Carissa is an energetic, design-focused Principal with over 17 years of experience at SERA Architects. Carissa’s design approach is rooted in the principles of biophilic design, and she treats every project as an opportunity to connect people back to the natural environments that help them thrive. Carissa implements design strategies that create exceptional occupant experience and continues to hone an evidence-based design practice using occupant feedback as a learning tool. As the lead interior designer on SERA’s new office, Carissa worked cross-functionally with the team to analyze the nexus of healthy, functional hybrid office demands with aggressive energy reduction and decarbonization goals. She also led a robust, Redlist free, healthy materials specification process to provide staff with a beautiful and healthy environment.