Susan Cordovilla-Gorton

Susan Cordovilla-Gorton


Senior Associate

“I’m a function-first person, but there’s no reason function can’t be beautiful. You can always address the essential needs in a beautiful way.”

Susan took on her first design project in sixth grade, when she and her sister finally got their own rooms in their Northern Virginia home. She threw herself into painting, arranging—and rearranging—her new bedroom. The project made her an “Ikea whiz,” she jokes, but it also gave her the first inkling that different layouts can change one’s perception of space. Susan earned her interior design degree in 2006, and has specialized in hospitality and multi-residential projects ever since. “No two days are exactly the same, there’s always a new challenge,” she says, especially with hotel, multi-residential, and senior living amenities that give her the opportunity to design spaces such as bowling alleys, movie theaters, restaurants, and bars. “You can do anything.”

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Susan is a key project manager with ForrestPerkins, overseeing design and construction schedules so a project comes together on time and on budget. She helps design teams organize and prioritize steps in the process while also making sure it’s meeting all the client’s requirements.


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  • +1 (202) 212-6056
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  • Education

  • Virginia Tech; B.S. Interior Design
  • Associations

  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification