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About Us


We are a collective of creative humans, designing spaces for gathering, celebrating, eating and sleeping.

Gin Braverman

Creative Director
Gin Braverman

Gin Braverman is the founder and creative director of the visionary firm gin design group. She has spent the last decade shaping Houston’s burgeoning hospitality scene, developing originative and fully integrated designs for award-winning food and beverage concepts, independent chefs, sommeliers and national restaurant and hospitality groups.

Like all worthwhile paths, Gin’s was winding. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, her career began in NYC working in production for TV and film, ultimately designing for HGTV’s extreme home remodel show Home Rules. She also spent significant time abroad, traveling Europe and living in Asia, working with a Taiwanese design firm. When she moved to Houston, she joined the team at Installations Antiques, where she deepened her appreciation for and understanding of artisanship in the built-environment apprenticing in their workshop. Multi-cultural fascination and global immersion define her approach and inform her diverse design portfolio, which includes such projects as the Garden Bungalows at La Colombe d’Or, Stomping Grounds Garden Oaks, Eunice, multiple Goode Company restaurants, Camerata, Oxheart and Axelrad Beer Garden.

Her work has been featured in such esteemed publications as GQ, Architectural Digest, The Architect’s Newspaper, Texas Monthly, PaperCity, Wallpaper* City Guide, Interior Design, Hospitality Design, and others.

Kathlee Akers

Kathlee Akers

Director of Operations
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Kathlee believes that communication lies at the center of all successful projects. “I am an advocate and liaison for our clients, ensuring that the design team pushes just enough while remaining true to what the client wants and needs,” she says. As a former entrepreneur, event manager, and brand strategist, Kathlee brings 9 years of experience in solution-oriented leadership, multi-tasking and creative collaboration to her role of Director of Operations. She oversees all project teams at gin design group—ensuring all requirements are followed to deliver projects on-time and within budget. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, and afternoons in the kitchen testing out a new baking recipe. She has recently relocated to Nasvhille to assist in the growth of our Nashville office.

Kim Kaptain

Kim Kaptain

Project Manager
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Kim started at gin design group in 2013 as an intern while still in college. After graduation, armed with a degree in Interior Design, she turned her internship into a full-time position and has continued to grow with the company since. “I am good at thinking through operations while keeping the client’s vision and the project’s design in mind,” she says. Having been mentored by gdg’s creative director since the start of her tenure, Kim is familiar with all the nuanced details involved in designing and marketing a successful F&B environment, from purchasing and installation, to preparing the space for a photoshoot. She is above else a perfectionist. On off days, Kim can be found floating on the lake with friends, or testing out the local restaurant and bar scene.

Christina Wilburn

Christina Wilburn

Project Manager
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As Project Lead, Christina navigates the client-designer relationship with creative-problem solving, and complete dependability. She earned her Interior Design degree from TCU, and spent the early part of her career traveling the world, from Mexico City to Dubai, designing boutique hotels from concept to completion. In 2016, Christina joined the gdg team, bringing more than a decade of industry experience in the team. While she is fluent in almost any design style, she appreciates modern to transitional spaces with clean lines, and layered textures and textiles, and always tries to add moments of character to a space—whether through antiques or found objects. In her free time you’ll find her at a soccer game with her two young boys, or trying out a new restaurant in town.

Accreditations

RID (Registered Interior Designer)

Jessica Neiser

Jessica Neiser

Project Manager
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Before joining gin design group in 2021, Jessica spent seven years designing corporate and hospitality environments, as an alum of both Rottet Studio and Ziegler Cooper Architects. Her design portfolio includes the likes of The James Hotel in Washington D.C., the Williams Tower renovation, and the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa's recent refresh. She is a creative problem-solver who is well-versed in space planning and test fitting, as well as coordinating and communicating with vendors, clients, contractors and consultants. When she's not on a job site or in the studio, the Kentucky native spends time with her husband and two dogs keeping up with the latest movies or TV shows on Netflix.

