Kim Zajac

Kim Zajac

Santa Barbara, CA, US



My love for architecture and design stems from when I was a little girl and my dad gifted me a 'build your own dollhouse' kit. The project was a tedious and long task but one that kept me busy and kept my mind free of bullying related stress. After graduating high school in Lake Tahoe I moved to Santa Barbara to pursue college and be immersed in my favorite style of architecture: Spanish Mediterranean.  I was blessed to be able to study abroad in Cape Town South Africa during my third semester. During this trip I toured the Langa Township where my eyes were opened to drastic living conditions, and yet also to a community atmosphere like I'd never seen before.  With a background in being used to moving between homes constantly throughout the year, Cape Town showed me that a house can really feel like a home even when it's made only of 50 square feet of scrap tin. Since this trip, my design aesthetic has revolved around simplicity where the atmosphere of a space can be organic, relaxing, serene, and simply beautiful. I have since then moved to Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I had the privilege of learning from well known architects and architectural critics within the area.  I dream to pursue a career in the architecture and residential design platform.



RRM Design Group, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Architectural Designer I

- Collaborate in an innovative and respectful team environment
- Assist in producing construction documents in Revit
- Interpret sketches/design drawings and prepare presentation or CAD work, as well as read redline corrections and be able to incorporate them into the documents
- Produce site plan and elevation renderings via Photoshop
- Assist with project submittals and reproduction of documents
- Take initiative, being a go-getter and a strong communicator

May 2019 - current

Fresh Twist, Elmhurst, IL, US, Design Studio Manager

- Assist all designers with design documents and furniture plans, including full set of design presentations.
- Accurately measure clients existing home to recreate spacial planning design through AutoCAD and InDesign.
- Articulate design layout to clients in a way to better understand design vision.
- Understanding upcoming design trends to keep the studio up to date with current fabrics and finishings.
- Stylist for the studio, creating the final layer once all furniture has been placed in home.
- Project manager, creating proposals, estimating costs, tracking incoming shipments, and scheduling instal dates accordingly.

Oct 2018 - May 2019

Restoration Hardware, Oak Brook, IL, US, Associate Designer

- Master and execute the RH Design ethos for residential interior design.
- Provide design expertise and execute small scale design projects.
- Produce brand appropriate design presentations; communicating design concepts, space planning and product selections.
- Own all phases of the client experience from consultations through delivery and site visits, as assigned.

May 2016 - Sep 2018

E-Madison Home, Montecito, CA, US, Design Associate

- Provide outstanding customer service to walk-in clients
- Pull items for in store customer design jobs
- Price and send out accurate quotes
- Inventory management: price new items, place new product on floor in timely fashion.
- In charge of opening and closing the store, maintaining cleanliness.

Dec 2014 - Aug 2015


University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies

Aug 2015 - May 2018

Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Associates in CAD & Drafting

Aug 2013 - Jun 2015


Graduated Cum Laude, Award


Areas of Specialization