Sonya Salierno

Sonya Salierno

Jersey City, NJ, US




Self Employed • Interior Architectural Designer and Showset Designer, Interior Designer, Weehawken, NJ, US, Owner

Independent Senior Designer & Project Manager
Manage deliverables for all phases of the project including concept, programming, design development, space planning, custom furniture/lighting design and re-branding.
Gurneys Montauk - First Phase: Extensive interior and exterior renovation of a 38 room structure, complete with in room terrace and a large bridal suite. Interior renovation of the hotel's main dining room, The Seawater Grille and a gut renovation to the saltwater swimming pool. Smaller cosmetic improvements were made to the beach cottages,landscaping and spa.

Sep 2016 - current

Discovery Design, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

• Liaison between the construction company, developer and project team for a new residential resort with 250+ single family & multi-family homes; multiple hospitality spaces and mixed amenity spaces

• Silo Ridge Amenia, NY
• Lead overall design from concept through construction, manage drawing development of prototypical homes, assist the developer & sales team in marketing efforts, create budgets and contracts for owners, manage project designers, conduct site visits to track progress, maintain client relationships throughout the design process

Jun 2015 - Oct 2016

Chelsea Hotels, New York, NY, US, Design Manager

Lead designer working under Vice President of Design working on improvement of existing hotel concepts, as well as collaborating with outside design firms. Responsibilities include sourcing all FF&E items, space planning, custom furniture design, preparing presentation materials, construction supervision, developing the resource library and procurement.
McCarren Hotel & Pool - Brooklyn, New York
Renovation of existing 64 room hotel, including the lobby, pool, rooftop and restaurant. Sourcing of FF&E materials, space planning, creating spec books, procurement, creating budgets and construction management
Chelsea Hotel - New York, New York
Full renovation of the interior and exterior of an existing landmarked hotel. Design & concept of four extended stay residence models; including space planning, procurement, sourcing and custom design. Overseeing hired design company on guest room design

Sep 2011 - Jan 2014

John Bardsley Inc, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer

Freelance Senior Designer
Working directly with owner & clients to create design schemes, research FF&E, space planning, tracking purchases, vendor and site coordination for high end residences

Weaver Residence -- Architectural renovation & addition to a historic mansion on a remote island in Main. Assisting in construction documents, selection of appliances & plumbing fixtures, creating construction schedules, client/vendor/contractor coordination

Honstein Residence -- Interior architectural renovation to a three bedroom beachfront condo in Vero Beach, Florida. Space planning, selection of FF&E, lighting, creating construction schedules, client & vendor coordination

Hatch Residence – Architecture and interior renovation of a newly constructed two bedroom condo with terrace in New York City. Space planning, selection of FF&E, lighting, creating construction schedules, designing of custom furniture/cabinetry

Jun 2009 - Sep 2011

Michael Graves Architecture & Design, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Project Manager
Working in direct collaboration with project architect, associate architect and contractors, designing custom furniture, selecting FF&E, composing budgets and schedules, antique research, model making, site coordination, vendor coordination and creating presentations for both residential & hospitality projects

Ojjeh Residence Geneva, Switzerland -- 15,000 sq. ft. custom built home with full custom interior
Lead designer selecting architectural finishes and sourcing FF&E items, research of international vendors, presentation of schemes to clients, contractor coordination and overall management of project

St. Regis Hotel Cairo, Egypt -- Interior design & interior architecture for over 2 million sq. ft. of new hotel space including restaurants, lobby, guest rooms, suites, condos and outdoor pool decks. Sourcing of all FF&E, design of custom furniture pieces and creating specifications for purchasing

Oct 2008 - Jun 2009

Peter Marino Architect, New York, NY, US, Design Assistant

Assistant to Chief Associate Architect
Drafting of client contracts, design presentations, new business research, creating budgets and schedules, assistant project management and consultant coordination of large private residences

Assistant to Materials Research Specialist
Researching rare materials for special custom designs of various commercial projects, which included working with manufacturers in all parts of the world to create new products based on special requirements

10 Columbus Circle New York, NY -- 25,000+ sq. ft. full architectural & interior renovation. Assisting in coordination with contractors, engineers, cladding designers and metalworkers

Doha International Conference Center & Hotel Doha, Qatar -- Competition for architecture & planning. Responsible for creating graphic presentations and coordination of consultant fees/proposals

Sep 2007 - Oct 2008

David Easton Inc, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

Started working while a student in the resource library. Promoted to a Junior Designer upon graduation of college. Worked on a team of an extensive renovation for a residence in Chicago, assisted in the custom furniture design department and participated in hospitality design projects.

Junior Designer
Serving in direct collaboration with architects, designers and contractors, designing custom furniture, selecting FF&E, composing budgets & schedules, antique research, model making, site coordination, vendor coordination and project installations

Crown Residence Chicago, Illinois -- 12,500+ sq. ft. full architectural & interior renovation. Space planning, sourcing antiques, fabrics, furnishings, lighting, custom furniture design and supervising vendors

Crown Residence Aspen, Colorado -- Guesthouse interior and architecture design. Space planning, sourcing antiques, fabrics, furnishings, lighting and custom upholstery

The Little Nell Aspen, Colorado - - Renovation of the public spaces in a boutique hotel and ski lodge. Sourcing antiques, fabrics, furnishings, lighting and designing custom furniture

Feb 2003 - Nov 2006


Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Interior Design program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Study abroad program in art history & illustration; Florence Italy 2001

Sep 2000 - May 2004

Areas of Specialization