Our advocacy board represents committed alumni in practice, established and emerging leaders in the profession and industry who as a collective, support interior design students, education and research. We are committed to becoming even more active with the allied disciplines across DCP.
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Juli received her Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida, College of Architecture and is NCIDQ Certified. As Principal of Catlin Design, Inc., she has won numerous awards. She was honored with the Alumni of Distinction Award from the University of Florida, College of Design, Construction, and Planning in 1999 and is current chair of their Advisory Board. Catlin was honored with the Bud Merle Foundation Award in 2000 and the Warren G. Arnett Achievement Award in 2004. These awards recognize leadership and Design Excellence in the State of Florida.She has been an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) since the start of her career and was chosen to be a Fellow Member. Catlin served as National President of ASID, representing over 38,000 Interior Designers around the nation. She is also an active public speaker on Interior Design issues around the nation.
Catlin is the inaugural chairman of the ASID Foundation, Inc. and helped formed the ASID Foundation Board. The ASID Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to (among other activities) enhancing the field of interior design by funding innovative and imaginative research and education initiatives, providing scholarships, fellowships and other financial assistance to deserving students, and making grants to colleges and universities maintaining a regular course of study in the field of interior design.
Catlin Design has guided many clients through the design process in both commercial and residential design, with projects throughout the United States as well as abroad. The firm has been voted #1 Design Firm in Jacksonville Magazine and the Jacksonville Business Journal. The firm has also been published in Interior Design Magazine, Southern Living, and Florida Design as well as being featured on the HGTV Channel.
Principal, Sarah Cain Design
Sarah Cain is a Licensed Interior Designer in the State of Florida and is currently the practicing Principal of Sarah Cain Design, a full-service boutique interior design firm based in Gainesville, Florida. Her firm specializes in both mid to high end residential and small commercial, retail and hospitality projects. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and received her Master in Interior Design degree from the nationally acclaimed Interior Design program at the University of Florida. As part of her graduate program, Sarah studied design at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture located in Vicenza, Italy. She is a former Adjunct Professor in the Interior Design Department at the University of Florida. Sarah also serves as the Immediate Past President for the American Society of Interior Designers, Florida North Chapter and serves as a site visitor for the Council on Interior Design Accreditation.
Principal Interior Designer, HOTA Design Studio
Jose Cardenas received his Bachelor of Design Degree in Interior Design from the College of Architecture, University of Florida in 2002. Upon completing his studies, Jose began work at Rink Reynolds Diamond Fisher Wilson, a multidisciplinary Architectural firm located in Jacksonville, Florida.
Provided with opportunities to design for a variety of project types, Jose was able to experience projects ranging from tenant improvement to educational facilities including the University of North Florida Student Union, which was voted the number 1 Higher Education building built in 100 years by AIA Florida Chapter. Currently, he is a co-founder and co-owner of Hota Design Studio.llc in Jacksonville, Florida. He and business partner John Perez (BD 1999) established the Studio in February of 2010, providing design services for a variety of project types ranging from commercial tenant improvement to restaurant design.
Research Analyst, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
Susan Chung, Ph.D., currently works at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as the senior research associate, where she focuses on research that demonstrates the impact of design. She connects design with research to improve human experiences in the interior environment, translates research into applicable design implications, and conducts research projects that create meaningful positive impacts. She comes from an interior design background, holding a B.A. from Michigan State University, a M.I.D. from the University of Florida, and has integrated interior design with behavioral research for her doctorate degree in Human Behavior and Design at Cornell University, with a focus on design attributes related to creativity in workplace environments. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell for the past three summers, teaching an interdisciplinary course introducing how design is in all our surroundings and empowering students on how they can use design to make a difference in our world. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Interior Design and Health Environments Research and Design Journal, periodically writes for the ASID ICON Blog, has presented at various design and research conferences, and has served on review committees for various awards.
Vice President and Business Development Director at HKS, Inc,, HKS, Inc.
