linda nguyen

linda nguyen

San Diego, CA, US

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Senior Designer and Project Manager specializing in luxury retail, commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects. Seasoned professional in all areas of design and construction starting from concept development to construction completion. Supported by over 15 years of experience rooted in creative architectural firms, corporate retail and development companies frequently managing multiple projects at a time with a hands-on approach to space planning, finish selection, fixture fabrication, bidding and site supervision. Continuously striving to educate internal and external business partners on updated trends and studies to create a progressive, efficient, and visually appealing environment. Frequently interfacing with clients, vendors, and contractors to discuss and drive design and ultimately complete each project on schedule and within budget. 



Curiosity Cre8, San Diego, Designer & Project Manager

Curiosity Cre8
08/2017 – Present
3314 Collier Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

Major Duties:
• Residential project encompassing all scopes of work from conceptual design, space planning, architectural drawings, Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing coordination, permitting, building review, bid negotiation, finish material selection and procurement, construction management and on-site super vision.
• Design packages consisting of concept imagery, finish materials, architectural drawings, and renderings.
• Work closely with engineers, contractors, and city officials

Aug 2017 - current

rAd Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Project Manager

rAd Architects
($91,520 annual, 30 hrs/week) 01/06/2020 – 03/20/20 (pandemic)
1090 University Avenue, 208-H San Diego, CA 92103
Supervisor: Caryn Bailey, (619)795-6522

Major Duties:
• Manage a team of 3 draftsmen for construction documentation and 3d renderings.
• Utilize Autodesk Revit to create construction drawings
• Manage finish material library and vendor relationships.
• Conduct site surveys

Jan 2020 - Mar 2020

McFarlane Architects, San Diego, INTERIOR DESIGNER

McFarlane Architects
($91,520 annual, 40 hrs/week) 02/2019 – 08/01/19 (maternity)
6256 Greenwich Drive, Suite 510, San Diego, CA 92122
Supervisor: Neal McFarlane, (858)248-1348

Major Duties:
• Space Planning for Biotech projects incorporating labs, office space and amenities.
• Develop interior design packages that meets client’s needs, budget and branding.
• Design packages consisting of concept imagery, finish materials, architectural drawings and renderings.
• Lead client presentations for review and approval of all design concepts.

Feb 2019 - Aug 2019

Brookfield Property Group, San Diego, TENANT COORDINATOR

Brookfield Property Group
($115,000 per annum, 40 hrs/week) 06/2018 – 12/2018
6250 Vesey Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10281
Supervisor: Mark Goforth, (636)233-9848
Company was bought out, received severance pay.

Major Duties:
• Tenant Coordinator for The Shoppes at Carlsbad and Chula Vista Center.
• Acting as the Landlord’s liaison to coordinate between the Tenant, Tenant General Contractors, Leasing agents and Mall Management team to ensure each projects open on time with the highest possible level of quality construction and design execution.
• Forecast timelines and work closely with external and internal partners to maintain the project schedule.
• Responsible for review and landlord approval of design proposals, construction drawings, shop drawings and finish materials.

Jun 2018 - Dec 2018


Westfield Corporate
($105,000 per annum, 40 hrs/week) 07/2014 – 06/2018
2049 Century Park E, 41st Floor, Century City, CA 90067
Supervisor: Ryan McAndrews, (415)235-4845

Major Duties:
• Manage design of Westfield’s UTC iconic development property and multiple southern California operational centers.
• Conduct research, meet with clients ask questions to understand their goals and objectives. Understand the client’s needs, expectations, brand and culture. Knowing the target audience and demographic for each project also key to accomplishing the mission of the interior design. From there, a design can begin to evolve while still revolving around the core goals and objectives which meet the client’s needs. Developing a creative yet functional the space, meeting capacity while allowing flexibility are all key points to accomplishing the mission of any project.
• Develop solutions to interior design issues by understanding the constraints and limitation of a projects site conditions. Any and all design issues can be resolved quickly by considering different solutions, embracing change as progress and not a problem. Communicating with partners on at least a weekly basis to ensure all parties are aware of any impacts design issues may have to budget and schedule is key to reducing delays and confusion. Quickly move forward and proceed with new solutions while documenting any and all changes for future reference.
• Develop solutions to smoothly overcome interior design issues by establishing close partnership with clients, architects, vendors and contractors. During schematic design, issues can be resolved by offering multiple solutions through a variety of space plan options. Other tools such as 3D perspectives and inspirational imagery are also great tools for communicating potential solutions to clients. During construction when lead time or unexpected delays happen, a close partnership with contractors or vendors is key to quickly resolving design issues. Always maintaining a composed professional approach to every challenge will help to elevate any tensions that may arise when design issues may begin to impact the project schedule.
• Understanding project timeline from preliminary design into construction is key to maintaining an accurate project schedule. Keys items such as drawing review/approval, fixture selection, finish material procurement, shop drawing review/approval, permitting, bidding, and construction are all targets that need to be tracked and monitored to help projects open on time and without issues.
• Execute interior design in accordance to plans by understanding scope of work prior to starting construction, familiarizing myself with architectural drawings during DD & CD’s, reviewing plans with architect and client to identifying any discrepancies to be resolved ahead of time, maintain daily site supervision during construction to ensure all design details are carried out accordingly per approved plans. Conducting weekly touch base meeting with clients and contractors to ensure all parties are updated on progress and any issues arising can be quickly addressed and resolved without delays to the project schedule.
• Obtain detailed project schedule from contractors during construction kick off meeting to ensure project is finished on time.
• Collaborate with external counterparts to understand the needs, branding and budget constraints for each project.
• Create tools, such as design packages and renderings, to help internal partners and clients understand design challenges and opportunities for area of work.
• Compose Design Criteria for clients to utilize as a design guideline which establishing standards for multiple centers.

