Sophia Gonzales

Sophia Gonzales

New York, NY, US



I'm originally from Alameda, California & was raised by two extremely hard working, dedicated, and passionate parents who have supported me & guided me in life, and are a large part of who I am today.  I grew up in a household of high standards, high expectations, and positive affirmations. I consistently hold myself to high standards and expectations, while also allowing myself to make mistakes, improve, and leave room for growth.  I use this mentality to guide my professional and personal work ethic and my design style.  A motto I live by is, "Do not say can't, say can't yet."  My thought process is that just because something cannot be completed or done presently, does not mean it is impossible.  I am consistently determined and open to learning new skills and programs.  There are infinite paths and directions to go about solving problems and challenges, especially when it comes to clientele, conceptualizing, and design layouts. I've neither been someone to sugar coat information, nor have I been someone who is dishonest, untrustworthy, or to beat around the bush.  I am consistently assertive and self-reflective, with strong interpersonal and communicative skills.


I moved to New York City to attend The New School in their dual-degree program majoring in Interior Design at Parsons The New School for Design & in Psychology at Eugene College The New School for Liberal Arts in 2011.  My journey through college was a mixture of struggle, hard work, challenges, persistence, perseverance, and an overall illuminating learning experience and opportunity.  Through this journey, in addition to the next adult chapter of my life, I continue to grow, learn, and open my mind to seeking new experiences and opportunities.



Decorist, Inc., San Francisco, CA, US, Design Project Coordinator & Manager

My primary roles are residential project management and coordination of all Classic design package projects, in addition to overseeing the 3D rendering projects and the independently contracted 3D renderers. This entails ensuring communication between designers and clients is constant and productive, ensuring projects deadlines are met, monitoring progress on each project, reviewing, editing, & creating concept and final design boards, resolving conflicts with clients about projects, product resourcing, product entry into a product database, hosting daily 3D progress meetings, coordinating with designers & clients to ensure successful transition between 2D to 3D, reporting to the Director of Design, VP of Operations, CEO & completing FF&E purchase orders & budget management.

Aug 2016 - current

Audrey Ross Sanders Architect, New York, NY, US, Freelance Design Assistant & Drafter

I assisted Audrey Ross Sanders, architect & sole practitioner in Buffalo, New York, on small residential & hospitality projects. I draft schematic plans, furniture plans, sections from preliminary sketches, in addition to drawing, modeling, & rendering Sketch-Up models & images for client meetings.

Sep 2014 - May 2016

Student Housing and Residence Life at The New School, New York, NY, US, Resident Advisor

As an RA, I was responsible for overseeing up to 100 residents on my floor, as well as through out the residence hall, assisting with issues and concerns of residents, tending to & being available for various incidents & emergencies. I also completed tasks while on duty, promote residents’ well-being, and planned & hosted diverse programs that engaged students and encouraged positive behavior, actions, & outlooks.

Aug 2013 - May 2016

Wid Chapman Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural & Interior Design Intern

I was responsible for editing & drafting drawings for filing & construction, along with handling FF & E (furniture, fixtures, & equipment) organizing, documenting, & ordering for each of the projects in progress. I prepared for & attended client meetings, job sites, & assisted in directing photography sessions for publicity, specifically for Industry Kitchen on South Street. I also assisted in managing, updating, & editing all social media accounts from Facebook, to Instagram, to Twitter, & to the firm’s website.

Jun 2015 - Jan 2016

Parsons The New School for Design, School of Constructed Environments, New York, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

I was responsible for assisting the drawing & studio professors in the teaching and advising of their curriculum work, in addition to preparing & assisting the pre-college & college level students with weekly assignments & projects. I tended to the academic & design needs of each student, reiterated, explained & demonstrated basic drawing, model making, & photography skills in context of the class & in Interior Design overall.

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014


Eugene Lang College/ The New School University, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Psychology

I studied everything from introduction to psychology to developmental psychology to social work to abnormal psychology to neuroscience to memory studies to Freud to ethics in anthropology and in the medical field to the psychology of fictional writing and short stories to culture, ethnicity, and race to the study of Christianity world wide to the study of biblical myths.

Aug 2011 - May 2016

The New School, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

I studied the basics of color theory to landscape and still drawing and painting to art and architectural history from it's beginning to current to technical hand drawings to construction documents to 3D model making to writing to materiality and its methods to programming and concept design to detail, millwork, and furniture drawings to site drawings and visits.

Aug 2011 - May 2015


Photography featured on FastCompany online magazine, Nomination

I was chosen to photograph the final design studio projects for the product design students who used leather from Poltrana Frau in order to create functional home items that brought new light and visuals to the use of leather.


Featured in NY11+ Annual Interior Design Student Exhibition 2015, Nomination

I was nominated to present my design studio project in Albany at City Hall as part of NY11+ mission to provide students with opportunity, exposure, and a creative design outlet.


Dean’s List Fall 2014 - Spring 2016 for Parsons The New School for Design & Eugene Lang College The School for Liberal Arts, Award


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