Heather O'Donnell

Heather O'Donnell

New York, NY, US

View Portfolio


I am an interior designer with over 10 years of experience in the high-end residential industry, with an emphasis on project management and construction expertise. I have worked for interior designers, architects and contractors in the New York City, Long Island and Connecticut markets throughout my career. 


Nordic Custom Builders, Cos Cob, CT, US, Project Manager

Upon starting with Nordic Custom Builders, I was a Senior Estimator handling all of their job estimating from pre-construction through design development, while tracking budgets for current projects. Throughout this time, I implemented a new estimating system in order to increase efficiency and volume.

Since 2013, I have been promoted to Project Manager, overseeing construction on small to large scale high-end residential projects, ranging in size from 3,000 to over 15,000 sf. Our projects vary from New York City apartments and townhouse renovations to ground-up builds in the Greenwich, CT area.

I have also been responsible for developing all company marketing strategies, including the redesign of our website and portfolio, seeking out new clientele through industry events and social media, as well as redeveloping our branding through new company uniforms, internal/external spreadsheets and documents.

Apr 2013 - current

Sandra Nunnerley Inc., New York, NY, US, Senior Interior Designer / Project Manager

During my time with Sandra Nunnerley Inc., I worked as a Senior Interior Designer and Project Manager in the high-end residential field, assisting through all phases of design development including space planning, drafting of plans, elevations and details, creating color and inspiration schemes, sourcing and selection of custom, antique/vintage furnishings, accessories, high-end fabrics, fixtures, finishes and art.

I developed all client presentations, conducted client meetings, created all design proposals, purchase orders, contracts and FF&E tracking spreadsheets, as well as coordinated purchasing and handled vendor correspondence.

I oversaw all internal and on-site construction administration for several projects from demolition through punch list and orchestrated and supervised all final interior installations and photo shoots.

I consulted on and assisted in the design and final development of the Sandra Nunnerley Interiors book, from sourcing and purchasing imagery rights, collaborating on passage development with the authors to final photo selection and layout with the publishing house.

Jul 2010 - Apr 2012

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

As my first official position out of college, I worked as a Junior Architect, generating full sets of construction documents and detail drawings, assisting in the design of trim and millwork for classically inspired, traditional high-end residential projects, as well assisting in the drafting and development of the company's first monograph, New Traditional Architecture, Ferguson & Shamamian Architects: City and Country Residences.

Sep 2007 - Jan 2009


New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Old Westbury, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Architecture School. The emphasis of this program was on interior architecture and design.

Sep 2003 - May 2007

Areas of Specialization