Lionakis is excited to announce that Bret Harper has joined the Lionakis Sacramento office as Interiors Associate Principal. In this role he will focus on our Civic, Healthcare and Commercial markets, while helping to lead and sharpen the vision of one of the largest interior design studios in the greater Sacramento area. In this role, Bret will also be the connection between Interiors and the firm’s leadership team.

As a workplace specialist, Bret has programmed millions of square feet in Northern California alone, increasing efficiency, fostering collaboration, and enhancing the end-user experience. When the Sacramento Bee published the 6 best offices to work in Sacramento in 2018, one of Bret’s office designs was prominently featured.


“What I love about functional workplace programming, is that while every project has leaderships goals that include the pragmatics of budget, schedule, and operational aspects, when done well, workplace programming remembers that at the core, it is about individuals.  People doing their job. Humanity. Workplaces that are planned and designed correctly, enhance the human experience, build community, and provide the backdrop for augmenting culture for the better.”


Bret’s career has led him to be involved in a wide variety of projects over his 30+ year career. He is well-versed in significant Civil market projects, including SMUD’s East Campus Operations Center, Sacramento City Hall, San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, and San Joaquin’s Human Services Agency, having led the programming for each project as well as the interior design. His experience with Healing Environments spans 25 years including leading the design for nearly 1 million square feet at Kaiser’s Roseville Medical Campus alone, as well as leading the design for two ground-up medical office buildings for Kaiser, and numerous renovations.

Team is one of the most significant factors of a successful interior design department, and Bret has the ability to bring staff together to collaborate and perform the best work possible, creating solutions that bring a client’s vision to life.

“I’ve admired Lionakis for a long time. Having been a designer in Sacramento for over 30 years, Lionakis was here at the start of my career and was always a firm that I knew represented excellence. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am to have joined this amazing firm whose mission statement sums up so perfectly my own goals for design – Designing a Better Future!  That’s what it’s all about!”

Bret also brings to Lionakis a long history of outstanding client service and project delivery, adding to our team’s ability to design and effectively deliver great projects and a great client experience. Bret holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior design from San Jose State University and holds a California Certification for Interior Design as a Certified Interior Designer (CID).  Please join the Lionakis family in welcoming Bret to the team!