Meet Fusion

Founded in 2005, Fusion is a full-service multi-disciplinary Boston design firm specializing in interior architecture and commercial real estate branding.

Creative Forces

The Faces Behind Fusion

Five years after arriving in Boston, John Kelly started Fusion. He began his network connections by inviting many of the movers and shakers that he could identify to join him at the neighborhood bar and told them the first two drinks would be on him. From that night on, John forged strong friendships and business relationships in the Boston real estate market. When Fusion was launched, those very people were ones who helped jump start this phenomenal company. The rest is history and here are the faces (or should we say the forces) that breathe life into Fusion every day.

Meet

The Fusion Team

John Kelly

President & Founder

Christopher Munro

Principal

Jennifer Peters

Principal

Michael Knauff

Principal

Christine Cutry

Project Manager

Elizabeth Caron

Project Manager

Gilbert Hsu

3D Visualizer Lead

Grace Lopez

Lead Project Designer

Kali Patterson

Associate

Lena Cabral

Accounting & Human Resources Manager

Linda Melchione

Director of Operations and Human Resources

Rachel Goldenthal

Project Manager

Rachel Winston

Project Manager

Shanming Li

3D Visualizer

Jeff Sprague

Senior Experiential Graphic Designer

Caili Nizamis

Project Designer

Olivia Gullotti

Junior Experiential Graphic Designer

Gloria Norris

Project Designer

Mario Wanderley

Chief Financial Officer

Jim Duffey

Senior Project Manager

Experience

Fusion over the years

Join the Fusion team

John Kelly

President & Founder

John is the founder and President of Fusion Design Consultants, Inc. Having worked for major Architectural companies around the globe, John has been exposed to and worked on a wide variety of Architectural and Interior Design projects. Some of the most notable examples include the 2000 Olympic Games accommodation buildings in Sydney Australia, Specialty Cigar Bars and Retail Outlets in Singapore, Health and Fitness Clubs in Europe and High-end Corporate Headquarters in the USA. John’s extensive world travel has been paramount in molding the person he is today. John’s appetite for design and maintaining business relationships are major drivers for his day to day influences in the office. John graduated from Hull School of Architecture in the UK.

John is married to Christy and is the proud father of Sadie, Lacie and Jemma. He enjoys the balance of personal and professional life and takes as much opportunity to travel as possible. John is also involved with many philanthropic initiatives and is an active board member of The Artist Building at 300 Summer Street, Boston, MA.

Most likely to

play golf in the rain, sleet or snow

Never seen without

great shoes

Favorite designer

Zaha Hadid

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Christopher Munro

Principal

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Chris has been in the Architecture and Design field for over 30 years. Name a building type and he probably has an example he’s worked on: commercial, retail, institutional, educational, industrial, healthcare, recreational, large and small residential. His favorite projects include National College of Chiropractic outside Chicago, The ‘Epi’ residential/commercial development in Seattle, and Windham High School in Maine. At Fusion Design he focuses on the quality of the projects delivered and educating the staff involved. Chris is fascinated with design theory and he really enjoys teaching design.

Chris has architecture degrees from Notre Dame and UI-Chicago, and a Certificate in Design Education from the Boston Architectural College. His most enjoyable ‘clients’ and toughest critics are his wife Sherri and son Cam.

Most likely to

cook a full rack of ribs in the toaster oven at work.

Never seen without

a red pen and a cup of mud

Favorite architect

Alvar Aalto and Peter Eisenman

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Jennifer Peters

Principal

A graduate from Syracuse University with over 20 years of professional experience, Jennifer successfully manages all aspects of small and large projects from concept to completion. She has proven to be a reliable contact for Boston building owners, real estate brokers and major corporations. Jennifer has built a solid reputation for responsiveness and attention to detail.

She frequently provides styling and etiquette advice to the Fusion team. In her downtime, she enjoys traveling and family time with her husband, daughter and their golden retriever.

Most likely to

multi-task while multi-tasking multiple tasks

Never seen without

fashionable accessories

Favorite designer

too many to list!

