Shana Sandberg

Shana Sandberg

Brooklyn, NY, US




  • Interior and Building Design
  • Project Management
  • Furniture Design and Fabrication

Simply stated, I love to design, I love to manage projects, excel at working on my own and taking initiative yet really enjoy the sharing of ideas and learning from others. The pursuit of a balanced life is important to me, including family and friends, being able to learn and experience new things, and do work that I am excited by. The interaction between individuals/cultures and space/objects has been what drives my focus.

Besides having a strong a clear design perspective on projects, as I've designed and managed projects over the last years, the main strengths that have suited me well include the words: develop, communicate, listen and adapt. The bulk of my experience is in hospitality spaces but also includes retail, residential and office. Besides and ability to juggle, prioritize and understand how to get from a-z with necessary detours in between I am adept at taking a project from pitch even through to Construction Administration.

My particular approach to becoming a creative and effective designer centers around a base of holistic understanding of the discipline, from client relations to design to construction. As a Lead designer and project manager for the past many years, I oversaw and took responsibility for all design development, documents for client presentations, production of drawings sets, purchasing, production of budgets and schedules, and Construction Administration. I have found that my greatest strengths marry astute and detail oriented design with creative and critical thinking and a strong and focused design objective.  I excel in prioritization and going between focusing on the details to the big picture, and leading teams to meet the goal of the end product.

In the past many years I have designed and managed projects including townhouses, retail spaces, bars, restaurants, boutique hotels, millwork and furniture pieces. I have most recently completed a 68,000 sq ft boutique hotel in San Francisco, CA. Throughout my career I have worked with both large and small teams and helped launch two companies. This includes work in traditional architecture firms, design builds (managing the design and contracting), and in interior design firms on large-scale projects working alongside an architect of record. I have also gained a lot from enjoying my own welding and woodwork projects. This understanding of construction and process, of the small to large scale, of the details to the big picture, has allowed me to respect the different viewpoints and needs of those involved, and work in collaboration. I am confident in managing budgets, schedules, and the design process, and take responsibility in finding the best solution that brings our design into reality, without sacrificing the quality of the design. My work has benefited greatly from my building and process experience and allows me to remain committed to producing something that is thoughtful, balanced, innovative and well executed.


Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, MArch, MArch

I was a scholarship student throughout the program, which I joined in large part due to the amazing faculty, which included David Lewis of LTL (director of the program), SHoP architects, Eric Bunge, Rogers Marvel and many others.

My focus throughout the program was on interior architecture, specifically design/build projects. I also developed a passion for designing and building furniture.

While there, I alongside 10 other students designed and physically built a multi-award winning post Katrina relief project in Mississippi-- a great experience.

Sep 2004 - May 2007

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