Come to Forager Tasting Room & Eatery on March 25th to learn about and experience the elements of architecture and design with the design professionals from Gensler at the next Content LAB: Dine & Design.

Gensler is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading collaborative design firms, not just the largest. Their designers work collaboratively and strategically to deliver innovation, quality, and sustainable performance. Their projects are international in scope and range from offices to stores, academic and civic buildings, convention centers, and entertainment and cultural venues.

Natalie Engels

Design Director, Principal

Natalie is passionate about delivering spaces that people want to experience again and again. Her nineteen years of experience in commercial interior design have been focused on the workplace in the technology sector, where she has leveraged her background in hospitality design to create immersive experiences. She works to guide the shift from traditional offices of the past into more well-rounded spaces for the future, enhancing the quality of the end-user’s life. A thought leader in her field, Natalie’s most recent speaking engagements include “Future of Work” at the Adobe Global Summit and “Designing for Tech” at San José State University. An active community member, Natalie serves on the board of SVCREATES and is a member of Knight’s Community Advisory Committee in San Jose, as well as the past president of the International Interior Design Association Northern California Chapter. Natalie holds a bachelor of science in interior design from Louisiana State University. She is certified with the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited.

Corinda Wong

Design Director, Senior Associate

Corinda has been designing creative and innovative spaces for over eighteen years. Corinda approaches each design with a fresh and energetic style, sculpting spaces that support the unique experience of each user. She has designed award-winning projects, most recently SAP’s HanaHaus in Palo Alto. An SJSU alum, Corinda is a frequent guest lecturer and participant in class critiques. Corinda holds a bachelor of science in interior design from San José State University and has studied at the University of Central England Institute of Art in Birmingham, England. Corinda is certified with the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design AP ID+C accredited, and a member of International Interior Design Association’s Northern California Chapter.

Claudia Salazar

Design Director, Senior Associate

Claudia brings over nineteen years of design experience to her role in Gensler’s Workplace practice area. Her extensive experience in corporate architectural interiors focuses on delivering designs that enhance the user experience in the workplace. Claudia recently relocated to San Jose from Southern California, where she was an avid supporter of the arts community. Bringing this same passion for supporting the arts, she founded Gensler San Jose’s Scratch program, a platform for local artists to connect with clients. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and has taught at NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego and Universidad Valle de Mexico in Queretaro, Mexico. Claudia holds a master of architecture degree from the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, as well as a B.A. in applied arts and sciences from San Diego State University. She is an associate with the American Institute of Architects and a member of Women in Architecture.

Khaing Sabe

Designer, Associate

A versatile designer, Khaing’s experience includes working with high profile clients, such as Adobe, Google, LinkedIn, and Cisco. Khaing has often focused on amenities within the office environment, designing spaces that balance professionalism and hospitality within the workplace. Grounded by humanity and the belief that design can serve all types of human activities, Khaing spends her time within the local community as the director elect for the Silicon Valley City Center of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Northern California Chapter and as co-chair of Gensler’s philanthropic arm, gServe. Through her work with the community, she has developed a strong passion for downtown San Jose and is always looking for opportunities to help activate the downtown area. She holds a master of arts in interior design from the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University and a B.S. degree in design with a minor in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis.

Candice Martin

Job Captain, Associate

Candice brings over a decade of experience to her role with Gensler. Candice focuses on corporate interiors projects for Silicon Valley tech firms, such as Hewlett-Packard, eBay, and Adobe. She is inspired by the opportunity to change the way clients experience and view their work environment and is drawn to the small, beautiful details that bring a project together. Candice graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a bachelor of arts in interior design and a minor in architecture. She is National Council for Interior Design Qualification certified.

The Content LAB series inspires, creates, and connects the creative community.

$75 – General Admission

$45 – Content Subscribers (with email code)

$30 – Students (ID check at entry)

Event tickets include: intro to architecture and interior design, hands-on design creation, table discussions with Gensler’s design professionals, four-course meal, a complimentary drink, raffle prize entry, entertainment, and optional portfolio reviews.

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Thank you to event partners: Gensler, Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, Origins Juicery, RawDaddy, Michi, Whole Foods, Terra Amico, Mach 7 Sound, Petite Petal, and The Poppie Shop.

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