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Michael Knauff

Principal

AIA, LEED AP

Michael has over 16 years experience serving corporate and retail clients. A graduate of Cornell University, he oversees a variety of projects, including building analysis, building renovation & repositioning and tenant improvement. Notable past clients include several Fortune 500 companies in both California and Greater Boston with services ranging from programming, space planning/corporate re-stack, and interior architecture. In addition, Michael has worked closely with both suburban and downtown landlords on a wide variety of projects ranging from infrastructure upgrades, extensive lobby and common area renovations and exterior improvements. He is skilled at juggling challenging project goals while staying on budget and executing sophisticated design.

Michael looks forward to summer, and spending weekends in Maine with his wife, daughter and their dog – or planning their next school vacation trip to some exciting European locale.

Most likely to

run a marathon (without telling anyone).

Never seen without

his gourmet lunches.

Favorite designer

Renzo Piano

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Christine Cutry

Project Manager

Christine joined Fusion in 2014 and has since received her Masters of Architecture from Northeastern University. Prior to joining Fusion, Christine received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is no stranger to the professional design world having held multiple design internships in Architecture and Interior Design in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Her architectural design knowledge, diverse studies and previous experiences make her a well-rounded team member at Fusion.

Outside of the office Christine is involved in club sports activities and loves reading new books in her free time.

Most likely to

be terrified of a balloon

Never seen without

her water bottle

Favorite architect

Herzog and de Meuron

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Elizabeth Caron

Project Manager

Liz earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the Syracuse University School of Architecture in 2012. Before working at Fusion, she gained professional experience at design firms in Bedford, New Hampshire and Los Angeles, California. Her design background includes healthcare, commercial, and housing projects of varying scales, as well as custom product and furniture design. She has an interest in conceptual design and installation work, and believes that graphic representation is key in understanding the user’s role in architecture. Liz is excited to be part of the Fusion team, and to learn more about the profession as she works toward licensure.

Liz loves living in Boston and is always looking for new areas and restaurants to explore. She also frequently visits her home state of New Hampshire, where most of her family resides. She enjoys skiing in the winter and boating, fishing, and swimming at her family lake house in the summer.

Most likely to

be listening to Beyonce on repeat

Never seen without

cherry ChapStick

Favorite designer

Herzog and de Meuron

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Gilbert Hsu

3D Visualizer Lead

Gilbert is a technology and design innovation strategist who leads Fusion’s in-house Visualization Department. With his expertise as an Architectural Designer and 3D Rendering Specialist, Gilbert’s unique perspective and skillset allows him to connect real-world project needs with the latest innovations in the AEC industry.

Prior to joining Fusion, Gilbert specialized in workplace design, partnering with Building Owners and Tenants alike to create inspired designs and visuals of their future spaces. In addition, Gilbert has also worked with Developers and Real Estate Brokers to develop innovative leasing platforms and marketing packages for their asset portfolios.

Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Miami and has also studied at the Tokai University in Tokyo and the Sapienza University of Rome.

During his free time, loves to travel and experience new cultures. Recently, his adventures have taken him to Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain and he hopes to explore South America next.

Most likely to

Be Listening to a Podcast

Never seen without

Colorful Socks

Favorite architect

Eero Saarinen

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Grace Lopez

Lead Project Designer

Grace is an Interior Designer who draws from inspiration around the world. Originally from Peru but raised in Canada, she loves to travel, visit historical buildings and enjoys learning from different cultures where she collects new ideas for future projects. She graduated from Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, in 2011 with a degree in Interior Design. Her professional experience is in commercial interior environments. After recently relocating with her family to the Boston area, Grace joins Fusion Design Consultants Inc. ready to conceptualize and create innovative designs for our urban and suburban clients and to offer her inspired skills to our Boston team.

