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Since 01/01/11 have produced/written DesignBlog : : www.designplanonline.net
Initial work experience as an architectural apprentice (WZMH Architects-Toronto), evolving into an interior design professional.
A vast range of project type and credential from luxury residential (new build/renovation) to condominium design/development, retail design, corporate/commercial office design, aviation design (airports, departure lounges, ticket offices, reservations centres, corporate offices) - cruise ship design, hospitality design (Marriott Hotels).
Aside from the core credential as an interior designer, received certification as a Registered Graphic Designer in 1995. Broad experience in logo/identity design, way finding systems design, onboard ship graphics systems, etc.
Since 1987 have taught interior design at the college level on a part-time basis, with a specialty in AutoCAD, 3D modelling, SketchUp, and other courses. Currently professor at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada.
Recognized as a superb team builder and mentor, my executive design management positions required the ability to nurture/train design staff and meet all corporate targets for actualization of expectations, in alignment with corporate/departmental goals and strategies.
Have excellent ability as a design detailer - proven portfolio of creative problem-solving at the root level of design concepts/development along with the ability to always maintain balance between project goals and corporate strategies for project delivery - on-time and on-budget.
One ability for which I am recognized is as a proven creative problem-solver......best able to refine/define particular problems and articulate a logical and efficient solution path.
CV and directly prior work experience:
Senior Design manager - Marriott Hotels International, Washington DC
Manager Fleet Design - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Miami
Senior Designer, Gresham,Smith Architects - Dallas texas
A proven project portfolio with an A-list of corporate clients over the last 20+ years.
MXMdesignGroup, Montreal / Ottawa, Founder / Owner
Responsible for design and development of a wide range of project types with a primary focus on the hospitality industry.
Currently Design Manager for the renovation/re-build of:
Marriott Residence Inn, Downtown Montreal
Marriott Courtyard - Downtown Toronto
Concurrently there a number of additional projects on-board including:
- 25,000 sq ft design and coordination for a corporate tenant re-locating to a historic heritage building in Old Montreal
- a residential addition
- a residential condo renovation/re-build
Plus numerous other design commisions from graphic design to interior design.
Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada, Professor - Interior Design
Teach in a 4 year interior design degree programme.....
Part-time teaching/leading current courses ::
1. AutoCAD - beginner - intermediate + SketchUp modelling/animation
2. Materials, Products & Resources :: 2nd year classes
3. Technical Design & Detailing :: 3rd year students - development of critical thinking skills integrated with
teaching problem identification & analysis, design path articulation and all the requisite technical detail drawings necessary to bring a concept to reality
Marriott International, Washington, DC, US, Senior Design Manager - Architecture & Design
One of four Design Managers with responsibility for the following flags::
Led a team of architects, designers and technicians in the re-design/renovation of existing properties ranging from lobby re-design/make-overs to multi-floor rooms/suites re-design.
Managed budgets up to $10 million....
Was a part of a management team that provided analysis and regular uplink reporting in respect to project status/delivery, team growth + development and ongoing project coordination
Royal CaribbeanCruise Lines, Miami, FL, US, Manager - Fleet Design (Interiors)
As Fleet Design Manager held multiple responsibilities and job functions ::
Design Manager for all day-to-day design requirements for ships of the fleet (20 +)
Design Manager for selected annual ship revitalization projects (projects that required a year in design/planning and project management prior to a 4 week dry dock which involved 1200+ construction personnel and $50 million project scope management)
CAD department Supervisor/Manager :: managed departmental CAD migration/training for design teams (app 40 staff)
Special Projects - multiple high level innovative design undertakings
Personnel Assessment Team - active in evaluation of all new hires from architects to designers to technicians
Gresham, Smith & Partners, Dallas, TX, US, Senioir Designer
Recruited specifically to head up a design team tasked with the development of concept and design for the American Airlines Terminal B in Boston.
Acted as a co-manager with 2 senior architects in the conceptual design/development of the 2 level 600,000 sq ft pier expansion.
Conceived, researched, developed core design direction for the project. Supervised and coordinated the work of 2 -3 interior designers assigned specifically to that project.
Unfortunately the events of 9/11 resulted in the cancellation of the project
Marshall/Moore Design Inc, Montreal, QC, CA, Founder, Principal Partner
Owner/President :: Developed design firm from single practitioner to a design staff of 15 working predominantly in the corporate/commercial design markets of Montreal.
Introduced AutoCAD to the firm at version 1.4 and developed in-house training for all new-hires in the use of AutoCAD as a design/drawing tool.
Undertook major corporate projects such as the Head offices for ::
Royal Bank of Canada
Joseph E. Seagram's
Unites States Consulate, Montreal
Kaufel Group International
and many others including two ASID design award winning projects
Thompson River University, British Columbia, BA Design
Will complete BA Des degree within next 10 months
SAI Institute of Design, Montreal, QC, CA, Design Technology
ASID Design Award, 1st Place
1st place award for design of American Airlines Lounge, Dallas/Ft Worth Airport
1st place design award for the offices of Hemens, Hindle & Cornish Attorneys, Montreal, QC