Jennifer Simpson, a third-generation designer and a 25-year member of the
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), has been a professional
interior and facilities designer for 34 years, working primarily on
large-scale commercial projects. She was raised in the Chicago area and
received her Bachelor’s degree in Colorado.
Eight years of her career were spent in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as an interior
space architect, interior designer and project manager for the Arabian
American Oil Company (ARAMCO). She was part of a small team responsible for
the design, tenant finish, FF&E and move coordination for 4,000,000 square
feet of facilities throughout the Arabian Peninsula including office
buildings, executive housing, medical facilities and schools. She also
functioned as a project manager during the construction of ARAMCO’s Light
Industrial Park. Her most unusual project was the space plan of ARAMCO’s
SCADA Command Center which housed the 10’ high x 100’ wide LED panel
which showed where every drop of oil was flowing in Saudi Arabia at any given
Another nine years were spent as a facilities designer and project manager
for the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, most notably at the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Wind Technology Center.
She designed twelve buildings for NREL including the Department of Energy’s
Visitors Center. One NREL project, the Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF)
was dedicated by Vice President Al Gore in 1994 and later was awarded a
National Endowment for the Arts from the White House. Her years at NREL
established a career in sustainable design.
In 1998 she and Keith Furones formed Simpson Furones Partnership. Their
clients included Buckley Air Force Base, the University of Colorado, the CU
Snow and Ice Data Center and US Federal agencies such as NCAR, NIST and NOAA.
Since 2004, she has focused on hospitality projects and environmentally planned communities in Latin America. In 2006 the company permanently relocated to Panama and became known as Simpson Furones International.
In 2007 she became the Director of the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama’s Environmental Committee. Her goals for the committee included the creation of a Panama Green Building Council (PGBC) and the development of tax incentives for the use of green building technologies and products. In 2011, Simpson Furones International received a CSR award for their initiative to promote sustainability through the PGBC.
Panamanian projects include the Visitors Center for Panama Pacifico, three LEED projects at Panama’s City of Knowledge, and the historic Hotel Herrera in Casco Viejo.
Her work has been published internationally in newspapers and magazines such
as Contract Design and Green Building & Design Magazine. She has lectured
throughout the United States and Panama on green building, including
NEOCON/The Building Show in Chicago, two consecutive years at the Sustainable
Building Practices Conference in California and 2009 at Panama’s Expo
Her professional affiliations have included the American Society of Interior
Designers (ASID), the Institute of Business Designers, the Construction
Specifications Institute (CSI) and the International Facilities Management