The Tembo Design Story

Established in the Lower Mainland in March of 1996, we have many combined years of experience in all aspects of commercial office, retail, and restaurant interiors.

Whether partnered with other talented designers, firms, or independent projects, we have an outstanding record of providing our clients with high quality projects delivered on time, and on budget.

Listening to our clients needs, combined with our experience and expertise give our clients exactly what their project requires from start to successful completion.

Karen L. Lutz, RID, IDIBC (Fellow), IDC, LEED® AP

Since graduating from Mount Royal College in May of 1987, Karen had a brief career in retail design in Calgary until her move to Vancouver late in 1987. She has worked steadily since then, and has many years of experience in commercial office interiors, combined with a selection of restaurant, and retail projects. She has headed many projects while working with other design firms as well as independent projects. She is also accustomed to working as part of a design team on large-scale projects. Her attention to detail, technical expertise, creativity and professionalism has resulted in successful completion of past projects.

Karen’s involvement with N.C.I.D.Q. and with the local professional organization brought her recognition, and she served on the Board of Management of the Interior Designers Institute of B.C. for four and one half years from 1998 until 2003, two of those as President.


Winner of Best of Canada Design Award, Canadian Interiors Magazine
Canadian Airlines International, Executive Offices, Vancouver
Design Team: DH Designs (Karen Lutz, David Hanson, Sandra Mott)

Winner of Interior Designers Institute of B.C., Award of Excellence, Silver
Namdo Management, Vancouver
Designers: BBA Design Consultants Inc. (Sharon Bortolotto, Merike Lainevool, Scott Trepp)
Co-Designers: Syncor Business Environments (Karen Lutz, Nick Boyd)

Interior Design Award
Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta

Certificate of Recognition
Interior Designers Institute of B.C.
Awarded Fellowship 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • N.C.I.D.Q. (National Council for Interior Design Qualification.)
  • Accredited / Registered Interior Designer (R.I.D.) #010186
  • I.D.I.B.C. (Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia.)
  • Professional member, past President, Board of Governors
  • I.D.C. (Interior Designers of Canada) Professional member.