London-based Portland Design has appointed Sarah Wicker Kimes as Director, Americas. Based in Chicago, Sarah will be responsible for leading and building the consultancy’s first practice in the Americas region.


Prior to joining Portland, Sarah was the Dallas Office Director and Vice President, Brand Strategy at CallisonRTKL, where she led a team that specialized in trend forecasting, human-centered design, consumer insights and the creation of branded environments. Her career has been focused on collaborating with global clients to deliver elevated, meaningful experiences in the built environment. Sarah is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and a frequent contributor to industry publications and speaker at ICSC, ULI and AIA conferences.


Ibrahim Ibrahim, MD comments: “this has been a long-term plan to expand our presence in North America and I am delighted that Sarah will be spearheading this. As an experienced brand strategist she understands today’s challenging consumer environment and the importance of delivering human-centered and future-proofed design solutions.”


“Developers and brands are increasingly challenged to find new ways to connect with the evolving consumer” says Kimes, “I’m excited to extend the insight-driven, global design expertise of Portland Design to this region.”