Congratulations to our New Principals

Promotions from within

Rich Guerena and Jill Layman, Principals

We are pleased to announce that Jill Russell-Layman CID, NCIDQ, and Rich Guerena, AIA, LEED AP have been elevated to Principal | Owner. “In addition to directing some of ID Studios’ most significant projects, both Rich and Jill have been participating in the day-to-day business operations of the firm since being promoted to Associate Principal in January 2020. We are thrilled that both Jill and Rich are continuing to expand their leadership roles at ID Studios, the positive impact they have had in their leadership position will only increase in their new role,” says Principal Amy Morway.

Jill Russell-Layman is a Certified Commercial Interior Designer with 20+ years in the industry. She has extensive experience in Corporate, Technology, Education, and Civic Tenant Improvement projects with an emphasis on Strategic Planning. Jill has provided indispensable leadership on some of ID Studios’ most prominent projects in her 16 years with the firm. As a Principal | Owner, Jill also focuses on Business Operations, Human Resources and Business Development, alongside Principal Rich Guerena and Founding Principals Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway.

Rich Guerena is a Registered Architect with 25+ years of experience and has been promoted to Principal at ID Studios after leading as an Associate Principal for 2-years. His expertise includes Corporate and Life Science Tenant Improvements as well as Building Renovation & Repositioning. Rich has been a key leader and mentor at ID Studios since joining the firm in 2014. Over the last 2 years, Rich has led over a dozen Life Science projects for ID Studios. In his new role as Principal, Rich will oversee the Life Science Market sector for the firm and will continue to participate in business operations, alongside the Founding Principals.

Deborah Elliott, President of ID Studios, notes that Jill and Rich have proven track records with ID Studios in leading both the design and technical arenas.  They also have an incredible mix of personal and professional leadership skills, honed in their roles as Associate Principals. “We are very excited about this next chapter of leadership at ID Studios”, says Elliott, “Jill and Rich are the perfect match for our firm that is both employee-driven as well as known for its personalized client services and design solutions”.

We would like to extend a sincere congratulations to them both!