Team - Shari


IIDA Associate, IDEC, ISPI

Registered Interior Designer • Educator: Sustainability, Professional Practices, and Universal Design

Professional Affiliations

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC)
Center for Health Design, Affiliate Member
International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)


Bachelor of Fine Arts / University of Michigan
M.S. in Organizational Performance Workspace Learning / Boise State University


A Meaningful Life with Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s Association & Wayne State University, Panel Discussion
Workshop: A Team Focused Solution for Healthcare Environments
Healthcare Design 05, in conjunction with the Center for Health Design / Quality Process Improvement
Developing Healthcare Design Standards
National Healthcare Symposium, San Francisco


International Society for Performance Improvement – Award of Excellence – U.S.C.G. Training Manager, Performance Support System, B. Nickel, D. Torres, S. Stein

From a young age, Shari Stein, Principal Interior Designer for DesignTeam Plus, LLC, understood that interior spaces have an impact on health and wellbeing, and that color can infuse a space with energy, spark creativity, and evoke an emotional response. “I was surrounded by interior designers who made an impression on me in the way they decorated their own homes, seeing their work published in magazines,” she says.

“I also remember being affected by the elder care facility in which my aunt lived, and I visualized intuitively that I could make it more lively, and have an impact on interior spaces for the eldery.”

Shari obtained a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and an MS in Organizational Performance Workplace Learning, and embarked on projects in health and senior care, as well as commercial work. With more than 30 years of experience, Shari enjoys collaborating with her dedicated team of architects and designers, who together are involved in all aspects of projects, which Shari believes is key to the firm’s success.

Another strength of DTP is a commitment to “active listening while also remaining flexible,” Shari says. “It’s important for us to understand our client’s goals and expectations early in the process and as they may change over time; each client is unique, and there is no one size fits all approach.”

From 1997 to 2013, Shari served as an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University, and sharing her knowledge with others continues to be vital to keeping her connected to the community. For her leadership and mentoring of young professionals, particularly female entrepreneurs, and for her willingness to share her passion and excitement with those around her, including leading several Detroit-area pro bono projects, the Great Lakes Women's Business Council awarded Shari the Women's Business Enterprise Michigan Role Model/Mentor of the Year for 2020.

Shari prioritizes the client relationship above all else. “That’s how we end up with repeat local and out-of-state clients,” she says. “There’s no better feeling that knowing your client is happy and that you’ve exceeded their expectations.”

Her publications include the following:
Book, Chapter A Practical Guide Needs Assessment 3E: by; B.Nickel, D. Torres, S. Stein, 2014
Article, Performance Xpress: Tales from The Field: Improving Interviewing
Article, ISPI Journal, Skills for Affordable Housing Providers, by; Rick Mauney, Shari Stein, May 2, 2011
IIDA Newsletter, Interior Design Now and Beyond, 2000
Article, Journal of Healthcare Interior Design, 1990