About the Designers

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Claudia Cathcart Shannon

Claudia Cathcart Shannon

Claudia Cathcart Shannon is a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Arkansas, in private practice with her partner-husband, Howard. They began their business in Jonesboro in 1974 after working together for Holiday Inns International in Memphis and a one year stint in Jackson, Mississippi. Claudia’s career has focused on commercial and residential interior design with some periods of specialization in healthcare and historic restoration. Recently she has been contributing to the book The Buildings of Arkansas, covering the Delta, writing about its most significant architecture. The book is set to release in the Spring of 2017.

From 1994 to 2008, Claudia led the State Board of Registered Interior Designers, after spear-heading the effort to pass legislation in 1993 to regulate those who had education, experience, and examination in the field of interior design and provide a connection to NCIDQ, the national testing, and record keeping agency. In the 2009 session, three boards were rolled together, forming the State Board of Architects, Landscapes Architects and Interior Designers.

Claudia contributed one-third of the entries of Buildings of Arkansas book, which will be published in Spring 2017.

NCIDQ Certificate #009648; ASID #38747
ASID Gold Award for the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum.
ASID Gold Award for the Lakeport Plantation
ASID Silver Award for the Mercantile Center now the City Hall of Jonesboro, AR
ASID South Central Chapter Medalist Award 2014
CIDQ Board of Directors 2014-2015

Arkansas State University, Work toward Master of Fine Arts, 1990s
University of Memphis, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, 1973
University of Kansas, Fine Arts Department, Interior Design, 1968 -1970

Shannon Design Enterprises, Inc., contract design firm, President, Jonesboro, AR 1974-present
House Beautiful Interiors, residential retail store, President, Jonesboro, AR, 1976-1990
Morris Thompson, contract design firm, Designer, Jackson, MS, 1973-1974
Holiday Inns International, Home-owned division, Assistant-Designer, Memphis, TN, 1969-1973

American Society of Interior Designers:

  • Arkansas Association, Louisiana District Chapter, President, 1989, 1992
  • Louisiana District Chapter, Board Member, 1990s
  • Arkansas Association’s Legislative Representative 1997-2007


      • Interior Design Coalition of Arkansas, founder and chairman, 1992
      • Led legislative effort, drafted bill, negotiated with architects and furniture group, 1992
      • Led Coalition efforts to pass bill in 1993 session Continue as national contact and Chairman of record, coalition in sleep mode

Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers:

      • First and longest appointment to new State Board of Registered Interior Designers 1993
      • Served 7 years, three times as Chairman, wrote Rules and Regs, 1993-2000;
      • Reappointed, 2001-2008, served as Chairman again
      • Arkansas became member Board; Arkansas Delegate to NCIDQ 2007, 2008
      • Lobbied, reviewed language, supported effort to join State Boards of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design in 2009 Legislative Session

Council for Interior Design Qualification:

      • Served on the Board of Trustees 2014-2015
      • Served as a speaker, on panels, or hosting round tables at many meetings
      • Committee: Model Language 2006, 2007, 2008; Chairman: 2007
      • During chairmanship Model Language was totally rewritten into one Model that could work for either Title or Practice. During 2008 that language was reviewed and revised to be only Practice language and published leaving a good new model to fashion the Title Model for staff to write.

Fay Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas:

      • Advisory Board 1993-1999, chaired effort to move Interior Design Dept. from School of Agriculture (Home Economics) to School of Architecture;
      • Advisory Board 2011-2014 (the Interior Design Department was successfully moved to the School of Architecture in 2010)

IFI/IDA International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers; A Partner of the International Design Alliance:

      • Participated in Regional Think Tanks held around the globe in the summer of 2010
      • Subject: Design Futures, August 2010, Fay Jones School of Architecture

Rotary International:

      • Jonesboro Rotary Club member 1995-present; Board member 2007-2011 Membership Chairman 2008-2012, Paul Harris Fellow

First United Methodist Church, Jonesboro, AR:

      • Administrative Board Member 2011-2014Board of Trustees 2013-2015
      • Chairman, Board of Trustees 2015 – 2016
      • Served as Board Member 2011 – 2015
Howard Lauhoff Shannon

Howard Lauhoff Shannon


Bachelor of Interior Design, Auburn University 1969
CEUs annually related to Health, Safety and Welfare


National Council for Interior Design Qualification
Certificate #011076
Arkansas Registered Interior Designer #1015


Secretary/ Treasurer and Designer, Shannon Design Enterprises, inc., Jonesboro, AR since
1974 Designer, Barefield & Co., Jackson, MS, Office Design 1973-1974 Designer, Holiday Inns International Headquarters, Memphis, TN 1969-1973