Carmen Lai

Carmen Lai

London, GB



With 8 years of experience in commercial design, I aspire to become a versatile designer. Trained as an interior designer, my main focus is on corporate design, specialising in the financial and commercial sector, retail and hospitality services. I have all rounded experience in various stages of design process from sketching to completing projects.

One of my characters is curiosity which motivates me to interact with people and explore new things surrounding me. I collaborate with vendors to update design trends. I am also a committed and achievement-oriented person who enjoys challenges in order to develop of my skill sets and to expand my capacity to contribute to my company. I enjoy every single phase of the design process to see its progressing from sketches to construction sites. Also, I am interested in sustainable design to protect the environment.


Gensler, London, GB, Space Planner/ Interior Designer

- Reviewed Client's requirements to outline space planning and work out test fits.
- Collaborated with others professional to ensure the designs are synchronized.
- Developed design deliverables that elevated and functioned on construction documentation packages.
- Translated concepts to design development with applying suitable finishes to shorten the design process.
- Provided effective design solutions to minimize changes which shortened the production time and labor costs.

Jan 2015 - Mar 2016

Hassell, Hong Kong, HK, Design Coordinator

- Generated design ideas with team and various clients need to execute design presentation for client.
- Integrated the knowledge of LEED into all phases of projects to execute the design to achieve LEED standards.
- Attended client meetings in China for presentation and coordination with senior designers.
- Interfaced with client representatives to understand and followed up their comments to integrate into the design.
- Collaborated with design team to implement design concepts and to develop construction documentation packages (CD) for HK projects.
- Interfaced with design team members including contractors, consultants, fabricators, architects, M&E, Local Design Institute (for China project only) and regulatory agencies.
- Acted Primary design-team site person to attend meetings and inspection in construction stage to enable the site work was built according to our drawings.

Jun 2011 - Sep 2014

Hassell, Hong Kong, HK, Interior Designer

- Interacted with vendors to collect new materials for updating design trends and new technology.
- Researched and visited client’s workplace for analysis and to provide design solutions.
- Collaborated with design team to implement design concepts to construction documentation packages (CD).
- Generated signage & artwork design.
- Researched green products of finishes and lighting or system for sustainable projects.

Dec 2007 - Jun 2011


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, HK, Bachelors, Environmental and Interior Design

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007



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