Shana Sandberg

Shana Sandberg

Brooklyn, NY, US




  • Interior and Building Design
  • Project Management
  • Furniture Design and Fabrication

Simply stated, My passion is in designing and manage projects; I excel at working on my own and taking initiative yet really enjoy the sharing of ideas and learning from others. The interaction between individuals/cultures/identity and space/objects/design has been what drives my focus. I am always seeking to work hard, learn, listen and make considered decisions.

Besides having a strong a clear design perspective on projects, as I've designed and managed projects over the last years, the main strengths that have suited me well include the words: develop, communicate, listen and adapt. The bulk of my experience is in hospitality spaces but also includes retail, residential and office. Besides and ability to juggle, prioritize and understand how to get from a-z with necessary detours in between I am adept at taking a project from pitch even through to Construction Administration.

My particular approach to becoming a creative and effective designer centers around a base of holistic understanding of the discipline, from client relations to design to construction. As a Lead designer and project manager for the past many years, I oversaw and took responsibility for all design development, documents for client presentations, production of drawings sets, purchasing, production of budgets and schedules, and Construction Administration. I have found that my greatest strengths marry astute and detail oriented design with creative and critical thinking and a strong and focused design objective.  I excel in prioritization and going between focusing on the details to the big picture, and leading teams to meet the goal of the end product.

In the past many years I have designed and managed projects including townhouses, retail spaces, bars, restaurants, boutique hotels, millwork and furniture pieces. I have most recently completed a 68,000 sq ft boutique hotel in San Francisco, CA. Throughout my career I have worked with both large and small teams and helped launch two companies. This includes work in traditional architecture firms, design builds (managing the design and contracting), and in interior design firms on large-scale projects working alongside an architect of record. I have also gained a lot from enjoying my own welding and woodwork projects. This understanding of construction and process, of the small to large scale, of the details to the big picture, has allowed me to respect the different viewpoints and needs of those involved, and work in collaboration. I am confident in managing budgets, schedules, and the design process, and take responsibility in finding the best solution that brings our design into reality, without sacrificing the quality of the design. My work has benefited greatly from my building and process experience and allows me to remain committed to producing something that is thoughtful, balanced, innovative and well executed.


Creme Design, Brooklyn, NY, US, Director

Staffing Projecttons and Hiring
Project Scheduling and Forecasting
Project Presentations and Client Communactions
Overseeing Teams and Project Development
Design Direction for Projects: Hospitality, Development,
& Branding
New Project Proposals and Negotiations

Dec 2014 - current

S. Russell Groves Architect, P.C., New York, NY, US, Senior Designer, Project Manager

Design team management:Fekkai Flagship Salon,58th & 5th Ave
Client presentations and communication
Full drawings set production
Project scheduling, budgets, and coordination with consultants

Jun 2014 - Dec 2014

Hun Aw Studio, Brooklyn, NY, US, Senior Designer, Project Manager

Redesign of 154-room Historic 1908 Hotel in San Francisco
New architecture and design on Hotel Public Spaces
New architecture and design Cafe, Bar and Restaurant
Generated & Managed Budgets and Schedules
Custom FFE design, China and US production
Project FFE and OSE Purchasing Services
Client Meetings, Presentations and Management
Managed in house design teams and hired staff
Responsibility for submissions, red lines, construction detailing
Established office protocals and systems
Management of and design approvals to branding company
New Project Pitching & Presentation

Feb 2012 - Jun 2014

Matthew Maddy, New York, NY, US, Designer

Design on Multiple Restaurants Including:
No 7. Sub in Greenpoint
N0.7 Sub at the Ace Hotel
Cayler in Brooklyn

Mar 2008 - Nov 2012

Alexander Wang, New York, NY, US, Design, Project & Construction Management

Two Retail Stores in Paris,Feature Installation in Soho
Custom FFE design and production management
Contractor Sign on and management

Apr 2011 - Jan 2012

Hecho Inc., Brooklyn, NY, US, Senior Designer, Project & Construction Manager

Contracting and construction management
Subcontractor sign on and management
Custom furniture design and fabrication
Management of design teams
Management of construction labor teams and foreman
FFE purchasing
Client meetings, presentations and management
Staff hiring
Business development and company branding

May 2008 - May 2011

Spivak Architects, New York, NY, US, Designer

Designer on Mark Hotel Project, NYC
Design development through construction documentation on 77th
Street Madison Boutique Hotel.
Worked with French Interiors Designer Jaques Grange
Concentrated work: restaurant, millwork, lobby, staircases,entry
Designed & detailed feature 20’-0” bronze & glass wine display
case/cooler, grand lobby staircase and bronze entry doors

May 2007 - May 2008


Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, MArch, MArch

I was a scholarship student throughout the program, which I joined in large part due to the amazing faculty, which included David Lewis of LTL (director of the program), SHoP architects, Eric Bunge, Rogers Marvel and many others.

My focus throughout the program was on interior architecture, specifically design/build projects. I also developed a passion for designing and building furniture.

While there, I alongside 10 other students designed and physically built a multi-award winning post Katrina relief project in Mississippi-- a great experience.

Sep 2004 - May 2007

Areas of Specialization