Kelly Nichols

Kelly Nichols, Associate IIDA and LEED Green Associate, is a Senior Project Designer at Wingate Hughes. With over eight years of interior design experience, Kelly takes the lead in the conceptualization and design process. From the initial development of design concept through finish selection and construction documentation, maintaining client relationships remains Kelly’s commitment. She is experienced in assessing and evaluating situations and developing new design strategies, ensuring only the best ideas and methods are implemented. Her backgrounds in commercial interiors, government work and retail trained Kelly to listen to her clients’ needs and help her create standout details in her designs.

Kelly’s role as Senior Project Designer entails a multitude of responsibilities working on projects ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to 1.3 million square feet. She adapts easily to each client project regardless of size, scope, or level of direction. Kelly excels at reinvigorating spaces within corporate guidelines, as proven through her large financial institution work. Furthermore, Wingate Hughes’ relationship-driven design philosophy is paramount to her and she is vested in nurturing and maintaining both new and long-standing client relationships.

Prior to Wingate Hughes, Kelly was a designer for an international architecture firm in Virginia.   In her free time, she is a competitive Olympic weightlifter on the DC weightlifting team and enjoys being a French bulldog mom. As a Maryland native, Kelly can also be found attending an Orioles game every now and then.


B.S. Interior Design (CIDA), The Art Institute of Pittsburgh