Welcome to Walker Design.

Unified by a higher standard.

Design is more than aesthetics—it’s an experience. And it starts with an exceptional team.

Walker Design Culture

Everyone on our team has a specialty, an area of interest where they come alive. Despite these differences, we’re unified by a higher standard for design. Our individual strengths complement each other, coming together to discover and create the ideal solution for your project. No settling. No excuses. Our passion for perfection, for true design, drives us to new heights of innovation. Join us on the journey, and together we’ll get there.

Team

Toby Walker

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

President

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Toby Walker

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

President

Highly motivated and creative, Toby’s passion is crafting award-winning architecture and design. His work has been recognized on local and national levels for Design Excellence. Toby’s work evolved from his education at the University of Florida, as well as his studies and travels abroad. Believing good design is in the details, each of his projects develop a unique identity as they respond to the people, function, and context to which they belong.

Professional Credentials

  • Registered Architect: Florida, Texas, Kansas
  • Registered Interior Designer: Florida
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional
  • AIA / NCARB Certified

Education

  • Master of Architecture, University of Florida
  • University of West Florida, B.S. in Sports Medicine, Minor in Psychology

Katherine Conner

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Principal

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Katherine Conner

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Principal

With her initial training as an Interior Designer, Katherine holds a unique perspective among her Architect colleagues. Understanding space at the human scale prior to studying buildings within site and city contexts has influenced her personal design outlook. Katherine has a fundamental belief that spaces can change our comfort and emotional well-being. It is this experiential and transformative nature of architecture that sustains her passion.

Professional Credentials

  • Registered Architect: Florida
  • Registered Interior Designer: Florida
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional
  • Revit Architecture 2013 Certified Professional

Education

  • Master of Architecture, University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, University of Kentucky

Gretchen Kmetz

ASSOC. IIDA

Designer

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Gretchen Kmetz

ASSOC. IIDA

Designer

At a young age Gretchen learned that she had a passion for the arts and utilized this desire as a creative outlet for expression. At the age of 17 Gretchen moved to Orlando, FL, while developing her analytical mindset she continued to refine her awareness and intuitive sense for design. In 2012 she received her bachelors of fine art degree in interior design and is currently in pursuit of her NCIDQ to become licensed. Gretchen is continually refining herself through her work. She prides herself in understanding current design methodologies and utilizing these processes to enlighten her design philosophies. Assisting clients with spatial understanding and problem solving through the creative process is a task that Gretchen describes as a priority. While possessing a critical eye for detail she believes that good design touches and affects everyone in a different and unique way. In her own words Gretchen states that ‘Design is not simply aesthetics, it is the process of creating an experience for the client and its end user’.

Education

  • Bachelors of Fine Arts

Courtney Fels

ASSOC. AIA, LEED AP, EDAC

Designer

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Courtney Fels

ASSOC. AIA, LEED AP, EDAC

Designer

As a recent college graduate, Courtney has spent the last two years refining her design philosophy while expanding her knowledge of the architectural process and profession. After growing up in the Midwest, spending the last couple of years in Portland, Oregon, and now living in Orlando, Courtney has had the unique opportunity to experience contrasting environments and how these variations in context and climate inform the design process. She places a profound significance in perfecting details and focusing on how spaces will affect the human experience. Courtney is inspired by the concepts and importance of green design and implements these ideas into her unique design process. Courtney is currently pursuing her architectural license and has recently obtained her LEED AP BD+C accreditation.

Education

  • Master of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Kansas

Jessica Gordon

ASSOC. IIDA

Designer

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Jessica Gordon

ASSOC. IIDA

Designer

With a formal education in Interior Architecture from Florida State University, Jessica considers herself both a creative and grounded practitioner. Utilizing the skill set and motivation accumulated through her professional experience to date, she believes the design process is best executed through the implementation of collaboration and creative problem solving. “Great design begins with a great team and process”. Jessica is continuously pursuing opportunities to expand her knowledge base while keeping up with evolving workplace trends. With a strong technical background, she finds that knowing how something functions and is assembled is the first step for innovative and productive design. Architecture and interior design shapes our daily spaces and she believes those spaces should be functional as well as beautiful, enabling life to be both creative and enjoyable.

Education

  • Bachelors of Interior Architecture, Florida State University

Leah Jones

Administrative Assistant

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Leah Jones

Administrative Assistant

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in finance from West Virginia University, Leah relocated to Orlando, Florida from Pennsylvania to pursue a career that combined both her educational skill-set and day to day experience. She takes pride in her education and the opportunities that is has provided her. Because of her diverse skill set, Leah is a valuable team member to Walker Design that specializes in both problem solving and client interface. Her previous exposure to the construction industry allows her to excel with her daily tasks and provide valued knowledge and experience to the team. Leah recognizes the importance of organization and collaboration within the workplace, not only to ensure successful project delivery but to facilitate a dynamic office culture.

Education

  • Bachelors of Finance, West Virginia University

Values

Authenticity

Our designs embody your unique brand.

Innovation

Without change design stagnates, so we boldly challenge the status quo.

Expertise

We help you find true design solutions for your needs.

Pride

Architecture is our life’s work, so naturally we talk about it. 
A lot. And passionately.

Community

Our work fosters community and increases productivity.

workspaces

Awards

Design Excellence Award (Chiquita Brands Int.)

American Institute of Architects

Coolest Office Awards (Uproar PR)

Orlando Business Journal

Coolest Office Awards (Relevant Media)

Orlando Business Journal

Honorable Mention Design Award (Ellucian)

American Institute of Architects

Clients