April 12, 2021
ForrestPerkins, a design studio of Perkins Eastman with offices in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., has promoted principals Barbara Best-Santos and Colletta Conner to co-managing principals.
The duo will lead the studio alongside Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, founder and principal.
“As founder of ForrestPerkins, I am proud to have strong design, management, and business development leaders Colletta Conner and Barbara Best-Santos as the firm’s co-managing principals,” said Forrest. “Their strengths and talents complement one another to support our leadership team and inspire our talented designers as we move into the tremendous growth cycle we envision for this year and beyond.”
“I am honored to work with Deborah and Colletta as we expand our impact in the design world,” said Best-Santos. “Our united vision of creating elevated experiences through design innovation and seamless delivery promises an exciting and successful future for our dedicated staff, partners, and clients.”
With more than two decades of experience spanning continents and project types, Best-Santos is an interior designer and leader in the hospitality industry, the firm said in a press release. Her portfolio consists of luxury and lifestyle projects across many brands, including boutique and large-scale hotels, spas, restaurants, and resorts. She also integrates a holistic approach to her design work, blending a passion for wellness and experiential design.
“ForrestPerkins has always been rooted in our core value of ‘defining luxury.’ As our world changes and design evolves, the important values we bring to design will evolve as well,” said Conner. “I am excited to build on that foundation and look to the future of design with Barbara and Deborah.”
With an award-winning portfolio cultivated over two decades, Conner is a well-respected leader within the industry who leverages more years of experience in luxury multi-residential projects, large-scale and boutique hotels, spa design, restaurants, and resort properties, the firm said She is passionate about creating healthy environments that support the mind, body, and spirit, and her design work reflects her commitment to wellbeing.
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