vernon d swaback, faia, faicp
Vernon D. Swaback is an established architect and master planner. He began his training at the University of Illinois before moving to Arizona in 1957 to become an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright. He remained with the Wright Organization for 21 years where he served as Director of Planning and was Responsible for many of the organization's major architectural projects.
He is Managing Partner of Swaback Partners and Studio V Interior Architecture & Interior Design. Click here to learn more about Mr. Swaback and all his amazing accomplishments!
etta cowdrey, allied asid
designer | chief executive officer
Etta Cowdrey has been a member of the Studio V team since 2011. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and French and later received her Associates degree in Interior Design. Etta worked in the finance industry for nearly a decade before she channelled her creative side and pursued a career in the field of design. As a third generation Phoenician, she has deep roots in the Arcadia area where she lives with her husband and daughter. She approaches interior design by embracing her clients’ vision and maintaining a strong line of communication. She believes that the best projects are a collaboration between client, architect, contractor and designer. It is this unique background that allows Etta to fuse creativity with business acuity and why she offers a well-managed and stylish approach to design.
shanda siekert-logue, allied asid
designer | director of procurement
Shanda Siekert-Logue holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI where she studied interior and textile design, architecture and art history. With vast FF&E knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry, Shanda is a master at developing and meeting challenging project budgets and schedules while maintaining the design integrity of the projects and the operating requirements of the properties. At home, she surrounds herself with great art, is rapidly becoming a quilt makerextraordinaire and will soon learn to play the piano.
Mark Schriefer was born and raised in Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Regional Development and a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and later pursued an Associate Degree of Applied Sciences in Interior Design with a Certificate in Interior Design Professional Level. Taking classic design elements and applying them in new ways inspires Mark in his everyday design endeavors.
caroline swaback schlack, allied asid
Like father like daughter, Caroline Swaback found her passion for design at an early age. Growing up immersed in the world of architecture led her to pursue a career in the industry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University. Caroline is driven to positively influence and enhance the way people live, work and play in their interior environments.
Celia Paredes was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the States to further her design and architectural career. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, her Diploma in Interior Design from the Institute of Interior Design and her Associate of Applied of Sciences in Architectural Technology and Business Management from Scottsdale Community College. She has also worked part time as a Teacher's Assistant for Revit courses offered at Scottsdale Community College. Celia enjoys the challenges and rewards in finding the solution to a client's needs while maintaining a beautiful aesthetic and forward thinking design.
jonna weir, allied asid
Jonna Weir grew up in Grand Haven, MI and moved to Arizona in 2005. She recognized at a young age her talents and passion for design and promptly persued her career in interiors, beginning with Northern Arizona University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Jonna's drive for interiors is the uniqueness and individuality each client and project brings, allowing each space to be truly one of a kind.
Bri Blondin is an Arizona native with 15 years experience in Accounting and Finance, spanning a variety of industries. Outside of her love for numbers, Bri plays beach volleyball and drives her passion for food and fashion on her personal life and style blog.
Kassandra Quintero is an Arizona native with a BFA in Interior Design from Columbus College of Art and Design and a Certificate in Landscape Architecture from Universidad Bauhaus in Ciudad de Puebla, Mexico. As a designer, she seeks the right balance between our natural and built environments. With a globally inspired design aesthetic, she draws inspiration from diverse cultural and natural elements from around the world. Kassandra's work illustrates her unique approach to the design process through a balance between architecture, art and nature.
interior architect | architectural designer
Austin Watters is a native of Phoenix with both Bachelor of Science in Design and Master of Architecture degrees from Arizona State University. While in school, Austin was also engaged in several sculpture studio courses which have had a lasting effect on his approach towards art and design. With a focus on bringing poetic concepts to life through the built environment, he strives to enhance the human experience on multiple scales.
Brenda has over 25 years of experience in the design field, most recently in purchasing at a trade showroom, where she established close working relationships with designers and manufacturers. Her attention to detail and client satisfaction remain her top priorities. Her vast interests include the fine arts – from music to architecture – and following the fortunes of our valley’s sports teams. A graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Education, she cheers loudest for the Sun Devils.
Viri Garcia has always been intrigued by architecture, color, and history which is why a career in interior design was always a perfect fit. Viri gained her Associate in Applied Science of Interior Design degree from Phoenix College where she took courses in Historical & Modern Architecture and Furniture and Custom Design. She then graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University where she took classes in Lighting and Commercial Design. She also enjoyed taking courses that explored cultures & anthropology subjects. With her diverse & cultural background, Viri strives to create one of a kind designs that are full representations of the client and make each space their very own.
Ashley Lazzaro was born in Delaware and moved to Arizona at the age of four. As a teenager, she realized her passion and drive for interior design and ambitiously perused a career in design by attending the Art Institute of Phoenix where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Ashley’s favorite aspect of design is knowing individuals get to experience a finished space that she envisioned by capturing the spirit of the client and functionality of the space.
administrative assistant | receptionist
Taylor Leonard was born and raised in Winston Salem, North Carolina and recently moved to Arizona in the spring of 2017. Taylor’s fascination for culture and diversity led her to the studies of comparative religion at East Carolina University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. In her free time, she pursues her passion for photography and videography.