June 6, 2016

2015 was a banner year for Kolar Design. On the surface it was our 25th year in business. 25 years that Kolar Design has focused on harnessing the power of design as a transformative expression in built environments. A legacy of work that combines design and understanding of the human element to find new and better ways to connect people, places and brands.



Women’s Business Enterprise Star

Kelly Kolar, the President and Founder of Kolar Design – received the nation’s premier award for excellence among women’s business enterprises (WBEs). The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) awarded Kolar at its Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises. The gala took place on March 19, 2015 and was the concluding event to WBENC’s annual Summit & Salute. The event convened more than 1,500 corporate and government executives, WBEs and members of WBENC’s Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.


Thank you to everyone who made our 25th Anniversary Open House such a success. We enjoyed seeing the many faces who have supported Kolar over the last 25 years. It is because of you—our clients, partners, staff and friends—that we can celebrate this milestone. Thank you for being a part of our journey thus far!


Kolar has added several new members to their curated team during its 25th year – Lindsay Selders, Matthew Grote, Christian Reichle, and Ryan Newman. A diverse group of new teammates that continues the design excellence that Kolar has been known for since it’s inception.


On May 20, ArtsWave hosted its Inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium for members of its Women’s Leadership Roundtable.  Founded in 2014, the Women’s Leadership Roundtable brings together women who support and value the impact of the arts in our region. Mary Dietrich of Kolar Design shared a powerful story about her passion for creating environments and opportunities that inspire empathy in the healthcare system and beyond. Speakers, audience members, and organizers agreed that the evening was empowering and inspiring.  Nancy Stewart, Senior Sales Contract Analyst at GE Aviation, ArtsWave advocate, and a Women’s Leadership Roundtable Member wrote:  “I met, mingled and heard from some amazing women. It was ArtsWave with a ladies’ touch and it was a higher level that I’m so glad I did not miss.”