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Interior design faculty at convocation.

Lucie Gagné Program Coordinator 604.599.2687 Interior Design
Debbie Johnstone Bjerke Program Assistant 604.599.2755 Interior Design
Brenda Snaith Faculty 604.599.2703 Interior Design
Erick Villagomez Faculty 604.599.2717

Interior Design
Erika Balcombe Faculty 604.599.2536

Interior Design
Mark Pritchard Faculty 604.599.2624

Interior Design
Marlis Joller Faculty 604.599.2757

Interior Design
Paola Gavilanez Faculty 604.599.2712

Interior Design
Stephanie St. Loe Faculty 604.599.7576

Interior Design

Lucie Gagné - Program Coordinator, Faculty, Interior Design

Lucie Gagné is a designer with broad experience in interior and architectural design as well as in project management. Ms Gagné joined the Interior Design Faculty at Kwantlen in August of 1998. Her primary teaching responsibilities have been focused on the Design Theories / History stream, site tutorials and field trips, and the Design Studio stream. In addition to teaching, she has been the Coordinator of the interior design program, as well as chairing and representing the program on several committees. She has also been involved in international exchanges and has conducted field study educational travel in Canada, USA, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Turkey.

Prior to her time at Kwantlen, Ms. Gagné was a principal of the firm Carlyle Design Associates in Ottawa. She had senior responsibility for projects; requiring planning, design concept, detail development and close collaboration with client representatives. The firm worked primarily on Institutional Projects (Health Care, Government and Education), in Canada and the United States.

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From June 1986 until October, 1988, Ms. Gagné was a member of the design team for the new National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. She participated in planning, design, and installation phases for signage, design and fit-up of public, office, and gallery spaces for the new National Gallery. She also provided liaison between the Gallery, government agencies, and project consultants. Before working with the National Gallery, Ms. Gagné worked on interior and architectural design of residential housing and small buildings for several small firms

Ms. Gagné is a professional member of the Interior Design Institute of British Columbia, and a member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). She is the outgoing President of the Alliance of Canadian Educators in Interior Design (ACEID). She is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ); and served on the NCIDQ Board of Directors in 1994 and 1995.

She is fluent in both spoken and written French and English. Ms. Gagné has a Bachelor of Art History and Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Applied Design in Interior Design from Kwantlen University.

Brenda Snaith - Faculty, Interior Design

Brenda has degrees from the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design, and is a LEED accredited professional. After a decade as a practicing Interior Designer, the last several as the principal of her own company, Brenda began to turn to teaching, initially part-time at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, but since 2004 as a full-time faculty member at Kwantlen. She has been active in Interior Designers' professional organizations in Ontario and British Columbia and is an enthusiastic participant in the Cascadia Green Building Council. She embraces all things green and has taught in all streams of design curriculum from the creative side to the technical realm. A seasoned traveller, Brenda has been to more than fifty countries and eagerly anticipates experiencing the rest. She views the planet as a single place and values any and all connections that we make across it.

Erick Villagomez - Faculty, Interior Design

Erick Villagomez is an educator, independent researcher and designer with academic and professional interests in the human settlements at all scales. He has been teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design within the Interior Design program since 2012, and is an adjunct professor at University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and School of Community and Regional Planning, where he teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate courses focused on settlements. 

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Erick is also the founding principal of Metis Design-Build - a practice that works on diverse projects ranging from small-scale architecture and urban design consulting to illustration and urban cartography- and the Editor-in-Chief of Spacing Vancouver - - an online publication looking at Metro Vancouver’s public realm and urban landscape. His research, consulting and writing has influenced patterns of urban development locally and abroad - contributing to the adoption of ‘green’ urban design processes, plans, codes, standards, guidelines and prototypes. Constantly drawing and painting, he maintains a regular urban sketching column called Visual Thoughts on Spacing Vancouver. You can see some of his artistic gallivants at - - and @e_vill1

Erika Balcombe - Faculty, Interior Design
Erika Balcombe joined Kwantlen’s Interior Design department in 2010 after a number of years teaching at the Art Institute. She holds a degree in Anthropology (Museum Studies) from UBC and a Bachelor of Applied Design from Kwantlen. Her professional experience includes commercial, high-tech and exhibit design with specialization in concept, programming and presentation. With a background in both design and anthropology, Erika offers a unique perspective on workplace design, public space and communication. Her research interests include digital culture, community spaces, experiential design and sustainable urban development.

