Kate Horton is an interior architectural designer and marketing specialist who joined Szostak Design in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Durham native who first worked for Phil Szostak as a high school intern.
After her time at UNC-CH, Kate spent seven years living in New York City and three of those years working for tonychi and associates, an internationally renowned hospitality design firm. At tonychi, Kate was responsible for the design and coordination of four major projects, two of which were completed during her tenure. Most notably, she was co-designer and project coordinator for the prototypical guestroom and type variations for the Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou, an award-winning five-star hotel located in the top third of Guangzhou’s TaiKoo Hui mixed-use development. Kate was also a designer for the renovation of the business center at the Semiramis InterContinental Hotel Cairo, which transformed an underused space into a branded destination for meetings and special events. Additionally, Kate worked on a luxury private residence renovation in McLean, Virginia, and the conceptual design for the renovation of a building in Steven Holl’s Linked Hybrid which would have added a boutique restaurant concept to the Beijing complex. Throughout her time with tonychi, Kate served as a liaison to clients, traveling to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Cairo, and Washington, DC for coordination meetings and site visits.
At Szostak Design, Kate has worked on the UNC-Chapel Hill Chase Dining Hall Renovation and Addition, the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center and UNC School of the Arts Old Library Renovation. She also acts as marketing specialist, crafting proposals, assisting with business development and managing the firm’s digital presence. In this work she builds on her three years of experience as marketing and communications coordinator for Blue School, an independent school for age two through grade eight in Manhattan.