CCO: Registered Interior Designer, NCIDQ certified, IIDADawn Arcieri

As a lifestyle specialist with 38 years of experience, Dawn’s extensive knowledge of hospitality drivers and trends, create innovative and inviting spaces for multi-family, mixed-use, hospitality, and retail clients.

With the user experience in mind, Dawn brings a unique vision to each project and ensures her design leaves a lasting impression on staff and guests alike. Dawn takes a client-focused approach to each project and thoughtfully tailors the perfect team to successfully deliver the client’s vision. She is known for collaborating with clients, connecting their objectives and offering tailored ideas and innovative solutions that meet and exceed their goals. Dawn enjoys getting to know each client, and seeing how the final design of a new space can enhance their business and user experience. In restaurant design, working with extremely tight budgets and time restraints often challenges her to find creative solutions for clients.

Before forming KT Ventures with Kevin Thomas, Dawn started her career with McFaddin Ventures a company that owned and operated its own entertainment venues across the globe. She had her own firm for 32 years, where she used her ability to identify, develop and capitalize on existing business and future trends in the restaurant and corporate sectors of interior design. She left her firm to start the Food and Beverage Studio for Gensler Houston, in her role as the Regional Food and Beverage Specialist. She then worked for a small architectural firm for a short time where she began the Interiors Studio and focused on active senior living communities, medical clinics and educational facilities.

Her Design Expertise Includes:

  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Hotel
  • Multi-Family
  • Active Senior Living
  • Medical Clinics
  • Physicians Offices
  • Spa & Salons
  • Pharmaceutical Labs


  • The Art Institute of Houston, 1986, Associates Degree in Interior Design Graduated with Honors.
Dawn Arcieri, CCO: Registered Interior Designer, NCIDQ certified, IIDA
Dawn Arcieri, RID, NCIDQ, IIDA Chief Creative Officer

1983 - PresentCareer

2021 – Present KT Ventures – TX Inc., Chief Creative Officer

2016 – 2019 Gensler Houston, TX, Senior Associate/Senior Interior Designer/Regional Practice Area Leader – Food & Beverage 
While at Gensler, my position encompassed a variety of roles from Business Development to mentor.  As a project lead, I managed teams and projects, overseeing the design and documentation for multiple projects in various practice areas from food and beverage to Bio-Pharmaceutical labs.  As the Regional Retail Practice Area Leader, my focus was on the development of the food and beverage practice for the region.

Possibly my most rewarding role was as a PDP coach and mentor, where I was able to foster, champion and develop young talent within the office.

1990 – 2016/2019 – 2022 Batsche Design, Inc /Studio BDI Houston, TX, Principal/Chief Creative Officer
I’ve owned and managed a successful boutique design firm for 32 years where I use my ability to identify, develop and capitalize on existing business and future trends in the restaurant and corporate sectors of interior design.

The firm’s primary focus is in the restaurant practice area, however, we design active senior living communities, corporate office and multi use buildings; such as the Galveston Mid County Annex Building as well.  Project types range from Interior Tenant Finish Out, Remodel and Ground Up spaces.

The firm’s responsibilities often cross over into assisting with exterior design, landscape design and branding when requested by our clients.

During the firms tenure, I built our client base to over 200 clients. In restaurant design, working with extremely tight budgets and time restraints often challenges me to find creative solutions for our clients.

In some instances, the firm was requested to act as a purchasing agent where we procured and coordinated delivery and installation of furnishings, light fixtures and decorative finishes.

2012 – Present  Arcieri Confections Houston, TX, Chief Barkmaster and Owner
I am a self taught Chocolatier.  My instinct for pairing flavor combinations, result in unique and interesting hand-crafted bark.  I had the opportunity to create all product, branding and packaging for my bark.

1990 – Index, The Design Firm  Houston, TX, Project Designer
My duties included hand drafted drawings for Hotel and Restaurant projects, selection and specification of finishes, furnishings and accessories.  Index, closed their offices just 3 months after I began working for the firm.

1983 – 1986 & 1988 -1990  McFaddin Ventures/TMHI Houston, TX, Senior Project Designer
I began working with McFaddin Ventures while still attending the Art Institute of Houston.  My entry level position was to meet with all Architectural Representatives and take care of the organization of the library as well as inform the Design Staff of new products that had arrived.

During my time with McFaddin Ventures, I moved into an entry level design position.  I left McFaddin Ventures shortly before graduating from the Art Institute of Houston in 1986 yo focus on my final portfolio review projects.

From 1986-1988, I worked as a contract designer until my return to McFaddin Ventures in 1988 in a Senior Project Designer position.  I n this position I was responsible for creating construction documents by hand drafting and the coordination of all other drawings required for construction with outside disciplines.

My duties included space planning, concept design and specification of finishes, furnishings, and lighting as well as documentation of the same.  In my role, I acted as a liaison between my supervisor, clients, purchasing agents and contractors to ensure projects were completed on time and in budget.  I remained at McFaddin ventures until the close of the company 1990.

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rd+d Best New Prototype
Year 2019 - Burger Boy - San Antonio, TX
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Starnet Design Awards
Year 2015 - Max Bowl - Humble, TX

Gold - People's Choice Award

Silver - Unique Installation
Winner Texas Best Rehabilitation
Year 2012 - Spindletop Restaurant - Beaumont, TX
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