Director of Hickok Cole Lifestyle, Associate Principal

Rhea Vaflor serves as Design Director of the Lifestyle’s Interiors group which focuses on interiors in multi-family, mixed-use and hospitality projects. An AIA award-winning licensed interior designer and LEED accredited professional, she holds an MFA in Interior Design and MA in International Development from the George Washington University. In her undergraduate studies, she majored in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. Rhea is a Board member of the DC Real Estate Group and a member of the DCBIA DLD.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Rhea initially came to Washington DC area for a career in international economic development. Although that career path gave her an opportunity to travel extensively internationally and the work was fulfilling, she ultimately realized that her true vocation lay in design.

Rhea’s design perspective draws inspiration from her travels as well as the worlds of dance, graphic design, cinema and fashion. She passionately believes that the designer has an enormous responsibility as the built environment has the power to affect the way people interact with one another and inform the way that they navigate in the world.