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Maria Carr is based in Austin, Texas and enjoys good food and bad puns. She has been a part of the retail design industry for over fifteen years, with a breadth of experience that includes marketing, design, fabrication, and installation. Maria’s years of experience have led her to believe strongly in close collaboration with clients, to truly create an authentic expression of their brand. She leads each project through a process that assists clients in refining who they are and what they want to say, which results in design solutions that feel genuine and honest. Her background in fine art helps her to create dynamic spaces that meet the needs of both clients and consumers, and her experience in fabrication means a more seamless project from start to finish.
A native of a remote farming village in the mountains of Guatemala, Aleida grew up eating food grown, raised, or crafted within five miles of her home. Her family house literally had no trash cans – out of necessity, nothing was ever considered waste. Now, she loves to travel and is passionate about ecological conservation, understanding the impact of our business on our natural environment, and exploring ways in which to mitigate it. She spearheaded the creation of our sustainable materials library, touring manufacturing facilities from coast to coast, evaluating materials, and choosing for our library materials with provable sustainability credentials and unique origin stories. A key member of our furniture design team, her work has been featured in projects for Whole Foods Market, PlayNetwork, and New Leaf Community Markets. She has co-authored articles published in retail trade magazines such as A.R.E., Contract, DDI, and VM+SD.
Fully fluent in English and Spanish, Aleida translates websites, programs, and full length scripts for theatres and theatre companies in Los Angeles, participates in live theatre presentations as a member of the production team, and collaborates on translations of books and film scripts.
Aleida drinks shade-grown Guatemalan coffee grown by her grandfather and roasted by her aunt.
During his twenty-year career in retail store design, Kevin has championed carefully integrated architecture and store decor, creative brand development, inventive conceptual approaches and innovative, sustainable use of materials and implementation of production methods. He has influenced the food retail experience through new retail prototypes for Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, Food 4 Less, The Kroger Co., Wegmans, and many more. Through his decade-long relationship with Whole Foods Market, he has been integral to crafting their brand’s expression in retail environments. His projects have won numerous awards and have been featured in publications such as DDI, VM+SD, Supermarket News, Progressive Grocer, and several international books on retail design.
Kevin has taught at UCLA Extension, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and Woodbury University. He has presented educational sessions at local, regional, and national conferences. Kevin co-authored the official Built Environment Module, a supplement to Vice President Al Gore’s slide show An Inconvenient Truth, which is presented by the non-profit organization The Climate Reality Project.
Kevin’s artistic pursuits, comprised of conceptual and experimental architectural drawings and models, have been exhibited in individual and group shows including a gallery exhibit at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London. His work is in private collections and in the permanent collection of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.