Virginia Bernard

Virginia Bernard

New York, NY, US


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Licensed architect in NY State.



Guess? Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Director of Store Design

Apr 2014 - current

Burch Creative Capital / C Wonder, New York, NY, US, Director, Store Design and Construction

Responsibilities included overseeing all store design, development and construction for 5 in-house brands, most notably "C Wonder". Brand is involved in an aggressive roll-out plan, including national and international markets. Since I started at C Wonder, my primary goal has been to transform the store design from large-scale, expensive construction to a smaller footprint, streamlined, less-expensive version of itself, while maintaining the "whimsical" customer experience. This has included everything from the storefront, to interior finishes, millwork and implementing standards for operating the back of house.
Also partnered in real estate selection and lease negotiations, setting capital expenditure budgets and proforma construction costs, and local code research. I create the master project schedule based on site possession and communicate opening schedules. The retail environment is then designed based on these pre-set parameters and site conditions. I manage the store design team and external consultants to produce presentation drawings and renderings for internal and landlord reviews. Once design is finalized, I manage construction drawing production, permit applications, GC selection, and bid and contract negotiations. Millwork is produced by suppliers in Asia, so I also oversee shop drawings, quality control, invoices, payments, and long lead shipping logistics. I host weekly progress calls during construction and manage internal communication regarding schedules, change orders and quality control. At the close of the project I punch the store with the GC, collect close out documents, process final pay applications and collect tenant allowance.

Jan 2012 - Apr 2014

COACH, New York, NY, US, Project Manager, Store Architecture

Responsibilities included managing both internal and external client communication, preparing feasibility studies, program analysis based on business needs, site analysis, site surveys, compiling project presentations (for both digital and live presentations), creating renderings and sketches of proposed store environments, preparing design development drawings, detail and material concepting, preparing construction document drawings, reviewing architectural and custom millwork shop drawings, managing addendum and change orders, assisting in budget and bid preparation and award, preparing and managing project schedules, construction management, conducting punch lists and project close out, liaison with accounting for invoices and payments, on-boarding and managing external consultants/vendors (eg. engineers, lighting, 3D renderers, signage, mill workers, mock-up and model builders, material r&d), managing internal team coordinators and assistant project managers, managing field team members during construction, managing sample submissions and design reviews, project archiving, assisting in developing a value engineered store model, permit coordination, code research, and observing local regulations and customs for design and construction in international markets.

Mar 2006 - Jan 2012

Silberstang Lasky Architects, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Responsibilities included construction document production, FAR calculations, site surveys, interior design, materials selection, graphic presentations.

Sep 2005 - Mar 2006


Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, MArch, Architecture

Supplemental studies in Furniture Design.

Sep 2004 - May 2005

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2000 - May 2004

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