Amberlee Isabella is an award-winning interior and graphic designer living in New York City. For ten years, she has been a designer and strategist in Gensler's retail studio delivering innovative design solutions for her clients. Whether it's a new prototype design, international flagship or roll out implementation Amberlee approaches every project with the goal of exceeding client expectations.
She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Design and Honors program receiving a BA of Interior Design. At Kentucky, Amberlee was a founding member and the 2007 Overall Chair of the philanthropy DanceBlue, a year-long fundraising effort that culminates in a 24-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon for pediatric cancer. In 2017, DanceBlue celebrated 12 years of dancing with fundraising efforts that have totaled over $11 million for cancer research and family support. In 2017, Amberlee was awarded the The Denomme Spirit of Philanthropy Award for "advancing the mission of DanceBlue, through excellence in philanthropy and creative fundraising."
In 2012, while working at Gensler, Amberlee completed her M.A. in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She utilizes her graphics and brand strategy at Gensler to provide insightful brand analysis and solutions for retailers specific to the built environment. In 2016, she was honored as one of VMSD's Design Dozen celebrating "the best and brightest young designs in retail design" and began teaching at the top ranked New York School of Interior Design.
Amberlee also enjoys sharing her experiences as a professional by offering guidance and motivation to students and young graduates through mentoring. In 2010, Amberlee spoke at NeoCon with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) on how to land your dream job as well as personal branding. Most recently she was invited back to her alma mater to speak at the University of Kentucky on her experiences as a young professional. In 2014, she was appointed to the University of Kentucky School of Interior Design Advisory board. Additionally, she is an IIDA student mentor as well as an IIDA NCIDQ prep mentor helping other professionals achieve licensure.
Amberlee is a Certified Interior Designer in the state of New York, NCIDQ Certified, a LEED AP ID+C accredited professional as well as a member of both the International Interior Design Association and the American Institute of Graphic Artists.
Always by her side when she's designing you can find Amberlee with her miniature dachshunds, Dixie-Lee and Lillee-Jo. On her nights off you can find her cheering on her beloved University of Kentucky Men's Basketball team!