Susana believes that design is a powerful tool that allows her to create transformational experiences. She also believes design needs to be relevant, and therefore, creative collaboration with clients is essential. Susana is a Studio Director and Creative Director at Gensler, and serves as the Regional Design Leader for the Northwest Region. Over her 20+ years of experience, she has built a diverse portfolio including workplace, hospitality, retail, residential and building repositioning. Her early career began in Chile, where she founded her own firm, following her graduation from Universidad de Chile Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. Her work eventually led her to the United States, where this unique perspective and cultural background has infused her work. Her leadership and industry involvement has fueled her drive for design excellence. This is evident in the 15+ design awards and more than 20 articles authored by her or published about her projects. Susana has also served as a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty member at both local and international universities and colleges, and is a regular participant in local student mentoring programs.