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 + Creative Director

Julie Purpura is the Owner and Design Director of Avenir, the Chicago-based design firm she established in 2016. With more than a decade of experience at the forefront of the design industry, Julie’s striking concepts have influenced top restaurants and hotels, both domestically and internationally. In 2014, Boutique Design named Julie to the prestigious "Boutique 18," an annual watch list of on-the-rise designers of hospitality interiors. Avenir’s current portfolio includes a high-profile roster of discerning clients and industry leaders.

Julie’s ethos is rooted in the idea that successful design begins with a powerful concept that guides each phase of the design process. Technically grounded, Julie transforms spaces with her distinctive approach to interior architecture and a razor-sharp attention to detail.

Amelia Olson

Senior Project Manager

Amelia has extensive experience setting brand standards and creating custom interiors for top hotel brands. She understands how to work within the parameters of tight budgets and accelerated timelines, and she knows how to plan and execute projects that consistently meet client goals. She believes in creating strong relationships with both clients and colleagues to encourage collaboration and growth as an integrated team.

Meghan Tucker

Senior Designer

Meghan has deep expertise conceptualizing and designing commercial interiors, particularly for hospitality brands. Originally from Florida, she relocated to Chicago and joined Avenir to pursue ambitious, high profile design projects.

Adam Ford


Before becoming a designer, Adam was a stage and production manager at some of Chicago’s top theatres. Over the past few years he has learned the intricacies of both custom and branded interior design. Organized and tenacious, Adam is who you count on when a task needs to be completed quickly and correctly, every time.

Lisa Dorfman

Junior 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 raising her kids and admiring her mini-goldendoodle.

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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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