OUR TEAM

JULIE OKAMURA – PRINCIPAL

Is the founder of pop design group inc since 2004 with 26 years interior design experience and having her ASID and NCIDQ designations.  Prior to starting her own company, Julie worked for a large architectural firm in Calgary as their senior interior designer for several years.   Julie has led her talented team on a multitude of projects across Western Canada, Western USA and Central America.  A passionate leader, Julie is directly involved with her clients, ensuring their projects are streamlined, stunning and on budget.  Her vast knowledge and creativity has been noticed on many projects including hospitality, restaurants, corporate and medical offices, recreational projects, multi-family projects, residential and seniors housing.  She believes each project should be unique and is dedicated to turn each Client’s dream into a reality.  Julie practices in AutoCAD and specification writing and is extremely creative with her designs and space planning.

GORD HILL – CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Gord has been working in the interior design field for over 20 years with an additional background in fashion and furniture design.  He has worked with pop design group for 14 years and has been our creative director and project coordinator on many multi-million dollar projects from restaurant and hospitality, seniors’ facilities, residential and multi-family projects as well as corporate office and recreational projects.  Gord has a unique eye for colour and design and is extremely detail orientated.  He will ensure your project is completed on time and on budget and will ensure you are happy with the end result.  Gord is fluent in AutoCAD and is transitioning into REVIT.

MICHELLE ROWE – SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER

Michelle has 16 years of experience since the start of her career including receiving her NCIDQ designation. She is extremely proficient at assembling her technical drawings and details and with her creative skills she is excellent at seeing the big picture and knows how to get there.  Michelle has designed both commercial and residential projects and is an

expert in floor plan layouts and millwork details.  She is well versed in both AutoCAD and REVIT software and has hands-on experience in residential construction.

RON BUTARAN – SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER

Ron was a licensed architect and interior designer in the Philippines.  He is working towards his architectural license in Alberta and he has over 10 years of experience in both architecture and interior design.  We were fortunate to have Ron join our team a year ago.  His love for design shows in every project he works on as he takes pride in his drawings and details as well as finishes and furniture design.  Ron is extremely creative and easily portrays the design intent with beautiful 3D renderings.  He is also extremely proficient in AutoCAD and REVIT for both commercial and residential projects.  Ron is a definite asset to the company.

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