Kimberly Nelson Montague is the Vice President and Business Development Director at HKS, Inc. In this leadership role, Kimberly is committed to the creation of truly human-entered environments to create holistic design solutions in healthcare facilities. Prior to joining the team at HKS, she was the Healthcare Knowledge & Insights Lead at Herman-Miller and also served as Director of Design Consultation Services for Planetree, Inc. She has been recognized by Healthcare Design for her commitment to patient-centered, staff-supportive and family-friendly design. Indeed, Kimberly’s passion to create healthcare environments that appeal to all the senses, integrates evidence-based design, lean principles, and sustainable solutions that leverage healthcare clients’ strategic goals. Kim is a licensed architect, AIA Detroit Board member, and is both LEED and EDAC accredited.
Principal Interior Designer, HOTA Design Studio
John Perez received his Bachelor of Design degree in Interior Design from the University of Florida John Perez received his Bachelor of Design degree in Interior Design from the University of Florida College of Architecture in 1999. After graduation, he was employed at a small design firm, where he had the opportunity to design various projects. Working at a small design firm offered him the opportunity to work hands on with his clients, contractors, engineers, and architects early in his career. He relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in 2004, where he was employed at Rink Design Partnership Inc., a mid-sized, multidisciplinary architectural firm. In 2010, he started Hota Design Studio. LLC, a small, boutique firm specializing in commercial and corporate design. Hota Design Studio. LLC has completed projects in Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Massachusetts, and Florida. Notable projects include Zeds Restaurant in Austin, TX, and the HMX-1 presidential helicopter maintenance hangar at Quantico, VA. John’s continued commitment to the design community involves mentoring and guiding students seeking education in the field of design. He is actively involved with the IIDA, and is currently the IIDA North Florida Chapter VP of Student Affairs. He is state licensed in Florida and Georgia, and is also a member of the UF Alumni Association. He is an NCIDQ certificate holder, and volunteers his time at interior design departments at colleges and universities throughout Florida and Georgia.
Phyllis Taylor is a born designer who native language encompasses color, furniture, fabric and texture. After a few semesters of majoring in Criminal Psychology, Phyllis was unable to deny her true calling and transferred to the University of Florida, School of Architecture and Design. Upon graduation, she gained invaluable experience working at some of South Florida’s premier firms, personally designing a wide range of commercial and residential projects. Phyllis designed the Terminal F Lounge and U.S. Customs Offices at Miami International Airport, as well as other residential, retail and hospitality projects.
In 1983 Phyllis and her husband, William C. Taylor, melded their experience and talent to establish the Taylor & Taylor Partnership Inc. For over 30 years, Taylor & Taylor has produced award-winning and widely published bodies of work, focusing on very high-end, bespoke architecture and interiors thought Florida, the Eastern Seaboard and the Caribbean. Their first book, Classic Florida Style, the House of Taylor & Taylor, released in 2014, features stunning photography of ten recent projects that perfectly illustrate the firm’s signature aesthetic: tropical, such, and yet, refined.
Principal, idea-span, Atlanta, GA
Principal of IDEA|SPAN, an Atlanta-based workspace design firm comprised of passionate leadership and talented designers working together for a common purpose—he leads innovative solutions that help clients execute successful business strategies and improve their organizational effectiveness. His strong visual sense, progressive conceptual thinking and inclusive mindset are inherent qualities that guide the development of forward thinking environments for IDEA|SPAN’s client’s. His enduring interest in culture, change, and challenges impacting the world, work and people shape his view and influence. This perspective and engaged mindset fosters an affinity for understanding what drives his clients’ business, culture, and brand. Charles is a natural coach, an adaptable team player and a gifted designer bringing passion and wit to the design process, creating a superior experience for all who are a part of it. He has a sincere interest in realizing thoughtful and inspiring solutions that drive positive change in the lives of his clients, as well as building strong rapport and meaningful long-term relationships ; they include some of the country’s most recognizable organizations: BBDO, Beck, The Coca-Cola Company, CNN, CSE Group, First Advantage, The Home Depot, Georgia Pacific, Ingenico Group, Turner Broadcasting System, General Motors, Rent Path, T-Mobile, Turner Construction, and The Woodruff Arts Center. Charles Warren has over 40 years of experience in the field of architectural interiors, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Florida, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a Registered Architect, and a LEED Accredited Professional. Charles has served as a visiting critic at several universities in the Southeast and serves on the advisory board to the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida. Charles is also an active member of the community and in CoreNet Global’s Atlanta Chapter, serving on the Programs committee.