Deborah Lloyd Forrest, who founded ForrestPerkins in 1998, has achieved distinction as an industry leader in hospitality design throughout her career, which spans more than 40 years. From work early in her career on such acclaimed hotels as The Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia for Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts, now Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Ms. Forrest began focusing on landmark and luxury hotels. Her expertise lies in imagining and realizing the design of highly detailed places that resonate with guests. With her design agility, she is equally as comfortable designing contemporary properties as classic and has led the firm in many successful modern hotel, multi-residential and high-end single family projects as well.
Ms. Forrest was elected Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers in 2000, and in 2004 ASID designated her as its Designer of Distinction for the outstanding contribution her work has made to the profession of Interior Design. Also in 2004, Hospitality Design magazine elected Ms. Forrest to its prestigious Platinum Circle. Ms. Forrest’s award-winning designs have been featured in a number of highly respected publications. She is a sought-after speaker on design and management and has authored numerous articles related to hospitality design, design management and ethics.
Colletta Conner is Studio Leader of ForrestPerkins’ Dallas office. With over twenty years of experience, Colletta has led major projects with brands, including Accor, Four Seasons, Hilton Hotels, Marriott International, Intercontinental Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham and numerous Boutique independent properties. She brings extensive experience in large scale and boutique hotels, spa design, restaurants, and resort properties. Her award winning work includes numerous Landmark Historic Hotels.
She also leads the design of major luxury multi-residential projects. Colletta’s ability to balance highly detailed design with astute project and financial management skills makes her a strong and respected mentor and leader in the firm and a valued collaborator with clients.
Her passion for creating healthy environments that impact body, spirit, and mind is part of her DNA. Prior to her career in design Colletta served for 8 years in the U.S. Air Force, where she was a medic & Health Promotion Director. This unique background engages particular interest of the impact the built environment has on its end users. Wellbeing is not optional and as a design leader commits to this endeavor.
Colletta holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and is an NCIDQ-certified interior designer, licensed in the State of Texas.
Barbara Best-Santos Barbara leads ForrestPerkins’ San Francisco Studio. Her expertise spans over twenty years designing boutique and large-scale hotels, spas, restaurants, and resorts. immediately prior to joining ForrestPerkins’ San Francisco studio in 2016, barbara was the Hospitality Practice Area Leader for Gensler’s Northwest Region office. Early in her career, Barbara worked with renowned designer Bent Severin, where she worked extensively on hospitality projects in the US and abroad, including locations such as China, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Guam. brands included in Barbara’s extensive project list include Four Seasons, Hyatt, Marriott, starwood, Kimpton, Cambria and Ceasars.
Respected as a leader in the hospitality design field, Barbara has a unique ability to bring bespoke designs to life while collaborating closely with clients to achieve aesthetic, financial, and operational success. An award-winning designer, her extensive experience encompasses business development, team leadership through all stages of a project, and elegant design solutions that suit the demands of both the client and their guests.
Co-CEO & Executive Director of Perkins Eastman
Shawn Basler has been a leader in the design of internationally recognized architectural and planning projects from hotels and resorts, office building, and residential development to industrial and commercial planning and development projects. He leads the project through initial concept, planning and programming through technical design, offering comprehensive professional design services. Shawn has led project designs and planning on numerous projects throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, Shawn was a founding member of Basler Mosa Design Group. Before that, he was an Associate at Brennan Beer Gorman Architects in New York City.
Mr. Basler is a registered architect licensed in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Missouri. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
He also holds membership with the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Planning Association (APA).
Mr. Basler is a Dean’s Advisory Council member of Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design.
Mr. Adams managed and directed the design of large-scale development projects at major architectural and planning firms for the past 40 years. His most significant hospitality design projects include the New York Four Seasons Hotel, on which Mr. Adams collaborated with I.M. Pei; the Chambers Hotel in New York, which he partnered with the Rockwell Group to design; and the RIHGA Royal Hotel, Manhattan’s first all-suite hotel, which is now called The London NYC. Most recently, he directed the design of the adaptive reuse of an iconic mid-century high-rise for the 326-room Westin Dallas Downtown Hotel, which opened in 2015.
