Design Sector Mash-Up: Workplace and Residential

Design Sector Mash-Up: Workplace and Residential

The boundaries between design sectors continue to blur. What lessons can be shared between market sectors to create more unique and impactful spaces?

Hear from design professionals from the ASID College of Fellows and rising stars of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars, as they review best practices in workplace and residential and discuss ways to create spaces that support productivity and encourage renewal.

This is a recording of a webinar presented on September 16, 2020 as part of the 2020 ASID Virtual Conference.

Charrisse Johnston, FASID, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA



After earning a degree in Behavioral Sciences and an MBA, Charrisse Johnston worked on Wall Street before turning to interior design. Currently a founder of StudioSALT in Cape Town, Charrisse was a principal and the firmwide interior design practice leader at SteinbergHart before moving to South Africa. Prior to that, Charrisse designed learning and commercial workspaces at Gensler. Charrisse is a Fellow and former Chair of ASID and a current Director of the African Institute of Interior Design Professions. She has given talks worldwide about design's impact on human performance and juried many international design competitions. She particularly enjoys speaking with students about designing spaces that go beyond aesthetics to improve physical and mental well-being.

Kerrie Kelly, FASID, NKBA, CAPS

CEO & Creative Director, Kerrie Kelly Studio

Past Chair, ASID National Board of Directors

With over 25 years of experience, Kerrie is Creative Director for Kerrie Kelly Studio, an award-winning California based interior design firm.  She is also an author, contributor, product designer, and multi-media consultant, helping national brands reach the interior design market. Her work elevates everyday design, bridging the gap between design principles and life well lived. Kerrie has received national recognition for her expertise in interior design. Kerrie is a National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Board Member; Fellow, Design Luminary Award recipient and Past-Chair to the National Board for American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); Houzz Advisory Board Member; and Zillow Interior Design National Spokesperson. Kerrie’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Maria Martin, ASID, RID


Design Appy

Maria Martin, ASID, TX RID, founder of Design Appy, is an interior designer and artist with 20-plus years of experience in Austin, TX, who is passionate about using design-driven technology and content to improve client communication. Martin considers standing in the client's shoes when looking at the traditional design process. She realized that clients want the design experience of a rendering without the delays between appointments, and there is no tool available to effectively accomplish this. As a result, Martin created a digital sketching software called Design Appy. Design Appy allows designers to generate scale tile drawings and elevations for bathrooms and kitchens in just a few minutes. She was recognized as an ASID Ones to Watch Scholar in 2019 for the work on this innovative program. Martin is also a recipient of the Kitchen and Bath Design News Innovator award 2021. Martin hosts a weekly podcast, Designer Discussions, for home design professionals focusing on the impact of behavioral economics applied to the interior design industry through PR, PR marketing and client interactions.

Brooks Morelock, ASID

Designer and Senior Associate


Brooks Morelock is a designer and senior associate at Gensler New York with nearly 10 years of experience delivering game-changing workplace and amenity projects to some of the city's most progressive companies. Brooks focuses on breaking the boundaries of traditional design by illuminating opportunities for true inclusion in every project he touches. Brooks is best known for his contributions to innovative projects like the law office of Paul Hastings, the first American law firm to implement open-plan associates, allowing for more collaboration and mentorship. As a people-first designer, Brooks carried this sentiment to Roosevelt Island for his collaboration with Forest City Ratner and Weiss-Manfredi on the Tata Innovation Center. Brooks designed and implemented a platform for dynamic exchange and collaboration at all levels at the intersection of industry, enterprise, research and education. In addition to his project work, Brooks is deeply involved in the OUT Foundation.

Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID, LEED AP, WELL AP (Moderator)


Laura McDonald Enterprises

Laura McDonald Stewart received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University and her MFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. After several years designing corporate projects, she founded Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ, the interior design blog and industry resource. For almost 10 years, Laura also managed METROCON Expo & Conference, the annual two-day event in Dallas focused on the built environment. She has served on the ASID National Board, currently sits on three interior design department advisory councils and was the recipient of the 2009 NCIDQ National Louis S. Tregre Award.


Design Sector Mash-up: Workplace & Residential Part One
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Design Sector Mash-up: Workplace & Residential Part Two
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