Cynthia Johnston

Cynthia Johnston

Los Angeles, CA, US



My experience spans all aspects of interior architecture efforts, from programming and space planning to design development and color & material selection, on through construction documentation and administration. I have worked on a variety of project types, with corporate office and healthcare environments being the most prominent and have collaborated directly with clients, user groups, property management, contractors and, of course, in-house principals, architects and designers. In addition to a comprehensive understanding of interior architecture practices, procedures and concerns, I have demonstrated graphic design skills, as well. A visit to my website will give you a taste of my abilities in both interiors and graphics.


Independent Designer, Interior | Graphic Designer

Both interior and graphic design projects performed on a freelance basis, while seeking full-time, long term employment.

Sep 2009 - current

Clark/Kjos Architects, Interior Designer

Clark/Kjos focuses on the healthcare sector. I was hired as the lead interior designer in the Seattle Office. My work encompassed all phases of interior achitecture efforts for clinic and other tenant improvement projects, including meeting with stakeholders to understand their particular requirements, desires and concerns and coordinate those directions with property management considerations. I would then move on to space planning, design development (keeping clients apprised), generating construction documents, making finish and material selections, presenting options to the clients and finishing up with participation in construction meetings. My tasks were decidedly varied with a mix of client and in-house collaboration, design, drawing, organization and communication. I also assumed the initial project management roll on small projects by writing proposals and determining projected fees, timelines and staffing requirements.

Oct 2007 - Apr 2009

JPC Architects, Interior Designer

JPC focuses primarily on the corporate sector. It was at JPC that I had the opportunity to become proficient in AutoCAD and garnered a greater understanding of the business, code and construction components the field of interior design comprises. I also had many opportunities to vet and to specify contract furniture (including wall and furniture systems), along with lighting and finishes, for a variety of clients. As stated in the previous work history entry, my responsibilities included client meetings and presentations, budget awareness, space planning, finish and material selection, construction document generation (including all pertinent plans, schedules, elevations, details, sections, notes, etc.), FF&E specifications, and construction administration.

Oct 2000 - Sep 2007

Carrier Johnson + Culture, Interior Designer

Opportunities at Carrier Johnson included finish and material research and specifications, production of finish plans and elevations, space planning and preparation of presentation materials.

Jul 1999 - Aug 2000

Mahlum Architects, Interior Designer

Opportunities at Mahlum included programming efforts for healthcare projects, finish and material research and specifications, production of finish plans and elevations, space planning, prepare for and conduct finish presentations to clients.

Dec 1997 - Apr 1999


Seattle Central Community College, Graphic Design

A two-year, lock-step program covering both print and interactive design. Classes focused on design approach and solutions, implementing Adobe Creative Suite applications.

Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

Bellevue College, Interior Design

A three-year program with academic and studio classes, focusing on thoughtful design solutions.

Sep 1990 - Jun 1993


ASID Scholarship Award, 1st Place

Furniture design competition to receive a monetary award for the school year, sponsored by ASID.


Areas of Specialization