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Nikki Steele to take helm of FBM’s Interior Design Division

FBM has had a lot to celebrate this month. In addition to hosting their 100th Anniversary event earlier this month, the firm has brought on Nikki Steele who will join D’Arcy Dennehy in leading up their interior design division.

“We felt strongly early on in our recruiting process that Nikki was the right fit to join the FBM team,” says George Cotaras, President of FBM Architecture and Interior Design. “Obviously her experience in the industry and her leadership roles impressed us, but more importantly we needed to find the right person who would wholeheartedly embrace our vision of people driven design; that was Nikki.”

Steele arrived in Halifax late this summer after spending over ten years at 4té inc. a renowned commercial interior design firm based in Ottawa. She graduated from Mount Allison University and went on to receive an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design from Algonquin College before joining 4té inc., where she was the senior designer for large-scale, high-profile private sector and Government of Canada design projects.

“After ten years with a great organization, I was feeling the urge to shift gears and embark on a new challenge,” says Steele. “FBM has established itself as a leader in the design industry, so being provided with the opportunity to further advance their interior design division is an incredible opportunity.”

Founded in 1917, FBM has been a landmark in Halifax for 100 years. It is now a firm with over 25 employees led by three architects, a senior technologist and the firm’s accountant.

“More and more, our clients – especially our returning clientele – are looking to us to expand our service offerings to include interior design, and as a result, this department within our firm has built a strong base in recent years”, says Cotaras. “I have no doubt that Nikki is the right person to continue this momentum, and further to that, she will be an important contributor to the design industry in Halifax and Atlantic Canada.”

To date, under the strong leadership and direction of D’Arcy Dennehy, FBM’s Interior Design team has recently worked with Studio 21, Dalhousie University at Jenkins Hall and The MacRae Library Student Learning Commons, Emera’s Nova Scotia headquarters and several major interior design projects for the Federal Government in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.