KELIE MAYFIELD, RID IIDA
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Kelie Mayfield is a highly recognized interior designer who, amongst her numerous design awards, has received one of the highest awards for interior architecture from the National Institute of Architects. She has practiced design for over fifteen years. Ms. Mayfield’s architectural background compliments her very creative approach to programming, planning, and design of highly acclaimed, award winning projects around the world.
Ms. Mayfield received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design with a Minor in Art History with highest honors from Louisiana Tech University. She started her career with Los Angeles-based Keating Mann Jernigan Rottet working on commercial interior projects as a designer. Ms. Mayfield relocated to Ft. Lauderdale to work with Retail Giant Pavlik Design Team as a lead designer working on boutique and large scale retail stores. She received the Hart Design Excellence Traveling Fellowship, which led her to study architecture in Saintes, France. Ms. Mayfield then earned a Masters of Architecture from the University of Houston. Upon graduation, she relocated to Barcelona, Spain to join world-renowned architect Enric Miralles at EMBT Architects where she worked closely with Mr. Miralles on a number of endeavors ranging from large-scale master plan projects to residential housing. Upon returning to Houston she teamed up with former colleague Lauren Rottet to help establish DMJM Rottet in the Houston community. In a short period Ms. Mayfield became Principal of Rottet Studio and played an instrumental role in the growth of the firm. In 2010 Ms. Mayfield joined long time colleague Erick Ragni and formed the practice Mayfield and Ragni Studio, MaRS.
Ms. Mayfield is committed to improving the interior environment and it has earned her numerous coveted design awards. She goes to great lengths to understand the client’s culture, develop a design that reflects their particular brand and image, and engage and inspire her clients throughout the design and building process. She creates new ways to utilize design to achieve the client’s goals paying attention to the smallest detail. Ms. Mayfield’s design sensibilities are also evident in custom furniture pieces, carpets and art installations in which she keenly brings artists and other talented craftsmen together to compliment the architecture and interior design and express a company's or hospitality's brand.
Ms. Mayfield’s team approach, enthusiastic personality and professionalism have earned her much respect among her industry colleagues and repeat clients. Mayfield’s exceptional design and management skills are reflected in her diverse portfolio, which includes highly-recognized commercial projects, large-scale master planning, residential, and hospitality and retail projects. During Ms. Mayfield’s career, she has served as Lead Designer, Project Manager and Project Architect for a variety of interior and architecture projects.
Ms. Mayfield is an active member of IIDA, continues to participate as a juror, serves on the Advisory Board for Interior Architecture at Louisiana Tech University and is a Board Member of the Rice Design Alliance.
ERICK RAGNI, AIA, Leed AP
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Mr. Ragni is a highly regarded award winning architect who has worked at a high level with a number of the most recognized firms in the country. He has been a practicing architect for more than 7 years and has been working as a project designer for more than 17 years. Mr. Ragni has a keen sense of innovation particularly in assignments with a high degree of complexity. He strives to make MaRS as well known for constructability and management as it is for fit and finish.
Mr. Ragni received his bachelor degree in art history and fine art from the University of Vermont. His interest in Architecture led him to Columbia University in New York where he attended design studio classes. He received his graduate degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI Arc) during a period of strong experimental discourse in Los Angeles. His design career began in the office of Frank O Gehry & Associates where he was involved in two of the most famous architectural works of the late 20th century; the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Mr. Ragni made Houston his home when he was awarded the prestigious Wortham teaching fellowship from Rice University. His professional practice focused on urban planning, base building and institutional projects while working with Rey de la Reza Architects in Houston. He briefly relocated to San Francisco where he worked on large scale pacific rim projects in the office of Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum. Mr. Ragni spent four years working as a senior associate with Lauren Rottet of DMJM Rottet, helping to establish the brand in the Houston market. He started his own successful firm focusing primarily on modern residential projects before being recruited to help establish Rottet Studio in Houston. He acted as an Associate Principal helping to manage many of the companies more complex projects. During his tenure with Rottet, he and Kelie Mayfield established a close working relationship that culminated in the founding of their own firm MaRS (Mayfield and Ragni Studio) in 2010.
Mr. Ragni combines a thoughtful, intellectual approach with a deep commitment to the principles of sustainable design aligned with research in emerging technology. He has built his reputation on the ability to deliver highly detailed and refined projects, and on his belief that innovative design is achieved through research, development and skilled management. Mr. Ragni is Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) accredited and is a licensed architect in the state of Texas. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects both locally and nationally (AIA). In 2012, Mr. Ragni will be a Juror for the AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture.
Fact: Mr. Ragni’s claim to fame is that he was the creator of chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream. When he was in school in Vermont he frequented Ben & Jerry’s Burlington Scoop Shop and posted the anonymous recipe of the ice-cream combination - see wikipedia.
MaRS prides themselves on providing a high level of client service and unique design talent that is unmatched in the industry. The principals and key staff are dedicated and loyal to their clients. MaRS has partnered with the production firm of 2050AP whose principal, Tuan Nguyen, has been a long time colleague and collaborator to MaRS principals. This unique collaboration has provided MaRS clients with 24/7service, highly technical production drawings and top quality three dimensional visualization renderings and animation.