Diane Hensley, RID, NCIDQ, IIDA
“Interior design is about creating spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. I love the challenge of understanding my client’s needs and vision for a successful project. It is so rewarding to help clients see their visions come to life. This is success for me.”
Diane boasts 39 years of experience designing a wide variety of interiors. She is a master space planner who is known for her design sensibility, passion, and wealth of technical knowledge. Diane works efficiently with clients to determine their definition of a successful project, then designs according to the client’s unique needs and goals.
She builds long-term relationships with many clients who entrust their interior design projects to her expertise and dedication.
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.