• Lynn Clarke

    Principal, RID, LEED GA

    Since starting her design career in the early 1980s, Lynn Clarke has acquired an extensive background as a designer and project manager. Lynn’s work in commercial, retail & restaurant design, as well as her experience with hotels, resorts and multifamily projects, has provided her with extensive experience and knowledge to deal with large scale projects. Through well-designed, user-friendly spaces, Portico’s clients receive designs that are both innovative and cost-effective.

     

    Lynn is particularly well-known for her technical and project management skills that contribute to the smooth operation of Portico as a whole. She oversees all projects as well as the day to day running of the company.

    My Vices

    I ask “why” about everything. I love figuring out how everything works. And if it’s broken, I’m in there to fix it.

    How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

    I have a passion for all the arts, especially the performing arts. Live music of any sort, and dances for a small stage will always top the list.

    If I Was A Chair

    I would be an Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair – the perfect blend of form and function, playfulness and grace, stylishness and comfort, modern, yet classic.

    Contact e. lclarke@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4248

  • Natalia Kwasnicki

    Associate, RID

    I have an Interior Design Diploma and a Bachelor of Art History Degree. I have also achieved my NCIDQ certification.

    My Vices

    I have been (on more than one occasion and, by more than one person) compared to a koala bear. Give me a blanket and a soft surface to curl up in and I will fall asleep.

    How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

    My off time is spent exploring, from improv and movies, to festivals, street fairs and concerts, to art shows and gallery openings. I am an active member of the Vancouver Art Gallery and am always scouring various Vancouver blogs and magazines to stay up-to-date with what is going on in the city’s art and cultural world.

    If I Was A Chair

    I would be a Capo armchair -- classic, slender and well-cut. The chair’s thin edges provide shelter so you can easily curl up and read a book (refer to koala syndrome above).

    Contact e. nkwasnicki@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4251

  • Karen Sanders

    Sr Designer + Bus. Dev.

    I have an Interior Design Degree (BAAID) from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

    My Vices

    Fast cars... I feel the need for speed! I enjoy driving my convertible sports car, though I do try to keep in line with the speed limits.

    How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

    I love to be outdoors, I enjoy golf, skiing, hiking and cooking. Travel and the arts is also a must, big cities, museums, and the performing arts.

    If I Was A Chair

    I would be a Le Corbusier Chaise Longue, or “long chair” – Timeless and comfortable. It mirrors the body's natural curves while appearing to float above its supports.

    Contact e. ksanders@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4252

  • Jamie Judd

    Interior Designer

    I currently hold a Diploma in Interior Design and am actively working towards achieving my NCIDQ and LEED accreditations.

    My Vices

    Blankets; I have so many that I've lost count, but I'm still always on the hunt for more.

    How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

    Bikram Yoga, followed by a cup of tea and indulging in a good book.

    If I Was A Chair

    I would be the Alya Low-Back Lounge chair; a beautiful and modern design that is both extremely comfortable and versatile. It’s a simple addition that can add playfulness and comfort to any room.

    Contact e. jjudd@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4254

  • Grace O

    Interior Designer

    I currently hold a Diploma in Interior Design, and am looking towards writing the NCIDQ exam in the future.

    My Vices

    I have a weakness for ice cream and have a very difficult time resisting it when the opportunity arises.

    How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

    Finding new hidden gems in Culinary, Design and documentaries/movies. Overall just enjoying the company of my family and friends.

    If I Was A Chair

    I would be the I would be the Eames Molded Armchair. It’s timeless designs is versatile, fun, practical and unique.

    Contact e. go@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4253

  • Gizelle Santa Catalina

    CAD Manager

    I have a Computer Aided Design & Drafting Certificate.

    My Vices

    Chocolate and coffee; can't imagine the world without them.

    How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

    Books and karaoke. Fortunately, my family is immune to my unique voice.

    If I Was A Chair

    I would be an egg chair. I love the shape and have always wanted to sit on one.

    Contact e. gcatalina@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4250

  • Heili Geelhoed

    Office Manager

    My Vices

    Buying shoes; there is always room for one (or three) more pairs. I also have a tendency to try and help everyone on the planet, which can be good and bad.

    How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

    Reading a good thriller mystery or watching old black and white movies accompanied by popcorn dripping in butter and baby dill pickles.

    If I Was A Chair

    I would be a cozy red armchair.

    Contact e. hgeelhoed@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4249

  • Tara Wells

    Founder

    After honing her skills in commercial real estate, marketing, real estate development and interior design, company founder Tara Wells ventured out and established Portico Design Group in 1992. She saw that her broad experiences would be a valuable asset that she could share with clients, providing them knowledgeable advice to aid in their continued success.

     

    Portico’s goal has always been to provide clients with exceptional service and good design that is innovative, functional, and compelling. Portico has grown to be one of Vancouver’s Top 10 design firms, handling projects in the Corporate, Hospitality and Market Housing sectors within British Columbia, Alberta and the United States.

    My Vices

    I love to cook and to test my creations. Unfortunately, I don’t get to the gym as often as I would like (or need to).

    How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

    Cooking, golfing and playing in my garden. When I have more time, I love to travel.

