Edwin Walters

Edwin Walters

San Francisco, CA, US



Edwin holds his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley.  Shortly after graduating in 2000, Edwin attained his National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) credentials in 2001, and obtained the professional designation of Certified Interior Designer (CID) in 2005.   Edwin has worked in the interior architecture and design industry for 25 years.  He has worked in almost every area of interior design including:  commercial tenant improvement, healthcare, hospitality, restaurant, retail, industrial, institution, government, multi-family/residential and automotive interiors.  He has even designed an award winning modern interpretation of a Victorian-style dog house!.   Edwin has worked extensively through the Bay Area and California, but has also worked nationally and internationally.  Additionally, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Edwin taught Space Planning and Architectural Construction Detailing for six years and has been a guest lecturer at several Bay Area colleges and Universities. 



WK Design Group, San Francisco, CA, US, Senior Project Manager

• Project Management: Lead and executed project work plans and adapted as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements; identified resources needed and assigned individual responsibilities. Managed day-to-day operational aspects of the project and scope. Reviewed deliverables prepared by the team before passing to the client. Effectively applied methodology and enforced project standards. Prepared for reviews and quality assurance procedures. Minimized exposure and risk on projects. Ensured project documents were complete, current, and stored appropriately.
• Client Management: Managed day-to-day client interaction. Set and managed client expectations. Developed lasting relationships with client personnel that fostered client ties. Communicated effectively with clients to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions. Continually sought opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships. Built a knowledge base of each client's business, organization and space needs and objectives.
• Project Accounting: Tracked and reported team hours and expenses on a weekly/monthly basis. Managed project budgets. Determined appropriate revenue recognition. Ensured timely and accurate invoicing and monitored receivables for project. Followed-up with clients, when necessary, regarding unpaid invoices. Analyzed project profitability, revenue, margins, bill rates and utilization.
o Basic revenue models and cost-to-completion projections.
o Pricing model and billing procedures.
o Managed project legal documents; assured they were completed and signed.
o Facilitated team and client meetings effectively.
o Lead regular status meetings with project team.
o Communicated relevant project information to superiors.
o Resolved and/or escalated issues in a timely fashion.
o Communicated difficult/sensitive information tactfully.

Apr 2012 - Jul 2020

SmithGroup, San Francisco, CA, US, Associate

• Responsible and accountable for the coordinated management of multiple related projects directed toward strategic business and other organizational objectives.
• Build credibility, establish rapport, and maintain communication with clients and owners at multiple levels.
• Develop, define and initiate projects, and assign junior design staff. Manage cost, schedule, and performance of projects while working to ensure the ultimate success of the design and build-out.
• Coach, mentor and lead personnel within a technical team environment.
• Present periodic presentations on the current program, future opportunities and client issues.

May 2007 - Feb 2012

University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco, Adjunct Professor - Space Planning/Architectural Construction Detailing

Responsible for providing a quality learning experience for students on a semester basis. Reports to the Program Director; perform instruction-related duties and responsibilities in a timely manner in accordance with the mission, policies and procedures of the University.
• Distribute and review the course syllabus during the first class meeting.
• Utilize active learning methods and use a variety of instructional strategies designed to assist the learner in meeting the objectives of the course. Such activities include:
o Cooperative learning; experiential learning; critical thinking initiatives.
• Remain abreast of ongoing developments and practices in the professional areas.
• Arrange for the acquisition and preparation of appropriate materials and equipment in a timely manner necessary to meet course objectives.
• Deliver prompt and accurate recording and reporting of student data including reports and final grade reports.

Sep 2005 - Sep 2011

Huntsman Architectural Group, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer/Project Manager

• Maintain client development objectives.
• Coordinate all aspects of architecture documentation, including staffing.
• Maintain accurate project costs and align with project financial objectives.
• Direct project team, being technical point person; report to Senior management.

Apr 2004 - May 2007

The Design Partnership, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer/Job Captain

Junior Designer for multiple Healthcare facilities including:

- University of California, Parnassus Emergency Department, San Francisco, CA
- Nancy Graham Children's Shelter, San Joaquin, CA
- Kaiser-Permanente, Oakland, CA
- Sharps/Grossmont Hospital, San Diego, CA

Nov 2001 - Feb 2003

SmithGroup, San Francisco, CA, US, National Project Designer

National Designer for multiple corporate headquarters.

Mar 1999 - Sep 2001


University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco, CA, US, Bachelors, Interior Architecture/Design

Sep 1994 - Jun 2000

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