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Elena Buchkovsky-Bona

Elena Buchkovsky-Bona

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Dear Mr. or Ms. Hiring Director,

It was a great pleasure to discover that your company is looking for an Interior Designer. I believe my skills, design knowledge and professional experience would enable me to make a strong contribution to your company, as I believe I am an excellent match to the requirements listed on your company’s job description.

Design matters so I stay focused and well-read, open to new ideas and influences, and quick to react to shifting trends. In order to bring new ideas to the table I am constantly expanding my knowledge from many different professional development sources. I am a lifelong learner and take my professional development very seriously and to the highest level possible. I read and stay ahead in interior design field constantly improving my skills and diversifying them. In addition to my formal education, I take home study series about interior design business and marketing. I follow interior design and architectural blogs and events. I'm a member of Decorilla, Wecora, and Houzz. I attend annual AD Shows, NYSID lectures and seminars, and D&D events. 

I am a team player and have the ability to lead others, while maintaining positive attitude, open to new ideas and constantly evolving my skills. 

I look for ways to save time and money for the company. I find solutions and make suggestions, solving problems, and being willing to show initiative and to take on new projects, tasks or responsibilities. 

I began my career by designing high end transitional Hamptons houses working as an Interior Designer at the Michael Frank Building Co. which builds the houses in the Hamptons. I was involved in the exterior design of the houses as well as interior floor plan layouts and in charge selecting and developing specifications for color schemes, lighting, finishes, bathrooms and kitchen design. Illustrations of a few houses I worked on with Michael Frank Building Co, published in 2014 edition of the book Hamptons Mansions by Papageorge Prestige Photomedia Corp.

Immediately after obtaining my Hunter College Interior Design Certificate, I was hired by Dan Ionescu Architects and performed full scope of interior design responsibilities for the firm. These two years were challenging but successful. I learned a great deal about the profession and diverse clientele.  

I am positive source and strive to achieve the best results possible in everything I do. I am my own motivator. I am a positive force and very resourceful. I am talented and well equipped with knowledge and experience in professional practice.

While still working with Michael Frank Building Co, I have opened my own home based company and was singlehandedly providing interior design renovation services in New York. 

I’d like to put my skills and vision to work as an Interior Designer at your company. I’ve enclosed my resume and would be happy to provide any further information you might need, such as a portfolio of my work, references and a project list. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Elena Buchkovsky-Bona

Elsewhere:

Employment 

EB Designs, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Programming and Space Planning
 Interviewed to determine client needs, schedules and budgets.
 Established functional and aesthetics goals.
 Inventoried existing furnishings and other items to be reused.
 Provided space plans with furniture layouts.
 Assisted in developing the project timeline.

Interior Design
 Developed budgets on all interior finishes and furnishings, as well as budgets for interior improvements.
 Assisted in material, finish and furnishings analysis, recommendations and specifications.
 Designed all interior details.
 Provided sketches and/or presentation boards of all interior selections and furnishings.
 Reviewed and coordinated furniture layouts with lighting and electrical plans.
 Coordinated fine art and decorative accessories.
 Coordinated interior plant selections and placement.

Construction Documents
 Developed demolition/new partition plans
 Developed electrical plans
 Developed reflected ceiling plans/lighting plans
 Developed wall and floor finish plans and schedules
 Developed interior details and design as required, including cabinets, millworks, etc.
 Developed custom furniture drawings

Project Administration
 Coordinated and review drawings with contractors.
 Maintained project schedules.
 Reviewed all bids and pricing.
 Provided on-site inspections during construction.
 Provided assistance during move-in.
 Provided punch lists of all work to be completed

Jan 2010 - Jul 2015
 

Michael Frank Building Co, New York, NY,Wainscott North, NY, Wainscott South, East Hampton, NY and Sagaponack, NY , Interior Designer

 Consulted with the Client to establish exterior and interior criteria for the Project.
 Selected and specified surface materials and finishes, window treatments, furniture, furnishings, lighting fixtures and all other items and materials required to perform the Project.
 Provided visual presentations as required to communicate the desired results of the Project, inclusive of structural changes, built-in cabinet work, and architectural and decorative features.
 Periodically inspected and observed the work of contractors to insure quality performance and timely execution of the work.
 Represented the Client during execution of the Project and all communications by the Client to workmen, contractors or suppliers.
 Assisted in implementing schedule of work between general contractor, suppliers, and subcontractors in speculative home building project.
 Directed all aspects of interior and exterior design with attention to detail.
 Responsible for selection and specification of products and materials.
 Researched and procured all design materials.
 Designed various interior layouts to create a unique atmosphere.

