Patrick Thompson Design is a Detroit-based studio specializing in hospitality, commercial and retail spaces. We focus on creating highly customized interiors, and we work closely with designers, craftsmen, and fabricators who value design and the process.
PTD brings a holistic approach to each project. Our firm provides architecture, interior design, graphic design, product design, and brand management services. Since its inception in 2009, PTD has designed spaces for museums, hotels, restaurants, offices, retail establishments, and residences for our clients. Our work ranges from creating custom furniture, lighting, and branding, to large-scale hospitality projects.
Thompson brings over fifteen years of experience and a team of designers, architects, craftspeople, and fabricators that bring authenticity, creativity, collaboration, innovation to each project. Our spaces are unique to the client, meet their needs and reflect our love of design. We have won fifteen Detroit Design awards and have been featured in Interior Design magazine, Dwell magazine, Metropolis magazine, and Hour Detroit.
Patrick was born with design in his DNA. His artist father and art historian mother shaped his appreciation for beauty at an early age with trips to Western Massachusetts where pastoral landscapes and colonial architecture created a sense of wonder that still resonates with him today. While working through college, doing intermittent carpentry work, Patrick found himself enrolled exclusively in design related electives. After graduating with a degree in historic preservation, he continued with carpentry and began working more closely with homeowners and architects. It was through this experience of collaborative design that Patrick decided to move to Chicago to return to school and pursue his true passion, receiving a fine arts degree in interior design from Harrington College of Design.
His approach to design is simple: beauty is a given, and what elevates a space from something that merely checks the boxes to something that has real resonance is deeply listening to the unique needs of each client. His favorite thing about PTD is the opportunity to serve people in finding joy, harmony, and functionality in their surroundings.
In his free time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children, coaching soccer and attending youth sporting events. He is an avid cyclist, lover of yard work, and a glutton for punishment when it comes to home renovation. He has seen Phish over 30 times and eagerly awaits adding to that number every summer. As a 90’s skate kid, Patrick never lost his obsession with West Coast skateboard culture and occasionally risks life and limb to get back on his board.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Heather has always been a woman with a plan. She wanted to be an interior designer from a young age, and a high school drafting class sealed the deal. While studying interior design in college, she was tasked with developing 5 and 10-year goals. True to form she ticked off every one of her goals: she passed the NCIDQ on her first try, worked at a firm in downtown Detroit and climbed to the top of the industry ladder. She now has the satisfaction of looking out of PTD’s office window and seeing the many buildings she worked on and the impact her work has made on Detroit’s skyline. Fueled by the various sweets and snacks available in the office, Heather continues to give her all to her many roles at PTD.
Heather has a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and is NCIDQ certified. When not in the office, Heather can be found riding her bike, hiking with her hound dog, or tearing through girly novels. She is a proud Corktown resident and avid volunteer, most recently making her annual appearance as Santa’s elf at Corktown-Aglow.
From a young age, Mary was analyzing the spaces and objects around her. Although she’s matured from “re-doing” her childhood bedroom to serving as Studio Director at PTD, her instinct to improve the built environment has been a constant. Mary begins each new design challenge with open eyes and open ears: the first step in her process is to listen carefully to the needs and wants of the client. As a designer, Mary is a problem solver and her objective is to offer intentional solutions that improve people’s aesthetic and functional experience of a space. Mary enjoys the various project types she works on and believes that PTD’s ability to craft creative solutions for any environment is what makes the firm unique.
Mary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the College for Creative Studies. Mary loves her profession, but the best part of her life is who she gets to share it with: her husband and her dog. She also loves a good puzzle, rereading Harry Potter, and going out for ice cream.
Kristina has over fifteen years of Operations Management and planning experience. Her passion for design and the arts brought her to PTD where she can apply her skills in a creative environment. She grew up in Metro Detroit but spent fourteen years living in other states before returning to Michigan in 2015. Kristina is thrilled to be working in Detroit for a design studio that is actively involved in the revitalization of this great city.
Kristina received a B.A. in Media Arts from Michigan State University. She enjoys photography, video production, and design. For many years, Kristina spent much of her free time traveling. At this stage of life, a perfect day involves spending quality time with her loving husband and two young daughters in the backyard of their home. She is a huge animal lover and has been riding horses since age nine.
