplace projects. Her interest in workplace benchmarking carefully integrates project programs and space-metric analyses into the design of a project. Paired with her personal passion of environmental responsibility, Sherri has successfully led multiple projects through LEED and other sustainable building rating systems.
As co-creator of HOK Futures and the Philadelphia office internship program, she spends much of her time mentoring. She is actively involved with student events at her alma mater, Drexel University.
Outside of the office, Sherri spends her time outdoors with her husband and son running, hiking and exploring. She is also an avid hobby baker, which makes all that outdoor time necessary!
Honeycomb Home Design
Ariana Lovato, Allied ASID
Ariana is a first generation born Persian that paved her own way by starting her Award-Winning Design Firm, Honeycomb Home Design.
Through perseverance, determination, networking, marketing, and old fashioned hard work, Ariana has built her in-house team of 5 and juggles over 30 projects at one time.
By constantly taking continuing education courses, Ariana stays up on all of the latest code changes and strives to create safe, functional and stylish environments for her clients, who range from families on the go, to Doctors, Lawyers, Fortune 500 business owners and everything in between.
Ariana is the President of the Central Coast Interior Design Group, and the President of Girls Going Greater, which is a Non-Profit that helps support women in need.
Volunteering and being a guest speaker at local schools is something Ariana loves to do. Empowering and educating the youth is a great passion of hers!
Kaylen Parker, ASID
Kaylen Parker is a designer at Studio O+A where she specializes in workplace for large and small technology companies. She volunteers within her firm for charity work and sustainability efforts as well as working with the local professional organizations for student outreach. Furniture design has slowly been a focus for her in and out of the office. She recently mastered her NCIDQ exams and is excited to be among a group of highly talented designers of the same distinction. Her work has been recognized by ASID, IIDA and the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture where she graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. She is an avid reader finishing 50 books a year.
Sarah Jacqueline Interiors
Sarah Schwuchow, ASID, NCIDQ, CID
Sarah Schwuchow, ASID, NCIDQ, RID is the Owner and Principal Interior Designer of Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors, a full-service residential design firm in Chicago, IL. Sarah received a BFA in Interior Design with Honors from the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago. She joined ASID as a Student Member in 2010 and served as Student Chapter President. Upon earning her NCIDQ Certification in 2018, Sarah became a Registered Interior Designer and CIDQ Ambassador. In 2019, She created the ASID Illinois NCIDQ Committee and Study Group to help fellow designers pass the NCIDQ exam. In 2019, Sarah was honored with the ASID Illinois Rising Star Award. She is currently serving as the Communications Director (2019-2021) of the ASID Illinois Chapter and is working towards her WELL AP Certification. Sarah truly believes that design impacts lives, cares deeply about helping others, and is dedicated to educating people on the value of Interior Design.
Texas State University
Sarah M. Urquhart is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design in the College of Applied Arts and Co-Director of the Design Thinking & Education Research Group, a collaborative research lab. Through her research, she seeks to understand how designers learn and how learning interventions can be used to make design education more accessible, effective, and equitable particularly for the LatinX and Black communities who remain under served by design. Current research examines threshold concept trajectories in design and cognitive design skill factors that mediate first-year success in design programs.
Texas State University
Sarah Urquhart is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design in the College of Applied Arts and Co-Director of the Design Thinking & Education Research Group, a collaborative research lab. Through her research, she seeks to understand how designers learn and how learning interventions can be used to make design education more accessible, effective, and equitable particularly for the LatinX and Black communities who remain under served by design. Current research examines threshold concept trajectories in design and cognitive design skill factors that mediate first-year success in design programs.
Nicole Zack is a skilled interior designer and licensed Architect with experience in design, architecture, and urban planning. Based out of NELSON’s Chicago office, Nicole has worked on a wide range of projects across the workplace practice ranging from thought leadership to headquarters projects over 100,000 SF. Working collaboratively at Nelson to advance the workplace design in Chicago and across the country. She has a passion for Human Centered Design and keeping her clients at the center of her work. She strongly believes design has the ability to impact lives with research and empathy at the forefront of every project.
University of Nebraska
Studio 11 Design
Senior Interior Designer
Polk Stanley Wilcox
The H. Chambers Company
Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State Uni
Founder, Design Appy
Interior Healthcare Designer, Perkins + Will (NYC)
Designer, Advocate, Educator, Thought Leader
Designer and Senior Associate, Gensler (NYC)
Chief Solution Officer, Mindful Making & Design
Project Interior Designer, Senior Associate, Perkins + Will (Seattle)
Principal and Senior Interior Designer, Ashley McGraw Architects
Senior Designer & Strategist
Senior Associate, Gensler (NYC)
The Design Manager for Arkansas Children’s Planning, Design and Construction
Principal, Laura Burton Interiors
Assistant Professor of Interior Design at the University of the Incarnate Word
Senior Interior Designer, Perkins + Will (NYC)
Senior Project Designer, Perkins + Will (NYC)
Associate Designer, Gensler (NYC)
Interior Designer, HOK
Head Designer, Fortuna Enterprises, LLC
Design Director, Gensler
Interior Project Designer, Perkins + Will
Senior Associate / Senior Interior Project Designer, Perkins + Will
Interior Designer, McCool Carlson Green Architects
Regional Health & Wellness Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Owner/Principal, EOLO Design Architecture & Interior Design
Interior Designer, A.Clore Interiors
Associate Principal, Director of Interior Design, McCool Carlson Green Architect