Meet Our Team
Since Lisa Samuel founded her firm in 1998, Samuel Design Group has grown to include our current team of six interior designers plus creative support professionals delivering the finest in client service, skill, knowledge and expertise in residential and commercial design. Each interior design team member upholds the ideals of Samuel Design Group and our dedication to creating comfortable, beautiful and inspiring spaces that exceed our clients’ expectations.
Thea is the newest Senior Designer at Samuel Design Group. After 10 years of living in Naples, Florida where she worked for top design firms, she fell in love with Santa Fe on a visit with her mother and immediately knew she wanted to make it home. Her inspiration and sense of balanced design come from nature, which she connected heavily with as she traveled through Canada (her home) and the United States throughout her life. Thea has a BFA in Interior Design from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and is passionate about being a facilitator for her clients, ensuring a fun process and beautiful outcome that truly reflects who the client is.
Designer Bergen Elkjer, born in Northern Virginia, has interned with Samuel Design Group for the past three summers. Bergen graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture Design from Indiana State University, a CIDA accredited program. She then joined the SDG team as a full-time designer. Bergen’s love for design has developed from years of appreciation of her surroundings. She believes one’s experiences and environment have a huge impact on overall lifestyle. Her goal is to design spaces that impact our clients positively.
Originally from Russia, Evgenia Lishneva moved to the United States after high school. Evgenia earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Following a six-year career in Finance & Accounting, Evgenia discovered her passion for interior design and decided to take a leap and join Samuel Design Group. While working at SDG Evgenia is currently pursuing a degree in Interior Design. Her love of interior design is inspired by how a space’s function and aesthetics can affect one’s well-being in a positive way.
Marcyle Wallman brings 20+ years of experience in the field of commercial interior design to Samuel Design Group. She was a senior interior designer for Walker Group/CNI in New York City, where she created interiors for high-end retail stores (Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue), plus restaurants and offices. Marcyle has also been an exhibiting artist for many years. She brings to SDG her creativity, expertise and experience in the creation of luxury interiors for both residential and business clientele.
Operations & Marketing Director
Business consultant Les Samuel brings a keen eye to the interior design world. His 35-year history in the fashion industry supports professional collaboration with his wife, Lisa Samuel. Les moved to Santa Fe in 2000 and is the CEO and founder of BusinessWise Inc., an organization supporting the personal and professional development of business owners, company presidents and CEOs. At SDG, Les serves as operations and marketing director. In addition to Les’ role with BusinessWise and partner at SDG, Les has served on a board at St. John’s College in Santa Fe where he created a well known summer music event, Music on the Hill. Les and Lisa enjoy being involved with activities that build and strengthen communities, including Big Brothers & Big Sisters in Santa Fe.
Lisa Samuel, ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ, CAPS
Founder & Design Director
Principal and founder of Samuel Design Group and a successful minority business owner, Lisa Samuel is proud to mentor other designers as they make their way to a successful career in the field. A native of Santa Fe, Lisa studied architecture and construction in Southern California starting in 1979. She founded her own interior design firm in Santa Fe in 1998 and has won numerous design awards over the years. Most recently Samuel Design Group was selected as one of four finalists in an International Design competition in Italy. Lisa is a fully licensed interior designer, New Mexico #313. Read more about Lisa Samuel here.
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