Jennifer Kolstad currently serves as director of Interior Architecture for HKS, where she works to elevate design across the firm, bridging architecture and interior design. She co-founded the Collective at HKS, an interdisciplinary studio and incubation lab comprised of design specialists, pioneers, change-agents, and disruptors seeking radical innovation in all areas of design.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Art and Art History at the University of Alberta; a Bachelor of Interior Design at Ryerson University; and a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her body of work includes historical preservation interior design at Simpson Roberts Architects in Calgary; senior designer at SOM; and regional director of Hospitality at Gensler. Notable projects include the BURJ Khalifa in Dubai, the Kuwait Children’s Hospital, the SKYSPACE Observation Deck in Los Angeles, the Holly Hunt Dallas showroom, and the YAS Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Jennifer is a frequent lecturer and design competition juror and is dedicated to mentoring young designers, with a particular interest in mitigating retention issues for women in design. She was the keynote speaker for SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit in Los Angeles in 2018 and is a frequent guest at Interior Design magazine’s annual Giants of Design think tank event.