2022 Staff Promotions
We are beyond excited to announce the 2022 RIOS promotions. Across a multitude of design disciplines and studios, these thirty-five employees have shown tremendous passion and dedication to our projects, our teams, and to RIOS as a whole.
Say hello to three new Studio Directors, Haoran Liu, Dami Olufowoshe, and Krystal Scott.
Leading one of our Landscape Architecture studios, Haoran is a well-versed landscape director and designer creating expressive, meaningful experiences that connect to time and place. His RIOS-first enthusiasm reaches beyond projects to reflect a spirit of leadership that is apparent in our projects and strategic direction.
Dami is trusted client liaison and a versatile leader who can address realities ranging from thought leadership to project delivery. As the leader of a studio focused on Workplace and Commercial Architecture, Dami will continue to shape forward-thinking design excellence on the firm’s most transformative workplace projects.
Krystal is an articulate and skilled leader who has directed some of RIOS’ most inspired Residential and Hospitality projects. She is a true multi-disciplinary designer who considers the complete spectrum of design and she will lead a studio focused on Hospitality and Residential Interiors.
As a Managing Studio Director, Melanie Freeland will continue to guide the work of the Workplace and Hospitality studios led by Dami and Krystal. Melanie is known for her ability to deliver complex and demanding projects within project types ranging from Institutional and Hospitality, to Cultural and Residential.
Jessa Chisari will be joining our growing team of Technical Directors, representing design excellence as she focuses on the technical execution of our Landscape Architecture projects. Jessa has informed some of RIOS’ most iconic landscapes with her critical role on projects such as Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts and Grand Park.
Erin Gehle has been named Chief Marketing Officer. Erin continues to strengthen strategic initiatives, marketing, and communications at RIOS. She is responsible for positioning the firm across a multitude of channels, business development strategy, and revealing organizational stories that differentiate RIOS as a multi-disciplinary practice.
In addition to this group, we are proud to recognize the extraordinary talents and leadership of our professional and support staff that are being elevated in the following categories.
Congratulations to our incredible group of 2022 Promotions:
Haoran Li – Studio Director
Dami Olufowoshe – Studio Director
Krystal Scott – Studio Director
Melanie Freeland – Managing Studio Director
Erin Gehle – Chief Marketing Officer
Jessa Chisari – Technical Director
Lauren Smolenski – Senior Project Director
Alissa Hisoire – Senior Project Director
Hiro Kamizono – Senior Project Director
Lindsey Currey – Senior Project Director
Abby Stone – Senior Project Director
James Lively – Senior Project Director
Marisol Mejia – Senior Project Director
Graham Sandelski – Senior Project Director
Vanessa Valeriano – Senior Project Designer
Chris Skeens – Senior Project Designer
Romiar Karamooz – Senior Project Designer
Preema Modi – Senior Project Designer
Trevor Kidd – Project Director
Krista Won – Project Director
Treati Yazdani – Project Director
Sebastian Greider – Project Director
Mary Lange – Project Director
Wei Pan – Project Director
Bertilla de Baudiniere – Project Director
Joanna Grant – Project Designer
Mimi Yang – Project Designer
Mazyar Kahali – Project Designer
Nate Waddell – Project Designer
Raymond Gonzalez – Project Designer
Alex Marchinski – Project Designer
Hayden DeShazer – Senior Purchasing Specialist
Bella Gonzalez-Yanez – Marketing Coordinator and Data Specialist
Mac MacVaugh – Marketing Coordinator
Jing Chen – Analyst