Katie Johnson graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2013. While at Virginia Tech, she worked in the University Design and Construction Office assisting the Interior Designer for the University with managing all Capital Projects that were under construction on campus. Shortly after graduation, Katie moved to Washington, DC to begin her career with Perkins Eastman in its interiors studio. Since then, her work has included hospitality, multi-family residential, and corporate interiors projects.
Katie recently completed a 60,000 SF corporate interiors renovation for APCO Worldwide, a strategic communications and public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Perkins Eastman used its Workplace Strategies services to determine the overall design of the space based on the values and culture that APCO employees viewed to be essential to the success of their organization. Specifically, Katie and the design team created flexible spaces that reflect the multiple types of employee work styles and foster better collaboration and efficiency throughout the offices. She oversaw the furniture specifications that underscored the need for innovative solutions to the ever-changing work environment. Katie also managed the documentation for LEED certification from the beginning to the end of the project.
The strategic planning and visioning concepts that guided the APCO Worldwide project, as well as numerous other corporate interior projects, inspired Katie to pursue further research in how they could be utilized in improving educators’ and administrators’ work environments in the higher education realm during her participation in the Perkins Eastman Markitects Program.