Category Archive: Company News


  1. Strategic Planning for a Return to Work

    Are you working on your “Back to Work” strategy? ID Studios stands ready to work with you to address your immediate challenges of preparing the workplace for a safe “return to work” environment. Let us help you make the right design decisions in both the short term and the long term by assisting you with your return-to-work strategy.

    Contact us for more info.

    Strategic Planning to Getting Back to Work
  2. Congratulations to our new Associate Principals

    ID Studios is happy to announce the promotion of Jill Russell-Layman CID NCIDQ, and Rich Guerena AIA LEED AP to Associate Principals
    Jill Russell-Layman CID NCIDQ, and Rich Guerena AIA LEED AP

    ID Studios is happy to announce the promotion of Jill Russell-Layman CID NCIDQ, and Rich Guerena AIA LEED AP to Associate Principals. “In addition to directing some of ID Studios’ most significant projects, both Rich and Jill will participate in the day- to- day business operations of the firm. We are thrilled that both Jill and Rich have expanded their leadership roles at ID Studios, and we can already see the positive impact they have made,” says Principal Amy Morway.

    Jill Russell-Layman graduated from the Design Institute of San Diego with a BFA in Interior Design in 2003. Jill has been with ID Studios since 2006, just one year after our inception. She has continuously exhibited her commitment to the success of the firm and to the happiness of our staff. Her inspiration comes from being in the outdoors, whether it’s camping in the summer or skiing in the winter, she says, “being in the outdoors buoys my imagination and prepares me to take on the next big challenge.”

    Rich Guerena joined ID Studios in 2014 after a successful 18-year start to his architectural career. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Architecture. Through his positive interactions with clients, dedication to mentorship, and consistent drive for improvement, Rich has demonstrated a consistent level of professionalism. He and his college sweetheart moved to San Diego soon after graduating in 2002 and have now, “gained an appreciation for good tacos.”

    “Jill and Rich have proven their value to ID Studios,” says President, Deborah Elliott, “through their strategic client leadership as well as being on the ground floor of the amazing internal culture of ID Studios – something that sets us apart from the everyday design firm in San Diego.”

    We would like to extend sincere congratulations to them both!

  3. Congratulate our new Associates

    Growth from within 

    New Associates at ID Studios
    Jeni Champion        |           Annie Wilson         |    Maegen Curry

    Jeni Champion graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Art/Interior Design in 2011. Since joining ID Studios in 2013, she has brought a unique joy to her projects that shines through into the final design. Jeni has committed to learn and give back by joining the NAIOP Developing Leaders program and as an instructor at the San Diego Design Institute. Jeni loves camping with friends and family with June Lake as her life-long favorite place in the great outdoors. Her most recent completed project is the West Coast office of Marsh & McLennan which has received excellent feedback from the Marsh & McLennan team.

    Annie Wilson joined ID Studios in 2013 after relocating from Washington DC. She has a BS in Interior Design from East Carolina University. Not only does she bring beautiful design to the table, but her determination to get the job done right has earned her the title of Senior Project Manager. She recently completed Brain Corp, which consisted of 100,000 s.f. over 5-floors, including two cafes, a game room, and an outdoor patio. Outside of her project workload, she makes it a priority to network and continues her professional growth by being actively involved in organizations such as CREW and SAME. In her free time, one of the things she enjoys is watching football and is excited that her team, the Green Bay Packers, are in the playoffs. 

    Maegen Curry joined ID Studios in 2014 with experience in both commercial and hospitality design. After receiving a BA from the University of Washington, Maegen received a BFA from the Design Institute of San Diego in 2010. Her fresh take on design and attention to detail make her a perfect fit for the ongoing renovation of ResMed’s headquarters. She has joined CREW as a way to network and keep connected with like-minded professionals. With two young boys, her weekends often consist of designing and building complicated Lego creations.

    Each of these key team-members have proven their design and leadership ability and are of great value to ID Studios. Congratulations to them all!

  4. Please Welcome our Newest Team Member

    Ashlynn Meyer

    We’re happy to announce the latest addition to our design team, Ashlynn Meyer. Ashlynn grew up in San Diego, and graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2018 with a BFA in Interior Design and a Minor in Business Marketing. She returned to San Diego to work at an architectural firm specializing in Hospitality and Multi-Family Residential Projects until she joined ID Studios in September.

    We love her bubbly spirit, and in fact, Ashlynn was a cheerleader all through college! She enjoys traveling and her favorite vacation was a tour through London. The beach is always on her summer “to-do” list, and she also enjoys snowboarding in the winter.

    We’re excited to get to know her and integrate her creative talent into our team!

  5. Welcome Two New Designers to the ID Studios Family

    We’d like to welcome Lauren Zinn and Holly Cogan to the ID Studios family!

    Lauren Zinn and Holly Cogan

    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!

  6. Stephen Scirrotto Joins ID Studios

    Stephen ScirrottoID 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.

  7. Introducing our Hospitality Studio

    Seacrest Village Dining, Bar and Pre-function space, Design and Rendering by ID StudiosYOU 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.

    Stay tuned for more new and exciting hospitality and senior living projects from ID Studios. In the meantime, take a look at some of our latest projects in the works.

    Please contact us  for more information.

  8. Congratulations to Rich Guerena on his Promotion to Associate

    Rich Guerena, ID StudiosID 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!

  9. Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway are finalists in the Celebrating Women Awards Program

    Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway, founders of ID StudiosSan Diego Magazine is hosting an event to celebrate San Diego’s, “inspiring female leaders, movers and shakers, and entrepreneurs” for an event they call Celebrating Women.

    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.

  10. Annie Wilson Promoted to Senior Project Manager

    Annie Wilson, ID StudiosID 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.