IAID Professional Advisory board

PAB Members

Brigitte Preston

Brigitte Preston

PAB Chair
Perkins & Will | Dallas, TX
Principal, Interior Design Director

Brigitte's approach to design is humanistic, championing people-centered solutions in a variety of interiors workplace, education, healthcare and non-profit organizations. She has a collaborative approach and is a passionate promoter of the importance of collaboration and establishing a shared design culture with her teams and clients.

Brigitte has been a business owner, entrepreneur, and design principal in the span of her career roles that give her a firsthand insight into the needs of her clients.

Brian Graham

Brian Graham

PAB Chair-Elect
Graham Design | San Francisco, CA
Creative Director

Designer. Advocate. Advisor. Brian offers a strategic approach in the design, development, and marketing of workplace furniture.

"I'm an interior design who has evolved into a furniture designer, and it informs everything that I do. While it's important to understand the object that we're designing, it's even more vital to understand how it's going to be used. That's why planning is the foundation of everything that we do."

Graham's design solutions have been recognized by the most prestigious organizations in the U.S., including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), The Industrial Society of America (IDSA), The International Facilities Management Association and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design's GOOD Design Program.

Graham Design LLC
415-609-2375
bkg@grahamdesignsf.com
www.grahamdesignsf.com
Instagram: @grahamdesignsf

Dan Hamilton

Dan Hamilton

Sky Arrow Creative, LLC | Overland Park, KS
Lead Designer

Dan is an experienced designer and collaborative leader that knows how to work within a team and across multiple groups to set and achieve goals. His natural design skills, combined with an eye towards effective process, allow him to discover and plan for opportunities. Superb interpersonal and communication skills help to cultivate the relationships necessary to realizing those opportunities. Dan attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where he received a BFA in Industrial Design.

Katie Hoke

Katie Hoke

Hoke Ley | Lawrence, KS
Principal, Owner

Katie Hoke leads the interior architecture and design studio at Hoke Ley located in Lawrence, KS. Her professional portfolio consists of high-end commercial interiors, retail design, and custom residences. Katie believes that the interior design and function should reflect the client’s life and habits, creating optimal environments for both comfort and productivity. Along with her interior architecture expertise, Katie has been an active equestrian for over 30 years. Katie’s knowledge of horses combined with her professional experience gives her the unique expertise to design safe and beautiful equestrian facilities.

Amie Keener

Amie Keener

Gensler | Dallas, TX
Associate

Amie Keener, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, CDT is a registered Interior Designer and Associate at Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm widely recognized as the world’s leading collaborative design firm. She is a graduate from Kansas State University, with a Bachelor in Interior Architecture and specialty in furniture and product design.

Amie’s 15-year professional career is a reputable mix of commercial interiors projects for energy companies and professional service firms. Currently, Amie focuses on furniture services, and takes great pride in her work and client successes, where she helps develop and implement corporate furniture standards for clients such as Devon, Cenovus, Shell, Sewell, Texas Instruments and Jackson Walker. Amie brings valuable solutions to her clients and the built environment through her collaboration with many of the industry’s major manufacturers and furniture dealers.

Amie believes in giving back to the industry. She is past president of the Texas/Oklahoma Chapter of the IIDA and currently a board member of the Texas Association of Interior Design, advocating for legislative issues. She also served at the interim Department Head to the Interior Architecture & Product Design Department in 2016-2017.

Jonathon Kemnitzer

Jonathon Kemnitzer

KEM STUDIO | Kansas City
Co-Founder and Principal

Jonathon Kemnitzer, IDSA, is a co-founder and principal of KEM STUDIO. His close observation of everyday life and the way people interact with space and objects constantly informs his work. He is a collaborative designer who builds global brands through innovative solutions to make people’s lives better through design. His work has been recognized in numerous national and international design competitions and publications.

Jonathon has an eclectic interest in music, film (he was once in a movie with Paul Newman) and the culinary world (he has a cocktail named after him). Additionally, he enjoys giving back to the community and is currently serving on the Product Design Professional Advisory Board for Kansas State University.

Andrea Nelson

Andrea Nelson

Haworth | Holland, MI
Sr. Communications Project Manager

Andrea Nelson is a Senior Product Marketing Communications Project Manager at Haworth, a leading designer and manufacturer of office furniture with a global reputation for innovative, high-quality products and services. She holds a Master’s of Interior Architecture and Product Design with a specialty in furniture design.

Andrea has extensive experience in product and surface material development, color and material research, marketing, project management, and product management. She is also skilled in several areas including space planning and performance environments, furniture design/build, and graphic design. She enjoys exploring creative avenues through ceramics, woodworking, and fiber art which resulted in launching NELSON STUDIO 215, LLC in 2015, a shop and studio showcasing her artwork.

Doug Shapiro

Doug Shapiro

Regional Vice President, OFS
IIDA Vice President
Huntingburg, IN

Doug Shapiro is the VP of Research and Insights at OFS and has over 15 years with the company. He has extensive experience developing new products and collaborating with designers from all over the globe. Since April 2020, he’s hosted a weekly podcast called Imagine a Place – A podcast about people, places, and design to help you learn and grow.

Shapiro holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Millikin University. From 2015-2020 he served on IIDA international board of directors and still remains heavily involved in IIDA’s student outreach programs. At Kansas State University’s Interior Architecture and Industrial Design program, he helped pioneer a course for 5th year students to learn about designing furniture for the contract market.

 

Adam Stover

Adam Stover

Populous | Kansas City
Senior Principal

As a Senior Principal for Populous, Adam serves as the Director of Populous’ Design-Build and Product Development teams and plays a pivotal role as a senior member of the firm’s interior design leadership. With over 20 years of experience and a deep knowledge of the industry, Adam has collaborated with the top brands and sports business organizations in reshaping the standard of interior and premium spaces within sports facilities. Over the past 20 years at Populous, Adam has guided a variety of design categories including hospitality and public space, brand and sponsorships activation, and furniture and product design, among others. Looked to as a trusted advisor in the sports business industry, Adam has led significant interior design projects for all six of the major professional sports markets.

A longtime advocate of design education and giving back, Adam resides on the interior architecture advisory board at Kansas State University where he obtained his B.S. in Interior Architecture. In addition, he collaborates with top universities, brands, and organizations as a juror and frequent speaker on design, and business topics.

Nicholas Ruiz

Nicholas Ruiz

Rivian | Irvine, CA
Sr. Design Manager

Nicholas is a designer based in San Francisco, California. His experience jumps scales from architecture, furniture design, photography, and workplace strategy. He has worked on various global workspace projects in Europe, India, Australia, South America, Asia, and North America. He is currently leading workplace prototyping at Rivian, an electric vehicle manufacturer. His primary focus is making massive positive change by collaborating with companies driving environmental sustainability, economic empowerment, and social justice initiatives.

Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor's of Architecture at Kansas State University in 2004. He continues to stay involved with the school and takes every opportunity to mentor, lead, and, most of all, learn.

David Weitz

Davlan Engineering | St. Louis
Operations - Vice President and Treasurer

David Weitz has expanded his father's fabrication factory to include engineering and industrial design services. Davlan serves many different sectors from defense, to medical, to art installation. He has also recently ventured into design build residential development.

Gia Zapattini

Gia Zapattini

G. Alvarez Studio Inc. | Coral Gables, FL
Senior Architect | Project Manager