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

Louis Gerics, AIA, NCARB, Principal

Lou earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design – Architecture at North Carolina State University and began working at Innovative Design in 1984.
He twice served as the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) Chair.  A member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), he served on the local and national organizing committees for ASES’ 1996 National Solar Conference.  While NCSEA Chair, he served on the founding Board of EarthShare NC.
Mr. Gerics was project manager for many of our most successful projects including Millbrook Elementary School, Northern Guilford Middle School Reedy Fork Elementary School, Foster Lake and Pond Office Building, Raleigh Union Station Mezzanine Office Fitup, and many renovations at NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University.
He helped develop and patent the Solar Power Roof.
His interests and diversions have included cooking (and eating!), brewing, mountain and road bikes, fishing, camping, hiking, gardening, Chevy small blocks, travel, ice skating, the Carolina Hurricanes, Wolfpack football games with Mike and Gary, and sharing many of these interests and diversions with his wife and daughter.

Brian Baewon Koh, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Principal

Brian Koh is a thorough designer and leader with considerate care for the clients and building users. He started his career in 1993 and has experience in institutional, commercial and multi-family projects. He ensures that the design quality and functional satisfaction exceeds the client’s expectations. He is a trained facilitator of integrative design process and charrette.
Mr. Koh is an expert in LEED and WELL principles as well as building science. He currently leads design of Incremental Unitary Envelope System (IUES), a $32M R&D project. He has spoken at over 130 conferences teaching green building design and energy & water issues. He served USGBC North Carolina for 11 years including the chair of the chapter in 2015.
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.
In his spare time. he enjoys biking, watching MLB games, reading books and articles, playing keyboards and listening to music.


Laura Bailey, Lead Interior Designer

Laura Bailey has a strong experience in human centered design, with over 10 years of design and design build in sustainable commercial and hospitality design. 25+ years of commercial construction, set designs, coffee shops, kitchen remodels, restaurants, museums and hospitality projects. She was involved in the construction of schools, police sub-stations and state prison and multi-residential, responsible for creating budgets, projections, and all construction and design documents. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the sustainable industry, consulting with energy efficiency and building performance.
Laura earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sustainable Interior Design at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, studied Construction Management at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Architectural Drafting and Design at the Community College of Nevada Las Vegas.
She is passionate about interior design, art and travel.

Pascale Rosemain Trebeau, DPLG, Senior Designer, Architecture & Interior

Pascale Rosemain Trebeau holds a Masters degree in Architecture (DPLG) from the School of Architecture of Toulouse, France. She has been practicing architecture since 1997.
Pascale 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. As a registered architect in France, 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 returned to the Innovative Design team in 2013, bringing her expertise in hot and humid climate design.
Pascale is a Past Board member of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, a Past Vice-President of the Regional Board of Architects in Martinique and a Past Board member of FCAA – Federation of Caribbean Associations of Architects.
Sailing and traveling the world with her husband and two children are among her top favorites. She also enjoys long walks, books, art and music.

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.
Leah enjoys spending as much time as possible with her two grandbabies who live in the Raleigh area and loves to spend as much time as possible outdoors, walking the many trails around Raleigh, paddle boarding at one of the beautiful lakes or getting to the ocean whenever possible.


Environmental architecture pioneers since 1977: A true legacy

Mike Nicklas, FAIA, Founder

Mike Nicklas founded Innovative Design with Gary Bailey in 1977 and served as President until retiring in 2021.  He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University.
Mike helped establish and served on the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) board of directors, served as Chair of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).  While serving on these boards, he led many significant efforts from implementing NC solar tax credits to supporting energy-efficiency and solar energy inclusion in the UN Earth Summit’s Agenda 21.  He met with heads-of-state of eight countries to promote solar energy and presented lectures and organized conferences around the globe to educate and encourage sustainable energy.
Mike’s extensive knowledge of solar and architectural design led him to become a valued resource in these areas with appointments to the 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.  He helped establish the NC Solar Center (now the NC Clean Energy Technology Center).
Mike was architect of record for many of the most environmentally responsive buildings in North Carolina and helped develop and patent the Solar Power Roof.
He is an avid gardener and has made many modifications to the home and garden he and his wife first completed over thirty years ago.  A Wolfpack linebacker, he can be found at Carter-Finley in the fall for every home game.

Gary Bailey, AIA, Founder

Gary Bailey founded Innovative Design with Mike Nicklas in 1977 and served as Vice-President until retiring in 2021.  He earned his Bachelor of Architecture at North Carolina State University after four years in the US Army.
Gary was a featured panelist and speaker at many conferences and forums, presenting 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.
Gary contributed to developing the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and led the development of Nevada Solar One, a 64 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant.
Gary served as a board member of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.  He 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 an International Solar Energy Society (ISES) member and one of the founders of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).
Gary was architect of record for many of the most environmentally responsive schools and churches built in North Carolina.
Gary’s greatest joys in life are his wife, two children, four grandchildren and spending time at their house built around an old barn on land that has been in his family for generations.
An avid Wolfpacker, Gary can also be found at Carter-Finley for every home game.