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Brooke Leff

Brooke Leff

New York, NY, US

 

About 

I am a New York based multidisciplinary designer with an MFA in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and and undergraduate background in art history. I have experience working on commercial office interiors projects as well as an extensive knowledge of contract grade furnishings.

I am excited by design that changes people’s lives and has a positive impact on our communities. I love pushing the boundaries of materials and color in space to create meaningful and dynamic experiences. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Workframe, New York, NY, US, Design Intern

Working beneath lead interior designer within a larger team of designers and software engineers to modernize the furniture selection and procurement process deployed on Workframe’s collaboration-based commercial real estate platform

Curated a selection of contract grade furniture products for publication in digital catalog, communicating with vendors and manufacturers to determine specifications and pricing

Supported in-house project management team on various commercial office build-out projects with responsibilities comprised of spatial planning schematics, detailing FF&E schedules, and obtaining quotes

JPMC New York HQ: Facilitated integration of digital product catalog into live/interactive CAD drawings to enable interdisciplinary work and collaboration across multiple design firms (TPG, Gensler, Ted Moudis)

Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
 

Gensler, New York, NY, US, Studio Coordinator

Responsible for coordination of all daily operations and processes under two workplace design studios in addition to providing support to Studio Directors and Design Principals

Elevated roles from general office administrative assistant to specialized studio coordinator with exposure to all phases of design and construction of large-scale workplace projects

Prepared design presentation materials, organized practice area budgets with accounting team, and coordinated agendas for both client and internal meetings (firm-wide Design Director Meetings)

Overhauled internal Gensler Design Excellence Awards Submissions for two workplace projects, selecting final project photographs and creating graphic presentation

Jan 2014 - Aug 2015
 

Showplace Design and Antique Center, New York, NY, US, Sales Associate

Drove sales by engaging client network and interior designers to specify high-end, vintage furniture and antiques for respective residential and commercial projects

Gained broad knowledge of mid-century modern furniture through appraisal research for new acquisitions and assessment of inventory

Maximized digital presence on social platforms including 1st Dibs, Facebook and Instagram

Processed sales, organized delivery and installation of valuable works from showroom to site

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
 

Christie's Auction House, New York, NY, US, Intern

Intern for the 20th Century Design & Decorative Arts Department, integrally involved with preparation for June auction cataloging research on lots, including important works from Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry

May 2012 - Jul 2012
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Masters, Interior Design

Aug 2015 - May 2018
 

Boston University, Boston, MA, US, BArch, History of Art and Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2013