In Memoriam (1958 – 2021)
It is with a heavy heart that we share that Diane Hensley passed away on June 02, 2021. She was a huge part of establishing and making the Interior Design department at KKT successful, and her absence will surely leave a huge hole in it. Diane approached life and work with kindness and sincerity that was beyond comparison. Her radiant smile and positive attitude brightened our workplace daily. Diane has been with us since 1990 and was one of our original core group of designers. She was instrumental in making KKT a thriving company and an inclusive workplace, and as a Principal, she mentored and encouraged many young designers through the years. She played a lead design role in the completion of many notable projects and her contributions have left a lasting mark on KKT Architects and the Tulsa community, and we will forever be grateful to her for it.
Get to Know Diane
Education, Licensing, Boards, Publications, Presentations, Awards
- Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University
- Registered Interior Designer in the State of Oklahoma
If you could choose one favorite project that you’ve worked on, what would it be and why?
I love larger, long-term projects with a team approach. That’s why Cimarex Energy has been my favorite project so far. KKT started with a tenant buildout for their corporate headquarters in a newly constructed downtown building. I worked with the same team from the beginning of the project all the way through the final move date. Continued expansion projects were ongoing for several years. The working relationships were a basis for additional projects in other locations.
What skills did experience teach you that formal education did not?
I have learned how to communicate better and efficiently work with clients over the years. I used to think I had to be able to answer every question a client asked me. I learned that it is okay to say, “I don’t know, but I will find out.” The key is to always follow up with an answer. Listening well is the basis for a good working relationship. Asking the right questions is key in learning the client’s vision and expectations.
Why KKT? What sets KKT apart from its competitors?
KKT supports employees in developing their skills and talents. Everyone is appreciated for what they bring to the firm. The flexibility and casual work environment helps employees keep a balance to their lives. Everyone has the opportunity to provide input to make themselves and KKT the best we can be. It is also great to be a part of an organization that is known for successful projects and great service.
What do you find most rewarding in your career and working with your clients?
I really enjoy people. Getting to know them on a professional level is one of the best parts of my work. Learning about their profession helps me offer innovative ideas to plan their work environments.
Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
The Colorado mountains. I love to be outside in nature experiencing the sounds, smells, and sights. This gives me inspiration, a clear head, and grounding in anything I am pursuing.
What is your definition of success?
Success is being the best that I can be in everything I do and gaining the respect of others by my actions and integrity. I view a project as successful when the client is pleased with both the function and aesthetics of their space. It is also important to me that the professional relationships developed remain past the end of the project.