Carla Wells

Carla Wells



My goals for the future are focused on utilizing my strong interpersonal skills and passion for innovation in a creative environment, in order to acquire the experience and abilities needed to excel in the field of design. I genuinely enjoy the creative process, including generating new ideas and problem solving. I also believe that I bring a strong, enthusiastic, self-motivated work ethic to any and all challenges I've come across.


Louis Vuitton, New York, NY, US, Store Planning Project Manager

Implementing knowledge of complex retail architecture and design. Full store build outs, construction of lease department stores and major minor works.

Project Manager coordinating regional works. Manage multi-million dollar budgets. Developed schedules, continuing to build relationships with vendors, consultants and NYC/Paris team.

Feb 2015 - current

ISY Contract Design, San Carlos, CA, US, Freelance Project Designer

Acted as On-Site Facilities Project Manager, Creating various layouts for frequently changing tech start up. Space planning for global offices and new campus at Facebook.

Nov 2014 - Jan 2015

MBH Architects, Alameda, CA, US, Freelance Architect

Developed leveled CAD layout for GPS systems related to special applications for smart phones.
Prepared CD sets for several watch retrofits being prepared for high-end tech retailer.

Sep 2014 - Nov 2014

Louis Vuitton, San Francisco, CA, US, Store Planning Coordinator

Gained knowledge of luxury architecture + branding methods. Implemented projects in 20 stores at various levels.

Collaborated directly with Director as a Project Manager coordinating regional works. Managed $1M budget. Developed schedules, Leveled bids. Cultivated relationships with vendors, consultants and NYC/Paris team.

Jan 2013 - Jul 2014

ROOM, Greenwich, CT, US, Showroom Manager

Managed Showroom of high-end custom residential furniture and light fixtures.

Generate sales with homeowners in the surrounding areas. Assisted in outfitting interior spaces for client renovations and expansions. Sourcing new vendors to be carried within the line of custom products.

Nov 2012 - Jan 2013

STUDIOS Architecture, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

Executed client’'s program for concept, survey + test fits of commercial space with project team. Created design development presentations that included schemes of renderings for future spaces. Produced plans, elevations, details for complete CD sets. Spec'd FF+E and maintained product library.

Project Experience:
VIACOM, New York, NY | Completed in 2013
Sourced materials for schematic design, rendered elevations and perspectives for MTV conference rooms and staff lounge. Completed punch list for BET sound booths, developed graphics and signage for wayfinding in exterior corridors.

Jan 2012 - Oct 2012

gkBRAND, Westport, CT, US, Associate Project Manager

Collaborated directly with CEO as a Graphic Design & Marketing intern.
Exposure to the branding and naming process for companies and products.

Updating and writing copy for gkBRAND blog. Organized contacts and strategic mailing lists. Created graphic landing pages for gkBRAND websites. Competitive research for company and personal branding. Contributed to on-going design projects; Brainstormed ideas for logo design and branding. Offered interior concepts that reflected the brand (when applicable). Developed market strategies for future clients.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Student Designer

College of Human Ecology, Implemented in September 2011.

The Commons Project:
Worked with team of five from programming to concept to final design for the Commons Atrium in MVR Hall. Evaluated needs of students, faculty and staff. Presented space planning and FF&E to facility directors. Gained experience working with a client, revisions, contract drawings and budget restrictions.

D.Lib Project:
Repositioned and established specifications for the Design Library in the DEA Wing. Determined visual brand for the Design department. Provided student users and employees with a systematic process when using the space to optimize their experience.

Jan 2010 - May 2010

Leadership Education And Development (L.E.A.D.), Summer Business Institutes, Charlottesville, VA. , Mentor & Residential Advisor

Darden Graduate School of Business, UVA

Promotion of business practices and principles to thirty students going into their senior year of high school.

Provided students with assistance on how to create business plans and execute pitches to a panel of judges at the end of the program; building presentation skills. Taught them business etiquette and how to efficiently participate in collaborative team projects. I completed program in 2005.

Jun 2008 - Jul 2008


Cornell University, Masters, Design History, Theory & Criticism

College of Human Ecology: Concentration in Bar & Nightclub Design
School of Hotel Administration: Minor in Hospitality Facility Design & Development

Creating a typology of contemporary interior design practices that are derived from reiterative historical designs that span time, style and cross-cultural boundaries. Concentrating on Bar & Nightclubs, understanding the social aspects that are affected by the interior such as gender, culture, and sexual orientation. Also investigating adaptive reuse and restoration projects in this practice type.

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Aug 2010 - May 2012

Cornell University, Bachelors, Design & Environmental Analysis

College of Human Ecology, Concentration in Interior Design

Relevant Coursework:
design history, adaptive reuse, retail design, restaurant design, healthcare facility design, hospitality facility design & development, lighting design, information based design, sustainable materials & design, information graphics & wayfinding, future of the workplace, casino operations, archi-pop, furniture and product design, ADA requirements and building codes, construction documents.

A.S.I.D. Student Chapter President, Member | 2009-10
M.O.A.A.P. Secretary & Publicity Chair | 2009-10
DEA VERT | GREEN European Philosophy & Design Excursion | Summer 2009
CORNELL SOLAR DECATHLON Interiors & Lighting Subteam Leader | 2008-09
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS & DESIGN Research Assistant | 2007-08
SLOPE MEDIA GROUP Graphic Design Team | 2007-08

DEANS LIST | Spring 2010

Aug 2006 - May 2010

Areas of Specialization