Jessica Gingell - Faculty, Interior Design

Jessica Gingell is an Interior Designer and Intern Architect who was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from UBC and a Bachelor of Applied Design in Interior Design from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  Jessica has over a decade of professional experience specializing in residential and hospitality design. She has a passion for education with previous faculty appointments at Vancouver Community College and Interior Design Program Coordinator at the Art Institute.

Her aspirations in bridging the world of architecture, interior design, and education is grounded in sustainable design research. She is a LEED accredited Green associate, certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and contributes as a committee member/previous Board Member of the Architecture Foundation of BC. Her design philosophy is shaped by the notion that multi-disciplinary design has the continuing ability to make a positive impact on local issues and on the health of our natural and urban ecosystems.

Mark Pritchard - Faculty, Interior Design 

Mark has been an instructor at Kwantlen since 2003 and brings to the classroom over 20 years of continuous professional experience as an interior designer. A graduate of the accredited interior design program at the University of Manitoba, Mark is responsible for significant project achievements in hospitality, corporate, healthcare, and residential design, many of which have been published. Since 2003, he has operated his own design practice, Pritchard Design Inc., while fulfilling the role of a part time instructor at Kwantlen. As such, his teaching is informed by current ideas and ongoing, on-the-project experience. Mark's passion for creativity and experimentation in design, combined with his mastery of technical and theoretical issues, provides students with a comprehensive, real world foundation for practicing interior design today.

Marlis Joller - Faculty, Interior Design 

Marlis joins Kwantlen’s Interior Design department in 2016 with over 25 years of experience as a LEED accredited Registered Interior Designer. She holds a degree in Home Economics from UBC, a Bachelor of Applied Design in Interior Design from Kwantlen and a Culinary Diploma from Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver.  For the past 14 years, Marlis has honed her commercial kitchen planning and project management skills working for leading Canadian restaurants across Canada and USA. In addition, she has practiced in residential (single family & multi-unit projects), commercial, hospitality, health care and retail design. She currently maintains a private design practice.  Marlis is commitment to design, food and travel focused through the lens of sustainability.

Paola Gavilanez - Faculty, Interior Design 

Paola is a Registered Interior Designer with over ten years experience in commercial, hospitality and multi-unit residential projects. She was born and raised in Ecuador and moved to Canada in 2002. Her professional experience also includes teaching at the post-secondary level both in Guayaquil and Vancouver. Her love of design, travel and different cultures makes her a permanent student of the world and she is adamant about instilling this passion into future designers. Paola is currently working on her Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on communication and sustainability at Royal Roads University.

Seng Sengsavanh - Faculty, Interior Design 

Seng Sengsavanh has been teaching interior design since 2005. He holds a CIDA Accredited Bachelor of Science in Interior Design as well as a Master of Arts in Education. Prior to joining KPU, Seng was teaching at the Art Institute of Vancouver where he also acted as the Academic Director of the interior design program for over 7 years. During that time, he implemented a student internship program and led a group of students to New York every Spring.  Seng has honed his design and project management skills in the areas of multi-family residential, corporate and hospitality design through some of Vancouver’s premier interior design firms. As an actively practicing interior designer, Seng is able to relate course curriculum with real-world project situations.

Stephanie St. Loe - Faculty, Interior Design 

Stephanie St. Loe has been teaching in the design and technical streams at KPU since 2010. Since graduating from the University of Manitoba's Interior design program in 1986 she has practised in residential, hospitality, corporate, health care and retail design. Stephanie has been a senior designer with some of Vancouver's prominent design firms and currently maintains a private design practise. Her broad base of design experience and construction knowledge allows her to link curriculum content to real-world applications.

Stephanie is a Registered Interior Designer, a member of Cascadia, NEWH and is actively involved in local sustainability initiatives. She participates in hands-on volunteerism in creating community gardens, public art outreach and social equity projects. Her other interests are sustainable community design, urban agriculture, food security, restorative landscaping, sculpture, pottery and stained glass.