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Immediately after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, Quintel spent her formative years at an architecture firm designing large-scale commercial, multi-family housing and community-centered spaces. It was through this opportunity that she sharpened her technical skills, developed a knack for project management, and learned the ins and outs of the business. Upon relocating to North Carolina, she used her experience to develop the Home Stylist program for West Elm store associates across the nation. Becoming the first certified Home Stylist for the brand, she implemented learning and design education modules, managed project accounts with builders, and served as a regional mentor for the creative credentialing process. In 2014, she officially launched Quin Gwinn Studio and surged into her creative future. As a highly sought after expert, Quintel has been featured in local publications such as Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Home Design & Decor and South Park Magazine. She has also worked with top home and lifestyle brands including Tastemade Home, Dwell Magazine, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.
Aside from her practice work, Quintel is passionate about the impact design has on our society at large and recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Interior Architecture & Design. She serves as an arts and community advocate, design educator, and creative researcher. She organized the Coalition of Young Designers, a burgeoning creative collective dedicated to promoting next-generation design professionals, and she is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Olive Guide -- the first digital shelter magazine to highlight the work and perspectives of designers of color. Quintel also leads neighborhood design and place keeping initiatives for under-served communities and non-profit organizations through her signature program -- Project PLACE. She serves as a board member for Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance, The Vogue Room Foundation and Stilletto Boss University -- all non-profit organizations that focus on creative community impact work. Armed with self-starting business acumen, she recently established Blu Print Wrk -- a series of business development workshops for creative entrepreneurs.
Quintel currently resides in Charlotte with her husband, three children and a host of house plants.