Kimberly Martin

Kimberly Martin

Cincinnati, OH, US



Creative Visionary  |  Collaborative Director  |  Interdisciplinary Designer
Unique ability to take a team or concept from chaos, to beauty and order.  Coordinates multiple perspectives with finesse.  Thrives on big ideas, problem solving, collaboration, integration, and surmounting challenges inherent in design teams.

Leading interdisciplinary design teams  |  Conceptual, human-centric designs  |  Synthetic, elegant concepts
Sustainable systems design and materials selection for architecture and interiors.  Design education.  Hand-rendering, drafting, and perspective drawing.  Computer modeling (Revit; Sketch-up) and graphic presentation.


Miami University, Oxford, OH, US, Visiting Professor

Led studio with three student finalists in an international design competition.

Integrated 200 level architecture and interior studio encouraging holistic, collaborative, conceptually-driven design and critical analysis of how humans experience space. Introducing methodologies and philosophies to encourage rigorous design thinking. Training students to develop abstract thinking skills, practice craft, produce installations, and work together toward a final project, which integrates culture, context, and concept.

300/400 level interior and architectural studio exploring the future of retail design. Provided methodological framework for design process and professional presentation. Introduced students to trends analysis in sociocultural influences, providing experiences to explore brand value communication strategies in the consumer experience, and investigating the role of Corporate Social Responsibility policies in forming the culture and environment of brand. Three of these students placed in the final 12 of an international design competition.

Aug 2011 - current

Self Employed, Design Consultant

Retail environments for Luxottica eyewear group--Cincinnati, OH
Produced design intent plans for over 60 stores for Sunglass Hut brand. Collaboration with in-house and outside partners in planning, design, branding, architecture, and millwork to produce technical and design intent drawing packages. Displayed understanding and effective translation of brand intent for multiple clients.

Conceptual development of branding and interiors for retail design firm--Cincinnati, OH

Conceptual design of enclosure to house branding experience for international corporate client--Cincinnati, OH

Sustainable design consulting and space planning for boutique pilates studio--Chelsea, NYC

Survey and analyze interior trends and advise on sustainable issues for global design agency--Cincinnati, OH

Conceptual and schematic live/work design for residence --Santa Fe, NM

Sustainable rehabilitation and addition of 2 BR apartment in 5,600 square foot Victorian home--Brooklyn, NY

Jan 2004 - current

SHP Leading Design, Design Manager

Acted as Design Lead on multiple projects. Collaborated with interdisciplinary project teams and individual designers to provide design ideas and guide them through ongoing design meetings and critique on over 15 projects. Worked directly with Executive Vice President of Design to elevate design aesthetic of projects, while integrating the studio disciplines and encouraging rigor of processes. Directly managed 12 designers in 3 offices, with a specific focus on design quality. Collaborated with Marketing, BIM and Sustainability Directors to develop and implement initiatives to elevate design output, improve efficiencies, and integrate design teams.

Conceived concepts for and directed photo shoots. Wrote content for publications and award submissions. Designed presentations for and participated in numerous client interviews. Elevated perception of design and office morale through programs, regular office-wide recognition and celebration of work, and daily supportive interaction with designers. Coordinated inspirational/educational lunchtime presentation series. Developed design process and presentation standard. Produced assessment tools and review process to improve performance and satisfaction of design team members

Apr 2010 - May 2011

Kolar Design, Design Manager--Architecture/Interiors

Lead interdisciplinary creative team of 8 designers in conceptual development, strategic implementation and production of design for variety of projects for holistic, environmental branding firm. Client partners included design firms, corporations, municipalities, and universities. Projects included branding, wayfinding, concepts for related installations, and interiors.

Oct 2009 - Mar 2010

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Intern Architect

Assisted production of CD documents with PS 57 School of Art & Design team. Researched traditional materials and aesthetics, designed exterior benches, created presentation renderings and diagrams for National University of Singapore Urban Design team. Created presentation models, produced presentation materials for Penn Station/ Madison Square Garden team.

Mar 2008 - Sep 2008

Michael McInturf Architects, Intern Architect

Assisted production of construction documents for Indian Hills pool house. Field measurement and conceptual design for residential project. Creation and production of standards for office CAD drawings, sheets sets, title block, and their filing system.

Sep 2007 - Dec 2007

Dissing + Weitling Architecktfirma, Intern Architect

Created physical models and CAD drawings for design development and building approval phases of Copenhagen Towers project.. Assisted production of marketing booklet for office building project in InDesign and Photoshop. Assisted with site presentation and design development presentation models for museum competition and proposed boutique hotel project.

May 2007 - Aug 2007

FRCH Design Worldwide, Intern Architect

Produced design and construction documents for domestic and international Hilton brand hotels and interior renovation of Hampton Inn hotel chain.

Aug 2006 - Nov 2006

LAMBERT Architecture + Interiors, Architect I

Assisted in all aspects of production on financial services division team. Designed new prototype bank facilities based on existing models. Produced construction drawings as needed. Created multiple test fit options for new projects. Researched and resolved due diligence issues. Drafted memoranda to clients regarding soil reports and responses to RFIs.

Jun 2006 - Aug 2006

Arden Construction and Design, Intern Architect

Assisted design and submission of residential renovation in historic neighborhood. Produced technical drawings. Complied, managed, and filed local and state applications. Assisted design & build group with technical drawings and client meetings on residential rehabilitation projects.

May 2004 - May 2006


University of Cincinnati, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2006 - Jun 2009

University of North Carolina, Bachelors, Interior Architecture

Jan 2002 - Dec 2005

James Madison University, Bachelors, Fine Art

Concentration in painting and drawing, minor in English Literature

Aug 1987 - Dec 1991



USGBC Drop Inn Center, Honorable Mention


Habitat for Accessibility, Honorable Mention


Areas of Specialization