Professional Biography

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Corey Klassen, CMKBD

1 of 3 certified master kitchen & bath designers in british columbia, 1 of 6 in canada

Coming from a long line of creatives from artists, home builders, drafters, linear thinkers, and floral designers, Corey completed an internship in a Winnipeg Architecture firm at 16 years old in 1992 where he worked in CADD for the first time - it was unprecedented for the time. Since then, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba and his Diploma with Honours and Distinction of Interior Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Corey has created and installed production designs for malls and vendors, worked in luxury furnishings and home decor, and kitchen & bath cabinetry design and installation.

Corey is well known for creating symmetry in awkward spaces. His functional use of strong lines and forms, he layers a lifestyle pallet inspired by geometry, structural patterns from nature, and builds connection between architectural features and functional spaces. Corey goes against the grain and trends and focuses on a livable design aesthetic while enhancing the users connection to light, sounds, outdoor views, and access to local community services.

Today, Corey is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD) and an Accredited Member of the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA Accredited). Since starting the design studio in 2011, he has won multiple international awards for his design work and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Gray Magazine, Homes & Design Magazine, and more.

He is an Instructor with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), Adjunct Instructor in the interior design program at B.C.I.T., and regularly contributes to Ask a Pro with the NKBA. Corey is working toward his National Certification of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and has lead and launched endeavours such as the NKBA British Columbia Chapters annual design competition. In addition to co-lecturing with Judith A. Neary, CMKBD about the business side of design, he is a brand ambassador and design council member for BLANCO Canada Inc., DXV by American Standard, and Perlick, he receives advance product information and training on new initiatives and developments within the industry.

Additional Information

Expert Topics

  • Kitchen & Bath Design

  • Universal Design

  • Sustainable Design

  • Workplace Design

  • Interior Design Business Principals

  • Interior Decorating

Professional Qualifications

  • Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD) #1128902, National Kitchen & Bath Association

  • Accredited Member, Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA Accredited) #1676

Previous: Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Bath Designer, Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer

Education Institutional Appointments

  • Online Prep Class Instructor 2018 - National Kitchen & Bath Association

  • Instructor, Kitchen & Bath Design Diploma 2013-2015 - Vancouver Community College

  • Program Coordinator, Interior Design Department 2015 - Vancouver Community College

Brand Affiliations

  • BLANCO Canada Inc. - 2013 to current

  • DXV Design Panel - Inaugural 2014 to current

  • Perlick Design Council - 2016 to current

  • Brizo - 2011 Blogger 19

Professional Development Courses

  • Rent Your Brain, Reduce Your Pain (1hr CEU, Co-author Judith A. Neary, CMKBD)

  • Beyond Design: Establishing Monetary Value for Creative Skills (2hr CEU, Co-author Judith A. Neary, CMKBD)

  • The Wellness Shift (1hr CEU)

Speaking Engagements

  • Interior Design Show 2018 (Toronto) - Rent Your Brain Reduce Your Pain

  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2018 (Orlando) - Beyond Design (2hr CEU)

  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2017 (Orlando) - Beyond Design (2hr CEU)

  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Voice from The Industry 2016 (Las Vegas) - Rent My Brain Reduce the Pain

  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Voice from The Industry 2016 (Las Vegas) - Steam Shower Basics

  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2016 (Las Vegas) - KBIS Connects Stage Host

  • Interior Design Show Caesarstone Mainstage 2016 (Vancouver) - The Wellness Shift

  • Interior Design Show 2016 (Vancouver) - Rent Your Brain Reduce Your Pain

  • NKBA British Columbia Chapter Meeting Dec. 2016 (Vancouver) - Luxury Bathrooms for DXV

  • Pirch June-July 2016 - Luxury Bathrooms for DXV

  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Voice from The Industry 2015 (Las Vegas) - Rent My Brain Reduce the Pain

Volunteer Experience

  • Chapter Representative, NKBA British Columbia Chapter, 2014-2016

  • Certification Task Force, NKBA, 2014-2015

  • Vice President of Professional Development, NKBA British Columbia Chapter, 2010-2013