Our people are our key assets for delivering excellence design through commitment, inspiration, dedication and expertise.

Mike Nicklas, FAIA, President

Michael Nicklas graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Architecture and has been the President of Innovative Design since the firm was established in 1977. Mr. Nicklas has served on the board of directors of the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) every year from 1979 to 2005. While serving on these boards, he led many significant efforts from implementing solar tax credits in the NC legislature to supporting energy-efficiency and solar energy included within the UN Earth Summit’s Agenda 21. In promoting solar energy, Mr. Nicklas has met with the heads-of-state of eight countries and presented lectures and organized conferences around the globe to educate and encourage sustainable energy.
Mr. Nicklas’ extensive knowledge of solar and architectural design has led him to become a valued resource in these areas. Appointments have included NC Energy Policy Council, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Advisory Board, NC Solar Center chairman, US Office of Technology Assessment Renewable Energy Advisory Board, AIA Committee on the Environment Steering Committee, NC Trade and Industrial Education Advisory Committee, NC Governor’s Task Force on Solar Law, NC Department of Public Instruction Solar Advisory Committee and ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 Schools Committee representing AIA.

Gary Bailey, AIA, Sr. Vice President

Gary Bailey is Sr. Vice President and co-founder of Innovative Design, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University. Mr. Bailey has been a featured panelist and speaker at many conferences and forums, representing Innovative Design’s work to a national audience, including Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC), Southwest Sustainable Building Conference, US Department of Energy’s ENERGY 2002, and AIA Convention.
Mr. Bailey contributed to developing the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and led the development of Nevada Solar One 64 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant.
Mr. Bailey is a board member of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council. He has served as Director of Passive Architecture and Construction for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and as Chairman of AIA-NC Energy Committee. Mr. Bailey is a current member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).

Brian Baewon Koh, AIA, Principal, Director of Design ; USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED BD+C

Brian Koh started in the profession in 1993 and has experience in institutional, commercial and multi-family projects. He currently directs design projects and manages several large projects atInnovative Design. He has spoken at numerous conferences teaching green bulding design and energy & water issues.
Mr. Koh is an expert in LEED and a LEED Faculty of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). He was the Chair of the North Carolina Triangle Chapter of USGBC in 2010 and has been serving as a director of the board for the chapter since 2006. He was a representative of the chapter to the Southeast Regional Council of USGBC. He contributed to the Regional Priority Task Force for LEED 2009 and LEED 2012.
He is a lifetime member and a board member of Korea Green Building Council. He is also a member of American Solar Energy Society and North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.
Mr. Koh holds a Master of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.

Lou Gerics, AIA, Principal, Director of Operation

Lou Gerics graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture and has been working at Innovative Design since 1984. He has served as the Chair of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). Mr. Gerics served as a project manager on many of our most successful projects including Millbrook Elementary School, Northern Guilford Middle School and Reedy Fork Elementary School

Pascale Rosemain Trebeau, Lead Designer, Architecture & Interior

Pascale Rosemain Trebeau holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture of Toulouse, France. She has been practicing architecture since 1997.
Pascale Rosemain Trebeau first joined the Innovative Design team in 1998. She was involved in the firm’s green design projects, research and development programs and sustainability outreach initiatives for seven years.
She mastered tropical green design while developing a sustainable architecture office in Martinique, French West Indies based upon Innovative Design’s whole green building concepts. She recently returned to the Innovative Design team, bringing her expertise in hot and humid climate design.
Past Board member of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
Past Vice-President of the Regional Board of Architects, Martinique
Past Board member of FCAA – Federation of Caribbean Associations of Architects

Leah Spear, Office Manager

Leah Spear is the Office Manager for Innovative Design. She attended college in  Oklahoma, studying accounting and business management. Ms. Spear brings a wide range of accounting and office management experience to ID. She has worked for many various businesses ranging from attorneys, advertising agencies and now architects.