Meet our team. Their skills and unique set of strengths are integral to Design Studio Blue.
Rebecca Brennan, RID, CID, CHID, EDAC, IIDA, LEED AP, has been following her creative passion through the practice of interior design. In 1997, Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentrated in Interior Design degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She went on to embark on a successful interior design career developing experience while working in different design environments including a furniture dealership, architectural design firms, and an interior design firm. All provided specialized experiences to form her well-rounded knowledge and skills in all aspects of interior design and construction. Her gained knowledge and refined skillset have allowed her to create interior environments for healthcare, corporate, municipal, and retail clients. Along with education, skills, and experience, Rebecca is a firm believer in continued growth through certification. Rebecca became a board certified healthcare interior designer through AAHID and serves as Past-President of the national certification board. She is a specialist in the areas of evidence-based design, sustainable design, lean project delivery, and healthcare interior design.
She holds the following certifications:
Jennifer brings a broad range of experience from Design Studio Blue. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Montana State University, which included a tour of Europe. Jennifer also brings a strong understanding of the code and permitting process as she served as a City Planner for the City of Raton. Jennifer also enjoys refinishing vintage furniture. She has also owned her own design firm. The breadth and depth of her experience makes her a skilled addition to the DSB team. She has spent the last few years honing her interiors skills on large scale senior living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities throughout the United States. It was these most recent projects which solidified her passion for creating spaces which help improve people’s lives and their relationships with the built world.
Carin has 11 years of experience in commercial interior design focused on healthcare. Much of this time she spent working on the owner side at Aurora Healthcare, WI where she managed multiple projects of varying size, from master planning of facilities through to completion. She has successfully led projects in acute care, medical centers, MOB’s, and corporate sites. Using her extensive user experience and knowledge, Carin is able to provide refreshing and different perspectives for the client. Carin’s attention to detail, together with her strong interest in space planning, finishes, functionality, and flow of the facilities, allows her to easily align to her clients’ needs. She enjoys staying in touch with new design concepts and learning about new evidence-based design.
Emily’s passion for Interior Design grows with each new project. Her 12 years of experience includes Corporate and Retail Design with a specialty in Healthcare Interior Design and Architecture. Emily has been managing projects ranging from 2,000-100,000 SF from initial programming meetings to final punch lists. Her education and experience with healthcare-related projects allow her to create interior environments that meet the demands of tenants, hospitals, and Physicians.
Vega has always had a great interest in planning and creating organization and structure to complex projects. She is versed in all phases and stages of the design process from programming through construction administration.
Her experience includes healthcare and corporate office design. She enjoys working with different trades and has great communication skills. She has high attention to details with an interest in how things are constructed, from millwork to walls and ceilings. With Vega’s diverse educational background, she can approach problems from different perspectives that result in innovative solutions.
Fernanda graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design with an emphasis in Sustainable Design from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Fernanda has a passion for designing spaces that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing to allow those who use the space to thrive. She has worked on renovations and new-builds throughout all phases of design. She has spent the past few years expanding her skills, working in senior living, which led her to discover new approaches in which a designer can contribute to society by improving people’s environments. Fernanda especially enjoys the design software as well as the concept development portion of a project, when goals and objectives are established through critical thinking, strategic planning, and visioning, and finally culminating into a tangible product for her clients.
McKenzie, a graduate of Chatham University’s Interior Architecture program, has just recently followed her passion for healthcare design after completing her bachelor’s degree. McKenzie has always been influenced by her surroundings, whether that be in the physical environment or certain hobbies. An avid traveler, artist, and photographer, she draws inspiration from nature and creation to install into her design methods.
Interior design and architecture have taught her that structure is able to play with creativity, in a form of organized chaos. Her passion for healthcare stems from the psychology and creativity within structure because while strict guidelines set the boundaries, new ideas are created daily to push those boundaries to their limits. The psychology behind healthcare design is always evolving, so every day there is more to be learned about improving the space and lives of many.
McKenzie brings her excitement, motivation and vast interest of design into the environments she produces. She is looking forward to establishing her strengths of adaptability, flexibility, and leadership into her designs in order to create built environments that improve the lives of others.