Jul 2014 - Jun 2018

Sony Electronics Corporate, San Diego, SENIOR DESIGNER

Sony Electronics Corporate
($94,760 per annum, 40 hrs/week) 07/2011 – 07/2014
16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127
Supervisor: Edward Mungovan, (858)705-7248

Major Duties:
• Sole store designer for entire fleet of US Sony Signature Stores.
• Roll out new design prototype at all 10 premium US store locations.
• In-house feasibility studies and design proposals for potential locations.
• Brief management on interior design status by conducting weekly meetings for project updates on progress, deadlines and any potential issues that may impact project schedule or budget.
• Brief management on policies and procedures by implementing guidelines and schedules to maintain fixtures and finishes after construction completion. Establish review process with procedures in place to efficiently make use of time spent to obtain final approval from all internal partners.
• Answer data calls and inquiries on interior design policies by coordinating the selection and procurement of fixtures and finish materials. Inquiries range from finish specifications, shop drawing review/approvals, and overseeing fabrication into installation.
• Determine requirement of interior design to develop goals and objectives by gathering information from internal partners such as needs, budget constraints and scheduling. After identifying requirements from each party, the conceptual design process can begin. First by developing multiple floor plan options, followed by design packages including 3D renderings depicting finishes and fixtures. Drive presentation to review proposals with management and ultimately obtain final approval to proceed into construction.
• Utilize Revit & CAD to produce photorealistic renderings and videos to communicate design solutions.
• Collaborate with internal partners: store operations, visual merchandising and product team.
• Development of kiosk and outlet fixtures.
• Manage architects, general contractors, vendors and landlords for reviews and approvals.
• Manage store construction and installation of fixtures to ensure accurate implementation and quality execution.
• Oversee project budget, schedule, and construction documents from preliminary design to store opening.
• Create marketing graphics within brand guidelines for in-store promotional imagery.

Jul 2011 - Jul 2014

Charlotte Russe Corporate, San Diego, STORE DESIGN MANAGER

Charlotte Russe Corporate
($60,000 annual, 40 hrs/week) 07/2008 – 02/2011
4645 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
Supervisor: Ryan McAndrews, (415)235-4845

Major Duties:
• Implement multiple new retail store design prototypes to incorporate different branding, visual and marketing strategies.
• Value engineer design to reduce cost by $100/sq’ while maintaining design intent.
• Responsible for in-house feasibility studies and design proposals of potential spaces.
• Manage multiple east and west coast architects for massive store rollouts.
• Oversee and maintain the development of construction drawings.
• Utilize Revit & CAD to produce photorealistic renderings to communicate design solutions.

Jul 2008 - Feb 2011

Graham Downes Architecture, San Diego, STORE DESIGNER & PROJECT MANAGER

Graham Downes Architecture
($28,000 annual, 40 hrs/week) 2006 - 2008
241 14th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Supervisor: Caryn Bailey, (619)795-6522

Major Duties:
• Develop new store designs for multiple retailers.
• Collaborate with tenants and vendors to develop new fixture packages.
• Generate photorealistic renderings of proposed store environments and fixtures.
• Generate construction documents and conceptual designs

Jan 2006 - Jul 2008

Martinez + Cutri Architects, San Diego, ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER

Martinez + Cutri Architects 2005 - 2006

Major Duties:
• Drafted construction drawings for educational projects.
• Self taught Autodesk Revit to create construction drawings.
• Coordinate with MEP.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006


NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Major in Architecture, Minor in Design. Overall GPA 3.47

Aug 2002 - Jul 2007

California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Completed First and Second year program for Bachelors of Architecture undergraduate degree. Transferred to Newschool of Architecture to complete program due to family related decisions.

Sep 2000 - May 2002

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