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Kathryn (Katie) Hilton

Kathryn (Katie) Hilton

New York, NY, US

 

About 

I am an Architectural Designer focusing on Retail Design and Development based in New York.

Employment 

Louis Vuitton, North America, New York, Store Planning

Management of the Design and Construction of stores in the Americas Zone.

Jan 2015 - current
 

Suitsupply, New York, NY, US, Store Design and Development

I am responsible for new store buildouts in North America from pre-design, through opening. This includes reviewing the lease with in-house legal counsel; establishing and tracking budgets and schedules; managing the design phase with the local architect of record; red-lining construction documents; ordering fixtures, furnishings and millwork; bidding, negotiating and hiring contractors and consultants; managing construction on-site; and coordinating an on-time opening with internal departments. Additionally, I work to build relationships with vendors and established a maintenance manual to provide store managers at handover to better help them maintain the space. To date, I’ve handled the openings for two retail stores - Soho and Toronto - and recently opened the brand’s first shop-in-shop at Stanley Korshak in Dallas.

Jan 2014 - Jan 2015
 

Diane von Furstenberg Studio LP, New York, NY, US, Architectural Design Manager

At DVF, I handled the concept development, evolution, implementation and global rollout of DVF retail stores. I took the project from a list of capacity requirerments through sketching, renderings, SD, DD, construction, opening and store maintenance. My responsibilities included the bidding and hiring of local architects, contractors, millowrkers and additional consultants as needed. I acted as the point person for all consultants and executed the brand identity on time and on budget. In addition to managing projects, I standardized the construction details, millwork and fixture drawings, lighting program and established a material vendor list.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2014
 

CR Studio, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

While at CRS, I assisted the lead Architect with presentation materials and drawings for the renovation of the Proenza Schouler Atelier and played a critical role in the roll-out of the new Audi Showroom Concept. I produced schematic and design development drawing sets, reviewed construction documents, managed construction remotely and continued to research materials, vendors and providers. Additionally, I worked with a lighting designer to formulate standard lighting guidelines for the luxury auto company. Over the course of two years, I oversaw the roll-out of more than 20 dealerships nation wide.

Aug 2008 - Jan 2011
 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

As part of the design team for the New York Jets Atlantic Health Training Facility, I worked full-time on the 270,000 squarefoot project which recieved several awards and was shortlisted at the 2009 World Architecture Festival. I was responsible for construction details, coordinating construction bulletins, presentation materials and model-making.

Sep 2007 - Aug 2008
 

Speranza Architecture, Barcelona, ES, Intern

Upon graduating from the University of Virginia, I moved to Spain where I collaborated with Philip Speranza on an architectural competition entry which was awarded 3rd place and featured in several publications. As part of Speranza Architecture, I provided drawing and 3d visualization support for Artist Janet Echelman and assisted the Principal Architect on CAD drawings for ongoing projects.

May 2007 - Sep 2007
 

Education 

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, BArch, Architeture

Aug 2003 - May 2007
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills