Join us for a panel discussion with designers with 3-6 years of experience.  We will dive into what their education experience was like and how they have transitioned into professional practice.  This is an excellent opportunity for k-12 and college students to get to know more about what its like for young interior designers in the field. 

Sponsorship provided by Scandinavian Spaces and 



Megan Rangel is a registered Interior Designer at Studio8 Architect’s Austin Office. Megan brings over 6 years of experience to the team with a niche in corporate office interiors. She is an expert at merging people with surroundings and helping clients organize their needs and desires, into spaces that reflect their personalities. Megan’s favorite project is Central Texas Food Bank.


jamie jelinski, rid, ncidq   designer at pi architects

Jamie received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her early career experience included a range of industries in the field, from kitchen & bath design and stone counter fabrication to patient-centered care design and facilities management at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, MS. In 2016, Jamie joined the design team at Pi Architects, a senior living firm in Austin, TX. She is actively involved with architects in design for a majority of Pi Architects clients. Jamie uses her passion for blending aesthetic beauty with scientific wellness theories at Pi to create meaningful spaces for both residents and staff. In her spare time, Jamie continues her quest to find the best queso in Austin.



Holly Holstrom serves as a lead designer in Austin, TX and is an integral part of the design team in IA’s newest office. She brings a broad perspective and diverse experience, working with her clients to understand how individuals interact and engage with their workplace. Holly’s client-focused approach to design has allowed her to create unique and innovative working environments for a variety of clients including YETI, Hossley Lighting and DPR Construction. Holly holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the prestigious University of Cincinnati, focusing on the physical, psychological and social needs of people at work and leisure. She avidly diversified her portfolio and touched a range of different types of design including hospitality and higher education, but her main focus has always been commercial workplace.


MODERATOR : Katrina Rutledge, M.F.A., RID, NCIDQ, IIDA

Katrina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University. While at FSU, she studied the impact of domestic violence shelter design on empowering victims of domestic violence. Katrina is passionate about the potential to help others through design.  Her early career exposed her to various types of design including: healthcare, education, non-profit, and homeless shelter design. She currently works at StudioSIX5 and designs various types of senior living communities.  Katrina blends her passion for research and human-centered design by creating beautiful spaces that encourage a strong sense of community among residents.


Frances garces  designer at sixthriver RID, NCIDQ, IIDA 

For over 6 years Frances has been creating eco-friendly spaces people can experience. She attended The Art Institute of Houston, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a focus on computer design programs and green building. After practicing for 4 years in Houston, Tx where she gained experience in furniture design, hospitality, corporate interiors and ground up architecture; she took her dogs and moved to Austin, Tx where she is currently part of the Sixthriver Corportate Interiors Studio as a registered Interior Designer. She works closely with her team to bring to life the physical environment that celebrates each individual client keeping in mind their budget and needs. She believes the importance of following your passion; “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”