KMCA is a full-service Hospitality Design Firm specializing in the interior design of upscale hotels and resorts. Founder & President Kathy Moran-Clarson has built a formidable resume consisting of high-profile hospitality design projects over the past two decades. Clients receive “inspiring world class design” in a boutique setting.
Kathy Moran-Clarson, RID, NEWH, NCIDQ
Interior design is transforming a vision into an impactful and memorable reality for all to enjoy. Every day, we are surrounded by a broad array of elements, both indoors and out, that inspire us. Capturing those elements and creatively blending them into design is why I love what I do.
With more than 25 years in hospitality design spanning from major luxury brands to small boutique properties, I have witnessed the transformation of spaces, the progression of materials, and the evolution of technology. The result is increased options to create living spaces that exceed our imagination and our client’s expectations.
“I crafted and created my own design firm to combine not only the decades of experience and relationships I have, but a team of young, progressive and innovative designers who will push our firm…and our industry forward.”
With a wealth of knowledge, an award-winning design portfolio, and the keen understanding of the business side of the creative process, Kathy blends her team’s vast talents to align with KMCA’s mantra: “On Time, On Budget, On Brand.”
Mariella Burkes, Associate Interior Designer
“I love the continuous play of volume, light and color” exclaims Peruvian-born Mariella Burkes, Associate Interior Designer. “Like different notes creating harmony, I am always intrigued by how original and authentic design can create wonderful environments.”
Born to parents who are both engineers and patrons of dance, music and painting, Mariella was shaped by the marriage of science and function, of architecture and art. “Interior design captures all of the curiosity and education of my upbringing, on an intimate scale.”
A self-described ‘citizen of the world,’ Mariella is fluent in English and Spanish, well-traveled, with what she says is “an insatiable wanderlust.”
Katie Knerr, Associate Interior Designer
“I couldn’t wait to get to my art classes,” Katie Knerr proudly recalls. “Ironically, I was also very good at math. Perfect equation for an “interior designer”.
The Amelia Island, Florida-born Associate Interior Designer started in luxury residential, but soon realized hospitality was the best fit for her creative passions.
“In my teen’s and 20’s, I visited so many exciting places. I realized I enjoyed the hotels as much if not more than the area I was visiting. Now I get to create the look and feel that really makes the guest experience special. It’s very satisfying.”
Julie Schwartzenberger, Associate Interior Designer
I grew up drawing and painting. I loved art. It was an outlet to express myself, but despite a college instructor encouraging me to “keep going…keep practicing…you have such a distinct style,” I majored in Psychology with only a minor in art. I later worked for the Art Institute enrolling students for the Interior Design program, and ended up enrolling myself. I completed my 2nd bachelor’s degree in Interior Design while having my two sons, and designing and opening a small boutique hotel with my husband. It was empowering, as a woman, to walk the job-site nine months pregnant ensuring my design vision was brought to life.
Interior design is now my passion, my expression. Creating functional unique spaces with beautiful form and function just flows from within. I am so excited to work with KMCA on larger luxury and boutique hotels that will have a positive impact on so many people’s lives. This gives me the opportunity to combine my education, experience and imagination to bring design to life, push boundaries, and create spaces to inspire sight and soul.
Debbie McMenamy , Design Support & Office Management
“I had the best of both worlds. I grew up at the beach, and through my mother, grew up around fashion and the arts scene,” They are seamlessly intertwined, and I love seeing how KMCA brings to life so many different elements to interior design.
In addition to the arts, Debbie brings strong managerial skills to the firm with her background in both healthcare and education. And as a certified yoga instructor, she is essential in reminding the KMCA team to stay balanced, stay focused, and just breathe.
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