Katie Costa

"Being a part of the DSD Program means bringing together my creative processes and critical thinking skills in a new way.”

Washington, D.C.

Years of Service
DSD Cohort 3, 1 year of industry experience

University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Katie is a former interior designer and loves the initial research and strategic planning phase of the design process. Always a problem solver, she strives to find the most comprehensive, practical solution while upholding her belief that everyone deserves to experience beautiful spaces.

Outside of work, Katie is an avid traveler, a barre addict, and an unofficial spokesperson for how amazing the Midwest is. Ask her where her favorite places in Chicago are!

Briefly describe your current day-to-day.
I am involved in a mix of design and consulting projects, most of which are for government clients. My day can vary a lot, from client visioning sessions to crafting workplace strategy presentations to collecting and filtering through client programming requirement data. The variety is one of the best parts of the job!.

What advice would you give someone applying to the DSD Program?
Be able to speak to your background and how it makes you unique from other applicants. The DSD Program, as well as Gensler as a whole, is a diverse group of professionals with distinguished credentials and abilities. Don’t be afraid to show some personality to get noticed!

Describe the Washington, D.C., office in 3 words or less?
Driven, yet fun!

Meet Our Team

Allie Bulgart | Erin Corcoran | Katie Costa | Agata Malkowski | Zsuzsi Nagy | David Raby-Pepin | Muhammad Saleh | Michael Saunders | Keely Vedanayagam | Allison Wong | Kayla Wong |