Karen Lee

Karen Lee

New York, NY, US




The Estee Lauder Companies - La Mer, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer - Global Store Design

Jul 2018 - current

The Estee Lauder Companies - MAC Cosmetics, New York, NY, US, Designer - Global Store Design

• Design shop-in-shop and freestanding stores, and retrofitting existing stores in the North America region; conceptual design and new store format design both in the North America region and globally; regular communication with internal Visual Merchandising, Omni Channel, and Store Planning/Construction Departments, architects, millworkers, affiliate offices, retailers, and landlords.
• Assist in the review and approval process of design proposals for the Europe/Middle East/Africa/India region; provide global guidance and support to the regional design team in Paris.
• Drafting (AutoCAD), 3D modeling and rendering (3D Studio Max and Photoshop).

Mar 2016 - Jul 2018

David Yurman, New York, NY, US, Assistant Project Manager

• Assist in the design of retail experiences through architecture and interior design while working closely with the visual merchandising team.
• Create schematic designs and design development drawing sets; projects participated range from freestanding retail boutiques, wholesale accounts, to the David Yurman New York headquarters office space.
• Drafting (AutoCAD), 3D modeling (Rhino and Sketch Up), and rendering (Rhino and Photoshop).

Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

The Estee Lauder Companies - Bobbi Brown, New York, NY, US, Freelancer - Global Store Design

• Project tracking, updating and organizing project schedules.
• Communicating with regional teams on projects of various phases.
• Building digital models of fixture designs, creating renderings of store designs, and editing digital drawings.
• Compiling and editing the graphic layout of the sourcebook “Store Design/Visual Merchandising Brand Standards,” and presentations.

Sep 2014 - Mar 2015

Chanel, New York, NY, US, Architecture Intern - Global Store Design

• Internship at the Global Store Design/Architecture Department.
• Gathering, organizing, inputting, and updating project data, material information, and project schedules.
• Interacting with regional teams, consultants, vendors, and professionals from other departments.
• Attending meetings with architects, project managers, contractors, store planners, and landlords.
• Boutique/project site visits; boutique network analysis, studies, and exercises.
• Compiling presentations, photo-books, and other graphic representation.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2010 - May 2014


Annual Student Show Exhibit @ Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nomination

Work selected to participate in the school's annual student show exhibit.


Strosberg Scholarship, Scholarship

One of two recipients of the Undergraduate Architecture Incoming Merit-Based Scholarships.


Areas of Specialization