Kristina Olivera

Kristina Olivera

San Francisco, CA, US



Bay Area transplant with a Bachelor's in Business, Master's in Interior Architecture, and over six years of experience including work in corporate interiors, hospitality, food & beverage, workplace, and high-end residential design. 

Growing up, my family would take summer trips to small coastal towns in Mexico, and to this day, I consider them some of the most influential experiences of my life. When exploring these soulful villages with my family, I was always taken aback by the abundance of energy that seemed to touch every surface. It was unlike anything I had seen before -– such raw canvases littered with immense color and life. The contrast was striking. 

There was little organization in these culturally rich parts of Mexico. The colors were chaotic, the sounds were intense, and ultimately, nothing made that much sense – but altogether, it was vibrant and authentic – it left an impression that has stayed with me ever since. Ultimately, these childhood experiences allowed me to see and feel things differently than I had before. They altered my perspective and showed me that unordinary can be beautiful. My love affair with Mexico started at a young age and it continues to inspire me as a growing designer.​

As I go forth in my career, I look forward to the people I will meet, the places I will see, and the things I will experience that enlighten me, change me, and challenge me to be a more dynamic designer. I look forward to the possibility of creating with you!


Gensler, San Francisco, CA, US, Interior Designer

Develop forward-thinking and successful design solutions for a broad range of clients across the technology and professional services industries | Participate in all phases of workplace projects including schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration | Collaborate with colleagues regarding occupancy and path of travel strategies | Prepare floor plans, elevations, sections, and schedules using Revit or AutoCad | Produce 3D renderings using a combination of Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Adobe Suite | Prepare highly organized and cohesive design packages and presentations | Develop thoughtfully curated furniture and finish schemes | Facilitate FFE procurement and coordinate with vendors | Coordinate with all other consultants including MEP engineers, lighting designers, and contractors | Perform site visits to take field measurements and verify conditions

Oct 2014 - current

Antonio Martins Interior Design, San Francisco, CA, US, Interior Designer

Participated in all phases of both commercial and residential build-outs, including schematic design, programming, space planning, design development, drafting, sourcing, and installation | Cultivated creative design solutions through research, analysis, and collaboration with colleagues | Prepared construction documents consisting of floor plans, furniture plans, elevations, and details | Developed shop drawings for custom furniture and millwork | Performed site visits to assess field conditions | Orchestrated and assisted with furniture, equipment, and lighting installations | Prepared well-organized and detail-oriented client presentations | Corresponded with clients, consultants, and contractors regarding project objectives

Jun 2014 - Oct 2014

Heather Hilliard Design, San Francisco, CA, US, Design Assistant

Developed floor plans, furniture plans, elevations, and details for high-end residential projects | Prepared client proposals and purchase orders | Sourced furniture, finishes and lighting according to budget parameters, aesthetic, and timeline | Corresponded with vendors regarding quote requests, order processing, and status | Assisted with production of custom furniture and lighting pieces | Frequented San Francisco Design Center to source textiles and furniture | Assisted with site inspections, field verifications, and installations | Developed presentations and other graphic materials for client meetings

Mar 2013 - Jun 2014

studioMYID, San Diego, CA, US, Design Assistant

Creatively participated in schematic design process for all hospitality projects | Prepared FF&E specs for submittal to contractor | Updated construction drawings according to redlines | Responded to client and consultant emails regarding project objectives | Created job books consisting of all relevant project documents and maintained their upkeep | Handled all purchase orders and tracked their production status | Reported to the City to address plan check status | Performed site visits with principal designer to asses project progress | Maintained organization of sample library | Addressed any other needs of the design team

Aug 2010 - Aug 2011


Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, Masters, Interior Architecture & Design

Sep 2011 - May 2014

University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, US, BArch, Business Administration

Sep 2006 - May 2010

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