Lauren graduated from SDSU in 2014 and has worked for the last four years gaining experience in the design industry, including the Hospitality arena. She believes the key to great design is to empathize with the client, so she can better understand how to provide design services tailored to their individual needs. She loves taking her two rescue dogs, Bud and Luna, to Dog Beach to burn off all their extra energy. They will be joining a thriving “dog loving” community at ID Studios!
Holly just graduated from SDSU this past June and completed her internship at ID Studios this year. Her friendly personality, sense of design, and work ethic fit perfectly with the ID Studios team. When she’s not searching out new coffee shops around San Diego, her favorite place to travel is NYC where she was lucky enough to do a summer interior design internship.
Give a warm welcome to our expanded design family!
ID Studios is growing again! Please welcome our newest Project Manager, Stephen Scirrotto.
Stephen joined ID Studios with over 13 years of experience of Architecture, Design and Project Management, he is taking on a role as Project Manager at ID Studios where he will oversee all phases of the design process. Prior to joining, Stephen was an Associate, Architect and Design Manager with Gensler San Diego for over 7 years where he was the Design Resilience Leader for the Workplace Studio, as well as lead the Technology and Financial Services Firm Workplace Practice Areas. Stephen started his career in the Boston area where he worked with Okun and Associates in which his focus was on higher educational projects for Harvard University. Stephen is a licensed architect and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture Degree from Roger Williams University. Stephen focuses on understanding client’s needs, which allows him to deliver effective design solutions. He believes that the biggest challenges bring out the best in an architect, as constraints drive creativity. Ultimately, building lasting relationships with clients that come back time and again is deeply satisfying to him.
Stephen, along with his wife and two children enjoy spending time together outdoors in nature, at the beach, mountains and desert.
YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN __ ID Studios has a team of extremely talented hospitality designers within our multi-faceted studio. Project experience includes multi-family housing, restaurants, country clubs, event spaces, boutique hotels and even cruise ships! We are especially excited about the inroads ID Studios is making in the hospitality and senior living arenas. As we take on more senior living projects, our designers are integrating the resort and hospitality experiences into these projects that appeal to our retiring population. Hospitality design elements are also showing up in our corporate and creative office space. The common denominator in all of these design solutions is blending work, life, wellness and play. These unique spaces fit to our client’s needs, individual experiences and truly define a new genre of ‘place’.
Our industry partners know us as a trusted advisor in the corporate and higher education realm and we hope to inspire more introductions and connections in the hospitality and senior living world as our portfolio expands. We intend to provide the hospitality and senior living industry the same high standards, knowledge base and creativity that we have been providing since our beginning 14 years ago.
ID Studios is pleased to announce the promotion of Rich Guerena, AIA to Associate. Rich received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Southern California and has worked in the Architecture industry for over 20 years. He joined ID Studios 4 years ago and has embraced a leadership role which now includes both technical leadership and mentorship alongside his role as Project Manager.
He finds one of the most rewarding parts of his job is to understand our client’s needs and work with real-world constraints such as building codes, constructability and bottom line costs. His ability to create results ultimately improves how our clients live, play and work and translates into beautiful and healthy environments.
Rich was raised in cities all over Southern California but seriously settled down in San Diego where he has gained an appreciation for good tacos! He and his wife have a busy San Diego lifestyle and two children who they intend to raise to be “decent human beings”. Rich also practices traditional Kung Fu where he is a 2nd degree brown belt and Tai Chi where he’s earned a black belt.
Be sure to reach out to Rich and congratulate him for a job well-done!
We’re excited to announce that Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway, founders of ID Studios, are finalists in the awards program. As their employees, we’re honored to work with such wonderful leaders. A firm’s culture starts at the top and we believe that they have created a one-of-a-kind design studio with just the right mix of talent and personality. They inspire and promote an authentic approach to design and cultivate an amazing design experience for both our clients and our team. They deserve to be celebrated because of their relentless drive to improve the lives of everyone they encounter and have done so with style and grace.
Join them, and all of city’s most inspiring female leaders nominated this year, at the event on Sept 25 to celebrate their accomplishments.
ID Studios is pleased to announce the promotion of Annie Wilson, NCIDQ, to Senior Project Manager. Annie has worked in the design industry for over 16 years and has been with ID Studios for over 5 years. Her commitment lies in ensuring her projects meet their schedule and budget all while respecting the integrity of the design, through constant interaction with the project team.
