Mary Helen Pratte, FIIDA
President, Ekkita, Studio Works – San Antonio, TX
Ms. Pratte has a Master of Fine Arts degree in 3 Dimensional Design and a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. She was awarded a Rotary Graduate Fellowship and studied furniture design at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart.
She has practiced interior design for over 35 years. For ten years, Ms. Pratte was the director of the Interior Design Program at UTSA and interior design faculty at UT Austin for six years.
Recognizing a void in the furniture industry for finely crafted metal products, she founded EKITTA, an interior furnishings company, in 1991. She has developed furniture, lighting and other interior products for American manufacturers.