Background

Behind CITIZENS AND COLLABORATORS, stands the experience of design industry pros Clayton Budd and Donna Lawson. Having honed their skills both in leading retail design firms and their own businesses, they share a common vision of the collaborative process of design — a process that transcends design sectors and includes both their clients and co-creators from across creative fields. Even with a shared history in retail design and branding, working on international and high-profile projects with global brands, they each bring unique experience, skills and personalities to the team.

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With close to 20 years of experience in interior design, graphics and multi-media, Clayton has received awards, accolades and most importantly resounding endorsements from clients. He loves working with clients and they love working with him. And it’s when clients share his appetite for inspiration that together they really make things happen! During his career he has brought ideas to life for the likes of Converse, Cadillac Fairview, IKEA, Rethink Breast Cancer and Freed Developments to name a few.

A retail enthusiast on all fronts, Donna knows retail inside and out. For over 25 years she has worked with clients bringing life to their brands and customers into their spaces. Her love of retail — as a strategist, designer and shopping devotee — makes her especially attuned to how to connect with an audience through great design. A testament to her versatility, her work in wide-ranging sectors for clients including La Maison Simons, Aldo, Mendocino, LCBO, Air Canada and Cineplex, has been acknowledged with well over 30 industry awards.

Our award-winning team of creatives have worked with clients large and small, across sectors, from retail to hospitality to corporate.