McCool Carlson Green announces Cara Rude, ASID, and Melissa Pribyl, ASID, have both passed the rigorous test to become the first WELL Accredited Professionals in the State of Alaska. Passing the test signifies a comprehensive understanding of the WELL Building Standard—a program dedicated to advancing the health and well-being in buildings. The exam demonstrates both designers’ mastery by testing advanced knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment.

Cara Rude has 13 years of interior design experience. Educated at The Art Institute of Portland and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design degree, she currently serves as the President for the American Society of Interior Designers, Alaska Chapter; member and ambassador presenter for the International Living Future Institute; and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C). Cara exemplifies MCG’s principles with her leadership on projects such as the Anchorage Museum Expansion, Gladys Wood Elementary School, and Alaska Airlines Hangar.

Melissa Pribyl joined MCG’s interior design team in 2016. Born and raised in Alaska, she has 10 years of professional design experience. Melissa understands the impact the surrounding environment and culture plays in the design process and enjoys working closely with clients to meet and exceed their needs. Her design philosophy fuses creativity and functionality within the built environment, while recognizing the importance of appropriate, durable, and sustainable finishes. Melissa is a Construction Specification Institute Construction Document Technologist (CDT), International WELL Building Institute member, and the second WELL Accredited Professional in the State of Alaska.