Candace Mountain

Candace Mountain

New York, NY, US



Prior to attending the University of Illinois at Chicago, I worked as a Project manager at Cannon Frank, a high-end residential Interior Design firm known for the impeccable attention to detail and mill work design.  My responsibilities at Cannon Frank My responsibilities at Cannon Frank were construction documentation, FF&E selection, furniture delivery and placement, construction administration, custom furniture design and collaboration with the fabricators for the best final product.

Since graduating with my Master in Architecture and move to New York City, I worked with Bradley Stephens Design and S3 Architecture on a resort complex in Taijin, China.  During my employment, I was part of a small team that worked primarily on the spa, retail and salon portion of the project.  During this time I spearheaded the overall lighting concept and design with the principal, Bradley Stephens. 

While working as a Project Manager at Hume Coover Studio, which is a small architecture and design firm that specializes in custom residential projects, my responsibilities included 2D and 3D final design mock-ups for client presentations, bid and construction documentation, FF&E research and selection, documentation for the Department of Building and Landmark Preservation Committee and construction administration.

During my time at Daniel Goldner Architects, I was lead on the interiors of a new 19 story high-end residential rental property in Brooklyn, New York from design development through bid-set construction documentation.  This process included all FF&E research and scheduling, coordinating ADA requirements and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing locations. 

Currently, I am working at PLAN as a Job Captain on commercial office build out.  This process includes Concept Space Planning, Schematic Design and Design Development.  During this time, I collaborate and coordinate with the design principal, facility managers, and office staff of the future build out.  The process includes: building, plumbing code and ADA research and implementation, examination and execution of innovative office trends and work styles.

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University of Illinois at Chicago (Candace)

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PLAN, New York, NY, US, Designer

Job Captain of corporate office interiors for Teach for America regional offices. Locations include Milwaukee, Wisconsin and New Haven, Connecticut.
_Writing Scope of Work Letters for client and landlord negotiations for
turnkey build outs
_Creation of Concept and Schematic Design Space Plans, Design  Development documentation
_Research of local building and plumbing codes
_Site review and creation of architectural punchlists

Aug 2012 - current

CMG, New York, NY, US, Lead Designer

_Graphic Design for independent bands and beauty salons
_Interior consultations for private residences

Jan 2009 - current

Daniel Goldner Architects, New York, NY, US, Designer

Creation of interior package for a high rise apartment building in Brooklyn, NY.
_Creation of plans, elevations, construction documentation for bidding process.
_FF&E Research, selection, specification and scheduling.
_Research and implementation of NYC building codes
_Coordination and revising of MEP documentation for interiors
_Research and selection of materials for interiors

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Hume Coover Studio, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Project design and management of high end residential renovations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.
_Collaborate with principals, vendors and general contractors in all  aspects of residential projects.
_Production of documents for the Department of Buildings and  Landmark Preservation Committee.
_Develop and produce presentation, bid set documentation and  construction documentation.
_FF&E research, documentation, scheduling, purchasing and  installation
_Supervision of on-site construction for accuracy and timeliness

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012

S3 Architecture/ Bradley Stephens, New York, NY, US, Designer

Member of a team for a large scale, high end resort in Tainjin, China. Main focus of project for team was the salon, spa, retail and secondary pool areas.
_Developed and produced design development drawings
_Developed lighting concept and drawings for primary spa and retail areas.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Digital Lab Moderator

_Trained students and prepared files for two laser cutter machines.
_Maintenance of the Project Lab and coordination of schedule.

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Bounds Law & Associates, Chicago, IL, US, Executive Assistant

_Supervised staff and managed the finances for the company’s cross-country move
_Supervised the coordination of preparing a home office for new  client and investor endeavors
_Supported C.O.O. with new investor and client preparation
_Managed personal and office finances
_Organized client meetings and charity events
_Handled travel reservations

May 2005 - Jun 2010

Cannon Frank, Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

_Managed multiple high-end residential projects from initial design development through completion.
_First project manager on budgets up to $1,000,000
_Second project manager on all budgets over $1,000,000
_Collaborated with principal, vendors and fabricators in all aspects of  every project.
_Created Proposals and Purchase Orders
_Developed and produced presentation and construction documents
_Sourced products and materials in relation to the client’s specific  needs and budget.
_Assisted in the initial stages of future furniture and accessory line.
_Maintained accounting and design files

Dec 2006 - Aug 2008

David Russ Interiors, Chicago, IL, US, Designer

_Produced AutoCAD drawings and manually drafted floor plans and  custom millwork drawings.
_Obtained textile reservations, pricing, and cuttings for approvals.

Oct 2006 - Feb 2007

Birger Juell, Ltd., Chicago, IL, US, Designer

_Designed custom hardwood floors
_Assisted in coordinating installations
_Translated design intent from free-hand sketch into presentation and construction documentation
_Collaborated with sales & client team during the design development phase.
_Proficient production of: Proposals, Work, Purchase and Shop Orders.

Feb 2006 - Dec 2006


University of Illinois Chicago, MArch, Architecture

•Research Project awarded the Pella Award
•Research Project finalist in AIA’s Chicago in Architecture Competition. To be awarded this Fall.
•Research Project selected for the UIC project publication
•Member of Student Advisory Board 2008-2010
•Member of traveling studio 2009 & 2010 in Berlin, Germany
•Studied in Barcelona, Spain Spring semester of 2010
•Member of Fresh Meat; a student led publication Eds. 2&3.
•Design portfolio selected for Spring 2009 Portfolio Exhibition
•Fall 2009 Studio project selected for Year End Show

Aug 2008 - May 2011

Harrington College of Design, Bachelors, Interior Design

•Awarded BFA with Honors in Interior Design
•Qualified for Dean’s List for all semesters
•Member of team for 2007 NeoCon and 10th floor Student Work Exhibits
•Team collaborator for Herman Miller’s Chicago 2007 Modernism Exhibit

Jul 2004 - Dec 2007


AIA Chicago Award in Architecture, Nomination



Pella Award, 1st Place

Best in Show at University of Illinois at Chicago's Year End Show


Ohrenstrand Mobil Temporare Architektur Fur Neue Musik Competition, Nomination



DesCours/AIA New Orleans Installation, Other

Music stage built and installed in New Orleans, Louisiana


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