Gretta Peterson

Gretta Peterson

Gretta Peterson

Lecturer - Interior Design

Brief Vitae

Masters, Cornell University

As a Workplace Knowledge Consultant, Gretta conducts translational design research that adds unique value to Herman Miller customers.  In this role - every day presents new challenges – just as every organization has distinctive needs and metrics for success. Gretta is always intrigued by the ways in which design research can be used to address real-world issues, enhance the human experience, re-define business strategy, and inform tailored solutions for the built environment.

During her time at Herman Miller, Gretta’s clients have included organizations such as: Bayer, Dell, Federal Bank of New York, Nationwide Insurance, Principal Financial Group, QVC, Rolls Royce, University of Michigan, among others. Gretta has been a guest lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and teaches an online course in Evidence Based Design through the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska.  She is also Board Chair of the Design, Art & Culture Giving committee – part of Herman Miller’s corporate giving program; and is an active member in the Holland Junior Welfare league – serving as Alumni Relations Chair.  

Areas of expertise include quantitative + qualitative research, storytelling, facilitation and inquiry, sensemaking and synthesis, as well as change management, design management and design process development. 

Gretta has a Master’s degree in Applied Research in Human Environment Relations and minor in Organization Behavior from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture with minors in Architecture and Business Administration from the University of Oregon.  She is a Professional Member of the International Interior Design Association  (IIDA), and holds certifications from Proci Change Management, EDAC, LEED,  and the NCIDQ (license #27996).  

In her free time, Gretta enjoys spending time with her husband, travel, cooking, upcycling, trying new farm to table restaurants, and exploring the great outdoors.