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2019 College of Fellows Inductees


Kenneth Baker, FIIDA, Assoc. AIA, Assoc. ASID, Assoc. RIBA, SBIDKenneth Baker, FIIDA, Assoc. AIA, Assoc. ASID, Assoc. RIBA, SBID
Co-managing Principal


Kenneth Baker serves on Gensler’s Board of Directors and Management Committee and is co-managing principal of Gensler’s Southeast Region. As one of Gensler’s major account holders, Baker manages several global client relationships and is considered an expert on workplace design and planning, having designed more than 20 million square feet of corporate headquarters and offices. Baker is also a leader in Gensler’s furniture and product development practice. His projects have earned multiple IIDA and AIA awards, as well as numerous product design awards including several NeoCon Gold Awards for DatesWeiser Furniture. Baker frequently speaks about the power of design at industry events around the world and writes about workplace design for publications like Contract, Washington Business Journal, and Interior Design. He is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Building Museum.  


Edwin Beltran, FIIDA, Assoc. AIAEdwin Beltran, FIIDA, Assoc. AIA


Edwin Beltran is a vice president of the IIDA International Board of Directors and principal of NBBJ’s Interior Architecture and Design Practice, leading some of the firm’s most notable and award-winning healthcare interiors. Influenced by his training as an architect, Beltran’s approach to interiors translates the unique “ethos” of each institution into inspiring—and beautiful—places carefully tailored to nurture healing. A strong advocate for integrated design excellence, Beltran’s multidisciplinary approach consistently promotes a close and collaborative relationship between all stakeholders. His design work has been recognized with multiple IIDA and AIA honor awards and featured in national and international publications such as Architectural Record, Interior Design, Contract, Metropolis, Fast Company, Healthcare Design, Modern Healthcare, and The Wall Street Journal. Beltran holds an environmental design degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a master's in architecture from The Ohio State University, where he has served as an adjunct faculty member and guest critic of the university’s Knowlton School of Architecture.


Julia Monk, FIIDA, FAIAJulia Monk, FIIDA, FAIA
Director of Hospitality 


With 40 years of experience, Julia Monk is the global hospitality thought leader for international design and architecture firm HOK. Throughout her career, Monk has focused on defining luxury guest experiences, starting with the historic renovation of the St. Regis New York that created the brand as we know it today. Monk is the recipient of the profession’s highest honors and was co-founder and co-chair of the AIA New York Architecture of Hospitality Committee. She has also been a juror for the distinguished AIA Interior Design Awards, Hospitality Design’s Gold Key Awards, Sleeper‘s AHEAD Awards, and The Hotelier Awards. Her work and design expertise have been published and represented in numerous design publications including Hospitality Design, Contract, Hotel Management, Interior Design, and LODGING Magazine.


Thomas Polucci, FIIDA, AIAThomas Polucci
Director of Design


As the firm-wide director of design at HOK, Tom Polucci works to solve his clients’ most urgent design challenges, helping to shape the modern office and set new standards for working environments. With HOK, he leads the interiors practice in 24 offices globally and guides our next generation of design leaders. Polucci’s dynamic leadership style encourages an open dialogue with designers at all levels. He has been quoted as a workplace expert in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Metropolis, Interiors & Sources, Contract, and many others. Polucci has also been a frequent speaker on workplace strategy and design for CoreNet Global, IFMA, and NeoCon events. 


Cindy Simpson, FIIDACindy Simpson, FIIDA
Managing Director 


A dedicated client advocate, with an intense focus on her clients’ business drivers, Cindy Simpson is the managing director of Gensler’s Dallas office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. She serves on the Firmwide Client Relationships Management Committee at Gensler, working to strengthen client partnerships. Under Simpson’s leadership, Gensler Dallas has doubled in talent and grown in a diversity of practice areas. Named one of the Dallas 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas and Fort Worth for two years by D CEO Magazine, Simpson has inspired a dynamic culture of collaboration and design excellence founded upon her people-first leadership approach. She has been recently represented in a number of publications including Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Forbes, and Contract.