Katina N. Benenate : President

Katina N. Benenate


Katina Benenate offers the design world a unique mix of warmth, innovation, and style.

Her design is known for a touch of the unexpected, combined with luxurious textures, bold colors and patterns with the perfect amount of sophistication, energy, and a vibrant pace.

Katina graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, in 2005.  Katina has always had an entrepreneurial spirit.  Shortly after graduation she completed her first clothing store.

Under the direction of various architectural firms she gained knowledge in the corporate, aviation, and healthcare industries.  Engaging in projects such as Google Headquarters, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Bernie Marcus Neuroscience Center, The Grady Burn Unit, and the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport.

Katina is driven by a challenge and is always eager to delve into a new avenue of design. Katina officially launched Benenate Design in 2006 focusing on hospitality, commercial, healthcare, and residential. Katina’s extensive residential portfolio was developed mostly by working for clients on commercial projects and gaining their respect.

In 2011, Katina and her team worked on several projects in the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport, including the Atlanta Hawks Highlight Factory Bar and Grill. A million dollar sculpture was specified for Concourse A’s Food Court and Benenate Design worked directly with the artist out of London in developing this custom fixture.

Benenate Design is established as a professional firm delivering a level of expertise that is not only innovative, but also classically trained.

Margarita Paz : Architect_LEED AP B+C

Margarita Paz

Architect_LEED AP B+C

Margarita Paz was born in Medellin, Colombia were she attended the National University of Colombia and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Architecture in 2001. From early in her career, she stood out for her passion for design and won many architectural competitions including the XVIII National Colombian Exhibition and Awards, the Premio Corona Pro-Architecture of Sustainable Architecture and High Ambient Quality, and was participant in the Invitational Competition & Exhibition President’s Medals for Architecture Education by the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA.

After getting her architecture license in Colombia, she relocated to the United States and Atlanta became her home.  She has worked in various architectural firms were she gained knowledge in projects regarding residential, senior living, transportation, investigation and research, interior design and urban design.

She participated in projects such as Lenbrook -Continuing Retirement Community CCRC- (Construction plans and construction administration), Kahl Home for the Aged -Skilled Nursing- (Schematic design, design development and construction plans), Still Hopes -Retirement Community- (Schematic design, design development and construction plans), Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. International Terminal and Parking Structure; Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Schematic design), among others.

She has always been driven by sustainable design and green strategies, so she became a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by The Green Building Certification Institute and since 2009 she obtained a specialization to be a LEED AP in Building Design + Construction.

Margarita enjoys traveling and has had the opportunity to live in different cities of three different continents, where she has learned to respect diverse cultures and to learn from them with the eyes of architecture. As a guide of her career, she has always followed the quote by Richard Rogers: "The beauty of practising architecture is that it is an inclusive experience, an adventure enjoyed with others" from his book Cities for a Small Planet.

Scherrie Craig : Designer_Project Manager

Scherrie Craig

Designer_Project Manager

Scherrie Craig,  studied interior design at Gwinnett Technical College. While in attendance, she became a certified faux finish artist and began her first career as an entrepreneur.  She began creating decorative wall finishes for residential clients and commercial spaces.  She later worked for a few design firms gaining knowledge in residential design creating luxurious interiors for the residential clients and staging model homes throughout Atlanta, Georgia.

Scherrie’s design style is primarily modern with traditional touches, which gives even minimalist spaces a homey feel. She specializes in faux finishes, window treatments, and sourcing unique and eye-catching textiles to help create texture in rooms through layering.  She has been in the industry for more than eight years.  Scherrie, currently works with Benenate Design, LLC.