BraytonHughes Design Studios has announced the appointment of Janea Nakagawa as president. Joel Villalon, who has been with the firm from its beginnings, will be stepping down from presidency while remaining as the firm’s executive advisor. The transition coincides with the firm’s 30-year anniversary this July.
Drawn to the entrepreneurial spirit of the firm, Nakagawa joined BraytonHughes in 2005 and became the first female principal in the firm’s history. Bringing her project management and corporate design expertise to the company, she has specialized in corporate, multi-family, and residential interiors projects for a diverse group of clients, including law firms, consulting groups, venture capitalists, and healthcare projects. She is also responsible for the firm’s day-to-day operations, including firm-wide contracts, staffing, and scheduling.
Villalon joined BraytonHughes in 1992 at the beginning of its conception as a design firm. He became a principal in 2007 and later took over as president of the company in 2014. Since joining the firm, Villalon’s hand is evident in his team’s designs, with numerous projects having been recognized for design excellence, including Kukio Golf Clubhouse in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana; and Montage Big Sky in Big Sky Montana, one of the firm’s latest projects opening this winter.
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