Annie has a BS in Interior Design from the East Carolina University. Her artistic sense of design allows her to see the designer’s vision and keep it on track through the entire construction process. Her resume includes a wide range of projects, including luxury residential high rises, healthcare facilities, large, government offices, small, bespoke restaurants and interiors for dozens of corporate clients both large and small.
Although she was born in Virginia, she headed off to North Carolina to earn her degree and then returned to Virginia to start her Interior Design career. Eventually she got restless and headed to San Diego in 2008 where she spends her free time hiking, lounging at the beach with her dogs and re-energizing for the next project.
Annie’s engagement with the leadership of our design teams and clients through the design and construction process is commendable! Recent projects include NNSA, HUB International, Robbins Arroyo LLP and Brain Corp. We look forward to having her continued participation in our ID Studios family and at the helm of many future projects.
ID Studios is pleased to announce the promotion of Lori Hagen-Hulitt, CID, NCIDQ, to Senior Associate. Lori has worked in the design industry for over 25 years and has been with ID Studios for over 10 years. She has embraced the opportunity to take on a senior leadership position to oversee the smooth operation and profitability of each project.
Lori has a BFA in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego as well as a BS in Business Administration from SDSU. She pairs those dual roles of business and design into her drive and dedication for designing and managing her projects. She has extensive experience in Corporate Office, Higher Education, Healthcare and Hospitality design so she’s able to excel at any project that comes her way.
Born and raised in the San Diego area, Lori is an avid traveler. She has plans of visiting her 50th country this year, with continuing goals of experiencing the unfamiliar through discovering new places, meeting people and gaining knowledge of other cultures. All of which also informs design in her daily life. The range of her traveling experiences varies widely including visiting every MLB Park, to hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and of course, visiting countless architectural wonders in every locale.
Lori’s passion for improving ID Studios’ commitment of bringing the best interior design experience to our clients is laudable and we’re excited to see where she takes this new role.
SD Voyager interviewed Founding Principal of ID Studios, Amy Morway about her story and history in design.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Morway.
Amy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My love of design and architecture began when I was fairly young. I found myself fascinated by buildings and how they were constructed and then soon realized I was consistently drawn to design, visual arts, and the built environment. As a highly visual person, if something felt out of order in my world, I immediately wanted to change it and create a feeling of balance and beauty. By the time I was a teenager, I became more attuned to the fact that your surroundings can have a HUGE impact on the way that you feel and function. So, it’s no surprise that I found my passion and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Soon after, I obtained my Certification in Interior Design (CID) in California, and then became a LEED Accredited Professional.
Earlier this month, the IIDA San Diego hosted the annual Fashion Show where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion.
Each year, San Diego’s esteemed design professionals take to the catwalk wearing outfits worthy of a Tony Award and constructed primarily from building materials. The Haute Couture Fashion Show pays tribute to the many talents of our design community where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion. The 2017 fashion show held earlier this month, had a dramatic twist as the design teams were challenged to create an outfit inspired by popular Broadway plays.
This year, our team’s Broadway inspiration was the award-winning Broadway musical, Wicked, based on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire which was inspired by Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We were excited to get started and found inspiration in Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her obsession with flight.
“As someone told me lately – everyone deserves the chance to fly.” This quote from the original song “Defying Gravity” inspired our team’s design. We imagined what it would be like to take flight soaring into the air with limitless freedom. The burst of spires attached to the garment represent the surge of powerful energy and excitement experienced while defying gravity.
Our outfit, sponsored by Crossville, was made from glass mosaic tile on the top, the skirt from fabric from the fabric grab, the broom from Crossville packing material, and the spired back piece from marketing materials and mesh adhesive backing for mosaic tiles.
Our long nights paid off when we came home with the “Best Theme Inspiration” award.
Thank you to our sponsors, Tony and Danelle of Crossville, a manufacturer of sustainable tile solutions. As our partner, our garment had to be made exclusively from materials from their product lines, manufacturing process and marketing materials as well as any fabric we could grab during the official Fabric Grab held 6 weeks prior when we were assigned our theme.
As usual, the level of talent in the design community was astounding as the creations that came down the runway were all fabulous! Pictures of the entire show can be found here:
This month, ID Studios family and friends gathered at Mission Bay Park for our 2nd annual Summer Picnic. In between visits to the Taco Truck, there was fierce competition as kids and adults alike tested their skills at a water-balloon toss, raw-egg relay races and of course… corn hole!