Paul DeSantis, Goettsch Partners + Amy Cassell, PRY Design

“The complexity of context; inventive solutions at varying scales”
Paul De Santis is a Design Principal at Goettsch Partners (GP).  Constantly focused on developing the studio culture in both the Chicago and Shanghai offices,  Mr. De Santis directs designs for large-scale office, hotel, institutional and mixed-use projects across three continents.  The practice strives for urban and vertical buildings that celebrate simple, structural and sustainable solutions.  Mr. De Santis received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1998.

Amy Cassell is the founder of AC Atelier, a Chicago and New York based architecture and interior design firm focused on residential, commercial and hospitality work.  Current work includes projects in Chicago, New York, the Caribbean and the Middle East.  Prior to founding AC Atelier, Amy was the Design Director for the Chicago office of Pierre-Yves Rochon, where she divided her time between the Chicago and Paris studios and created hotels internationally for Four Seasons, Starwood, Ritz Carlton and private investors.  Prior to joining Pierre-Yves Rochon, Amy was a partner at Suzanne Lovell Inc, splitting time between the New York and Chicago offices collaborating in the design of private residences that were featured in leading publications including Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Shelter, Chicago Social Interiors and O at Home.