Director of Design & Sustainability
Jennifer Simpson, a third-generation designer and a 25-year member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), has been a professional interior and facilities designer for over 30 years, working primarily on large-scale commercial projects.
Eight years of her career were spent in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as a facilities designer and project manager for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO). She was part of a small team responsible for the design, tenant finish FF&E and move coordination for 4,000,000 square feet of facilities throughout the Arabian Peninsula including office buildings, executive housing, medical facilities and schools. She also functioned as a project manager during the construction of ARAMCO’s Light Industrial Park.
Another nine years were spent as a facilities designer and project manager for the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, most notably at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Wind Technology Center. She designed twelve buildings for NREL including the Department of Energy’s Visitors Center. One NREL project, the Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF) was dedicated by Vice President Al Gore in 1994 and later was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts from the White House. Her years at NREL established a career in sustainable design.
In 1998 she formed Simpson Furones Partnership, LLC. with her partner Keith Furones. Their clients included Buckley Air Force Base, the University of Colorado, the City of Boulder, Colorado and many US government agencies.
Since 2004, she has focused on hospitality projects and environmentally planned communities in Latin America. In 2006 the company relocated to Panama and is now known as Simpson Furones International.
In 2007 she became the Director of the Environmental Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama. Her goals for the committee included the creation of a Panama Green Building Council (PGBC) and the development of tax incentives for the importation and use of green building technologies and products. In 2009 she played a major role in the formation of the PGBC and is now the International Liaison.
Recent Panamanian projects include a unique restaurant called Pangea, the Visitors Center for Panama Pacifico and two LEED projects at Panama´s City of Knowledge; Commercial Center and Dormitories.
Her professional affiliations have included the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Institute of Business Designers, the Construction Specifications Institute, the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and the Colorado Green Building Council. She is in the process of obtaining her LEED-AP ID+C accreditation.