Karen Jackson

Karen Jackson

Bend, OR, US



Professional Interior Designer, Architect Intern, licensed in Florida, certified in California and Maryland previously.  LEED AP since 2009.  Proficient in AutoCAD. Took Revit classes at Central Oregon Community College, 2 classes - 4.0 average.  Graduated from Louisiana State University in 1984 with Bachelors of Science - Interior Design-School of Architecture.  NCIDQ certified since 1989.  Professional member of ASID. 24 years of experience planning and managing construction and moves for small and large corporations.  Most recently working for Architects in Central Oregon completing commercial and residential projects including Nolan Town Shopping Center and Sleep Inn Suites Redmond.  Concepts for Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites as well.  Also award winning design award for shopping center and for Central Oregon Builders Association Tour of Homes in 2007.  Instrumental in facilities planning and management for several financial institution mergers and consolidations. Good with people and with technology.  Looking for my next challenge and job in life.


Pinnacle Architecture, Inc, Project Manager

Manger of project for USDA - Multi family housing in Mt. Angel, OR - 7 buiidling comples, 40 units. Renovate units and site. Make accessible. Concept thru bid documents. Hired for project only.

Sep 2010 - Oct 2010

US Census Bureaui, Assistant Manager of Technology

Manager of people, technology, asset management and security for the US Decenial Census Operations. Temporary full time position. Office of 60 staff, field staff numbered over 1000. Local help desk and management of local census operations for all of Oregon east of the Cascades.

Sep 2009 - Sep 2010

Jivanjee Architect, Inc., Area Manager of Design and implementation of Central Oregon Projects

Architect, designer, project manager of local projects. Worked over network with Beaverton office. Managed office, projects, staff. Trained staff and worked with Portland office on projects throughout Oregon. Local projects included Sleep Inn Suites, Redmond, OR and Nolan Town Shopping Center in Redmond. From site and feasibility studies to move in and tenant improvements. Also designed many custom homes, homeowners association contact with homeowners and contractors. Utilized AutoCAD, Office, PDF, and other softwares to do construction documents. Coordinated with design teams to plan and build out projects. Coordinated with various large corporate tenants and tenant improvements for many other firms. Satisfied Architecture internship in this job. Applied for license in Washington pending passing the ARE 4 exams.

Apr 2002 - May 2008

Karen Jackson, ASID, Facility planner and CAD design and drafting services

Home design office for commercial and residential projects. Planned several home remodels and new homes. Planned commercial projects including C-Corp Headquarters, Execurive Office Suites and Silverleaf Cafe in Eagle Crest. Dr. Warren podiatrist office tenant improvements in North Miami, FL. Custom commercial window drawings for window manufacturer - Jeld Wen.

Oct 1998 - Apr 2002

The KMJ Group Inc., Principal Facilites Planner, Project Manager, CAD Manager

Facilities Planning. Project Management and Move Coordination services for commercial buildings and large corporate clients. Also inhouse facilities management for a large financial institution. Various corporations in the Baltimore and DC areas. Started this firm in 1991 with 2 partners. Successful firm that grew to 8 on staff designers and outsourcing for overload work. Sold my portion of the businsess when my ex was transferred out of state.

Sep 1991 - Oct 1998

Dalsemer, Catzen & Associates, Facilities Planner, Project Manager, CAD Managter

Planning of many corporations in the Baltimore area. Downtown, suburban, country buildings and companies. Tenant improvements for landlords. Merger and consolidation planning of financial institutions. Manufacturers, warehouse, offices, operations facilities, many types of companies. Started with AutoCAD version 2, wordperfect and Lotus 123.

Mar 1986 - Sep 1991

Spectrum 3 Interiors, Designer, Showroom Manager

Retail desing showroom with adjoining workroom. Hired to plan, manage and implement new Val Pak Headquarters building in St. Petersburg, Florida. Site was acquired. They were in 3 buildings. Field survey, programming, design of all construction drawings, managing all interior construction, working with builder and landscape contractor on site. Did all drawings and specifications by hand. Only typewriter and phone available for technology. Designed custom furniture, rugs, drapery, etc. Ordered all new furniture, warehoused and coordinated installations. Even ordered and installed all accessories. Building was 30,000 square feet, offices, computer room, production areas, camera room, etc. Planned building, interiors, site.

Jul 1984 - Feb 1986


Central Oregon Community College, CAD certificate

Took 2 Revit Architecture classes and received 4.0 average. AutoCAD and computer classes a prerequisite. Need to complete Inventor and Civil Classes to get certificate.

Oct 2009 - Jun 2010

Mt. Vernon College, NCIDQ exam preparation

Night class 2 times per week to cover all subjects tested on for National Council for Interior Design Qualifications Examinations. The standard for professional Interior Design status. Commuted to DC from PA line to complete this preparation class for exams. It paid off.

Jan 1988 - May 1988

Louisiana State University, Bachelors, Interior Design- School of Architecture

FIDER accredited program rated highly in the nation (Foundation for Interior Design Educational Research). Strong in Commercial planning and design. Tough program, labs with Architects and Landscape Architects - only 12 graduates out of 50 admitted.
Good basis to start planning commercial buildings having learned how to research, program, draft, present, critique. Also about colors, lighting, furnishings, photography. Minor in history - Architecture history, Interior Design history, Art history. Completed pre architecture program at LSU as well.

Sep 1978 - Jun 1984


2007 COBA Tour of Homes winner 7 of 8 categories $800K to $1 million range, 1st Place

Central Oregon Buiders Assocation - awarded top honors in all categories but front facade. Buildier was Silco Construction. Changed elevation.


Cascade Business Journal - best commercial project in Redmond OR 2006, 3rd Place

Nolan Town Center - shoppping center development hillside farm 7 acres developed into 6 building community shopping center 80,000 sf. Site buildings and developments.

Also 2008 - Sleep Inn and Suites, Redmond, OR, top honors in commercial construction projects.


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