Todd Howard Ezrin, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Todd is a proud, third generation Washingtonian. His interests in art, architecture, and design were formed early on through exposure to cultural experiences, both at home and abroad. Prior to founding TOBE DesignGroup, he worked for leading architecture and design firms in Washington, DC. He has completed residential and commercial projects throughout the mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest. Todd holds degrees in Interior Design from Marymount University and in Business Management from Ithaca College. He is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, and by the US Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
He believes that the goal of any well-designed object should not be to merely satisfy a basic need, but to do so artfully and thoughtfully. It should strive to engage the senses; to elicit an emotional response. Good design is much more than form following function.
Working within these disciplines, Todd creates beautiful, memorable, sustainable, and timeless spaces. Inspiring a client’s enthusiasm and earning their trust is what supports his bold signature, a touch of the unexpected that distinguishes every project.
Phillip Johnson once said that all architecture is shelter. “A truly great piece of architecture is meant to be stimulating and comforting to all who interact with it.”
Growing up in DC and attending UMD makes Marsha think she’s boring, but we think she’s got a lot to strut with the many hats she’s worn. Aside from being our Office Manager extraordinaire, Marsha has been married 26 years, raised two grown young men, taught preschool and enjoys scoping out construction sites and model homes when not having fun at work with us.
Though she never pursued a career with her degrees in Urban Studies and Government & Politics, they do provide insight into the political show for which DC provides a front row seat.
Things have a way of coming full circle and Marsha’s love of home construction is no exception — she loved drawing floor plans as a kid and recently survived living at home through a complete house renovation. So if you’re looking for advice, she’ll probably have a thing or two to say!
As designers, you could say we know a thing or two about social gatherings. Wait, what? Yes, you heard that right — social interaction actually ranks high on the list of elements to be considered when designing a space. With open floor plans and common areas trending as central hubs. So to add our own social butterfly, we’ve hired Sharon Levy to help us navigate the murky social media waters while also keeping our blog fresh and informative.
Sharon originally hails from Washington, D.C. but now calls the Seattle area home, where she lives with her family. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, encompassing graphic design, marketing and communications. As an advertising Art Director, Sharon often dabbled in copy-writing with her creative team so it wasn’t a huge leap for her to take on the task of writing our blog each week. In addition to blogging, she will dust off her marketing skills and take our good ole’ fashioned, word-of-mouth reputation to an even greater audience.
So follow, share, tag, tweet, pin, review, like — heck, show us some love, any way you like!
By the time Christine renovated her third home, she had already decided to pursue her lifelong passion for design, earning her Associate Degree of Applied Science in Interior Design with a kitchen and bath specialization. Going back to school was no surprise, as Christine already holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Economics, as well as, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University.
Christine honed her project management, collaboration, and problem-solving skills during her prior career, where she spearheaded the D.C. operations for a woman-owned management consulting firm. Having roamed far and wide since her childhood days in Kodiak, Alaska, Christine continues to enjoy travel adventures with her family, including her husky, Niko.
Known for her attention to detail and commitment to exceeding expectations, she loves the challenge of designing beautiful, comfortable, and functional spaces that work for even the most rambunctious and furry clients.
A self-professed doer, Catherine has joined our team and it couldn’t have been at a better time as our business continues to grow. Working towards her Master’s in Interior Design at Marymount University — not unlike her boss — Catherine brings her personable, ambitious, organized and creative talents to the table, and is always on board for any challenge tossed her way. Having previously worked in office management helped whet Catherine’s customer-driven ethic that we strive to give each and every client. When not multi-tasking in our office and hobnobbing with clients, you may find Catherine creating origami, painting, baking, volunteering or playing tennis. A jack of all trades for sure. That’s what we’re talking about.