Ryan was an avid sketcher and Lego enthusiast from the start, but it was his grandpa’s gift of a book about skyscrapers that captured his imagination and set him on the path to becoming an architect. He studied architecture in college but once in the real world, Ryan discovered that school had only scratched the surface of the profession. Luckily, reality also reinforced that he had chosen the right career and challenge. Ryan’s design approach centers on listening and offering multiple solutions that the client may have never considered. His favorite aspect of PTD is that it’s the coolest office in Detroit with dogs, bicycles, and skateboards.
Ryan is a licensed Architect in the State of Michigan and graduated from LTU many moons ago. Speaking of moons, Ryan is a space nerd who loves astronomy, although he is unclear on the finer points of relativity and the movie Interstellar. Back on earth, Ryan enjoys bicycling, craft beer, acoustic music, and road trips.
Molly was drawn to design because of her love of writing and literature. Just as a good novel utilizes theme, character, and narrative structure, a good design uses materiality, details, and space to tell a complex story simply and beautifully.
Her approach to design is similar to her approach to writing: determine the message you want to convey and then imbue that message with meaning through thoughtful design that weaves together people, place, and program. Molly’s favorite aspect of working at PTD is that it gives her the opportunity to explore and work in existing spaces that are rich with history and potential.
Molly received a B.A. in English, M.Arch, and Master of Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy. She enjoys reading, long walks and hanging out with her husband and pit bull, Olive.
While other kids were watching cartoons, Miranda would spend hours poring over design magazines and sketching out her dream home. Her parents realized her interest early on, but it wasn’t until she was a teenager that Miranda realized she could make a career out of her hobby. She approaches design pragmatically: there is no point in having a beautiful space unless it is also comfortable, practical, and functional. Miranda likes working on PTD’s small, supportive team and enjoys working in and around Detroit on a variety of exciting projects.
Miranda received a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Eastern Michigan University. In her free time, she is endlessly occupied with food; cooking it, growing it, preserving it, even foraging for it. She would much rather check out an ethnic grocery store or farmer’s market than shop for shoes. She also loves to travel, which incidentally, often includes checking out local food. Together with her husband, she happily spoils her dog; a pit bull named June.
A visual learner with a sharp eye, Molly is passionate for all things aesthetic. Her mood boards and palettes are dynamic and inspired by sources ranging from graphics and packaging to fashion and beauty. What Molly loves about interior design is that it takes disparate references and incorporates them into timeless spaces that enrich people’s lives. Her talent for developing strong conceptual designs can help even the least visually oriented person understand the intended look and feel of a space. Molly loves the collaborative atmosphere at PTD and enjoys sharing in her coworkers’ unique outlooks and experiences.
Molly has an Associates in Business from Henry Ford College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art and Design. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her large extended family, traveling, a good beer and shopping.
Katelyn’s love for beautiful spaces developed naturally as she grew up in a family of tradespeople and contractors. After working in the service industry for ten years, she has come to understand that a great experience starts the moment you walk through the door. Much like mixing the perfect cocktail, she believes a successful interior is all about finding the perfect blend of variety and balance. Katelyn loves PTD’s collaborative environment and the opportunity to be involved in new projects at the heart of her favorite city.
Katelyn received a B.F.A in Interior Design from Wayne State University and her goal is to become NCDIQ certified in the years to come. In her free time, you can find Katelyn with her two dogs, Annie & Nola, enjoying Belle Isle or making craft cocktails for friends, if she doesn’t already have a Last Word in hand.
Director of Barkitecture
Director of Barkitecture
Birdie is our beloved and mostly well-behaved office mascot. Recently, she has added counter surfing to her repertoire of already impressive talents. Birdie enjoys long walks on the beach and Seinfeld reruns.
We believe the inspiration for our choices and the processes about the spaces we create for our clients and the communities they inhabit, have a direct and powerful impact on their mental and physical well-being.
Our vision is to go above and beyond in everything we do, to be one of the most respected design firms in the United States.
Our mission is to create thoughtful and beautiful spaces that synthesize the client’s aesthetic and sensory desires with functional and economic essentials. In this way, we will fundamentally honor and celebrate the buildings that contain these needs.
These six core values embody our culture’s spirit and dedication.
- Customer Commitment: We develop relationships that make positive differences in the hearts and souls of our client’s lives.
- Honesty: Abundance and prosperity are natural outcomes of truthful and rightful business practice.
- Integrity: We uphold the highest standards of authenticity and loyalty to our clients in all of our actions.
- Quality: We provide outstanding and excellent design that delivers premium service to our clients.
- Accountability: We are personally accountable for delivering on our promises.
- Make an Impact: Our Contribution to planet Earth. Our goal is to improve spaces and places that bring people joy.