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 visionary force behind Avenir Creative, a prominent LGBTQ-run hospitality interior design firm situated in the heart of Chicago.

Located in a beautifully renovated manufacturing facility, the studio space and shop reflect Julie's commitment to fostering creativity and community within Chicago. At Avenir Creative, Julie leads a talented team of more than 10 designers, each bringing their unique skills and perspectives to the table. Since its inception in 2016, Avenir Creative has been the driving force behind numerous successful hospitality projects.

Julie and her team take immense pride in their close-knit, collaborative approach, where they prioritize getting to know their clients on a personal level. This level of understanding enables them to evoke genuine emotions and design spaces that truly resonate with their clients' visions. Known for their agility and responsiveness, Avenir Creative thrives on projects that challenge convention and embrace the new and exciting.

With a flair for the unconventional and a penchant for excellence, Julie Purpura and her team continue to redefine the hospitality interior design industry, leaving a trail of awe-inspiring projects and satisfied clients in their wake. Their dedication to their craft, their community, and their clients makes them a true powerhouse in the world of design.

Caren Isopo

NCIDQ, Studio Director

Caren brings a provocative edge and skilled approach to design and construction, dedicating herself completely to her clients and projects to meet all expectations for the execution of a vision.  Her work is focused, compelling and memorable.  Caren’s design inspirations draw from history, culture, location and lifestyle, focusing on the experiences that take place in the space, while reinterpreting traditional ways of thinking with a modern perspective.

Brooke Kalvaitis

NCIDQ, Senior Designer

With wide-ranging experience in corporate workplace design, Brooke brings a high level of rigor to her Hospitality clients at Avenir. Her methodology shines through in the breadth of her concepts, the meticulousness of her space planning, and the thoughtfulness of her palettes. Her clients trust her to explore novel, timeless ideas that aren't rooted in passing trends. In all her work, Brooke strives for spaces where every moment feels considered and effortless.

Hanna Hanson

NCIDQ, Senior Designer

Hanna has specialized in Hospitality design throughout her career. She’s at her best on small, fast-paced teams where she can build real relationships with her clients and colleagues. Empathizing with the experience people have in her spaces—and imagining how to improve it—is core to her process. Equal parts playful and technical, Hanna embraces challenging contexts and constraints as the best catalysts for creativity and innovation.

Ivy VanBeaver


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Julie Govedarica


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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.