Adrienne Faulkner CEO of the award-winning fully integrated Interior and Architectural Design Firm, Faulkner Design Group, has led her company’s success to consistently receiving top honors since its inception. Faulkner Design Group has completed more than 300,000 high-rise residential, mixed use, urban lofts, multi-family, senior and student living facilities in 36 states nationwide as well as in Canada.
Faulkner thinks globally, acts locally, and isn’t scared to do something first. She made her mark more than two decades ago in multi-family communities – way ahead of her peers. She was first in the U.S., for example, to bring colored laminate counter tops into apartments. She introduced white, European-style cabinets into apartments when whitewashed oak was the norm. She developed a Berber-type carpet that sold for a
fraction of competitors’ versions and lasted three times longer. Ahead of the pack again, Faulkner began specializing in senior living design 15 years ago. She has reshaped the North Texas skyline, too. She designed the first permanent penthouse residence in an Omni Hotel—for a Fort Worth billionaire. Her mark can be found on many of the top high rise and loft units in Dallas: Heights at Park Lane, at 8066 Park Lane; Hi Line, at 1400
Hi Line; Camden Design District, at 1551 Oak Lawn; and Alexan Southwest – 21 Forty Medical District, at 2140 Medical District Drive.
Ms. Faulkner became a premium sponsor of a multi-generational mentor program in Bryan, Texas. Wisdom for Youth from Senior Experience (WYSE) is a program which is committed to connecting teenagers with senior citizens to build relationships between the two generations. Students receive community service hours to use towards college applications and high school requirements.
Born in Dallas, Texas to Justice and Mrs. Ted Akin, Adrienne Akin Faulkner has a passion for design and architecture. She must have inherited this passion by following in the footsteps of her grandfather, architect George L. Dahl, F.A.I.A A visionary ahead of his time, Dahl is admired and revered for his multitude of works but is most noted for his role as Chief Architect and orchestrator of the 1936 Centennial Worlds Fair Exposition in
Ms. Faulkner graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance/International Business with a minor in Accounting. She then went on to graduate with Honors with a Professional Certificate in Interior Design. Ms. Faulkner has her NCIDQ national license as a Registered Interior Designer, is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has a LEED Green Associates Certification
and has memberships with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, International Interior Design Association, Real Estate Council of Dallas, The Greater Dallas Chamber, The Greater Dallas Planning Council, The Better Business Bureau of Dallas and The Leadership Board of the National Association of Home Builders.
Professionally, in addition to the duties of President and CEO for Faulkner Design Group, Adrienne is President of Architectural–Images, an art company showcasing the artwork of her grandfather George L. Dahl, and Design Expediting Services International, a centralized receiving, warehousing, delivery, and installation company based in Dallas.
Ms. Faulkner’s philanthropic successes include being a member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Texas Historically Underutilized Business Program, The Elite Who’s Who Among Outstanding Female Executives; The Elite Who’s Who Outstanding Women in Business; Leadership Dallas class 2001; and The Dallas Museum of Art. She is an active board member of The Dallas Historical Society, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and the Dallas International Film Festival.Ms. Faulkner is involved with such charitable organizations as The Chiapas Project, The Cottonwood Foundation, and The Byron Nelson Annual Golf Tournament, among others. She continues to speak at national conventions around the country.
Ms. Faulkner spends her free time taking care of her two young boys, Noah and Aiden, watching movies, consistently traveling the world to get inspired, and when time is available, riding horses.
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