Mr. Adams co-authored two tomes of Hotel Design, Planning and Development, often referred to as the “bible” of hotel design, and which was published in 2001.
In addition to Mr. Adam’s direction of some of Forrest Perkins’ important hotel and resort projects, he leads the firm’s new focus on the luxury senior living segment. Mr. Adams is based in ForrestPerkins’ Dallas office, is NCARB Certified, and is a registered architect in several states including Texas, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana, as well as the District of Columbia.
Toby Bishop, a long-time ForrestPerkins design leader who has contributed to the success of some of the firm’s most high-profile projects, has returned to the firm in 2015. Mr. Bishop spearheaded the design of The St. Regis Houston, which was named 2015 Luxury Unique Hotel of the Year – USA in the Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards. The St. Regis Houston was also honored with a 2013-2014 International Hotel Award in the category of Hotel Interior in the USA. Mr. Bishop also played a leadership role in the following award-winning projects: the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago; the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit; and Le Meridian Dallas, The Stoneleigh. Mr. Bishop was profiled in Hotel Business Design for his design of the InterContinental Dallas. In 2011, he spent more than a month at the New York Marriott Marquis on TimesSquare overseeing the installation of his designs of the Broadway Ballroom/Pre-functions, Lobby Lounge, Restaurant and Atrium Bar.
Mr. Bishop previously worked at Bergdorf Goodman as Project Manager, Store Design for both of its Fifth Avenue locations and worked as Associate Interior Designer, Job Captain at Gensler in NYC.
In 2008, Mr. Bishop was recognized as one of Boutique Design magazine’s “Boutique 18 New Design Talents.”
Mr. Bishop graduated with honors earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences with a major in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University.
Graham joined ForrestPerkins in 2019 as an Associate Principal with over 30 years of interior design experience. He has an extensive background in Architecture and Design integration as well as experience developing hospitality projects from initial concept ideas through construction documentation and project construction. This wide-ranging expertise brought him to work on projects with some of the leading hospitality operators including, Marriott, Starwood Hilton, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hyatt, Intercontinental Langham and the Walt Disney Company.
Mr. Fahye is a Contemporary Global Citizen with a passion for Hospitality Design. He has worked in some of the most engaging cities around the globe creating and building unique hospitality experiences, working with team members and clients in London, Cairo, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles.
Using his unique hand sketching skills to explore planning and design solutions. Graham enjoys working closely with clients to develop their visions and dreams for projects, creating memorable immersive experiences. Born in England, a Bourneville School of Art and Design Alumnus and a Fellow of the Charted Society of designers London.
Emily Woods Weiskopf
Senior Associate & Co-Studio Leader
Emily Weiskopf, an accomplished ForrestPerkins’ Architect and Project Manager, leads multi-residential and hotel projects through all phases of the design and construction process, from concept design and feasibility studies through construction administration, furniture installation and finishing touches. As the co-leader of the Washington, DC studio and Residential Interiors practice area, Emily manages the day to day operations of the team and the multifamily residential projects within the studio.
An architect with a keen design eye, Emily is passionate about striking a harmonious balance between furnishings and artwork and major architectural features. With a business background, Emily excels at taking a step back and looking at the project from the owner’s perspective, helping to keep the design team grounded. Emily’s strengths include collaborating with architects and other consultants; construction administration services, especially trouble shooting with contractors in the field; and managing the design process. Before joining ForrestPerkins in DC, Emily was an integral part of the ForrestPerkins Dallas team that renovated The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. She also gained valuable experience at previous firms, where she focused on historic renovations and high-end residential design.
Emily holds both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati. Emily also earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a University Honors Scholar. Her master’s thesis explored the value and design opportunities associated with adapting an abandoned historic school building into luxury residential living. Emily is a licensed architect in the District of Columbia and is a professional member of the American Institute of Architects.
