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Kim Zajac

Kim Zajac

Villa Park, IL, US

 

About 

My love for architecture and design stems from when I was a little girl and my dad gifted me a 'build your own dollhouse' kit. The project was a tedious and long task but one that kept me busy and kept my mind free of bullying related stress. After graduating high school in Lake Tahoe I moved to Santa Barbara to pursue college and be immersed in my favorite style of architecture: Spanish Mediterranean.  I was blessed to be able to study abroad in Cape Town South Africa during my third semester. During this trip I toured the Langa Township where my eyes were opened to drastic living conditions, and yet also to a community atmosphere like I'd never seen before.  With a background in being used to moving between homes constantly throughout the year, Cape Town showed me that a house can really feel like a home even when it's made only of 50 square feet of scrap tin. Since this trip, my design aesthetic has revolved around simplicity where the atmosphere of a space can be organic, relaxing, serene, and simply beautiful. I have since then moved to Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I had the privilege of learning from well known architects and architectural critics within the area.  I dream to pursue a career in the architecture and residential design platform.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Fresh Twist, Elmhurst, IL, US, Design Studio Manager

- Assist all designers with design documents and furniture plans, including full set of design presentations.
- Accurately measure clients existing home to recreate spacial planning design through AutoCAD and InDesign.
- Articulate design layout to clients in a way to better understand design vision.
- Understanding upcoming design trends to keep the studio up to date with current fabrics and finishings.
- Stylist for the studio, creating the final layer once all furniture has been placed in home.
- Project manager, creating proposals, estimating costs, tracking incoming shipments, and scheduling instal dates accordingly.

Oct 2018 - current
 

Restoration Hardware, Oak Brook, IL, US, Associate Designer

- Master and execute the RH Design ethos for residential interior design.
- Provide design expertise and execute small scale design projects.
- Produce brand appropriate design presentations; communicating design concepts, space planning and product selections.
- Own all phases of the client experience from consultations through delivery and site visits, as assigned.

May 2016 - Sep 2018
 

E-Madison Home, Montecito, CA, US, Design Associate

- Provide outstanding customer service to walk-in clients
- Pull items for in store customer design jobs
- Price and send out accurate quotes
- Inventory management: price new items, place new product on floor in timely fashion.
- In charge of opening and closing the store, maintaining cleanliness.

Dec 2014 - Aug 2015
 

Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies

Aug 2015 - May 2018
 

Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Associates in CAD & Drafting

Aug 2013 - Jun 2015
 

Awards 

Graduated Cum Laude, Award

2018
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills