Val Nehez, Founding Principal, Interiors

Following art history and architecture-focused study at Bard and Vassar Colleges, Val’s design career started in earnest when she designed, branded, owned and operated two restaurants in the one-time ghost town of Tivoli, NY. Sustained by the rich history and natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley, Val’s successful endeavors as a restaurateur led not only to favorable reviews in the New York Times food section, but also to a cookbook, published by Simon & Schuster.

Though she spent her childhood in West Mt. Airy, Val now enjoys a second life in Philadelphia and focuses on the creation of inviting environments for her clients.  Every project is a bespoke process and Val invites her clients to bring their idiosyncrasies and personalities to the table. As Val puts it, “I’ve gained the ability to dance in the moment with my clients, bringing joy to the design process as the projects take a direction of their own – I’ve learned the grace of moving with it.”

 

Trudy Watt, Architecture

Trudy believes that architecture is an act of cultural stewardship and narrative expression on all scales, from a single piece of furniture or interior material choice to the design of a large building or piece or urban infrastructure. In short, architecture is one way we tell our stories, as individuals and as a culture writ large. She earned her B.S. Architecture with highest distinction from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M. Arch from Princeton University's School of Architecture. She has designed residential gardens, crafted couches in the shape of clouds, florally delighted brides, given bike and segway tours of Chicago, enjoyed time on stage, schematized residential renovations, made up stories and done a lot of dancing. A lot of dancing.

Kelly Ennis, Founding Principal, Architecture

Kelly’s interest in the way people identify a sense of self through the spaces they inhabit developed while she was earning her degree in anthropology from Brown University. What most excites Kelly, and in fact drove her to pursue a career in architecture, is the idea that these spaces can be designed and tailored to individual people’s lives.  The influence of her childhood in New England and first architecture apprenticeship on historic Nantucket, MA remains in her respect for traditional and historic architecture. In renovation work, she feels strongly that it is important to keep to the character of the building and its surroundings for an effective meshing of the old and the new. 

  Paul Schultz, Architecture Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from University of Illinois ­Urbana­Champaign in 1992, and his Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2000. Additionally, he studied furniture design and sustainable design in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has ten years experience working in architecture firms specializing in residential, retail, restaurants, institutional, museums, zoos and aquariums and is a LEED accredited professional. For eight years Paul taught architecture at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design and at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His interests in design expand beyond buildings, interiors and education. He designs and produces furniture, products, graphics and creates art installations composed of plastic bread clips. His approach to design is simple and pragmatic. His approach to life is “Think without the box.”

 

Paul SchultzArchitecture

Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from University of Illinois ­Urbana­Champaign in 1992, and his Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2000. Additionally, he studied furniture design and sustainable design in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has ten years experience working in architecture firms specializing in residential, retail, restaurants, institutional, museums, zoos and aquariums and is a LEED accredited professional.

For eight years Paul taught architecture at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design and at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His interests in design expand beyond buildings, interiors and education.

He designs and produces furniture, products, graphics and creates art installations composed of plastic bread clips. His approach to design is simple and pragmatic. His approach to life is “Think without the box.”

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Shawn KairschnerInstallations

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Tom Judd, Artist in Residence

  Elizabeth Wotring, Interiors Originally from the mountains of western Maryland, Elizabeth moved to Philadelphia to peruse a degree in Interior Design. Since graduation she has worked in high-end residential design, been a 3D modeler, taken on freelance interior and graphic design projects, been a furniture designer for a salvaged architecturals company, a brand manager for various organizations, and a product photographer. Always the artist, Elizabeth has enjoyed designing and crafting all her life, from helping in her grandma’s flower shop when she was younger, to hosting crafting parties for her friends now. She thinks art and design should be a necessary good in people’s lives.

 

Elizabeth WotringInteriors

Originally from the mountains of western Maryland, Elizabeth moved to Philadelphia to peruse a degree in Interior Design. Since graduation she has worked in high-end residential design, been a 3D modeler, taken on freelance interior and graphic design projects, been a furniture designer for a salvaged architecturals company, a brand manager for various organizations, and a product photographer.

Always the artist, Elizabeth has enjoyed designing and crafting all her life, from helping in her grandma’s flower shop when she was younger, to hosting crafting parties for her friends now. She thinks art and design should be a necessary good in people’s lives.