COLUMBIA, SC –November 20, 2017 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is pleased to welcome Jessica Koumas, NCIDQ, to the firm as a Senior Interior Designer. Koumas’ addition is in line with the firm’s goal to launch a Q+ Interiors Studio to expand and enhance its focus on comprehensive interior design services.
Koumas comes to Quackenbush Architects with more than 22 years of experience in space planning, project management and interior design. Koumas will also be tasked with building strategic partnerships and relationships as the firm expands its focus. As an interior designer, she has overseen multiple projects in the higher education, K-12, health care, renovation, faith-based and corporate office markets. Her solid background managing client expectations combined with years of diverse interior design experience allows her to excel at discerning and meeting client needs.
Koumas holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, and is credentialed by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), the industry’s highest standard of excellence in the practice of interior design. NCIDQ represents a designer’s knowledge and proficiency in the latest interior design principles and practices as well as competency with contract documents, administration and decision-making skills. In addition to her NCIDQ certification she also obtained LEED AP certification in 2003; a credential that denotes proficiency in today’s sustainable design, construction and operations standards. Since 2012 Jessica has served on the board of CREW Midlands, the premier business networking organization dedicated to supporting the achievements of women in commercial real estate, and in 2015 she served as president for the local chapter.
“Jessica’s extensive skills and experience are tremendous assets,” says firm President Doug Quackenbush. “She is creative, knowledgeable, and client focused- we are delighted to welcome her to the Q+ team.”
With Koumas joining Interior Designer Lydia Ureda, the Q+ team now has two interior designers to support the firm’s commitment to expand its market focus on comprehensive interior design and to broaden its reach into the private sector.