Allen Foster

Allen Foster

San Francisco, CA, US



More than thirty years in Interior Design have prepared me for leadership roles in a complex industry.  From test-fitting corporations into potential new buildings and writing/managing worldwide furniture packages down to detailing chair legs and specifying kitchen backsplashes, I have a broad range of experience to draw upon for future projects.  My experience is 70% corporate/commercial work, 30% residential, and 100% thoughtful.



Red Tree Studio, San Francisco, CA, US, Owner / President

Launched this residential interiors firm after requests for my skills outpaced my free time. Firm's client base has been residential tenants, first-time home buyers, and church renovations. Scope of work ranges from simple color consultations to full interior renovations with construction documents and specifications. 90% of proposals have gone to contract, 45% of clients have requested additional work.

Dec 2003 - current

STUDIOS Architecture, San Francisco, CA, US, Senior Interior Designer

Corporate, Higher Education, and Government Interiors: Team player on complex projects. Responsible for all phases of projects from initial programming through punch lists. Wrote specifications and managed worldwide bid for systems furniture for a client in Malaysia. Taught space planning concepts to local Malaysian architects. Developed workstation standards for several clients. Developed interior finish systems for numerous clients. Interim manager of the firm's materials library.

Apr 1995 - Nov 2003

TPG Architecture, LLP, New York, NY, US, Senior Interior Designer

Corporate interior design, all phases from programming through project management and punch list. Emphasis on space planning, workstation standard development, stacking.

Sep 1993 - Mar 1995

KPF Interior Architects, PC, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Furniture specifications, space planning, worldwide bid for systems furniture and moveable wall systems, construction documents, ergonomic research, test-fitting clients.

Jun 1989 - May 1993

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Space planning, test-fitting, construction documents - mostly for Wall Street clients.

Sep 1986 - May 1989

Chumney/Urrutia, San Antonio, TX, US, Interior Designer

Space planning, construction documents, finish specifications, furniture specifications on a variety of corporate interior projects.

Jul 1984 - Aug 1986

Marshall Clegg Associates, San Antonio, TX, US, Interior Designer

Space planning, furniture and finish specification for a Herman Miller / Knoll dealership.

Jun 1981 - Jul 1984


University of North Texas, Denton, TX, US, Bachelors, Interior Designer

Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude.
Interior Design Major
Minors in English, Industrial Arts, Art History

Sep 1978 - Jun 1981

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Visual and Performing Arts

Freshman core program in Visual Arts - drawing, figure drawing, design, art history. Also took Sophomore Honors and Postraduate level literature courses.

Sep 1977 - May 1978

Areas of Specialization