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From bespoke studio boutiques to top-rated design firm giants, for 18 years, I have cultivated global project exposure from some of the world’s most respected luxury portfolios. I have designed, developed, and delivered a comprehensive range of interior projects, leading teams from concept through completion, managing deliverables, budgets, and client expectations throughout the project life cycle. A seasoned collaborator and creative problem solver, I know how to partner with clients and interpret their requirements to create holistic and integrated interior solutions.


SUMMARY

Highlights

  • Global project experience spanning 12 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas   
  • Designed and managed the delivery of six major entertainment nightclub venues from concept to hand over. Projects budgets ranged from $2-5m USD with a project duration of 9-12 months
  • Personally responsible for budget management and project estimation
  • On-site experience with various construction methods, material applications and appropriateness
  • Extensive experience in space planning, feasibility analysis, lighting design, custom furniture design, international materials sourcing
  • Comprehensive  knowledge of both US domestic and international building regulations and safety codes

Concept Design

  • Assist Design Director on presenting and reviewing concept with Project Stakeholders
  • Coordinate & develop the overall narrative, design schemes, presentation materials, mood boards 
  • Primary lead in the overall design phase coordinating with the studio on all Interior Design related matters
  • Coordinate the Interior Design program, design and function criteria & progress schedules

Schematic Design

  • Coordinate the direction on design schemes, drawings, mood boards, material boards, FF&E
  • Coordinate with the PM & Quantity Surveyor to develop the budget guidelines
  • Assist Design Director, on all Operational matters and  Liaise and coordinate functional items within project.

Design Development

  • Coordinate the Interior Design team both internal and outsourced to ensure that full documentation (detail drawings and specifications) are completed
  • Assist Design Director operational items to be documented

Construction Administration

  • Provide support to the Design Delivery Team on all on site design related issues
  • Attend weekly PCG meetings as necessary and attend to regular site visits to ensure appropriate quality of the works and that design intent is maintained

People Management

I aspire to be an inspirational leader and take pleasure in motivating, nurturing and developing my project team and design talent. My leadership style utilizes a good-humored nature to contribute to the atmosphere of the studio and set the tone for a mutual respect. 

  • Actively participate in the selection and on boarding of project team members
  • Conducted performance reviews 
  • Provided active coaching and mentoring of team members

PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Galaxy Entertainment Group | Cotai StripMacauChina
Resorts World Manila |  Newport City, ManilaPhilippines
Accor Hotel Group | Singapore
Ritz Carlton | Doha, Qatar 
St Regis Hotels & Resorts | Zhuhai, China
Swissôtel | Singapore
Mandarin Oriental | Singapore 
Stars Entertainment Group | Australia
Sofitel | Singapore 
LODHA Group | Mumbai, India
Nespresso | Singapore 
HP | Singapore 
Samsung | Singapore 
AG Entertainment | Atlanta, Georgia USA 
Gidewon Group | Atlanta, Georgia USA

JOB HISTORY

Project Director, HBA Gaming  | Hirsch Bedner Associates, Singapore

June 2018 to Present


Senior Designer, Blueplate Studio | Wilson Associates, Singapore

December 2016 to June 2018

While Senior Designer at Wilson Associates I was responsible for conceptualizing design direction and interpreting the the project requirements in a manner that both reflected the client’s vision, and responded to the specific nuances of the target demographic, project location, history, culture, budget and schedule.  I was involved in each stage of design, working closely with the client and project teams to ensure consistency and conformity with the established design concept. 

  • Personally responsible for managing all phases of the design including - Concept narrative, zoning, concept presentations, construction documentation, details and construction administration
  • Daily coordination cross-discipline with owners, operators, architects, engineers, general contractors, and consultants
  • Coordinating with the project team to develop and manage project timelines and deliverables 

Principal | Studio Dialect       

April 2011 to 2016

In 2011, I founded Studio Dialect design consultancy and was commissioned by an Atlanta-based entertainment group to develop a series of luxury bottle service lounges and nightclubs. For 5 years I designed and completed 6 projects before relocating with my family to Singapore.

  • Designed and completed six luxury high-capacity nightclub / lounge concepts
  • Personally responsible for all phases of the design including - contracts, budgeting, scheduling, specifications, and construction administration
  • Coordinated cross-discipline on-site with architects, engineers, vendors, lighting/sound technicians, and general contractors
  • Developed and managed all project budgets, timelines and team resources 
  • Solicited bids for fabrication, installation, and arrangement of the materials, finishes, and furnishings required

Senior Designer | Habachy Designs Inc.

December 2006 to March 2011

Managed all aspects of the design process from concept through construction for residential, restaurant, retail, spa, and nightclub projects based in the United States and abroad.

  • Developed design concepts in 2D and 3D presentation/design drawings
  • Responsible for overall project administration and organization
  • Coordinated with design leader to initiate concepts, manage budgets and schedules
  • Set the overall strategy for producing the design documents for each stage of the work

Associate Designer | Norris Design Studio

January 2006 to December 2006

I was brought in to fill-out the experience level of the firm, specifically in terms of document completeness and design direction. Projects included restaurant and food service establishments in airports and malls throughout the United States.


Associate Designer | Raymond Design Atlanta

March 2001 to January 2006

Hired as an intern, and elevated to Design Associate, I worked with an experienced team of designers and architects on the design of customer-oriented environments for major national retailers.


Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts   |    Interior Design

American Intercontinental University

Magna Cum Laude