Accreditations

NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer
IIDA Professional Member
TBAE Registered

Stephanie Lively

Stephanie Lively

Senior Project Designer
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Stephanie holds 15+ years of interior design experience, most recently with Zeigler Cooper architects followed by her namesake studio. Stephanie's speciality is designing Class A buildings, public and multi-family spaces, with unrivaled expertise in technical software and hyper-detailed documentation. She is passionate about projects involving historical spaces, especially when the concept calls for balancing them with more modern elements. She is exceptionally solution-based and approaches her work with curiosity, expertise and creativity.

Marcos Ramos

Marcos Ramos

Furniture Design Manager
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Marcos received his B.B.A. in Management from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. He joined gdg as studio manager and quickly discovered and ultimately persued his true passion for designing furniture. He currently manages the design process for all custom furnishings and is spearheading gdg's collection of bespoke furniture. Outside of the office, Marcos pursues such creative side-hustles as music mixing, painting and rug making.

Madeline Freeman

Madeline Freeman

Project Designer
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Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Madeline earned her design degree from the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown as the newest member of the gdg team. Madeline excels throughout the entire design process striving always to help produce designs that she’s never seen done before. When it comes to interiors, Madeline believes design, uniquely, can be a catalyst for change. Of hospitality design, she describes, “It's an area where designers can push conceptual design to its full potential, which is really exciting.”

Certifications

LEED Green-Certified

Caroline Gremillion

Caroline Gremillion

Project Designer
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Hannah Bailey

Hannah Bailey

Studio Manager
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Bradley Lau

Bradley Lau

Director of Finance
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Bradley manages the black and white details and numbers so the team can focus on creating more colorful experiences in the world. Bradley has XX years experience providing accounting services for a variety of industries including oil and gas, banking and mortgage (Accenture, Washington Mutual, SCI, etc), but his real passion is working with small design teams. When he's not in the office, he is enjoying exploring the city to find new art and restaurants.

Aqueel Suleimanji

Aqueel Suleimanji

Project Designer
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Eric Swonke

Eric Swonke

Director of Purchasing
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The Firm

We are a collective of individuals with different backgrounds, cultures and experiences, and that is a crucial aspect of our success as a firm. We're always on the hunt for talented, creative people who think and work the way we do–intuitively, originally, intentionally–with an insatiable curiosity and desire to always be ahead of the curve.

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Awards & Accolades

2021
Runner Up/Finalist
PaperCity Design Awards

La Colombe d'Or

PaperCity
2021
Gold
MUSE Design Awards

Lemongrass Cafe

MUSE
2021
Gold
MUSE Design Awards

Eunice

MUSE
2021
Silver
MUSE Design Awards

Flower & Cream

MUSE
2021
Silver
MUSE Design Awards

El Segundo Swim Club

MUSE
2021
Winner
Landmark Award

Stomping Grounds

Houston Business Journal
2021
Finalist
Landmark Award

Ginger Kale

Houston Business Journal
2019
Winner
Development of Distinction Award

Main and Co Offices

ULI
2019
Winner
Landmark Award

Eunice

Houston Business Journal
2018
Winner
Free Press Awards

Axelrad

Free Press Houston
2018
Winner
Landmark Award

Main and Co Offices

Houston Business Journal
2018
Finalist
Landmark Award

Goode Company Kitchen and Cantina

Houston Business Journal
2018
Winner
Good Brick Awards

Axelrad

Preservation Houston
2017
Winner
Best of Houzz Awards

gin design group

Houzz
2017
Finalist
PaperCity Design Awards

Piney Point

PaperCity
2016
Winner
James Beard Awards

Oxheart

James Beard Foundation
2016
Winner
Faces of Design

Heights Residence

HGTV
2016
Finalist
Landmark Award

Beckrew Wine House

Houston Business Journal
2016
Winner
Best of Houzz Awards

gin design group

Houzz
2015
Finalist
PaperCity Design Awards

Piney Point

PaperCity
2015
Finalist
James Beard Awards

Oxheart

James Beard Foundation
2015
Winner
Best of Houzz Awards

gin design group

Houzz
2014
Winner
Best of Houzz Awards

gin design group

Houzz
2014
Finalist
James Beard Awards

Oxheart

James Beard Foundation