Highly creative and dynamic design professional with 15+ years of diverse experience in commercial and residential interior architectural projects. Energetic, detail-oriented, passionate, self-motivated and upbeat with a focus on relationships between clients, team members, and contractors. Fully experienced and adept in the design process from pre-architectural programming and documentation through construction administration. Specialty in custom furnishings, both upholstered and case goods. Technical skills include proficiency in 3D computer modeling (SketchUp) and rendering (Podium and Vray), AutoCAD, Photoshop, CorelDraw and Microsoft Professional Office Suite. Some experience with Revit, AutoCAD Architect, Rhinoceros, and MS Project. Early career in graphic design & visual merchandising. A native of Southern California, I have lived in several states and Spain as a former military dependent. My value to any firm or team is my collaborative nature, enthusiasm, curiosity, diversity of experience, mature process, high energy, likable nature, ability to quickly assess and solve problems, and my love and passion for the work. My ongoing quest for professional and technical growth and proficiency keeps my work fresh, my mind open, and my attitude flexible and adaptable. My personal interests include fitness, the arts, dancing, cooking, and sailing.
Jul 2006 - Jul 2009
Interior Design Director
Comprehensive integrated designs and master planning for education facilities, performance spaces, meeting rooms, public spaces, offices, food services/kitchens, worship, indoor and outdoor special use spaces, multi-use facilities, way-finding and signage. 3D computer models (SketchUp) and renderings (Podium and Vray) for presentation and marketing materials. AutoCAD documents from schematic design through CDs. FF&E, C&M presentations, construction administration, and team coordination. Created and maintained resource library.
May 2003 - Apr 2006
Project Manager / Editorial Manager
Project manager for architectural/art related published projects. Administrator for Annual Art and Architecture Awards.
1986 - 2006
Helen Keating Designs
Independent contractor for residential and commercial projects (health care, dance studio, restaurant, multi-use, office) Short term contracts (1 yr or less) with upscale design studios and kitchen & bath showrooms in Atlanta and Colorado Springs. (Recommendations available upon request)
Nov 1999 - Apr 2003
Colorado Springs CO
Commercial and residential design and project management Contracted to: Great Things Interiors & Kitchens, and Kitchen & Bath Ideas
May 1998 - Nov 1999
Interior Design Director
Bill Brown AIA
Comprehensive integrated designs and master planning for education facilities, performance spaces, meeting rooms, multi-use and public spaces, offices, food services/kitchens, worship facilities, and other indoor and outdoor special use spaces. 3D computer models and renderings (FormZ) for presentation and marketing materials. AutoCAD documents from design development through construction documents. FF&E, C&M presentations, construction administration, and coordination of interiors projects. Created and maintained materials library. Provided pre-architectural programming for all projects, including site inspections and documentation, ACAD as-built drawings, and conducted client/staff interviews.
Jun 1991 - Apr 1998
High-end residential and upscale kitchen/bath Contract designer to Cunningham's Fine Furnishings and Wollaston Smith Interiors (ATL)
Feb 1988 - Jun 1991
Design Center Manager / Staff Designer
The Club at Morningside
Manager of design center operations and homeowner options assistance for $1.5-2M golf course community homes; Design and management of all inventory homes interiors, including new construction and the renovations of old models, resale homes and homeowner projects. Clubhouse renovations, including pro shop, offices and hospitality. Design and management of executive and guest hospitality facilities (turnkey). Co-design and daily management/upkeep of new model homes.