Cecelia Baumann is a senior interior design student at the Savanah College of Art and Design, the University of creative careers, and the country’s leading program for Interior Design according to DesignInteligence. Her focus is on commercial design and bringing sustainable solutions to a modern, clean, timeless aesthetic.
Her love for art started at a young age. She grew up in an artistic family where she was exposed to many creative fields including, decorative painting, drawing, cartooning, photography, and graphic design. She sees each of these fields as a true art form and an inspiration for her future endeavors.
Once she found interior design, her path was set, “I enjoy the process of designing, collaborating with others, coming up with the concept, creating innovative solutions, and developing spaces that make people more comfortable and productive.”
Through her internship experience in residential design, she had the chance to work in a client-facing role. She was able to bring her creative vision to each project, designing spaces targeted towards each client’s lifestyle. “For me, the initial design process makes the outcome that much more rewarding”. Through this internship, she gained real-world knowledge that she plans to use down the road in her commercial interior design career. Cecelia is looking forward to graduating this May 2021 and looks forward to starting the process of becoming NCIDQ and LEED certified.
As Principal of Workplace Strategy, Andrea Hanson leads the Workplace Team at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. Andrea is both a licensed architect and interior designer focusing on interiors for healthcare, corporate, and higher education facilities, and has a special passion for workplace performance and designs that promote wellbeing in all industries. As a WELL AP, her goal is to apply evidenced-based strategies to create healthy places for people to work and thrive. Andrea has perfected the process of programming space, asking the right questions and digging deep with clients to address their long-term business objectives and using space as a tool to achieve those goals. In our changing world, Andrea has helped transform that knowledge into timely and creative approaches to today’s issues.
Alison has led the design on many of the firm’s award-winning projects using a thoughtful and balanced approach focused on creating inspiring environments that reflect the client’s individuality and brand. She begins each project by actively engaging with clients and uncovering their business and cultural goals that then serve as the foundation of design. With a background in hospitality design, she brings diverse expertise, and a broad perspective supports her ability to develop compelling and dynamic environments that reflect a client’s brand. Fascinated by finely crafted ceramics and hand-made wares since childhood, she translates an attention to detail in the creation of unique interior environments. Outside of work, Alison enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors and fuels her creativity through other artistic endeavors such as ceramics, painting, and screen printing.
John T. McGrath, Jr.
Executive Director of INSTALL
John T. McGrath, Jr. is the Executive Director of INSTALL – the International Standards and Training Alliance, which is the construction industry’s best industry-endorsed floor covering installation training and certification program.
McGrath has helped to increase installation standards and expectations in the flooring industry by playing a leading role in facilitating communication and cooperation among mills, manufacturers, specifiers, contractors and installers. All of these groups regularly come together to review and revise the INSTALL curriculum and certification standards. He was a significant contributor in creating the ANSI S600 Carpet Installation Standards and has served as a returning judge in the Starnet Awards, Canadian Apprenticeship Contest and the Schönox Worst Subfloor in North America Contest.
A three-decade flooring installation professional and accomplished speaker, McGrath conducts seminars regularly for architects, interior designers, building owners and facility managers to increase their knowledge of flooring installation issues. He has been a featured presenter for AIA, IIDA, IFMA and CSI professionals to help increase their knowledge and awareness of many floorcovering concerns. These annual exhibitions bring together decision-makers for the flooring industry from around the world. Learn more about INSTALL at INSTALLfloors.org.