Liana Zimmerman

Liana Zimmerman

New York, NY, US



I have just moved back to NYC (where I grew up) after two years working as an Exhibition Designer in Auckland, New Zealand.  I had the pleasure of designing and project managing many, and some award-winning convention, point-of-sale and interior displays.  Prior to that I worked as an Architectural Graduate for three years where, as a LEED AP, I managed the certification of the first LEED-certified home in Pittsburgh and worked on a number of commercial and institutional projects both in  the U.S. and abroad.  I'm seeking a position in a design-focused NYC firm, where I can apply myself to a lively mix of design and project management.



Peek Exhibition Design & Display, Auckland, NZ, Exhibition Designer

As an exhibition designer, I have led over 150 exhibition stands, point-of-sale displays, and permanent installations from design through to installation. I design and project manage custom stands that need to be easily transported, assembled, disassembled, and reconfigured for future use. I work with an in-house cost estimator to turn over visuals and quotes to clients within a 2-3 week time frame. Upon approval, I create shop drawings and review them with our in-house builders. I am responsible for sourcing all electrical, flooring, AV and other stand needs. Project budgets range from $3K to $80K. It’s a fast-paced industry that requires strong project management, organization, attention to detail, and team work.

Dec 2010 - Mar 2013

KSBA Architects, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Architectural Graduate

Responsible for all LEED documentation and project management for the first LEED-certified home in Pittsburgh. Additionally responsible for construction documents, contractor bidding, construction management and interior design of the home. As part of the LEED certification process, I created educational materials and spoke with over 500 open house visitors seeking to learn about the home. Additional work has included site planning and design development for a 6,968 sq m call center in Montego Bay, Jamaica as well as programming and schematic design for a 11,613 sq m office and training center for a global company producing turbines and generators.

Oct 2007 - Jul 2010


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2002 - May 2007

Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, CZ, Semester Abroad

My semester abroad included architecture studio, architectural history, figure drawing, urban planning and Czech language courses. I directly enrolled in the university, taking classes in English with Czech and many European Erasmus students. During this time abroad I traveled throughout Europe (Romania, Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands, and England).

Jan 2006 - May 2006


Bronze Awards (in Exhibition Stands), Award

The New Zealand Sign & Display Awards is an annual event that offers awards to the top designs in the signage and exhibition industry. The European Food stand I designed for food conventions and as a permanent company showroom piece, as well as the Maori Tourism educational and tourism permanent display I designed for an Auckland information center won Bronze awards. These were two of only five stands and signage awards given in 2013.


Silver and Gold Awards (in Exhibition Stands & Point-Of-Sale Displays), Award

The New Zealand Sign & Display Awards is an annual event that offers awards to the top designs in the signage and exhibition industry. The Toblerone point-of-sale display I designed for the Auckland International Airport received the Gold Medal and the Smith & Nephew exhibition stand I designed for a medical conference received a Silver Medal. As a company with a strong design focus and 85 years experience in the industry, Peek Exhibition took home three of the top awards in 2012


Invited Speaker, Other

I was one of four architects/engineers invited by the Green Building Alliance to speak to others in our field and related fields about "Sustainable Residential Case Studies." As a LEED AP, my presentation was focused on the first LEED certified house in Pittsburgh, and first LEED-certified gut rehab in Pennsylvania that I had worked on at KSBA Architects.


Studio Commendation, Award

Theater design project chosen as outstanding work for final project in the last year of my B.Arch. studies at Carnegie Mellon University.


Dean's List (2004 Fall, 2006 Fall, 2007 Spring), Other

Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture


Future Tenant Gallery Exhibition, Other

Studio work chosen for display at downtown Pittsburgh gallery.


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