Gensler shares two personnel announcements for Houston office

Gensler is pleased to announce Nikki Rafie has been hired as a regional practice area co-leader for strategy; Philip Paratore has returned to the firm as Houston’s hospitality practice area leader with a focus on business development.

Rafie joins Kelly Moore to oversee workplace strategy and design for global corporations, bringing more than 20 years of strategy experience to the region and firm, most recently serving as senior director of global workplace operations at Twitter. Prior to that, Nikki led workplace transformation and real estate portfolio planning for sportswear and technology giants Nike and Intel.

Paratore served in project architect and manager roles with Gensler from 1999-2003 and 2008-2012. He has also worked at 3DI, Structure Tone, Landry’s Development, and Knoll. For the past nine years, Philip was employed as the real estate portfolio and facilities manager of a global engineering firm.