Ryan James

Ryan James

Brooklyn, NY, US



Over the past 12 years, I have provided Interior Design and construction project management services to a broad variety of luxury residential, commercial and corporate retail clientele in the greater NYC area.  I have worked closely with architects, creative directors, property owners, contractors and vendors on high profile projects.  I understand the ins and outs of developing a project that requires equal strengths and skills on the creative side as well as the practical side of things. I come from a high-end residential construction project management background in a design build setting. 



Design To Live, LLC, Brooklyn, NY, US, Owner: Principal Interior Designer/ Project Manager

- Owner and creator of Design To Live, LLC.
- Professional role includes Interior Design and Project Management of Residential and commercial projects- from conception to completion.
- Create Client Contract agreements
- Create Designs concepts and presentations using 3d modeling and rendering as well as 2d Schematics
- Create Material Boards
- Source all FF&E and samples
- Owner Rep/Client Liaison
- Review and mark up all sub-contractor documents ie cabinetmakers ,architects of record etc. to ensure consistency and accuracy of design concept as agreed to by clients
- Provide sub-contractors and referrals
- Educate clients on design/construction process and practices
- Help clients to make all necessary arrangements including moving/ storage etc. during construction phase
- Administrative duties include client billing, financial reconciliation and bookkeeping.
- Designed and built the company website

Jan 2008 - current

Ann Inc., New York, NY, US, Freelance Graphic/ Event Designer

- Create designs that support seasonal Brand Marketing Stories by creating in-store designs and window display designs.
- Develop Designs and create story boards using 2d schematic and 3d renderings.
- Create design documents for prototypes of displays, props, and all store collateral.
- Communicate with vendors to manage and develop said designs.
- Create for site surveys for new and existing store designs as well as event spaces.
- Develop and implement interior design concepts to support marketing for internal events such as buyers meetings and pr events.
- Develop and implement Interior Design concept for CEO Office suite as well as other upper management offices. Includes creating schematic drawings, 3d renderings, storyboards and sourcing and procurement of all design elements. Responsible for sourcing union contractors and cabinet makers as well as management of installation.

Jan 2011 - Mar 2012

ICRAVE, New York, NY, US, Interior Design- Project manager

- Co-created for a Restaurant named 'The Collective" in the meat packing district with Architect Robert Delpazzo.

- Source and procure furniture, local artist and designers
- Responsibilities included development of initial design.
- Project management focusing on on-site construction and installation.
- Contractor on site.
- Managed various artist installs as well as guide and develop prototypes and designs of others.
- Liaison for PR and Press

Jan 2010 - Mar 2010

The Gap Inc., New York, NY, US, Associate Designer for Banana Republic Brands

- Designer for national Flagship store environments and window displays
- Develop seasonal concepts that support the Brand marketing
- Source Procure all collateral including signage, props, display, furniture, mannequins etc
- Develop 2d Schematics for National Flagships store windows
- Manage development of prototypes
- Manage fabrication of all props
- create "How To" documents for installs.
- Supervise select Installs and primary flagship stores onsite
- Administrative duties include Monthly reconciliation of design department expenses and purchases.
- create and maintain spreadsheets for allocations and budgets

Jan 2006 - Dec 2009


The New School, New York, NY, US, Interior Design

Interior Design Associates Program

Studies included Studio classes, Interior Design and Architecture History, 2d and 3d Drawing, Lighting design, Auto cad, Studio Max, Color Theory, Fine arts Drawing, and English.

Skills include Adobe Illustrator suite and Google Sketch-up.

Aug 2008 - May 2009

North Carolina School OF the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, US, High School, Music

I studied Classical Bassoon in a conservatory setting throughout high school. I lived out of state in a dorm for my senior year in high school at NCSA. I am originally from South Carolina.

Sep 1997 - May 1998

Areas of Specialization