NELSON Worldwide, award-winning architecture, design, and strategy firm, welcomes Rachael Lewis as Regional Design Leader. Based in the firm’s Seattle office, Rachael will lead the hospitality team to craft memorable experiences that attract, connect, and engage loyal guests.  

“I am excited to welcome Rachael as NELSON Worldwide’s new Regional Design Leader,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr. Her deep understanding of the hospitality sector, paired with her ability to provide a holistic approach to design is an invaluable asset that will drive continued growth in the Pacific Northwest.” 

Rachael joins NELSON with over two decades of experience in design, brand development, and team management. As a seasoned leader with an extensive hospitality background, she will provide innovative insight on industry trends and bring hospitality design elements to various market sectors, including workplace, healthcare, and retail. She believes that everyone is entitled to great design and is passionate about providing a supportive and collaborative process for designers and clients.

NELSON’s commitment to culture and their dedication to empowering staff is so important to me,” comments Rachael. “In my new role, my goal is to emphasize the aspect of culture for the Northwest region and to support staff and build leaders who direct with courage and empathy.”

Rachael will bring her unique design process to NELSON. By considering the desired consumer experience and collaborating with clients, she can merge business goals and design innovative solutions to create experiences and leave a legacy by supporting brands, people, and local cultures.

Before joining NELSON, Rachael worked at Katerra as Director of Architecture and Design, where she led multi-family and hospitality verticals. Throughout her career, she has worked alongside hospitality leaders, brand executives, and high-profile clients. She also unified a team of diverse professionals to deliver spaces that attract and inspire while enhancing the user’s experience through design and branding