Alissa Nelson

Design Manager,
LEED AP | IIDA | NCIDQ #32872

Alissa is a registered interior designer with over 12 years of experience.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from Iowa State University, and is licensed through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, and registered with the state of Iowa. 

As a child, Alissa was always very interested in the visual world, and planning out the space around her. So when she first discovered the field of interior design, it was a match made in heaven.  After following her dream to impact interior spaces in a positive way, Alissa graduated from Iowa State University with a BFA in Interior Design in 2007.  Since then she has been an active member of the International Interior Design Association, Great Plains Chapter as both a city council member, and past board member.  She’s also participated on committees for the Iowa Architectural Foundation, with the primary focus of introducing the field of design to the next generation of students & mentoring.

Believing that maintaining her education & relevance within the field are key to supplying her clients with the spaces they need and want, Alissa has passionately pursued increasing her skill set, particularly after joining R&R in 2014 as their first interior designer.  She accomplished her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam in 2017, and became registered with the state of Iowa that same year.  If there is a Continuing Education Class nearby that relates to design – you can bet Alissa will be at it!

Over her 12 years of interior design experience, she has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of interior design projects ranging from healthcare, education, residential, aviation, and retail before finding her true passion – corporate interior design.  Understanding that on average we spend over 40% of our lives within our work spaces, Alissa’s main goals with each project are to create healthy, functional, beautiful surroundings tailored to each client so they can focus on their work – not the space around them.  As Design Manager for Spark, she encourages the same from her team of interior designers, and relishes each opportunity to brainstorm and mentor with her talented group.

When not working on putting together the puzzle of her latest design project, Alissa can be found traveling with her husband and young daughter in their camper, oil painting, playing the piano, running, or otherwise enjoying the Great Outdoors.


Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

– Robert L. Peters