Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

New York, NY, US

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Lead and design multiple international, residential, hospitality and retail projects with 12+ years of experience in architecture and interior design. Expert in all areas of project management from concept design, proposal & contract management, overseeing budgets & timelines, presentation development and specifications. Proven client relationship leader in delivering the highest level of service from concept through installation.


Mason Design and Development, New York, NY, US, Principal & Studio Director

- Oversee the business financials, operations, and new business development from project proposals, budgets, accounting, invoices, and contract agreements.
- Select and design floors, interior elevations on private residential, multi-residential, workspace and hotel projects for clients in New York and Miami, FL.
- Produce floor plans, furniture plans, elevations, and design presentations from concept through construction documents.
- Select interior finishes, plumbing, hardware, decorative lighting, kitchen equipment, fabrics, and furniture.
- Review drawings mock-ups, materials, and finish samples submitted by the project contractors, consultants, and architects.
- Provide solutions to design problems with creative design alternatives.

Nov 2018 - current

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, LLC, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer

- Lead designer overseeing and managing the FF&E team in multiple hospitality, casino, and restaurant projects nationwide for MGM International Resorts, The Four Seasons, The Pendry, Sydell Group, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group and Hogsalt.
- Serve as project leader for the design, installation & coordination of FF&E procurement for the significant redevelopment and rebrand of the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino (Las Vegas) to The Park MGM including the Lobby, Primrose Restaurant, Bavette’s Restaurant, Casino, Meeting Rooms, Pools, West Casino Bar, Lobby Retail 1-5, Sports Bar, Executive Meeting Rooms, Casino Center Bar, Spa, Nail & Hair Salon, Fitness Center, Ideal Lab and Social Gaming Bar.
- Designed & presented project phases for The Surf Club Restaurant at The Four Seasons at Surf Club including furniture plan development, selection of FF&E, finishes & created custom FF&E shop drawings.
- Develop and present all design phases to clients including concept, schematic design, design development and Executive Reviews of FF&E prototypes.

Feb 2017 - current

Gensler, New York, NY, US, Design Manager - Hospitality

- Served as Design Manager in the hospitality studio on multiple projects that include coffee shops, restaurants, offices, and hotels for such clients as Verizon, Hyatt, Tishman Hotel and Realty Group, Marriott.
- Led a team of over 10 designers on several large-scale hotel developments that include the new construction of Disney’s The Cove in Orlando, the renovation of the Hyatt Regency and Verizon-owned Ridge Hotel in New Jersey.
- Prepared project proposals, negotiate contracts wand additional services, fees, and coordinated the bidding process.
- Tracked all aspects of projects, including project budgets, timelines, and ensured projects performed per contract agreement.

Mar 2018 - Nov 2018

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, Senior Interior Designer & Architect

Demonstrated highest level of client service, leadership advancement, and design acumen. Lead high profile projects to successful completion exceeded targeted profits and expanded additional projects for the firm.

- Completed the FF&E of three residential show houses for one of Hong Kong’s most expensive developments located on at The Peak that exceeded client expectations and expected profit earnings.
- Proven track record in business expansion by adding additional projects in Hong Kong and increased FF&E Procurement and rendering services for a new Related Group multi-residential tower in Chicago.
- Self-starter in developing, managing and delivering winning client presentations.
- Lead a team of 5 in purchasing FF&E and installations in multiple residential projects.
- Promoted from Project Manager to Senior Designer

Sep 2013 - Jan 2017

The Office of Thierry Despont, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer & Architect

- Developed furniture plans, sourced FF&E specifications, coordinated shop drawings with manufacturers for high-end private residential projects in Manhattan and the Hamptons.
- Designed and curated FF&E for The Ritz Paris including furniture, fabrics, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and appliances.
- Served as project leader in managing budgets and specifications with architects, contractors, and specialists for multiple projects

Sep 2011 - Sep 2013

The Rockwell Group, New York, NY, US, Contract Architect

Designed concepts, floor plans and sections for the highly anticipated new mixed-use retail and restaurant spaces at Pier 57 in New York.

Feb 2011 - Sep 2011

212box Architecture, New York, NY, US, Contract Architect

Designed the interior and exterior drawings for a high-end Christian Louboutin store in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jan 2011 - Feb 2011

Hawkins, Hall & Ogle Architects, Daytona Beach, FL, US, Junior Architect

- Worked directly with partners to produce Construction Documents for various multimillion-dollar projects for the Volusia County School Board and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
- Generated life-safety drawings, developed responses for ASIs and RFIs and created material boards.

Aug 2006 - Jan 2010


University of Miami, Miami, FL, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Art

Aug 2001 - Dec 2005

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