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Director of WorkPlace
“We are no longer designing the environments—we are designing the experience.”

Kay is a director of HOK’s global WorkPlace practice. With a passion for using design to transform how and where people work, she spends her days (and many nights) working with clients on workplace strategy and design.

Based in Washington, D.C., Kay leads project teams that solve clients’ business and organizational challenges related to real estate business process, strategic planning, workplace strategy and change management. She collaborates with organizations ranging from tech startups to Fortune 500 companies to optimize their real estate portfolios and create the most innovative work experiences.

In 2021, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) announced the induction of Kay into its prestigious College of Fellows. Admission to the College of Fellows is the highest honor given by the IIDA and recognizes those whose design work has significantly influenced the profession.

The American Society of Interior Designers honored Kay with its “Designer of Distinction” award in the 2020 ASID National Awards. The award is bestowed on an ASID professional member who exemplifies a commitment to the profession as demonstrated by a significant body of work representing excellence in interior design.

Kay is on the international board of directors for AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. She is co-chair for the ASID Foundation research task force and on the leadership team of IFMA’s WE Workplace Evolutionaries and the advisory board of Work Design Magazine. She recently served on the board of directors for CoreNet Global and the International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects, and has served on the international boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP, IFI and NCIDQ. She is an active member of ASID, IIDA, CoreNet Global and IFMA.

Kay has authored numerous reports and articles on the workplace and has spoken at CoreNet, IFMA and other industry events. CoreNet and Tradeline, Inc. both have honored her as a top-rated speaker. A mentor to many, she is a founding member of the D.C. chapter of UPWARD, which accelerates career advancement for executive women.


Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Parsons School of Design in New York
Environmental Design coursework

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