Panel Breakfast

2019 Panelists - Friday, March 1st


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Jennifer Busch

vice president, architecture and design, workplace strategies | teknion

Jennifer provides more than 25 years of experience in the interiors industry. This includes highly visible roles with Contract Magazine for 21 years, specifically in her position as Editor in Chief. Most recently, Jennifer held the position of Vice President, A&D Market Development at Interface, a leading modular carpet manufacturer, where she developed and managed business relationships with major architecture and design firms throughout North America. Throughout her career, Jennifer has cultivated meaningful relationships with designers on all levels. She is actively involved in the design community, participating in speaking engagements as a moderator or as a featured speaker, organizing thought leadership conferences, hosting customer experience and networking events, and jurying numerous industry competitions. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of FIT Sustainable Interior Environments Master’s Degree program, the Market Strategy Group for industry non-profit Public Architecture, and is a member of the In-Kind Committee for Design NYC. As a testament to her contribution to the design community, Jennifer was the first design editor awarded Honorary IIDA status, in 2010. Jennifer joined the Teknion family in her current position of Vice President, Architecture and Design and Workplace Strategies in May 2014.


Mary Dickinson

REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DESIGN LEADER, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE PERKINS+WILL MATERIAL PERFORMANCE LAB | Perkins+will


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Megan Ebert

Principal | Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.


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Stephanie Fallon, M.S., CHID, IIDA

INTERIORS PROJECT MANAGER & INTERIOR DESIGNER, HEALTHCARE | PERKINS+WILL   

Stephanie has been working in the A&D industry for over 9 years in the Houston area. Her work experience includes FF&E coordinator with Equipment Collaborative and transitioned into a design position with their sister company, previously known as FKP Architects. After attaining her licensure, Stephanie worked at WHR Architects (now EYP) and Identity Architects – both firms providing healthcare design services ranging from design, construction documentation to art program coordination and full furniture services. She now serves as an interiors project manager for the healthcare market sector at Perkins+Will in Houston. Stephanie attained her bachelor degree from The Art Institute of Houston (AiH) with a BFA in Interior Design in 2009. She received her Master of Science in Human Sciences with an emphasis on healthcare interior design from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2011. She is also an adjunct professor and serves on the Advisory Board for AiH.


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Kai Hopkins, Associate IIDA

Intern Interior Designer, Pfluger Architects

Kai began her career in Biomedical Science with a B.S. in Biology from Texas Woman’s University. Her goal was to become a neuroscientist, so her next step was the PhD program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After several months and a lot of self-reflection, she left the program to pursue another interest. Kai obtained her B.S. in Interior Design from the University of Texas at San Antonio and hasn’t looked back. During her time at UTSA, she joined IIDA as a student member and attended Student Conference ‘17. She increased her involvement after graduation when she joined the IIDA San Antonio City Center Council as Campus Center Liaison. For the last two years, she has provided support to college students in San Antonio area interior design programs.

Kai had the opportunity to complete her student internship requirement at Pfluger Architects in San Antonio. She was hired as a permanent employee thereafter and has been there ever since. The firm specializes in educational design – both K-12 and Higher-Ed. Kai has been part of several teams working on projects ranging from Elementary Schools to Fine Arts Centers to Natatoriums. Her background involving analytical and detailed processes has contributed to her continued success as a versatile designer.


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Nan Poole, Associate IIDA

JUNIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER, SBL ARCHITECTURE, INC.

Nan received her Bachelor of Interior Design with a Minor in Architecture from Texas Tech University in May 2017. During her time as a student, Nan was highly involved with IIDA. She served as the Texas Tech University IIDA Campus Center President. While President, she established an Annual IIDA Digital Media Workshop for members and students. She also laid groundwork for the Annual IIDA Texas Tech Career Fair. Nan also served on the IIDA West Texas City Center Council while serving as the Campus Center President. As a student, Nan attended the IIDA Student Conference and participated in the Design Charrette in 2017. Although Nan is no longer a student, continues to maintain close connection and communications with the IIDA Texas Tech University Campus Center.

Nan completed her college internship with SBL Architecture, Inc. in 2016. Throughout her internship, Nan gained experience in healthcare, commercial interiors and interior architecture. She then became a permanent member of the SBL team immediately following her graduation. Nan is currently serving as a council member and campus center liaison on the IIDA Fort Worth City Center Council. Nan has 2 years’ experience serving on the IIDA SHIFT Student Conference planning committee as a Charrette Coordinator. She is thankful for her experience and connections made through IIDA as a student and looks forward to give continued to IIDA and future designers.