Viracon has hired Jennifer Highfield as its newest architectural design specialist and has promoted Marni Windschitl to architectural design associate within the design department.

Highfield will work closely with architects and designers in all Viracon markets. She joins the company with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., and more than 15 years of design experience, including running her own interior design business.

Windschitl has been with the company since 2004, first as a member of the inside sales team and for the past 18 months as a specialist in the architectural design department. She will be responsible for meeting with architects in their offices to provide education about Viracon’s product offerings and consulting with architects on project specific glass selection.

“Our goal is to make the glass selection process as easy as possible for architects by providing everything from appearance characteristics of our glass products to energy performance to LEED information and more,” says Alissa Schmidt, technical resources manager. “Adding Jennifer and moving Marni into an expanded role reinforces Viracon’s desire to offer exceptional architectural support.”

Schmidt, who recently was promoted to her current position, also has an interior design degree and has been with Viracon since 2005, where she started as a specialist in the architectural design department and most recently was managing the department. In her new role, Schmidt is responsible for managing the company’s architectural design and technical services departments with a specific focus on effective utilization of the team members as well as process improvements.