Amy Shavelson

Amy Shavelson


Associate Principal

“It’s in my nature always to be looking for a story, and telling that story to create an environment that makes people proud of where they work.”

Amy’s commercial design practice marks her second career after first working for Ralph Lauren as a buyer for the brand’s furniture, fabric, wallpaper, and lighting lines. Twice a year during that tenure, she collaborated with designers and architects on renovating the brand’s eighteen Home Collection sales floors in stores across the country to reflect the theme of each new season. She ultimately realized that she’d rather be on the designers’ side of the table, however, so she returned to school for a design degree. Amy already had a background in musical theater while she was growing up, so she saw a career in commercial design as a way to blend her creative passions with the skills in corporate finance that she’d developed at Ralph Lauren.

Amy worked with several firms in New York and Washington before joining the DC studio of Perkins Eastman as Workplace practice leader in 2022. Amy has worked with local, national and international corporations on their headquarters projects, and her client list is rich with mission-driven organizations such as non-profits and associations. She helps design teams take “the big idea,” tie it into a storyline and make it work with a project’s execution “so you can start to see how that first moment of impact lives and breathes throughout an entire space.”

Our Perkins Eastman

With so much experience on both the creative and end-user sides of design, Amy enjoys mentoring young talent. On the principal level, she’s responsible for supporting the firm’s marketing team and its overall marketing efforts. In her spare time, she’s deeply involved with CREW DC (Commercial Real Estate Women – DC Chapter) and the March of Dimes, where she serves on the executive leadership team to organize its annual Golf for Babies event.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (202) 239 4611
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  • Education

  • New York School of Interior Design; A.A.S.
  • University of Maryland;
    B.A. Communication
  • Associations

  • International Interior Design Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women,
    DC Chapter
  • March of Dimes