Fresh Faces Friday: Adventures in Design with Christie Gronauer

November 10, 2017

She gardens! She renovates! She travels the world! She's Senior Designer Christie Gronauer, returning to the JRA team after a series of adventures in the US and abroad.

Christie's work in studio is currently focused on a major movie studio theme park in South Korea. Her core competencies include design development, schematic design coordination, bid coordination, and schedule management for large-scale, international retail, restaurant, and theme park projects. 

In between her stints at JRA (including several years in the Netherlands!), Christie served as a Senior Project Manager at the Brand Experience. In this role, she performed on and off-site management, specializing in facility coordination for architecture and general contracting. She also directed exhibit design, fabrication and AV integration for such corporate clients as Honeywell, Verizon, Kaiser Permanente, Lenovo, and Lexmark.

Previously at JRA, Christie served as a Designer / Project Manager for Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in the UAE, and Angry Birds Activity Park and Sochi Park in Russia. Her roles included design, construction documentation, and shop drawing and materials reviews. She has provided similar services for Exhibit Concepts, Jora Vision, and Designs by Alta. Christie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado, Denver.

"JRA is pleased to welcome Christie back to the fold," said Ron Bunt, JRA Vice President.  "Christie’s creative talents, coupled with her project management skills, not only propel JRA’s designs efforts but also keep them in check with project schedules and budgets. She is also generally the life of the party and always makes work fun." 

Christie finds herself consumed with projects outside the studio as well. "If I'm not behind a computer screen or on a project site somewhere in the world, I enjoy spending my spare time with my family hiking, swimming, camping, biking or just sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows and listening to music.

We have two young girls and a dog that turn each weekend into an adventure! We also spend a good portion of our time remodeling our 200-year-old farmhouse and tending to our many gardens (my husband is a much better gardener than I am! And when my husband and I find time to 'get away', we try to see as many concerts as possible." 

With her eye for design, organizational skills, and global portfolio of project experience, Christie excels in her role as Senior Designer at JRA. 

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