Senior Associate & Co-Studio Leader
As the co-leader of the Washington, DC studio and Residential Interiors practice area, Jennifer oversees the design direction of the all projects within the studio.
With over 15 years of experience working in every region in the United States, she leads multiple teams through all phases of concept, design and construction. While Multi-Residential has become her primary focus, she had delivered national & international luxury hotels, exclusive private residences, senior living properties and upscale student housing. Whether working on a new-build or a renovation, she is passionate about capturing the synergy between interior design, architecture and place. Jennifer always looks to incorporate both sustainable and “WELL” solutions into her designs and has delivered both high-end, modern and traditional projects.
Ms. Beggiato’s favorite design exercises include crafting concepts that will personally resonate with the target end-user whether it be a tenant, guest, buyer or student, as well as develop space plans that are smart, functional and memorable. She works with marketing and branding teams to recognize trends, with leasing and management groups to develop a comprehensive, desirable amenity and unit package, and with development teams to understand what is required to successfully produce a product that will realize a positive return on investment. To keep current, whenever traveling to both new and repeat markets, she always tours local comparables to stay current and knowledgeable about what “the other folks” are producing.
Ms. Beggiato holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology and History from Indiana University. She began working at ForrestPerkins in 2005. Her Master’s thesis focused on sustainable rehabilitation and in order to produce a design that accounted for criteria in both practice areas, she has to work closely with the USGBC and Department on the Interior.
Nicole Smith, an Interior Designer based in ForrestPerkins’ San Francisco office, is both creative and analytical. Ms. Smith was Project Manager for the renovation of the Nines in Portland, Oregon, which CNN named among “20 of America’s most beautiful hotels”. She collaborates closely with clients and product manufacturers.
Ms. Smith’s background in high-end residential design and her experience with purchasing, logistics, and installations are a welcome asset to our team. Her keen eye for great design, paired with her energetic personality make her a joy to work with. Ms. Smith, a graduate of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, is proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, AutoCAD 2015, and Specs Software, among other programs.
With over 20 years experience, Ms. Adams is a tremendous wealth of technical knowledge in the field of architectural planning and design of corporate, institutional, luxury hospitality and residential projects. Ms. Adams has been a valuable team player at ForrestPerkins since 2012, bringing expertise in areas of design development and construction documents preparation for variety of projects.
As an Architectural Designer at the firm’s Dallas office, Ms. Adams worked on the renovation of the Westin Dallas Downtown, Dallas, Texas, where ForrestPerkins was the Architect of Record. Ms. Adams’ expertise adds value to each of ForrestPerkins’ projects, notably those with complicated layouts and challenging space planning. She is particularly proficient in AutoCAD and Revit and is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Adams gained invaluable architectural experience during her previous tenures, including Mathes Brierre Architects in New Orleans, LA, as well as MAC II Interior Design, NY, Adams Rosenberg Kolb Architects and Frank Williams & Associates Architects in New York City.
Amanda joined the Dallas office of ForrestPerkins in 2014, having previously interned with the firm for eight months while she attended the University of North Texas. Since then, she has advanced to Project Manager/Project Designer, with responsibilities for management of a team of designers and architects, establishing and maintaining client relations, and ensuring every detail from presentation to installation is meticulously documented. One of her greatest talents is her ability to create a positive, enthusiastic attitude among all the members of her team while ensuring no detail is neglected. She leads by example, and is always willing to teach along the way.
Amanda graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design, after studying art and design abroad at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. Following graduation, she worked at Jones Commercial Interiors in Dallas, Texas, as a space planner, and developed skills in producing Pricing Plans, Marketing Plans, Lease Exhibit design and construction site field verification.
Amanda is particularly strong at writing and reviewing FF&E specifications, and is proficient in AutoCAD, InDesign, SketchUp, Photoshop, and rendering manually.