Most likely to

mix 3 different languages in 1 sentence

Never seen without

sporting her eclectic shoe collection

Favorite designer

Zaha Hahid

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Kali Patterson

Associate

Kali’s love of interior design evolved from an early interest in art, color and the creative process. She received her degree in Interior Design from the New England School or Art and Design at Suffolk University and joined Fusion the same year. With a fresh and innovative approach to design related problem solving, Kali has grown to be an integral member of the team. As senior interior designer, Kali’s favorite part of the design process is working collaboratively with a client to make their vision come to life. Kali is a LEED accredited professional and was honored to be among the first class of the Emerging Leaders program through IIDA.

In her free time, you can find Kali balancing in a yoga pose, at a concert, or hanging with her miniature dachshund Miles.

Most likely to

curse in the most pleasing manner

Never seen without

a tornado of materials around her

Favorite designer

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Lena Cabral

Accounting & Human Resources Manager

Lena is a young professional with over five years of experience in Accounting and Human Resources. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Accounting and Spanish. Lena brings experience in office management, human resources, and finance to the Fusion team. Her knowledge of numerous accounting platforms and experience with business administration make her an essential team member. Lena supports management through the analysis and preparation of financial data, as well as, being responsible for the administration of all employee relations.

Lena is Portuguese American with roots in the Azores, Portugal. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Outside of the office, she loves to travel, watch soccer and move her hips to Latin dancing.

Most likely to

sing Enrique and Backstreet Boys songs out loud

Never seen without

her fitbit

Favorite artist

Francisco de Goya

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Linda Melchione

Director of Operations and Human Resources

Linda has a strong background in Operations, Human Resources and Administrative Management.

She has worked in diverse arenas, but has spent a large part of her career in the construction industry. Most recently, she performed as Director of HR, Compliance and Legal at Boston Technologies – a neighbor here on Summer Street. She is very accustomed to working directly with the executive team while supporting the career goals, objectives and ambitions of every member of the Fusion team. Linda greatly enjoys working with people and finds her own ultimate job satisfaction in being able to serve the needs of her colleagues and team-mates, guiding them to grow, succeed and prosper.

Linda graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Journalism and still enjoys writing in several different venues. She is fond of the quote (by Richard Branson) – “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.”

Most likely to

Be helping someone that I love

Never seen without

my reading glasses on my head

Favorite artist

The Beatles! They changed the world forever!

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Rachel Goldenthal

Project Manager

Rachel received a BFA in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. Prior to joining Fusion as a Project Designer, she worked for a national commercial office furniture company creating designs for a wide range of clients including corporate offices, healthcare and government projects.

She lives in downtown Boston and in her free time enjoys trying new restaurants, skiing, traveling and amusing family and friends with character impressions.

Most likely to

laugh and talk to a stranger

Never seen without

a sweetgreen salad

Favorite designer

Philippe Starck

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Rachel Winston

Project Manager

Rachel graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. She has experience in retail design as well as corporate interior renovation projects of varying scales. Rachel thrives on design challenges, particularly with interior renovations for older New England buildings. Her favorite part of a project is finish selection; she enjoys pairing colors and textures and loves the challenge of proposing something that is fresh and different while also catering to the client’s style. Since she moved to Boston, Rachel has been involved in the IIDA New England chapter and is an active member of its Philanthropy Committee.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys exploring new places and trying out new/different restaurants. She enjoys taking spontaneous road trips and mini weekend vacations whenever she has the opportunity to go on an adventure.

Most likely to

start a dance party

Never seen without

her grandmother’s Claddagh ring

Favorite designer

Zaha Hadid

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Shanming Li

3D Visualizer

Shanming is native to China, but has been living and working in the United States for the past 6 years.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Art Design – a combination of Interior Design and Landscaping Design – from Sichuan Normal University in China and a Master’s degree in Digital Media from Missouri Western State University. After graduation, Shanming pursued a career in 3D Architectural Visualization and Animation at one of the Nation’s largest Brand Experience Firms. His focus was on solutions for still renderings, digital animations and virtual reality for clients around the globe. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cooking and building custom furniture that he has previously modeled with rendering software. He loves his Boston Terrier, Fin and watching Chip and Johanna on HDTV. We believe that he also moonlights as a comedian – when this rather quiet and shy Chinese designer shows his unexpectedly campy, hilarious side.

