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Jennifer Yavuz

Jennifer Yavuz

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Talented designer with a strong ability to thrive amongst detail-oriented tasks as a self-motivated individual and in a team environment. Professional strengths include in-depth experience with research-based design studies for detailed program writing and creative concept-driven designs. Excellent organizational skill set for project documentation and well versed design dialogue for solid client presentations as well as the technical training required for detailing and implementing complex design solutions.

With 8 years fully immersed in the Interior Design industry, I am proficient in the programming process required for Hospitality, Retail and Residential design and possess a basic understanding of associated procedures for permitting, HOA approvals, code compliance, building and zoning regulations, structural engineering, Title 24 and other environmental systems such as Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing.  

Professional communication and interpersonal skills, a passion for all things design and the fundamental belief that beautiful, smart and functional design can impact lives. My aim is to obtain a position that challenges creativity and facilitates professional advancement while maintaining an enjoyable work/life balance and continuously growing within industry standards such as CKBD and NCIDQ certifications.

Employment 

Bruce Bolander Architect, Malibu, CA, US, Project Manager / Designer

www.brucebolander.com

Nov 2018 - current
 

JRP Design & Remodel Inc., Westlake Village, CA, US, Senior Designer

• Lead Designer of a Qualified Remodeler Top 500 nationally recognized Design-Build Remodeling company, made fundamental contributions to the development of company drawing standards and procedures

• Led the design development of the company's largest project-to-date during a time period of increased sales and over double the number of annual projects

• Responsible for original designs of the company's new showroom, design center & office space for future growth & continued success and played an integral role in fostering exceptional client relations

• Directed client meetings and presentations via hand sketches, concept boards, materials, floor plans, elevations, design details and 3D renderings to establish client priorities and project programming

• Gained extensive design development experience, utilized site photos and as-built plans to create full home remodel proposals, including interior and exteriors, as well as custom cabinetry design schematics

• Regular collaboration with onsite project managers and subcontractors for invaluable first-hand construction awareness and problem-solving skills for handling change orders & unforeseeable conditions

• Coordinated with vendors & subs for product info, preliminary pricing, lead times etc. and gained understanding of HOA approval, permitting, code compliance, structural engineering, Title 24 etc.

• Prepared scope of work documentation for bid packages and estimation including material takeoffs and responsible for all specifications of Finish, Fixture, Door, Window & Door Hardware schedule selections

• In charge of directing all design information and details for complete Construction Documents with full accountability for successful execution of design intent while adhering to client budget and scope of work

www.jrpdesignandremodel.com

Jul 2016 - Oct 2018
 

Studio PCH, Inc., Malibu, Interior Designer

• Associate member of a full service design-build firm that provides interior design services for hospitality projects, assisted with project coordination among clients, lead designer, creative director & principal

• Contributed with a variety of tasks on several ongoing Nobu restaurant and hotel projects, substituted for Lead Designer with design development of Eden Roc Miami Beach hotel guest room renovations

• Expanded upon business relationships with hospitality industry vendors, engineers, consultants & contractors with tasks including concept design for branding and drafting of construction documents

www.studiopch.com

Mar 2016 - Jul 2016
 

Tricarico Architecture and Design PC, Wayne, NJ, US, Assistant Project Manager

• Supporting member of the Retail division of a nationally recognized Architecture, Design, Project Management and Engineering company of over 150 professionals serving clients such as Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Penhaligon's, A|X, Coach and Fendi

• Gained extensive architectural design and project management experience, implemented client branding for the re-design of prototypes and roll outs of John Barrett Salons in Saks Fifth Ave locations

• Ability to work within aggressive timelines pushing for 15 locations open by 2017 including the new flagship location in Manhattan's landmarked Edey Mansion & previous home of Liz Taylor on Fifth Avenue

• Tasks included site surveys, drafting as-built drawings, preliminary code research, generating alternate use/life safety plans for building department submission, due diligence research etc.

