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Artist, Architect & Designer

   Studio artist working in encaustic and acrylic painting, ceramics, & assemblage. 


   Principal and design director at Spacesmith LLP

  • 2019-Present 

  • Member of AIA NYC​​​​​​

  •  Operation Unite Hudson- Volunteer Mentor

  • ​ Columbia County Native Plant Exchange- Founding Organizer

  • Claverack Climate Smart Committee, Co-Chair

  • Trillium Community Land Trust-Founding Committee Member


   Former design director at NBBJ

  •  2016-2018 Director of the NY Corporate Studio.

  •  2012-2017 Lead Interior Architect Boston Office of NBBJ

  • 1997-2012 Founded and directed THEREdesign Architecture & Interiors 

         Primarily focused on residential, hospitality and academic projects.

         Member of the Boston Society of Architects (AIA Boston)

              Boston Society of Architects board member 2012-2014

              Founding Co-Chair and member of the Women Principals Group in 2008-2016

  • Taught Interior Architecture at the Master’s level at BAC

  • Invited design critic at McGill, Charleton, GSD, BAC, MIT, PSU, Columbia and RISD.

  • Lived and studied in Denmark and Sweden.

  • Born in South Korea. Raised in Pennsylvania. 

  • Interests include: biophilic design, perception and space, passive house, sustainable building science, encaustic painting, ceramics, poetry, native plant gardening and all things Swedish. 

  • Live in Hudson, NY.



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Katy Flammia




Spacesmith, New York, New York + Hudson, New York,  Principal & Design Director Hudson

Leading design teams on Corporate, Institutional, Community and Residential projects in NYC and the Hudson Valley. 

Projects include:

Aquavit Restaurant, NYC- renovated renown 2 Michelin star restaurant

American Museum of Natural History- Education department offices, FF&E for new Gilder Addition

Upriver Studios- Woman founded and operated film and television studios in Saugerties NY

Talbott & Arding- New commercial kitchen and retail space for esteemed chef prepared food and cheese vendors. 

Residential projects in the mid to upper Hudson Valley

NBBJ, New York, New York. 2016-2018. Design Director NY Corporate Practice.

Participated in studio business strategy and many successful project pitches. Initiated culture building and staff mentoring: weekly design leaders’ discussions, studio design events, and design charrettes. Strong client management and communication skills.


Led the design of corporate workplace projects:

Bank of China, Bryant Park, NYC – Corporate hospitality space and conference center

Advisory Board Headquarters, DC – 600K sf headquarters in new facility incorporating 23 historic buildings.

Citi Bank, NJ – Won contract to be on-call designers. Designed 3 floors of satellite swing space.

McKinsey, NYC – Consolidation of 4 diverse workgroups into one shared space with separate identities.

Kifo Family Foundation, NYC – Private workplace, custom millwork.

Metroplex, Brandywine Development, Plymouth Meeting, PA – Spec office building, lobby and common space amenity design, and client presentations.

Interior design lead on six-month successful team pursuit of Confidential Financial Management Co. Headquarters, Hudson Yards, NYC – 700Ksf.


Interior Design lead for several Healthcare projects:

Tahoe Hospital, Chengdu, China – Lead Chinese design team from US and on locations in Shanghai.

Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong – Lead Hong Kong design team remotely from US.

Mt Sinai Hudson Yards Executive Concierge Medical Clinic, NY – Client pitch, led design discovery client engagements, and reviewed schematic design proposals.



NBBJ, Boston, Massachusetts. 2012-2016. Lead Interior Architect.

Participated in weekly biz dev meetings, and numerous successful new client pitches; initiated culture building and staff mentoring events: skills clinics, design charettes, studio reviews, and events. Particular strength in client relations.


Corporate workplace projects:

Confidential Pharmaceutical Company Nextgen office, event space, public lobby. Cambridge, MA. 

Workplace strategy for Confidential Footwear headquarters, Lovejoy Wharf. Boston, MA.

Lobby repositioning 177 Huntington, Beacon Co. Boston, MA.