Alex Knodel has joined ForrestPerkins as a Junior Interior Designer based in Dallas, Texas. Before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati, where he was on the Dean’s List every semester through college, Mr. Knodel participated in the Professional Practice Co-op Program, alternating semesters of college studies with semesters of work in the field of Interior Design. Alex worked as an intern for three semesters from 2013 through 2015 with ForrestPerkins, where he was responsible for FF&E selections, specifications, and renderings on various hospitality and multi-residential projects. He also interned with Lbrands in Columbus, Ohio, and worked as an Interior Design Assistant at Amy Youngblood Interiors in Cincinnati.
Mr. Knodel was honored as the first recipient of the Clifford R. Tuttle Memorial Scholarship, which Deborah Lloyd Forrest, president of ForrestPerkins, presented to him at the HD Platinum Circle Gala in New York City in 2014. He went on to receive the NEWH Dallas Chapter Scholarship in 2015, and the NEWH Chicago Chapter Scholarship in 2015. Since January 2017, Alex has volunteered as a Dallas Chapter Board Member of NEWH, continuing to promote the hospitality network and award exceptional students with scholarship opportunities.
Yuni joined ForrestPerkins in 2018 as a Project Designer , with responsibilities for coordinating interior architecture, design selections, specifications and communications with clients.
Ms. Wong has, for the past six years, efficiently managed both high-end residential and hospitality projects, working together with subcontractors and architects to successfully accomplish fast turn-around schedules, as well as maintaining adherence to contract agreements and time-tables.
Throughout her career working as an intern, she honed her skills in 3D Max renderings, Sketch-Up modeling, and CAD detail and elevation drawings for hospitality project. Continuing to advance and provide her computer-rendering abilities with several firms through 2012, she then joined Jonathan Rachman Design as a Designer/Project Manager, where she created CAD drawing sets, hand-rendered presentation illustrations, and concept and design presentations, as well as managed FF&E expediting and installation logistics for both high-end residential and Hospitality projects.
Yuni is a graduate of The Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design. During her years at The Academy, she was honored at intra-academy design shows, served as a Student Representative, and was on the President’s Honor’s list three years in a row. Ms. Wong is fluent in the Indonesian language, and familiar with Southeast Asian culture.
Kenneth Gray joined ForrestPerkins in 2014 and has since worked on architecture and interior architecture design teams on multiple Hospitality & Multi-Residential projects. His expertise includes BIM management, space planning, construction documentation, accessibility codes, and construction administration.
Kenneth’s additional experience includes preparing schematic design drawings and specifications for new construction projects, & renovations and/or alterations to existing structures. He is highly proficient in creating technical drawings in both AutoCAD and Revit, with a specific focus on interior construction documentation consisting of power/data & electrical plans, demolition plans, floor finish and FF&E plans, as well as millwork details, elevations and sections, finish legends, general notes and schedules.
Mr. Gray has been responsible for creative design and production through all phases including program analysis, schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration. He has designed layouts for several hospitality & multi-residential grand lobbies, ballrooms, meeting spaces, & fitness centers, as well as guestrooms, residential units, and guestroom suites.
As a Designer in the ForrestPerkins D.C. office, Caitlyn Pratt is involved in project site visits, multi-residential model room design, research, concept development, schematic design, construction documentation and construction administration for the Firm’s clients. She issues project specifications, develops presentations and responds to shop drawing submittals. Ms. Pratt’s major strength is in her Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD proficiency, rendering elevations, space planning, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and design concepts.
She began her interior design career as an intern with Washingtonian Interiors and BCDG Studios. Upon her graduation from Marymount University with a degree in interior design, Mrs. Pratt continued to work with BCDG where she gained hospitality experience working on hotel brands such as Hilton, Marriot, Kimpton and other small boutique hotels.
Mrs. Pratt is currently teaching Interior Design courses at Marymount University as well as leading Revit training for ForrestPerkins. Also, she is preparing to sit for the NCIDQ exam.