• Collaborated with internal Engineering department for consolidating Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing information into construction drawings

• Interfaced with site landlord and building department for issuance of CD revisions throughout design development, General Contractor communications during construction, consultant coordination between architect of record, client design team, security, sound and lighting designers

• Assisted clients with ensuring consistency of brand identity and design concept interpretation as well as value engineering of design details and finish / material selections

www.tricarico.com

Jul 2015 - Feb 2016
 

Reveal Design Group, New York, NY, US, Designer

• Highly adaptive and productive associate at an award-winning architectural lighting design firm with a resume of work including hospitality projects for W Hotel, MGM Resorts International, Westin, Marriott, the Hyatt Group, Luxury Resorts, Starr Restaurants, Notar Hospitality, Hampshire Hotels & Resorts etc.

• Involved in all phases of the design process from schematic design presentations, design development sketches and construction drawings, construction administration through aim & adjust site visits as well as post-construction punch list walk-throughs

• Worked alongside principal designers to draw up SD deliverables to communicate design intent, executed CAD drafting of plans, RCPs, elevations and sections for DD's and CD's, coordinated the receiving of sample light fixtures and the implementation of mockups in the lighting lab

• In-depth experience with design and drafting of architectural lighting details, addressing RFI's, compiling lighting specification packages and computing load schedules for code compliance

• Thrived in a true collaborative team environment working with notable established architecture & interior design firms, ownership, electricians, contractors and vendors for accurate implementation of lighting concepts on large scale hospitality design projects

www.revealdesigngroup.com

Apr 2014 - Jul 2015
 

Interieurs Design Studio, New York, NY, US, Designer & Production Manager

• Driving member of a small team environment that fueled the success of an interior design studio and affiliated furniture and lighting showroom working alongside the Creative Director and Project Manager

• Exponential growth as a multi-faceted designer growing into a plethora of crucial roles in Interior Design, Project Management, Product Design, Sales and Marketing and Production Management

• Responsible for design and sketching, space planning, drafting, rendering of floor plans, elevations, perspectives, on-site installations, staging and photo shoots, producing material for client presentations, obtaining pricing & lead times, maintaining project binders, invoicing, custom product designs, shop drawings, maintaining relations with high-profile clientele and designers, generating sales and driving marketing, social media, event planning, advertising & press

• Experience with high-end residential new-build (Hamptons) and renovation projects (Manhattan) including kitchen & bath design, vendor and client relations, merchandising, staging, furniture design prototype development and production management

• Notable projects include designs featured in CTC&G magazine for Designing Greenwich, Design on a Dime, the Architectural Digest Home Show & a project featured on the cover of Luxe Interiors magazine

www.interieursdesignstudio.com

Nov 2010 - Apr 2014
 

DDC domus design collection, New York, NY, US, Summer Interior Design Intern

• Responsible for organization of product catalogs, sample room and creation of spec sheets, assisting designers and sales representatives with drafting & other presentation materials for client meetings

• Developed professional contacts with high end furniture and lighting vendors, verified designers specifications for site plans, worked alongside lead designer during showroom renovation

www.ddcnyc.com

May 2009 - Sep 2009
 

Manhattan Apartments Inc., New York, NY, US, Licensed Real Estate Agent

• Responsible for generating sales through booking potential clients via regular postings, phone sales etiquette and arranging of appointments for client interviews and property viewings

• Interviewed prospective clients, showed listings to suit their needs, closed deals, processed deposits and served as the liaison during the client / landlord lease signing process

www.bellmarc.com

May 2006 - Sep 2008
 

Education 

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), _

Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler, CKBR

Sep 2016 - Nov 2016
 

US Green Building Certification Institue (GBCI), New York, NY, US, _

LEED Green Associate

Apr 2014 - May 2014
 

Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, _

Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree, Interior Design

Sep 2005 - May 2009
 

New York Real Estate Institute, New York, NY, US, _

New York Real Estate License

May 2006 - Sep 2008
 

Awards 

Student Exhibition Featured Works, Fashion Institute of Technology, Other

Product Design - Eileen Gray Cube, 2005 & Casino Lamp, 2007

2007
 

Presidential Volunteer Award, Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, Other

Zoology Intern, 2002 & Volunteer Design Consultant, 2005

• Non-profit collaboration with owner and contractor for execution of space planning and drafting for a Gift Shop to Intern House conversion project, new construction

2002
 

Private Pilots License Training, US Aviation Academy, Other

Ground school and air-time flight training

2002
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills