Bast/Wright Interiors, a San Diego-based interior design firm, has changed its name to McCormick & Wright to acknowledge Kellie McCormick’s contributions to the firm over the past 16 years and her new position as principal.
“This is a natural transition to acknowledge Kellie’s enormous contribution and leadership,” said Robert Wright, FASID, president of McCormick & Wright. “In addition to being a talented and creative interior designer, she has been the driving force behind technological advances and management innovations within the firm.”
Wright said he spotted McCormick as a rising design star in one of the interior design classes he taught at San Diego State University in 1997.
McCormick & Wright will retain its existing offices in Hillcrest and La Jolla with a staff of seven and maintain its emphasis on custom interiors, McCormick said. The firm will continue to specialize in custom high-end interior design for residences in San Diego County and second homes around the country, as well as select commercial interiors. Current projects include the UCSD Chancellor’s residence (recently named the Audrey Geisel University House), a 1920s Spanish Revival, several oceanfront renovations, the San Diego Charger’s corporate offices and the Jack in the Box (Nasdaq: JACK) executive offices.
The firm was started in 1985 by Jan Bast, FASID, as Design & Space, and changed to Bast/Wright Interiors in 1991 after Wright joined the firm. From the beginning, the firm has made a commitment to serve the interior design profession through major leadership roles. Bast was honored as an ASID fellow in 2007 and has held every office in the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, including president. She also served as program director at the Design Institute of San Diego and was president of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
“As a principal, I will be continuing to take an active design and leadership role in the firm and Jan will continue to support our efforts in an administrative role,” Wright said. “As I consider my legacy, I am grateful for the great design, great clients and great relationships we have formed over the past decades. I know that Kellie will continue to grow that legacy over the coming decades.”
Wright has received numerous awards, including the national 2013 Designer of Distinction award from ASID. Wright has served as the national president of ASID and as president of the San Diego chapter of ASID, was honored as an ASID Fellow in 2004, and served two terms as chairman of the national Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
McCormick served as president of the San Diego ASID chapter and chair of ASID’s National Brand Council. For 10 years she also taught interior design classes at her alma mater San Diego State University.