    If I Was A Chair

    I would be a Benson Lotus chair – a no nonsense chair that is comfortable, modern and functional.

    Contact

Lynn Clarke

Principal, RID, LEED GA

Since starting her design career in the early 1980s, Lynn Clarke has acquired an extensive background as a designer and project manager. Lynn’s work in commercial, retail & restaurant design, as well as her experience with hotels, resorts and multifamily projects, has provided her with extensive experience and knowledge to deal with large scale projects. Through well-designed, user-friendly spaces, Portico’s clients receive designs that are both innovative and cost-effective.

 

Lynn is particularly well-known for her technical and project management skills that contribute to the smooth operation of Portico as a whole. She oversees all projects as well as the day to day running of the company.

My Vices

I ask “why” about everything. I love figuring out how everything works. And if it’s broken, I’m in there to fix it.

How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

I have a passion for all the arts, especially the performing arts. Live music of any sort, and dances for a small stage will always top the list.

If I Was A Chair

I would be an Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair – the perfect blend of form and function, playfulness and grace, stylishness and comfort, modern, yet classic.

Contact e. lclarke@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4248

Natalia Kwasnicki

Associate, RID

I have an Interior Design Diploma and a Bachelor of Art History Degree. I have also achieved my NCIDQ certification.

My Vices

I have been (on more than one occasion and, by more than one person) compared to a koala bear. Give me a blanket and a soft surface to curl up in and I will fall asleep.

How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

My off time is spent exploring, from improv and movies, to festivals, street fairs and concerts, to art shows and gallery openings. I am an active member of the Vancouver Art Gallery and am always scouring various Vancouver blogs and magazines to stay up-to-date with what is going on in the city’s art and cultural world.

If I Was A Chair

I would be a Capo armchair -- classic, slender and well-cut. The chair’s thin edges provide shelter so you can easily curl up and read a book (refer to koala syndrome above).

Contact e. nkwasnicki@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4251

Karen Sanders

Sr Designer + Bus. Dev.

I have an Interior Design Degree (BAAID) from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

My Vices

Fast cars... I feel the need for speed! I enjoy driving my convertible sports car, though I do try to keep in line with the speed limits.

How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

I love to be outdoors, I enjoy golf, skiing, hiking and cooking. Travel and the arts is also a must, big cities, museums, and the performing arts.

If I Was A Chair

I would be a Le Corbusier Chaise Longue, or “long chair” – Timeless and comfortable. It mirrors the body's natural curves while appearing to float above its supports.

Contact e. ksanders@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4252

Jamie Judd

Interior Designer

I currently hold a Diploma in Interior Design and am actively working towards achieving my NCIDQ and LEED accreditations.

My Vices

Blankets; I have so many that I've lost count, but I'm still always on the hunt for more.

How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

Bikram Yoga, followed by a cup of tea and indulging in a good book.

If I Was A Chair

I would be the Alya Low-Back Lounge chair; a beautiful and modern design that is both extremely comfortable and versatile. It’s a simple addition that can add playfulness and comfort to any room.

Contact e. jjudd@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4254

Grace O

Interior Designer

I currently hold a Diploma in Interior Design, and am looking towards writing the NCIDQ exam in the future.

My Vices

I have a weakness for ice cream and have a very difficult time resisting it when the opportunity arises.

How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

Finding new hidden gems in Culinary, Design and documentaries/movies. Overall just enjoying the company of my family and friends.

If I Was A Chair

I would be the I would be the Eames Molded Armchair. It’s timeless designs is versatile, fun, practical and unique.

Contact e. go@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4253

Gizelle Santa Catalina

CAD Manager

I have a Computer Aided Design & Drafting Certificate.

My Vices

Chocolate and coffee; can't imagine the world without them.

How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

Books and karaoke. Fortunately, my family is immune to my unique voice.

If I Was A Chair

I would be an egg chair. I love the shape and have always wanted to sit on one.

Contact e. gcatalina@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4250

Heili Geelhoed

Office Manager

My Vices

Buying shoes; there is always room for one (or three) more pairs. I also have a tendency to try and help everyone on the planet, which can be good and bad.

How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

Reading a good thriller mystery or watching old black and white movies accompanied by popcorn dripping in butter and baby dill pickles.

If I Was A Chair

I would be a cozy red armchair.

Contact e. hgeelhoed@porticodesign.com d. 604.424.4249

Tara Wells

Founder

After honing her skills in commercial real estate, marketing, real estate development and interior design, company founder Tara Wells ventured out and established Portico Design Group in 1992. She saw that her broad experiences would be a valuable asset that she could share with clients, providing them knowledgeable advice to aid in their continued success.

 

Portico’s goal has always been to provide clients with exceptional service and good design that is innovative, functional, and compelling. Portico has grown to be one of Vancouver’s Top 10 design firms, handling projects in the Corporate, Hospitality and Market Housing sectors within British Columbia, Alberta and the United States.

My Vices

I love to cook and to test my creations. Unfortunately, I don’t get to the gym as often as I would like (or need to).

How I Kick Back At the End of the Day

Cooking, golfing and playing in my garden. When I have more time, I love to travel.

If I Was A Chair

I would be a Benson Lotus chair – a no nonsense chair that is comfortable, modern and functional.

Contact