Staff Spotlight: Laura Vavrunek

After knowing her for years as a savvy product rep, talented designer and an active member of CREW San Diego, we were so excited when we had the chance to bring Laura Vavrunek onto our team as senior interior designer!

Interior design requires a combination of technical and artistic skills, and Laura’s well-rounded career path is a testament to her prowess in both. Each role has contributed to Laura’s exceptional ability to deliver for her team and our clients.

Laura studied mechanical engineering at the University of California, San Diego and then worked in the fields of commercial aerospace and consumer manufacturing. When an economic downturn affected the aerospace industry, she found work representing a software product. Skills she acquired in that job then translated to a public relations agency job supporting large technology firms. 

Laura later left the PR firm and co-founded a marketing agency with a former colleague. She designed websites, collateral material, trade show booths and more for companies needing marketing services. 

Seeing another opportunity to reinvent her career and pursue a passion, Laura later completed a program in interior architecture and design at the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently worked with an interior design firm in the Bay Area. 

When life brought Laura back to San Diego, she once again put her sales skills to use representing a prominent flooring company. During this time, Laura also earned her WELL AP credential as a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities.

Now, with FS Design Group, Laura works with clients to design modern, responsive and sustainable workplaces. Among her many talents is prioritizing and filtering information to make deadlines without sacrificing quality or creativity. She also has an innate sense for translating client’s ideas into functional designs and for understanding design on many different levels. 

Laura volunteers her time as membership director for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) San Diego Chapter and as the programs co-chair for CREW San Diego, a professional association supporting and promoting women in the commercial real estate industry.

Outside of work, Laura is an award-winning watercolor painter, an avid cyclist and chef and a budding floral designer. She and partner Andy live in Carlsbad, where they have easy access to the beach they both enjoy visiting.

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