Brigham and Women’s Hospital, numerous projects including the Building for Translational Medicine. 600sf new construction lab and outpatient facility. Led interior architecture, and interior design. Led integration of architectural artwork and coordinated post construction art. Won a CODAworks Award for Integration of Architecture + Art.

Nemours Children’s Clinics, FL – Interior architecture and design.

Mass General, Burn Clinic – Interior design.

Dana Farber – Palliative Care Offices. Workplace strategy + schematic interior architecture.



Suffolk University – Science Building 70K sf new construction building. Led interior architecture, interior design and furnishing.

Graduate School of Business – Led Interior design & furnishings.

Student Center – Led Interior design & furnishing.

Boston University – Graduate School of Business. Part of successful client pitch team. 

Roxbury Community College – Oversaw interior design team.

Berkshire Community College – Part of successful client pitch team. Lead early concept design. Oversaw design team.

New England School of Art and Design – Led interior furnishings team on full unbuilt building. Participated in relocation and consolidation project.


THEREdesign Interior Architecture, Boston, Massachusetts. 1997-2012. Founder + Design Director.

Boutique design studio, working in corporate, academic residential, and hospitality interiors:

White Rhino, kor, Buckminster Hotel, City Bar, City Table, Fenmore, Odyssey Cruise ships, Skoah Skin Spa, Vanderbilt University, Suffolk University, Duquesne University, Georgetown UniversityHarvard Natural History Museum, Knoll, Ritz Associates, Peabody Office, PrepMD, Bodyscapes, Mt Auburn Sports Club.


Expertise in creating strategically designed environments that align with the client’s identity and business goals. Branded environment projects for furniture showrooms, fitness clubs, restaurants, as well as offices for advertising, branding, and design companies.

Consulted for architecture firms needing interior architecture/design skills. Mainly academic and hospitality projects.

Numerous contemporary renovations, additions, and interior design for high end residential clients.


PCA Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hospitality, Retail and Residential.

David Beck Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Commercial and Residential.




School of Visual Arts, New York, NY- Painting classes

R&F Paints- Encaustic workshops

Independent Study, Ålborg, Denmark – Ceramic Arts

Boston Architectural College- Boston, MA- Bachelor of Architecture

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Masters of Architecture in History and Theory.

Master’s Thesis: Medieval Topics: Pre-perspectival Perception and Representation.

Friends of McGill Fellowship Recipient & Fee Waiver – awarded on academic merit.

Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors in Architecture.

Pennsylvania State University Architecture Department Studio Award.

Università di Firenze. Florence, Italy. European Urban Development, Architectural History and Preservation.

Università di Roma. Rome, Italy. Studies in Building Documentation and Restoration.

Kongahällagymnasiet, Kungälv, Sweden – International Exchange Student.




Mentor: Operation Unite- writing workshops

Visiting Critic: Harvard, MIT, McGill, Carlton, BAC, PSU. RISD, Columbia,New England School of Art and Design

Instructor: BAC graduate interior architecture studio



Interior Design Best of the Year-Corporate Lobby

Architectural Record-Commercial Lobby Reposition

CODAworks Award for Integration of Architecture + Art

EDspaces Product Jurist

American School & University, Educational Interiors Showcase Award

Builders Association of Greater Boston, Prism Award

Perspective’s New England Design Award

Design New England

Boston Magazine

Boston Globe


Better Homes and Gardens

This Old House: Television and Magazine Appearance

Detailing Competition. Sponsor: Construction Specifiers Institute



American Institute of Architects: NY AIA Member

Registered Architect: Massachusetts-NCARB Certified

IIDA NYC chapter member

Architectural League. NY. Member

Former Memberships:

Boston Society of Architects: Member-Women Principals Network: Founding member, former Chair

The Commonwealth Institute Boston-Women CEO Organization: member

SOMWBA: member WBE-MBE-DBE Wrote the chapter on WBE/MBE in the current AIA handbook.

Society for College and University Planning-Boston




Encaustic Painting

Acrylic Painting


Perception of Space


Passive House

Sustainable Building Science

Native Plant Gardening

Land Art


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