From an early age co-founder Andrea DeRosa appreciated anything well designed. Extensive travel and study abroad experiences ignited her inherent creative interests and ultimately solidified her career path in interior design. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Interior Design, Andrea relocated to Los Angeles to practice Hospitality Interior Design at various notable firms throughout the city. Over the years she has enjoyed a wide variety of practice areas including gaming venues, public spaces, restaurants and nightclubs, and her earliest experiences included many projects in the high-end residential market. As Co-Founder of Avenue Interior Design, Andrea has become focused on project concept generation, business development, and marketing for the company since its foundation in 2009.
Ashley hails from a century long lineage of creativity deeply rooted in the Hollywood film industry. The influence of her past relatives success in film production, direction, screenwriting and composing, along with her set decorator and costumer parents have heavily shaped her own creative endeavors. While studying Interior Design at UCLA, Ashley joined a hospitality-based interior design firm and was soon designing 4 and 5 star hospitality properties. Later, Ashley joined the team at sbe where she closely collaborated on projects with design icon Philippe Starck and celebrity chef José Andrés. As Co-Founder of Avenue, Ashley enjoys day-to-day client interaction and regular job-site visits to oversee the construction administration and installation of Avenue ID’s projects.
Christie Arellano is the Design & Construction Manager. Naturally detail-oriented, her passion for design is fueled by her experience at project sites, where she loves to see design visions come to life to create spaces that feel welcoming and inspiring. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, she spent several years with a nationally recognized hospitality firm based in Los Angeles working extensively on new-build luxury hospitality projects, including Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, Caesars Entertainment Korea, Crystal Cruises, Solaire Resort & Casino and several high-end residential properties, both domestically and internationally. She has a B.A. degree in Interior Architecture from Woodbury University and is NCIDQ certified.
Mackenzie Bergeron is a Project Designer. Before joining Avenue Interior Design, she gained experience at two renowned interior design firms in Los Angeles, working on lavish hospitality and high-end residential properties, as well as new construction, historical restoration, and renovation projects. A lifelong self-starter with an analytical streak, she’s also held a director-level position for a startup social media company, designing the user interface for the company’s app and all promotional materials. Mackenzie has a B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design from California State University, Northridge, and an M.A. degree in Business Administration from Ball State University.
Jennifer Casey is the Director of Operations. She supervises all production specifications, overseeing scheduling and budgets to ensure quality, performance and timeliness. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, Jennifer practiced for more than a decade as a commercial real estate lawyer specializing in resort and golf properties. Her work on these trophy properties led to a fascination with hotel design—and eventually to a career change designing and project managing at nationally recognized Los Angeles-based hospitality firms, working on domestic and international properties for Fairmont, Disney, Hilton and Hyatt. Jennifer has a Certificate of Interior Design from the UCLA Extension Architecture + Interior Design Program, is an accredited LEED AP in Commercial Interiors and earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.
Alex Hays is a Project Designer. Heavily involved in drawing and rendering the studio’s concepts, often creating the first visuals for clients, she loves developing the detailed shop drawings and specs that bring projects to life. Before joining Avenue Interior Design, Alex worked on many different hotel, boutique hotel, and casino properties, notably the MGM National Harbor Casino in Maryland, The Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Pechanga Casino & Resort in Temecula, the Renaissance Richardson Hotel in Texas, and numerous Marriott, Fairmont, Hilton, Fairfield, DoubleTree, Hampton Inn and Hyatt properties. She has a B.S. degree in Interior Design from The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles.
Julie Nguyen is an Architectural Project Designer. Naturally detail-oriented and immersed in all phases of the design process, she’s been involved in the studio’s work with hospitality projects for San Manuel, Hard Rock, Katsuya and Montage amongst others. Julie has been instrumental in the studio’s successful coordination with trades, execution of drawing sets and seamless construction administration to ensure successful installations time and again. Julie has a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Washington State University.
Daphnie Pan is a Graphic and Product Designer. A visual storyteller, she specializes in concept generation and branding, creating custom graphics as well as curating brand presentations for projects. She’s also deeply involved in FF&E selection and specification as well as custom furniture design and art curation, and played a pivotal role in developing Avenue Interior Design’s custom carpet collection with Loloey in 2019. Daphnie began her career in social media marketing at a children’s lifestyle and toy brand, where her artistic inclination for building and creating and sharp eye for design led to a natural transition to product development for the company—experience that helped establish the creative curiosity she brings to the studio. She has BA in communication studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Denise Pan is a Senior Design Manager. A seasoned hospitality designer well-versed in taking projects from concept to construction, she plays a vital role in all aspects of the design process, from space planning and FF&E specifications to art direction and custom furniture development, all while collaborating and coordinating with clients, architects and contractors. While at the studio, she’s worked extensively with the Hotel Modera in Portland, The Ramble Hotel in Denver and the La Serena Villas in Palm Springs, and was recognized by Boutique Design magazine in 2018 as a noteworthy, on-the-rise designer. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, Denise honed her skills in hospitality and commercial design while working with a renowned LA based design firm on the Baha Mar Casino Hotel, as well as on multifamily developments such as the Runway Playa Vista in Los Angeles and the Kirby Collection in Houston. Denise has an M.A. degree in Interior Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, a B.A. degree in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is NCIDQ certified.
Christine Roh is a Project Designer. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, Christine gained experience at an award-winning Las Vegas based design firm ranked in Interior Design’s “Top 75 Hospitality Giants,” working with MGM Resorts International, Caesar’s Entertainment and Seminole Hard Rock. Notable past projects she’s worked on include the Hard Rock Seminole Tampa Tower & Spa and the Palms Fantasy Tower Suites. Christine has a B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Bessie Shen is a Senior Designer. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, she spent many years at two different nationally-recognized Los Angeles-based design firms, developing vital design skills ranging from initial concepting, to specifying furniture and color palettes and refining details through art and accessory curation. Throughout her career, she’s developed holistic, cohesive designs for high-end residential, hospitality, and restaurant projects, both domestically and internationally. Her diverse past portfolio includes a wide range of hospitality projects, including Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, Caesars Entertainment Korea, Solaire Resort & Casino and Marriott. She has an AA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.
Jen Wright is a Senior Designer. Dedicated to delivering an exceptional product to each client, she’s immersed in the full design process, from concept and presentation to custom FF&E development, construction documentation and administration. Prior to joining Avenue Interior Design, Jen had extensive experience working on both large-scale and boutique hospitality and commercial properties, including notable projects like JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, Hai Di Lao Hot Pot, Irvine, Costa Restaurant and Cafe Lido at Hyatt Unbound Mar Monte Hotel, Resort Tower at Pechanga, Spa Pechanga, Sky Tower Suites at Solaire Manila, Octavius Garden Villas at Caesars Palace Las Vegas and the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. She has an AA in Interior Architectural Design from Santa Monica College and a BA in Communication Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Dana Zeve is a Project Designer. Detail-oriented by nature, she specializes in conceptual design, custom furniture and lighting design, FF&E specification and documentation, artwork/accessory curation and project installations, and has worked extensively with the Palms Casino, Hilton, SLS and The Ramble Hotel among others during her tenure at the studio. Prior to pursuing a career in interior design, Dana lived in New York City, and played a pivotal role in opening the Madison Avenue flagship store of James Perse, as well as held a managerial position at the brand’s SoHo location—work that ultimately led to her interest in retail design, architecture and interiors. She has an AA degree in Merchandise Marketing and an AA in Interior Design, both from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.