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Anita Degen, Principal - Interior Design

ANITA DEGEN, IIDA

Managing Principal - Interior Design

Anita is Principal Interior Designer at Degen & Degen and a co-founder of the firm established in 1994. Her 25+ years of interior design experience exclusively in hotel and resort design throughout the world has led to her reputation as leader in hospitality design.

Anita's prior experience includes lead interior design positions with Marriott International and Munich-based S&S Hotel Innenarchitektur, Germany's leading hospitality design firm, where she helped establish their Berlin office and oversaw projects throughout Germany.

Anita is active throughout the hospitality industry in leadership and non-profit organizations. She recently served as International President of NEWH (The Industry Network), a non-profit organization with the mission of raising scholarship funds for students seeking an education in hospitality careers. In addition to NEWH, Anita serves on the Design Council, a select board of industry leaders who meet regularly to assess the state of the hospitality design and discuss developing trends.

Anita’s ability to listen to her clients and deliver distinctive design that meets the demands of hospitality use has gained her a reputation in her field.

Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior Design, Virginia Commonwealth University
Accreditation
  • NCIDQ Certified (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
Honors
  • Puget Sound Business Journal - Named one of the top ‘40 Executives Under 40’ in Seattle, 2002
Professional Affiliations
  • NEWH-The Industry Network: International President, National Board - Director of Continuing Education and Northwest Chapter - President
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • Washington Lodging Association - Allied Member
Community Service
  • Leadership/Mentor - Bon-Macy’s 'Follow a Leader' Program
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  • Location: Managing Principal - Interior Design
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    Anita is Managing Interior Design Principal at Degen & Degen and a co-founder of the firm established in 1994. She directly oversees interior design for all of the firm's projects. Her 25+ years of interior design experience — exclusively in hotel and resort design throughout the world — has led to her reputation as leader in hospitality design.

    She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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  • Location: Managing Principal - Architecture
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    As the founding architect at Degen & Degen and cofounder of the firm established in 1994, Jeffrey directly oversees architectural design of all of the firm's projects. His 30+ years of experience has contributed to his reputation as an authority in the field of hospitality design.

    Jeffrey’s work with upscale & luxury resorts and hotels spans much of the United States and 15 foreign countries. He holds a Master of Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Geography, and a Certificate in Urban & Regional Planning, all from the University of Utah.

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  • Location: Principal - Interior Design
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    Erin is a true visionary when it comes to hospitality design. As Principal of Interior Design, Erin serves as Project Manager and Lead Creative Designer for many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects.

    In addition to her expertise in hotel design and her extensive experience in China, Erin has led the firm’s role in bringing hospitality design to multi-family projects where lifestyle and amenities have refined urban living.

    Erin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from The Art Institute of Seattle.

Melissa Walling, Associate Principal - Director of Marketing / Business Manager<

MELISSA S.S. WALLING

Principal - Director of Marketing / Business Manager

Since joining Degen & Degen in 1998, Melissa has contributed to the growth of the firm, both nationally and globally. In addition to overseeing all aspects of D&D's finances and office management, Melissa is the creative force behind the firm's public image.

Constantly striving for improvement on how D&D communicates it's message to the industry, Melissa is the firm's website designer, graphic designer, and public relations liaison to the media. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design at California Polytechnic University.

Melissa is constantly finding new ways to build the D&D Team and is active in numerous professional organizations - Society for Marketing Professionals Services (SMPS), NEWH – The Industry Network and Washington Lodging Association. She has contributed on various graphic design projects, such as seminar booklets, fundraising auctions booklets and chapter marketing materials for these organizations.

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  • Location: Principal - Director of Marketing / Business Manager
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    Since joining Degen & Degen in 1998, Melissa has contributed to the growth of the firm, both nationally and globally. In addition to overseeing all aspects of D&D's finances, she is the creative force behind the firm's marketing & graphic image.

    Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California.

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  • Location: Associate Principal - Architecture
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    As Lead Architectural Designer, Christopher plays a key design role on most of Degen & Degen’s projects. He is highly conceptual and an exceptionally talented designer with years of innovative hotel design experience.

    Christopher has particular expertise with state-of-the-art architectural modeling and illustration technology and heads up D&D’s Visualization Team. He received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Washington.

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  • Location: Associate Principal - Architecture
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    As Associate Principal, Chris serves as Project Manager for some of Degen & Degen’s largest and most complex projects. Recently, he led and managed three custom-designed Marriott and Hilton hotels on a 15-acre site in San Diego from design to completion.

    Technical expertise, problem solving skills, and attention to detail are all strengths of Chris’s personality and work style. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.

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  • Location: Senior Associate - Architecture
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    As Senior Architect at Degen & Degen, Cliff offers technical oversight on nearly all of the firm’s projects. With decades of experience in all types of architecture, he is an invaluable resource for technical detailing, code research, and document quality control. Cliff oversees production of CSI specifications for all of D&D’s projects.

    Cliff graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, a Bachelor of Science, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

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  • Location: Associate – Architecture
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    As Project Manager, Nate combines his extensive knowledge of architecture with his superb management and documentation skills to consistently deliver successful projects. Nate is an authority on Revit and sits on Degen & Degen’s Revit Standards Committee, helping to keep the firm abreast of technology and best practice in document production.

    Nate’s prior experience includes hotels, mixed-use, high-rise, and other large-scale projects in the US and China. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, where his work was frequently recognized and exhibited.

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  • Location: Associate – Resource Manager
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    As full-time Resource Manager for Degen & Degen, Karen’s 20+ years of industry experience helps keep the entire staff up to date with new product developments and other resources directly related to hospitality design.

    In addition to overseeing our large in-house reference library with literally thousands of samples of everything, she organizes weekly vendor presentations and in-house continuing education events and heads up our internship program.

    Karen received her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at Washington State University.

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  • Location: Associate – Interior Design
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    Allie’s career is deeply rooted in hospitality and multi-family markets. Her strong conceptual skills, paired with creative design problem solving and her acumen for accuracy, results in successful projects and repeat clients at Degen & Degen.

    Allie is a graduate of Washington State University where she garnered numerous awards and accolades, including Best Team Member by WSU Interior Design Graduating Seniors and WSU President’s Honor Roll.

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  • Location: Associate – Interior Design
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    Cat has proven herself as an upcoming super-achiever in the field of hospitality design at Degen & Degen. Her well rounded skill set includes project management, design, visualization, and highly articulate drawing and specification production.

    Her drive, passion, and creativity make her a natural choice for a project which requires “out of the box” thinking and collaboration. She received her Bachelor of Interior Design at Washington State University.

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  • Location: Associate – Architecture
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    Lucas is exceptionally talented and experienced in all aspects of architecture: design, project management, and permitting. With a propensity for detail, Lucas has it covered – always. He has held key roles on countless Degen & Degen projects, both hotels and multi-family.

    His past experience as a contractor makes him a well-rounded architect. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington State University.