Most likely to

cook for his favorite people

Never seen without

his phone

Favorite designer

Louis Kahn

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Jeff Sprague

Senior Experiential Graphic Designer

Jeff is a strategic multi-disciplinary design professional with experience in environmental and experiential graphic design, branding and identity design, typography, wayfinding and signage, design leadership and design thinking. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Boston University College of Fine Arts. Jeff works with a talented team to build integrated experiences for clients within their space. His strength is brand strategy — guiding clients on developing their voice and communicating it in a meaningful way across print, digital and the built environment. 

Most likely to

Forget the Trace

Never seen without

Red Pentel Sign Pen

Favorite designer

Ruedi Baur

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Caili Nizamis

Project Designer

Caili recently joined Fusion as a Project Designer coming to us from XSS Hotels and the Pyramid Management Group where she performed as a Junior Interior Designer. Caili holds a BFA In Interior Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and also has experience in the commercial real estate arena in New York. Caili has already proven herself to be a valuable part of the team, jumping right into projects from day one and making significant contributions. She is a perfect addition to round out the talented crew of designers helping Fusion to run as a well-oiled machine. 

Most likely to

be seen singing at my desk to myself

Never seen without

an iced coffee

Favorite designer

Kelly Wearstler

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Olivia Gullotti

Junior Experiential Graphic Designer

A recent Architecture and Design graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Olivia first joined Fusion as a “dual purpose” intern. After enjoying her great work ethic and congenial team-work skill-set, she was soon offered a full-time position as a junior graphic designer. Liv has many special skills and creative talent, but her amazing attitude and willingness to collaborate with the whole team made her an instant success. Her background in interior design as well as in graphic design makes her an invaluable asset to our entire team. Working under the auspices of our Senior Experiential Graphic Designer, Liv learns something new every day and continues to grow, evolve and advance into a critical part of our design team. 

Most likely to

be doodling

Never seen without

jewelry

Favorite artist

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Gloria Norris

Project Designer

Gloria began her career at Fusion as an intern and worked diligently to demonstrate her skills, her talents and her strong desire to be a part of the Fusion design team.  A recent graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a BS in Interior Design, Gloria had previous internships in the design field and brought all of her top notch technical skills and design background to Fusion.  Her internship here demonstrated her very impressive design skills and strong work ethic and prompted us to bring her on as a fulltime Project Designer. We expect great things from Gloria and can see that the sky’s the limit for this talented young designer. 

Most likely to

make lists for lists I have to make

Never seen without

fun earrings

Favorite designer

Louis Sullivan

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Mario Wanderley

Chief Financial Officer

Mario brings a wealth of knowledge to Fusion with over two decades of experience as a finance and operating executive. He has a successful track record starting-up, growing and selling businesses in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Mario spent sixteen years with The Crowley Group, where he co-founded and acted as CFO/COO and Board Member of numerous ventures, including two companies backed by The Blackstone Group.

Mario is originally from Brazil. He moved to the U.S. for business school (University of Virginia) and decided to make this country his home after graduation. In his down time, Mario enjoys outdoor activities and playing sports with his son.

Most likely to

Play with my son and our dog.

Never seen without

My laptop

Favorite artist

Frida Kahlo

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Jim Duffey

Senior Project Manager

AIA, NCARB

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with over 30 years of diverse experience in a wide variety of building types including commercial, residential and institutional.  After an early career with several firms in Boston and as a partner in a small firm in Albany, NY, Jim served 16 years as Director of Project Management & Design at the New England Aquarium where he oversaw their in-house exhibit design team and managed a $50 million renovation and expansion.  Jim has extensive experience in construction technology and project delivery.

Away from the office he enjoys numerous activities ranging from tai chi to scuba diving, but mostly enjoys long walks with his best friend, Willie, a Yellow Lab and Great Pyrenees mix.

Most likely to

make obscure references to 1970’s TV and movies

Never seen without

a cup of coffee

Favorite designer

Tadao Ando, Carlo Scarpa

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