Back in June, we introduced the Elsy Studios Inspires Series. We are so proud of the spaces we create here at Elsy and we are excited to introduce you to the people who help make these spaces happen. This month, we are featuring Associate Cathy Loftus.

Our goal as commercial interior designers is to create environments where people are better able to work and thrive. Cathy takes that mission to heart not just here at Elsy, but in her efforts in the Denver community. From her work to empower underprivileged and low-income women in our community to her desire to bring a sustainable approach to a design project, Cathy seeks to improve everything she touches.

If it wasn’t clear already, we think she’s pretty great. A little about Cathy:

Background: Cathy has 10 years of design and project management experience, a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an associate’s degree in Interior Design, and has earned LEED GA and National Council for Interior Design Qualifications certifications. Sensing a ‘continuous improvement’ theme here?

Current projects: Jerry Built – Homegrown Burgers in Houston, TX; Accuvant – Denver; AAA – Retail locations across Colorado

Recently completed: High Sierra Energy – Denver, Hybris – Boulder and AAA offices in Wheat Ridge and Colorado Springs.

Industry Kudos: Cathy’s first major project, transforming a neglected old building in the Golden Triangle into a thriving office environment, was published – twice! – first in Interior Design Magazine in 2011 and then in their Best of Office Book in 2012.

Favorite design feature/current trend: Lots of wood, specifically walnut, which she loves for its ability to add warmth to a crisp, modern space.  The rich beauty of the wood looks beautiful as flooring, on walls, ceilings or in furniture – it translates well to a variety of surfaces and applications.

Accent: Southern. Cathy was born and raised in Rock Hill, S.C.

What she’s reading:

Designing the work environment for worker health and productivity

Building Wellbeing Into The Workplace

For the third time, I am also re-reading: Cradle to Cradle; Remaking the way we make things, by Michael Braungart and William McDonough. It is a great book in so many ways, but also talks about how a well-designed workspace that focuses on the environment can greatly impact employees.

Be sure to check back next week when we’ll share Cathy’s Top Five Workspace Design Tips!