We’re knit tight—in people and process. We like knowing clients well, sharing real emotions and responding promptly. We’re passionate about our work because we’re selective about our projects. We make spaces that are comfortable and familiar and new and thrilling. We never accept boring.

Julie Purpura

Owner and Design Director

After a decade working on hospitality projects at some of Chicago’s top design firms, Julie founded Avenir to be the top dog shot caller. She creates distinctively original work so her clients never have to suffer the indignity of being boring. Her work has been featured in Interior Design Magazine, CS Interiors and Boutique Design. In 2014, Boutique Design awarded Julie with the prestigious "Boutique 18," a yearly roster of on-the-rise designers of hospitality interiors. She spends her free time being beautiful. Just so you know, she has a southern accent.

Amelia Olson

Senior Designer

Amelia started her hospitality career as a coat checker in her family’s fine dining restaurant. She has extensive experience working with top hotels to set and implement brand standards and design custom interiors. She spends her free time chasing the perfect nap, gazing into crystals and casting spells.

Adam Ford

Jr. Associate Designer

Adam started his career as a stage and production manager at some of Chicago’s top theatres, including the Goodman, Steppenwolf and Chicago Shakespeare. He joined Avenir after earning his MA in Interior Design. He spends his free time getting swole, sitting in lotus and enjoying being fitter than his friends.

Lisa Dorfman

Jr. Associate Designer

Lisa started her career in Public Relations, where she helped clients develop communication and social media plans. Since earning her MA in Interior Design, Lisa has helped Avenir on a range of hospitality projects. She spends her free time learning about real housewives, raising her kids and admiring her mini-goldendoodle. Basically the opposite of Julie.

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We’re proudly based in Chicago and designed our space accordingly. Graceful, functional, raw—open enough for our broad shoulders. Maybe yours, too. Ask about a job at Avenir.

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