Meet Fusion

Founded in 2005, Fusion is a full-service multidisciplinary 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.

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The Fusion Team

John Kelly

President & Founder

Jennifer Peters

Principal

Michael Knauff

Principal

Christopher Munro

Principal

Ken Dixon

COO & CFO

Rachel Goldenthal

Project Manager

Kali Patterson

Senior Project Designer

Tammi Nichols

Project Designer

Kayla Gonzalez

Project Designer

Shanming Li

Lead 3D Visualizer

Julio Diaz-Volquez

Project Designer

Paul C. NG

AIA, Senior Project Architect

Fusion

Culture

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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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 both corporate and retail clients. A graduate of Cornell University, he oversees a variety of projects, including building analysis, building renovation & repositioning and tenant office design. 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. Michael has worked closely with both suburban and downtown landlords on a wide variety of projects ranging from tenant improvement, infrastructure upgrades, extensive lobby and common area renovations and exterior improvements. He is skilled at overseeing 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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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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Ken Dixon

COO & CFO

Ken Dixon has over two decades of successful operations leadership experience. He has helped build and run numerous businesses – both as a full-time and as a fractional COO. Ken has led the scaling-up of operations and the management of performance and resource utilization to develop profitable and sustainably successful small and mid-sized creative services companies. As the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Integrator & COO at Fusion, Ken focuses on implementing EOS to optimize and integrate Fusion’s planning, performance, and results.


Ken received his BA from Boston College in Communications & Political Science. He also attended leadership and executive development programs at Harvard University’s Executive Development Center; Babson College’s Executive Education Conference Center, Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, and Boston University’s Corporate Education Center.

Most likely to

Ask "why?"

Never seen without

A funny response to (almost) anything

Favorite architect

We'll find out...

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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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Kali Patterson

Senior Project Designer

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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Tammi Nichols

Project Designer

Tammi graduated from the University of Hartford with a BS in Architectural Engineering and Technology. She is currently enrolled at the Boston Architectural College to pursue her Masters of Architecture. Tammi joins the Fusion team as a Project Designer and has background in Historic Preservation, Adaptive reuse, multi-family residential, and commercial tenant fit ups. Her favorite parts of the design process are collaborating and sharing ideas with the design team, drawing initial concept sketches, and pulling inspiration images. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book, visiting a local art museum or brewery and playing pool. 

Most likely to

Change her hair frequently

Never seen without

a coffee

Favorite architect

Mies van der Rohe

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Kayla Gonzalez

Project Designer

Kayla is a recent graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology where she received a BA in Interior Design. Her previous experience includes internships in Residential and Healthcare design. She began her career at Fusion as an intern and due to her experience, determination and eagerness to learn, she was offered a full-time position as a project designer. In her first few months, Kayla has already made substantial contributions and become a valuable part of the Fusion team. She believes design is a series of creative choices and that good design comes from collaboration. Kayla is excited to be part of the Fusion team and hopes to continue to learn and evolve as a designer.


In her free time, she loves baking, traveling, and visiting her family home in Maine.

Most likely to

Put ketchup on my ketchup

Never seen without

A smile

Favorite designer

Frank Gehry

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Shanming Li

Lead 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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Julio Diaz-Volquez

Project Designer

Julio graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor of Science degree (architectural Technology). He is pursuing a Masters's degree in architecture at Boston Architectural College. Julio joins the Fusion team as a Designer. He has experience in commercial tenant fit-out and hotel renovation, base from his previous firm at Dyer Brown. He enjoys learning more about building code when designing. He likes to know the reason behind a building code and how it affects the drawings.

His favorite pastime is to hang out with friends and family, going on adventures such as going to a different state for the weekend, hiking, trying new restaurants, watching anime and shows, exploring a place we never been, safety and following covid regulations)

Most likely to

To listen to a random genre of music

Never seen without

A backpack

Favorite designer

Alejandro Aravena

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Paul C. NG

AIA, Senior Project Architect

Paul has over 30 years of experience in interior design and architecture. As a result, he has become well versed in related professions, including MEP/FP and structural requirements. With this ability to sufficiently communicate with consultants, Paul understands the mutual goals of every project and is able to adequately deliver design packages to clients.

Most likely to

Call you on the phone to discuss any concerns

Never seen without

A measuring tape/laser device in his bag

Favorite designer

I.M Pei.

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