Jennifer Alderson

Jennifer Alderson

New York




I am an extremely motivated, hard working and reliable team player. ◆ I have a constant need to feel challenged and to improve myself in my professional practice through ongoing multi-disciplinary learning. ◆ I have an innate desire to lead my team, carry our business forward, and to feel that I am contributing to a greater collective good. ◆ I have a keen understanding of the politics of business, the realities of management and the necessity of thorough, and intelligent research & planning. ◆ My long-standing experience as an entrepreneur, and my role as a parent, have made me well organized and efficient with an agility for multi-tasking and project management.◆


16 years experience in project management and supervision ◆ Expert in interior design programming, interior architecture concept development, execution CAD production and site supervision ◆ Highly skilled at preparing highly detailed commercial and corporate interior architecture construction contract document sets ◆ Extremely quick 2D interior space planner- particularly useful in serving time-sensitive dealmaking process ◆ Skilled interpreter of in house corporate cultures and brand psychology with keen understanding of market trends ◆

NCIDQ certificate #026241 


  • Invited to represent Canada’s Interior Design élite by the Royal Danish Consulat General and to participate in the Danish-Canadian Interior Design Tour to Denmark in 2013;Invited with Materia to represent the City of Montreal top design firms, 3 years consecutively, for Design Montreal Open House. Received 600 visitors at our studio in one day in 2009;
  • Invited annually to speak at career day at Trafalgar School for Girls;
  • Shortlisted (top 2) to design the concept for a new global franchise for ALDO called Little-Burgundy. A large firm from Los Angeles with whom we were in the running with was hired;
  • Invited annually to give design consultation to the Montreal business community at SIDIM (Montreal International Interior Design Show);
  • Portfolio selected to be published in the North American Annual Design Index to represent one of the top 10 Quebec Interior Designers.


SBJ Group, New York, NY, US, Senior Interior Designer

I am currently working as the Sr. Interiors creative lead and project manager, assisting the principals on large scale, new construction, residential and hotel developments, whilst supervising/mentoring architect and interior designer colleagues.

Jun 2015 - current

Materia Design Inc., Montreal, Qc, Canada, Owner, Lead Interior Designer, Managing Principal

Having been the managing principal of a full-service design firm, I have a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of a small-scale (5-10) creative services company. As such, I am comfortable playing a multi-dimensional role. I often act as a senior project manager and client liaison on large and small scale projects. I have overseen other professional subcontractors such as architects, engineers graphic and industrial designers and was ever-engaged from many angles in our business development.

Nov 2002 - Jun 2015

Realisations Concept, Montreal, QC, CA, Senior Interior Designer, Partner

I began my professional practice while still in school. Via my talents in design, and through my management and business development abilities, 6 months out of school, I was asked to become a 50% partner in this well established Montreal commercial design firm. This period of apprenticeship taught me how to prioritize my own work flow and to better manage and guide my team mates. Here I learned to treat suppliers as collaborators in order to streamline the design process and make the design execution process most efficient. During my time with this corporate interiors consultancy, I began to hone my era office design expertise.

Jan 1999 - Sep 2001

DiSalvio's, Montreal, QC, CA, Operations Manager/Bookkeeper

Prior to interior design, my professional background was in the high-end hospitality industry. My practical experience in restaurant & bar service and experience in upper management of high caliber establishments gives me a broad understanding of operation standards, functional requirements and the manner with which to service a discerning clientele.

Mar 1991 - Dec 1996


Dawson College, Montreal, QC, CA, Interior Design DEC

Graduated with Honors with Distinction
Thesis: Adaptive-reuse of Golden Square Mile mansion for recording studio-hotel-spa concept

Aug 1996 - May 1999

Concordia University, Montreal, QC, CA, Classics & Art History

Incomplete degree

Sep 1993 - May 1995


Créativité Montreal, Award

Creativité Montreal Prix Office Category >10,000 sq.ft.

Créativité Montréal is a contest in commercial design which recognizes merchants for the exemplary quality of their establishment’s interior design and showcases the talent of local professionals. The contest also rewards the best office designs and also encourages revitalization initiatives of commercial arteries through design.

The jury is made up of experts in the fields of architecture, interior design, industrial design and communications (marketing communication or graphic communication). Members of the jury cannot enter the contest.

Assessment criteria for candidacies
•Appearance of building
•Creativity, innovation
•Functionality and safety of premises
•Appearance of façade and graphic quality of signage
•Quality of signage; functionality and appearance
•Quality of window display
•Harmony between the interior and the exterior
•Maintenance of premises
•Design performance according to budget
•Design performance according to the vocation of the business
•Adequacy of design according to target clientele
•Design performance according to the neighbourhood
•Impact on the revitalization of the neighbourhood
•Design performance according to the history of the business (restoration of a space, re-imaging, etc.)


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