Meet JNS: Sammy Kelley

Meet JNS: Sammy Kelley

Summer is in full swing at JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE, and we are as busy as ever. We are thrilled to announce Sammy Kelley has joined our team as interior designer. Sammy joined us at the beginning of the summer as an intern, and we were so impressed with her design acumen that we decided we couldn’t let her go. Here’s your chance to get to know her. 

What are you excited to learn through your internship?

There are so many talented people at this firm, and I picked up on that before I even started. It’s incredible the amount of knowledge and creativity this team has, and I want to soak up as much of it as I can. It is instilled in the culture to dream big, but also be pragmatic, and I want to learn from that approach as much as possible. 

Why did you select JNS?

I knew Jim Johnson before I started working here and had always been inspired by his work. But of course, one person does not represent the full picture. However, so far it has exceeded my expectations. Jim makes us feel like we aren’t just interns, but an important part of the team. 

What aspect of architecture are you most interested in?

I’m definitely drawn to hospitality architecture the most. I worked in a hospitality studio recently and had a great connection with one of my teachers in school. This definitely sparked my interest in the field. 

It’s fascinating that people today will actually seek out a hotel, not just to stay, but to visit and have an enjoyable experience. That’s one of the coolest facets of design: it makes an impact on you wherever you go. And it is always evolving. 

What is your favorite JNS project? 

I absolutely love the Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek. It has such a unique, thoughtful design. It combines a lot of different aesthetics to create a truly one-of-a-kind building. Everything from the check-in desk to the lobby, has a welcoming, inviting feel that I am really drawn to. That’s what hotels should feel like. 

What is your background?

I am a Colorado native! I grew up in Denver and attended Auburn because of the award-winning interior design program. I graduate in August and am so excited to begin my career in architectural design.