4 Interior Designers Earn NCIDQ

Four of the interior designers at BarberMcMurry have earned their National Certification for Interior Designers Qualification (NCIDQ). 

Kristin Bowman, NCIDQ; Julie Dalby, NCIDQ; Katie Lowery, NCIDQ; and Barbie Corzo Thomas, NCIDQ, are now licensed professionals. Professional, licensed interior designers are qualified by education, experience and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces. 

Kristin, Julie, Katie and Barbie join Abby Farr, a recent interior design graduate from Auburn University, in the largest interior design team of any architecture firm in the area. 

Portrait of Kristin Bowman
Kristin Bowman

Kristin has been with BarberMcMurry since 2015 and specializes in healthcare and higher education design, working with clients that include East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Pellissippi State Community College and University Health System. 

Julie Dalby

Julie joined the firm in 2014 and is the interior design team manager. She works on a wide variety of project types, recently with clients like Analysis & Measurement Services Corporation, Webb School of Knoxville, and Knox County Schools. 

Katie Lowery

Katie has also been with BarberMcMurry since 2014. Her eye for design has benefited clients including Radio Systems Corporation and the University of Tennessee. 

Portrait of Barbie Thomas
Barbie Thomas

Born in Buenos Aires, Barbie joined BarberMcMurry in 2018. She has recently worked with clients the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Summit Medical and Cherokee Country Club and has led the team in pro-bono design projects — like a recent interior makeover for a disabled Blount County teen through Kingdom Design Ministries.


Welcome to new employees Abby & Kati

Portrait of Abby Farr

BarberMcMurry has hired Abby Farr as an interior designer and Kati Grostefon as an architectural intern.   

Farr graduated this month from Auburn University with a degree in Interior Design and minor in Business Administration. A proponent of sustainable design, she is also a LEED Green Associate. She has previous experience as an intern in the hospitality and furniture industries and has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest and Random Acts of Flowers. 

Now with five qualified interior designers, BarberMcMurry has the largest interior design team among architecture firms in the area. 

Kati Grostefon

Grostefon is pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design. She will work at BarberMcMurry full-time during the summer and part-time during the academic year. 

She is a U.S. Air Force veteran, having previously served as an intelligence analyst from 2011-2016. She earned an Associate degree in Applied Science Intelligence Studies and Technology at the Community College of the Air Force in 2014. She was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal in Misawa, Japan, in 2013 and the Air Force Achievement Medal at Langley Air Force base in 2014. Grostefon is involved in the community, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, and Relay for Life, as well as coaching various youth sports. 


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