Aakanksha Bishnoi

Aakanksha Bishnoi

Wood Ridge, NJ, US

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Professional with more than 9 years of experience in Interior Design industry, including more than 6 years focused in Retail Design. I have an Bachelor's degree in Architecture from India and Master's degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute. 


Macy's Inc., New York, NY, US, Design Manager

Design, develop and execute Macy’s Private Brand shop programs and environments from start to end. Responsibilities include concept development, design drawing development, construction drawing coordination, shop drawing review, project schedule and budget tracking, construction coordination, site visit during construction to ensure brand standards are met and prepare punchlist. Developed and executed new shop design for Charter Club, Tasso Elba and Style & Co. in Macy’s Flagship stores.

Oct 2016 - current

Gap Inc., New York, NY, US, Senior Store Designer

Lead planning & design development for Gap franchise -freestanding & shop in shop and company owned stores in North America. Responsibilities include preparing floor plans, storefront elevations and renderings to support design solution. Direct the activities of outside architects and consultants to execute design development, construction documents and review drawing sets to adhere to design standards and accuracy. Develop site-specific design solutions that are consistent with prototype design intentions and ensure that the execution of assigned projects is in alignment with Brand strategy, project schedules and project budgets. Review and approve shop drawings for design integrity and safety standards for assigned projects. Lead store design and execution for three country launch – Hungary, Bermuda & India. Launched new shop in shop design in Mexico & Korea.

Mar 2015 - Oct 2016

Gap Inc., New York, NY, US, Store Designer

Managed end-to-end design & execution process for Franchise Free Standing and Shop in shop (wholesale) projects. Responsible for design and development of new shop in shop concept, creating inspiration boards and conceptual sketches and renderings.

Jul 2012 - Feb 2015

Viacom/MTV Networks, New York, NY, US, Design Intern

Assisted with space planning, finish & furniture selection for executive offices. Maintained & organized resource library, and research new products and materials.

Jan 2012 - May 2012

dwp - design worldwide partnership Interics, New Delhi, IN, Designer

Designed corporate offices for several businesses in New Delhi region. Developed design concepts, layouts, and recommended materials & interior furnishings to clients. Prepared and presented detailed presentation for the project to the project consultants.

Jul 2007 - Jul 2009


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Masters, Interior Design

At Pratt, as an alternative to thesis, I am enrolled in the Exhibition Design Intensive (EDI) Program where I have been working on live projects in teams. This studio works in conjunction with Ralph Applebaum Associates (RAA) and focuses on experiential design. As one of the studio project, I am currently working on a national level competition for “Parks for the People” project organized by Van Allen Institute and National Park Services. For this project I did extensive research on the history of the Hopewell Furnace National Park and then used design as a catalyst to creatively rethink Hopewell’s connection to people and its role as revered natural, social and cultural destination. I have also worked in a team to design a Halloween show window for Urban Outfitters which was showcased in SOHO, New York in October 2011. In addition to this, I have worked on several individual design projects at Pratt ranging from Retail design for Hema, Corporate office for Ideo, Residential interiors, and a Public Library.

Aug 2010 - May 2012

Apeejay, School Of Architecture, Greater Noida, India, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2002 - Jun 2007

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