Gable is pleased to announce that Ken Lay has joined the company as the design director of Gable’s Solutions Design Group, a team of 17 diverse designers who support design-build and design-assist-build projects.
As design director, Lay will provide design leadership and management, concept and creative expertise, and process and design development.
Lay will work closely with and under the direction of entertainment industry veteran Michael Shulman, Gable’s SVP of design and development, to strategically grow the design discipline.
“Bringing Ken Lay to Gable as Design Director deepens our retail and architectural design expertise and advances our approach to managing projects with a hands-on, pragmatic architectural design,” Shulman says. “His background and our start-up mentality will allow us to grow as a design-centric thought leader.”
Lay brings over 20 years of design expertise in retail design and planning, creative direction, omnichannel integration, and environmental graphic design. He has lead multidisciplinary design teams for dynamic architecture and design initiatives through managing, developing, and delivering designs for projects with budgets from $500 to $550 million. Additionally, Lay holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
“We were founded on the fundamentals of design and creativity so it’s exciting to expand our influence of design for our clients’ projects. Ken has an ideal background and the passion to strengthen our design capabilities and discipline,” says Paul Gable, president and CEO of Gable.
Lay’s most recent endeavors at the helm of design include careers at Luxottica and Macy’s. At Luxottica, he led and collaborated on the design of the new Target Optical 2.0 concepts, prototype implementations, and rollout of over 150 locations. Prior to that, while at Macy’s, Lay directed the design aspects of the exterior, interior, and wayfinding designs of the five-year, $550 million Macy’s Herald Square Flagship project, partnering with the planning and construction teams.
Lay comments, “I’m excited to join Gable leading the Solutions Design Group where we will bring a creative and holistic approach to projects including those that integrate brand experience, architecture, and interiors to create memorable places for people to work and play.”