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Jennifer Alderson

Jennifer Alderson

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

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About 

About me:

I have a constant need to feel challenged and to improve myself in my professional practice through ongoing multi-disciplinary learning. I have an innate desire to lead and collaborate with my team and to carry our business forward. I have a personal need to feel that I am contributing to a greater collective good.

About me in a business context:

I have a keen understanding of the politics of business, the realities of management and the necessity of thorough & intelligent planning.

Words that describe my approach to life & craft:

creative, adaptable, conscientious, independent, willful, driven, self-motivated, problem-solving, youthful, entrepreneurial, reliable, ethical, cooperative.

Career goals:      

To be a driving member of an architectural design or multi-disciplinary collective made up of alternative minded, gifted professionals that create and practice business with a forward thinking, socially conscious, entrepreneurial spirit.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Materia LLC / Materia Design Inc., New York, NY, US / Montreal, Qc, Canada, Interior designer, Founder

I founded and have acted as Lead Interior Designer, Operations Manager and mentor in a small (5-10 employee) award-winning commercial architecture and interior design firm in Montreal, Canada.

Dec 2002 - current
 

Realisations Concept, Montreal, QC, CA, Partner, Lead Interior Designer

50 % partnership offered to me upon beginning of collaboration with a former professor-interior design entreprenneur

Jan 2000 - Oct 2002
 

Desigen, Montreal, QC, CA, Sole-Proprietor, Interior Designer

I began my professional practice while still in school and started my sole-proprietorship after graduation.

Mar 1999 - Dec 2000
 

Education 

Dawson College, Montreal, QC, CA, Interior Design DEC

Graduated with Honors with Distinction
Thesis: Adaptive-reuse of Golden Square Mile mansion for recording studio-hotel-spa concept

Aug 1996 - May 1999
 

Concordia University, Montreal, QC, CA, Classics & Art History

Incomplete degree

Oct 1993 - May 1995
 

Awards 

Créativité Montreal, Award

Creativité Montreal Prix Office Category >10,000 sq.ft.

Créativité Montréal is a contest in commercial design which recognizes merchants for the exemplary quality of their establishment’s interior design and showcases the talent of local professionals. The contest also rewards the best office designs and also encourages revitalization initiatives of commercial arteries through design.

Jury
The jury is made up of experts in the fields of architecture, interior design, industrial design and communications (marketing communication or graphic communication). Members of the jury cannot enter the contest.

Assessment criteria for candidacies
•Appearance of building
•Creativity, innovation
•Functionality and safety of premises
•Appearance of façade and graphic quality of signage
•Quality of signage; functionality and appearance
•Quality of window display
•Harmony between the interior and the exterior
•Maintenance of premises
•Design performance according to budget
•Design performance according to the vocation of the business
•Adequacy of design according to target clientele
•Design performance according to the neighbourhood
•Impact on the revitalization of the neighbourhood
•Design performance according to the history of the business (restoration of a space, re-imaging, etc.)

2008
 

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