Kate Detar, Associate IIDA

Project Designer

Professional Background

Kate DeTar is a design professional with over 20 years of experience. Ms DeTar’s strength lies in working with the client and really understanding their unique challenges and needs, then to life through thoughtful programmatic planning and finish selection. Kate is skilled in AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch-up, Concept Development, and Project Coordination.  

She was lead designer on the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, which, by immersing herself in research, provided evidence-based design solutions for the client and their students. Light, air, transparency, color theory were all employed to provide an equitable space that allowed students to focus and develop critical life skills. 

At Ozark Center’s Hope Springs, she worked diligently with the client to develop a new award winning patient/therapist program for the new space. She collaborated with the client to make design and FF&E choices that supported Ozark Center’s mission to have a welcoming space, free of stigma. With the use of color, organic materials and pattern she created a modern, patient-centered environment where privacy and dignity is a priority.

Kate possess great interpersonal skills and excels at generating ideas. She uses her artistic talents and 3-D rendering programs to allow clients to better visualize spaces and make informed decisions. She is passionate about interior design, her clients, and the design process that transforms a space into a  ‘place’.

Ms. DeTar lends her talents to her company and community through board affiliations and volunteering. She is an ardent supporter of the Arts, and serves on Post Art Library board that fosters art education for the public library. She serves as a Neighborhood Advocacy coordinator to bring residents  of the neighborhoods together around community events. She also participates in the Downtown Joplin Alliance committee that brings ideas to the city to make our downtown more beautiful and livable. Her passion for design never ceases, “I try to be attentive to everything around me, my community, the arts and music - on a local and national level. I like to bring the most relevant and current information, inspiration and trends to the table when starting a project”.


  • 2000 Bachelor of Arts – Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas
  • 2009 Bachelor of Interior Design – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas


  • Associate IIDA, International Interior Design Association

Community Services

  • City of Joplin Historic Preservation Commission
  • Joplin Post Art Library Board Member
  • Downtown Joplin Alliance - Design Committee Member
  • University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Professional Development Board member, Fayetteville, AR