Principal - Interior Design
ARIDO, IDC, LEED® AP
It's not about building projects — it’s about building relationships with people and businesses.
With over 35 years of interior design experience primarily in the Workplace sector, I bring a deep knowledge of the industry, a scientific mindset, and commitment to both design excellence and process innovation to my work. Through initial Workplace Strategy engagements, I help clients discover the vision for their project and then physically manifest beautiful, highly functional spaces based on their values and objectives. Throughout my career, I have developed design engagement tools, championed change management programs, and managed large teams through the development and implementation of a wide variety of interior design projects across different industries.
My portfolio includes leading projects for Autodesk, Fidelity, Torys LLP, Scotiabank Digital Factory, Scotiabank Wealth Management, Canadian Tire Corporation, Sobeys, McMillan LLP, Minden Gross LLP, CIBC, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, ING Direct/Tangerine, CBC, Corus, Children’s Aid, Pepsi, Dow Jones, Northleaf, Barrick Gold, Boston Consulting, Franklin Templeton, 33 Jackes Ave. Condo, TTC, Oracle and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
My Sectors: Workplace
My Services: Interior Design
We asked, Suzanne answered:
What can people expect when they work with you?
“I’ve learned that the greatest tool that we have in our psyche is the appreciation of empathy in undertaking any challenge. I have a great sense of humour, a love of life and learning, and a drive to understand what clients want to achieve for themselves, the project and the team. I get to know the people I’m working for and working with in order to create unique solutions for their unique needs. That means clients can expect a lot of questions, dialogue and innovative ideas to discover the unspoken to frame relevant solutions. It’s not about building projects — it’s about building relationships. I listen deeply and don’t give up easily on the quest to get the right answer, and although those answers are different for every situation they are built on many past lessons. I believe a well-managed design process can accommodate constraints and mitigate challenges, resulting in great design solutions without making excuses.”
What do you enjoy outside of work?
“I hold a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, which I took up in adulthood. I trained at a high level with peers 30 years younger but shared the same challenges and achieved the same goals. It was humbling and inspiring. I’m also a self-taught sailor and have traveled to destinations like the Grenadines, Tahiti, Turks and Caicos, and the Sea of Cortez. I used to play hockey and baseball, now it’s more about golf and curling. I enjoy hiking, travel, theatre, art and cooking.”