Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson

Objective

With these talents established, I am in pursuit of a career in interior design.  I am a qualified candidate for this field due to my ability to apply my art historical knowledge to real-world scenarios to create design that is innovative and exquisite.  My liberal arts background and retail experiences have sculpted me into a multifaceted, diligent worker with an finesse for sophisticated design.  

Summary

As an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I have a broad liberal arts education focusing in art historical studies.  Analyzing the formal qualities of art has trained my eye to recognize the most appealing color combinations and lighting scenarios.  My internships have provided me with opportunities to merge the organizational and intellectual skills from my classes with my innovative and creative eye for design. 

An education distinguished by courses in global issues and contemporary African art, combined with world travel, has instilled in me a desire for ingenuity and imaginative thinking.  These motivations have translated into my passion, interior design, to inspire creative environmentally-conscious design schemes and space planning that range from the conservative to most modern of tastes. My global awareness is a catalyst for design that is innovative and diverse.  

Most recently, from my experience with West Elm as a visual merchandising manager I learned to balance responsibilities across multiple roles while maintaining both my visual eye for design and the development of associates to drive business results.  I developed a focus on visual merchandising which taught me to fuse creativity with corporate brand aesthetic.  Immersed in a world defined by profit and loss, I absorbed knowledge ranging from long-term business strategy to in-the-moment problem solving skills to stimulate hourly profitability. 

While currently managing an architecture firm, I am exposed to innovative design and thought processes on a daily basis.  Specifically, I support three Principal architects and an interior design department while developing my marketing skills by creating architectural and engineering proposals.   

Work History

Work History
Dec 2010 - Feb 2011

Office Manager

Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya PC
  • Ensure smooth operation of office by monitoring incoming and outgoing correspondence, coordinating Principal calendars, and proofing documents for style consistency and grammar accuracy
  • Create marketing tools and proposals in response to Request For Proposals and Request For Qualifications
  • Assist Principals as needed
Jul 2009 - Dec 2010

Visual Merchandising Coordinator

West Elm
  • Conceived and executed floor set; infused elements of creativity to design while ensuring store was held to corporate visual standards
  • Educated sales team on visual mechanics and detailing; identified and reacted to buying trends to maximize sales
  • Modeled, observed, and trained associate to elevate selling and service expertise 
  • Developed skill-building activities and team-sell to motivate performance 
Aug 2008 - Dec 2008

Interior Design Intern

Linda Dickerson Interiors
  • Performed fabric coordinations
  • On-site color matching for furnishings and accessories
  • Conducted home visits with the interior designer to arrange contracting projects
May 2008 - Jul 2008

Interior Design Intern

MGroup Interiors

  • Shadowed interior designer to under-construction homes to observe coordination of lighting with design schemes, electrical specifications, and code compliance
  • Researched furnishings according to customer specifications
  • Assisted in creation of notebooks and presentation boards outlining finalized design selections
  • Photographed design schemes in local showrooms for furnishing options
May 2008 - Jul 2008

Administrative Assistant

Carolina Closets Plus
  • Introduced customers to closet design and products
  • Maintained office organization and documentation of past and present jobs
  • Scheduled appointments between customers and closet designers
May 2007 - Aug 2007

Interior Design Intern

Tal-Y-Bont, Ltd. Interiors

  • Observed interior designer measuring homes for various design layouts
  • Created hypothetical condominium interior design, furniture layout, and coordination with color schemes
  • Coordinated project options using a variety of fabric swatches
May 2007 - Jul 2007

Sales Associate

Pier 1 Imports Inc.
  • Matched customer needs and preferences to specific company products 
  • Organized and maintained floor design and layout
  • Closed sales on merchandise ranging from tableware to outdoor furniture
  • Encouraged up-sales by promoting suites rather than individual items

Education

Education
Aug 2005 - May 2009

BA, Art History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major coursework: History of Western Art, Early and High Renaissance Art, Classical Greek Art, Contemporary African Art, Contemporary Art Since 1960, The City as a Monument,  Islamic Art in the Age of the Caliph, African American Art, Basic Drawing and Composition, and Black and White Manual Photography.

Perspective coursework: General Chemistry, Biology, World Drama, English Composition and Rhetoric, Calculus Functions, Spanish, Introductory Italian, Child Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Religion in America, Medieval History, The World Since 1945, Native American 20th Century History, Global Issues

Honors: Dean's List, seven semesters; National Scholar Honors Society, 2007-2008

May 2007 - Jun 2007

Lorenzo de Medici Institute

Coursework: Early Renaissance Art History, Introduction to Italian Language

Skills

Skills

Operating Systems

Mac OSX Windows

Apple iWork

Apple Keynote Apple Pages

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Excel