I decided to become an interior designer after renovating my own home and realizing how much good design can enhance the quality of life. I approach each project with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence, and a keen eye for color, proportion, and detail.
My experience in interiors includes a variety of commercial, hospitality, and residential projects. Before entering the design field, I spent a number of years on Wall Street, in both research and client relationship management roles. I've found the business and management skills I gained during my time there have served me well in the A+D field, since, it is, after all, a business!
I'm very personable and easy to work with, have a pretty good sense of humor, and am very cool under pressure. I am also very committed to continued professional growth, as evidenced by my achieving LEED accreditation and NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) certification over the last couple of years.
Diane Paparo Associates, Ltd., Project Manager / Interior Designer
Research contracting opportunities across Federal, State and City government agencies.
Explore government databases to identify competitors.
Edit marketing materials targeting government market.
Source furniture, fabrics, lighting fixtures, and accessories for high end residential projects.
Research products and meet with manufacturers’ representatives
Scheer Design, Designer
Produced construction drawings for residential projects using AutoCAD Architecture 2012,
including exterior elevations, sections, zoning calculations, site surveys.
Bogdanow Partners Architects, LLP, Interior Designer
Researched and specified finishes and FF&E for a wide variety of hospitality and commercial
interiors projects, with an eye toward creating environmentally friendly spaces.
Clients included: Columbia University Faculty House, The Estee Lauder Companies,
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Sebastians Cafes, SugarFISH Restaurant, Eno Terra Restaurant,
IFC Theatres, Treasure Island Hotel.
Involved in all project phases from programming through post occupancy, including
field surveys, RFI/submittal/shop drawing review, and construction supervision.
Produced schematic, design development, and construction drawings using AutoCAD 2007.
Met and coordinated with clients, contractors, consultants, and vendors.
Designed and produced concept boards and finish presentations.
Developed and maintained company standards for AutoCAD drawings and schedules.
Created purchase order database to standardize and streamline the purchasing process.
Reorganized and supervised maintenance of resource library.
Arranged continuing education programs for architecture and design staff.
Hired, trained, and mentored intern staff.
Diane Paparo Associates, Ltd., Interior Designer
Researched and sourced FF&E for high end residential projects.
Created construction documents including elevations and details.
Handled inquiries and follow-up with clients and vendors.
Managed purchase order processing through installation.
Implemented major enhancements to purchase order and client payment tracking process.
American Stock Exchange, Managing Director
Hired, trained, and directed department of 15 professional and clerical staff members with
$2 million budget.
Led cross-functional teams in the successful completion of several key projects.
Interacted extensively with top-level management of Exchange and client corporations.
Designed sales and marketing presentations to attract new and retain existing companies.
Cited numerous times for excellence in department’s work product and customer service.
New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), Interior Design, Graduated with Highest Distinction
New York University, Leonard Stern School of Business, Master of Business Administration
New York University College of Arts and Science, BA, Cum Laude