Jan 2007 - May 2013
 

Dan Ionescu Architects, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

 Worked on variety of high end and fixed budget commercial and residential projects simultaneously
 Selected and specified surface materials and finishes, window treatments, furniture, furnishings, lighting fixtures and all other items and materials required to perform the Project.
 Prepared visual presentations, design boards in Photoshop, AutoCAD, hand sketching, Microsoft Power Point and Publisher.
 Prepared hand drawings for custom furniture with attention to detail.
 Designed various interior layouts to create a unique atmosphere.
 Consulted with the Client to establish criteria for the Project. Developing schemes and budgets for new projects
 Prepared floor plans, lighting plans, furniture layouts, color schemes, specifications or other documents as required describing the size and nature of the Project.
 Prepared specification documents for furniture, furnishings and custom-designed items and fabrication procedures.
 Provided purchasing services to execute the Project, placing all orders on behalf of the Client for merchandise, materials and labor and endeavor to achieve timely delivery and installation in accordance with the documents prepared.
 Accompanied the Client to various showrooms or sources of supply as believed necessary.

Jul 2010 - May 2012
 

Pioneer Building & Development, Sagaponack, NY, Project Manager Assistant/Interior Designer

• Assisted in implementing schedule of work between general contractor, suppliers, and subcontractors in speculative home building project.
• Directed all aspects of interior and exterior design with attention to detail.
• Responsible for selection and specification of products and materials.

Jan 2010 - Dec 2011
 

30 West Design Services, LG Staging, New York, NY, US, interior design/personal assistant

• Managed Accounts Payable and Receivables, and assured timely payment to vendors processing of proposals.
• Organized all bookkeeping, accounting, and scheduled appointments. Researched and purchased orders for products and materials.
• Responsible for selection and specification of furniture, wall coverings, fabric, lighting, window treatments and supply management.
• Maintained strong, positive relationships with clients like Michael Taylor Design, Fortuny, and Andrew Martin, etc.

Oct 2009 - Jul 2010
 

Pioneer Building & Development, Wainscott North, NY, Project Manager Assistant

• Assisted in implementing schedule of work between general contractor, suppliers, and subcontractors in speculative home building project.
• Responsible for supply management, Accounts Payable and Receivables.
• Assisted in successful sale transaction resulting in better than expected profits.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2008
 

Education 

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, AAS in Interior Design

 Color, Visual Concepts and Hand Sketching
 Rendering and Perspective
 Residential and Contract design
 Building Systems, Codes and Methods and Materials of Construction
 AutoCAD and Revit
 Basic Drafting and Building models
 Historical Styles, Modern Design and Architecture
 Sustainable Design
 Lighting Design
 Kitchen and Bath Design
 Professional Practice and Design Presentations
 Marketing

Oct 2013 - current
 

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, Continuing Education

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), Continuing & Professional Education, New York, NY Spring 2013- Current
 Intermediate 2D Drafting using AutoCAD
 Google Sketch Up
 Drawing Exploration: From Figure to Furniture
 How to Present Design: Honing Your Verbal and Written Skills for Stronger and More Effective Presentation

LEADING STUDENT

Mar 2012 - Jul 2015
 

City College of New York (CCNY), School of Continuing Education at Hunter College, New York, NY , Certificate Program

Interior Design Certificate course includes: Interior Design Color Workshop; Advanced Interior Design and Business; Fundamentals of Interior Design; History and Evaluation of Antiques; Modernism: 20th Century Antiques; Collector's Trips.

May 2009 - May 2010
 

Career Center NYC, NYC, AutoCAD

AutoCad 2008

Jul 2009 - Aug 2009
 

Odessa National University, Odessa, Ukraine, Masters, Political Science

Oct 1998 - Jul 2003
 

Huntington High School, York (Cambridge, London), United Kingdom , High School, Student Exchange

Exchange Program: English and History

Dec 1996 - Mar 1997
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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