This summer we brought back a summer favorite, the ID Studios Family Picnic! The entire ID Studios team, along with our friends and family, came together at San Dieguito Park for an afternoon full of fun in the sun. It was fantastic seeing everyone’s family again after a two-year hiatus and getting to meet our new employees’ family and friends. We enjoyed amazing tacos, some fierce games of Cornhole and a very competitive egg race! We learned many of our friends and family are just as competitive as our ID Studios Team! A big congratulations to our raffle winners, Heather & Rich.
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We can’t wait to continue this tradition, grow our ID Studios family and celebrate our team!
For the third year in a row, the Best Place to Work organization included ID Studios in the top 100 Best Places to Work in San Diego . This program recognizes outstanding companies whose benefits, policies and practices are among the best in the region. Our leadership strives to make sure the culture at ID Studios is a warm and friendly place to work, and that the benefits are competitive. In turn, our employees thrive on making sure our clients receive an environment that fits their culture and that the process is enjoyable.
Thank you to the San Diego Business Journal for recognizing the important work done in San Diego’s Architecture and Design community! We’re excited to be included in the best of it’s ranks.
This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of being certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). As an organization founded by women in 2005, Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway, exemplify what it means to be a leader. They have passed their leadership skills and company goals to new Principals, Jill Russell and Rich Guerena.
A firm’s culture starts at the top and as their employees, we believe that the principals, have created a one-of-a-kind design studio with the right mix of talent and personality. They inspire and promote an authentic approach to design and cultivate an amazing design experience for both clients & 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 & grace. As a design firm, their goal is to connect with clients to learn their culture in order to create an engaging design process & provide a positive impact for those who inhabit the new space.
We plan on continuing to maintain certification with WBENC for many years to come and thank them for their efforts and resources to help women-owned businesses thrive.
Our team is expanding! We recently brought on two employees that we’re very excited about and can’t wait for you to get to know them.
We’d like to introduce, Heaven Heatherly! She’s our newest administrative assistant and will be the first smiling face you see when you enter. She is helping everyone, especially Sophia, to keep our office running smoothly. Heaven grew up in Virginia and moved to San Diego to attend SDSU. She recently graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies which, in part, included Interior Design. She likes hosting dinner parties with her friends and is currently taking classes in floral design. We’re so happy you decided to join us, Heaven!
Our second addition might be familiar to you, Jeni Champion Bauer, CID, NCIDQ has returned to ID Studios. She worked for us for eight years before she moved to Montana with her fiancé to spend more time under the “Big Sky” in the wild outdoors. Since then, she and her beau have gotten married, and while Bauer has been added to her name, she’s still the multi-talented “Champion” Designer and Project Manager we all know and love. Jeni is based in Montana and will regularly be back in San Diego for important project milestones. We’re thrilled to have Jeni back!
Promoting a healthy lifestyle is a key part of the mission for Tandem Diabetes. Tandem brings an innovative approach to diabetes management through the manufacture of insulin pumps and an integrated treatment platform and ID Studios is helping Tandem Diabetes bring an innovative approach to their workplace. Inspired by natural processes and the biological rhythm of life that helps our bodies maintain a healthy, balanced daily routine, we introduced a relationship to circadian rhythms through a color palette inspired by sunlight phases. Collaboration areas are activated with warm oranges and bright happy yellows while heads-down spaces are balanced with cooler grays and calming blues. This color palette, along with a variety of work environments bring balance between energetic spaces and comfortable connected spaces.
We’d love to help bring innovation to your workplace too. Contact us to get started!
ID Studios is a Growing Architecture and Design Firm in San Diego. When the San Diego Business Journal recently released their special edition, “Women of Influence in Architecture and Design,” ID Studios had lots to cheer about. Three of our principals were celebrated, recognizing their amazing work in the design community.
The publication also included the annual Architecture Firms, Book of Lists, which ranks firms by number of local staff. This year we jumped from spot #27 in 2021 to #17 in the 2022 Architecture Firm Listings!
If you’ve worked with us, you know how hard we work to do the right thing for our clients and our employees, and we’re excited to be a growing part of the San Diego Architecture community. Congrats to everyone here at ID Studios for being recognized!
Kim Burleigh is a San Diego native and joins ID Studios with 10+ years of commercial interior design experience and a degree in Interior Design from San Diego Mesa College. As a Senior Interior Designer, Kim loves to create spaces for people to experience and interact with first-hand. When it’s sunny outside you can find her on the golf course, and if it’s in Hawaii, that’s even better. Her number one priority outside of work is being a mom to her young son. She along with her sisters, her husband, and two of her best friends are all adopted and she believes these similarities drew them together.
Graysen Hart graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and has gained her experience while working in Alabama, Virginia, Washington DC, and now San Diego on many Corporate Office projects. She enjoys making things beautiful through creative expression. Watching a project come to life is why she loves her job. Graysen is an avid gardener and worked at a vegetable farm in New Hampshire before landing her position in Interior Design. She and her husband will be welcoming their first child into their home in June.
Greta Ervin grew up in Arizona and Colorado. She moved to San Diego to earn a Bachelor of Fine Art in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego. Greta loved San Diego so much that she made it her home. The majority of her work has been in the Corporate Office market segment of Interior Design and she also has experience in the Hospitality and Multi-Family sectors. Greta has two French bulldogs and recently welcomed a kitten into their household! She and her husband have 2 children and enjoy spending time at the beach and indulging in their favorite flavors of ice cream. When it comes to dining out, she is always looking for the spiciest dishes she can find!
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!
We’d like to highlight a project that was recently completed for Quadrant here in San Diego.
This high-tech, magnetic solutions company gravitated towards an industrial style integrated with natural materials and organic textures. Branding was infused into the space through bright accent colors, bold signage, and a custom graphic film design. Subtle details hint at branding such as the rounded corners found around the office that mimic the rounded corners in their logo. Natural light from the extensive perimeter windows was taken advantage of and Solatubes were added to bring more of that light to the interior spaces. The ultimate goal was to create flexibility to allow this growing company to expand.