Lara Kahn

Lara Kahn

New York, NY, US




Mar Silver Design, Interior Design/Project Manager

•Developed CAD generated construction documents and client presentations.
•Worked closely with clients and administered proposals, project scopes, budgets, resources and scheduling.
•Monitored the progress of the project to determine percentage completed versus money spent, versus budget.
•Setup and maintained all project communications and protocols.
•Directed and managed sub-contractors throughout the construction/renovation process.
•Created and consistently updated project design manuals.
•Mentored intern/junior staff and improved morale in a studio leadership role.
•Established and maintained relationship with clients to ensure client satisfaction with quality of service.

Aug 2010 - current

Laura Kirar/Tru Design, Interior/Furniture Design & Project Manager

•Defined the visual direction of materials, finishes, furnishings and fixtures for each project.
•Assisted in the product development for the 2010 launch at High Point Furniture Market.
•Lead projects and mentored staff to deliver innovative concepts from schematic design through to design development.
•Designed custom millwork and furniture pieces for high-end residential projects.
•Exhibited strong sourcing skills, particularly with vintage and antique products.
•Utilized expertise with lighting products, lamping controls and effective lighting strategies.
•Created CAD/Revit documents for client presentations. Reviewed all documents for construction with architect on staff.

Sep 2008 - Aug 2010

The Renovated Home, Interior Designer/Project Manager

•Contributed to all phases including design documentation, on site status meetings and created punch lists.
•Managed all aspects of vendor relationships including preparing bid packages, award contracts, processing purchase orders and invoicing.
•Worked closely with clients and administered proposals, project scopes, budgets, resources and scheduling.
•Promoted from project designer to project manager within 6 months.
•Consistently adhered to project timelines.
•Coordinated and attended project installations.
•Tracked and updated project status reports.

Feb 2008 - Sep 2008

Orsini Design Associates, Junior Designer

•Supported all phases of Interior Design, space planning and project management for various clients.
•Developed design specification manuals and maintained samples and architectural library.
•Wrote, issued and corresponded on all specifications and purchase orders.
•Assisted with the layout of client site photograph manuals.
•Compiled project memorandums that provide inventory information.
•Assisted with the selection of interior materials, colors and products.

Feb 2007 - Feb 2008


New York University (NYU), NYUSCPS - Certificate in Computer Aided Design

Professional Certificate In Computer Aided Design
The fundamentals of AutoCAD.
How to prepare 2D drawings for architecture, interior design, mechanical and structural engineering, and other design fields.
Editing techniques.
Comprehensive understanding of 3D space and modeling in AutoCAD.

Mar 2008 - Jul 2008

Design Centre Enmore TAFE, Bachelors, Interior Design

This course is for people who want to learn the theoretical and practical aspects of interior design.

• Apply color to interiors, select furniture, choose fixtures, select appropriate fabrics, renovation and restoration
• Apply design computing to interior design
• Solve problems creatively, be imaginative, think laterally and extend and transform problems by designing innovative solutions
• Encourage and promote creativity both for yourself and your colleagues
• Produce creative contemporary designs taking into account historical, socioeconomic, political and environmental influences; and produce creative design solutions encompassed by the practice of interior design
• work productively with others; respond to changing circumstances, clarify ideas, communicate them clearly and ensure that the vision is shared and understood the same way by all involved
• Use effective interpersonal skills to communicate with design team members, clients, associated professionals, suppliers and service providers
• Communicate design intentions using a range of techniques, media and technologies
• Use effective leadership skills to manage others
• Allocate work and provide support and feedback
• Manage your own professional development, time management and performance in the workplace.

Also, gain knowledge in business planning, project and financial management skills used in the development of projects
In addition you will learn about interior design material and building.

Also learn how to:
• Stay abreast of trends, fashions and technical developments in the design area
• Develop and maintain knowledge of sources of related products, suppliers, contractors and specialist expertise required to support a design proposal
• Apply knowledge of manufacturing, construction and fabrication processes in the development of a design project.

Jan 2004 - Dec 2006

Areas of Specialization