Kelly Strand

Kelly Strand

Seattle, WA, US



I have (5) years of educational and professional experience with interior design. In attaining my degree, I became adept at the design process including research, problem solving, planning and design. On the flipside, my current position has provided me the opportunity of learning the dealer/representative side of the industry.  I have provided excellent customer service to the architecture and design community while working for a commercial furniture representative. Tasks include managing the Resource Library, updating catalogs at A&D firms throughout the Pacific Northwest, assisting management in completion of Request for Proposals for both GSA and non-GSA commercial furniture specification bids, as well as maintaining a positive work environment for guests in the showroom. I am proficient in AutoCAD for Windows and Macintosh systems, Revit, Sketch Up, Adobe Photoshop CS4, and Microsoft Office Suite. 

Design is an aesthetic, political, and social discipline and I have found my interests outside of Interiors have become my interests within the field as well. my excitement for Art History has resulted a focused concern for History/Development of Interiors.

Through my travels, I have discovered the aesthetic value of design by seeing how tangible evidence of the past enhanced the character of the city. I walked past ancient ruins, fascist buildings, and Renaissance facades coexisting harmoniously on the same blocks. The imperfections and happy accidents that come from generational collaboration create sequences and spaces that are more exciting and dynamic than one can create on a raised site.

I have developed the ability to critically and analytically examine buildings and spaces, in studio. I acquired skills such as diagramming by hand as well as modeling with computer programs. I am able to draft and render by hand and computer models help me with final client presentations. In the coming years, I hope to apply my skills in the professional world and gain practical experience in the field of interiors.



Bennett Associates Inc, Seattle, WA, Sales Support and Customer Service Manager

Resource Library Management
Maintain quote records for company, scheduling luncheons for meetings, keep up-to-date seating and sample rotation logs
Knowledgeable of BAI product lines’ technical specifications and current prices, along with manufacturer updates
Distinguish Dealers, Designers and End Users
Gained valuable knowledge of Stylex Seating, Highmark Seating, Seeyond Architectural Wall Solutions, Geiger International, FluidConcepts, Nathan Allan Glass, and Baltix Sustainable Furniture lines

Jun 2011 - current

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, US, Administration Intern

Input FY11 Budget, prepare Board of Trustees meeting packets, and update contract documents.

Sep 2010 - Jan 2011

Trammell-Gagné, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA, US, Interior Design Showroom Assistant Intern

Assisted Sales staff, showroom, owner, manager, Interior Designers and Architects with daily activities such as pulling fabric memos, inventory, stock checks, filing, marketing packets, color stories, phones, etc.
Gained valuable knowledge of Brentano, Pollack, Creation Baumann, Dedar Milano, and Mokum fabric lines.

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Olympic College, Department of Facilties and Services, Bremerton, WA, US, Interior Design Intern

Reproduce drawings using CAD for Emergency and Safety documents.
Update the All Campus Plan using CAD

May 2010 - Jul 2010

Washington State University Athletic Ticket Office, Pullman, WA, US, Clerical Assistant/Ticket Seller

Customer service agent, answered telephones, processed payments in cash, check, & credit cards.
Accurately maintained ticket count and cash drawer, reconciled balances.
Worked at busy university sports events at the ticket sales and will call offices.

Aug 2006 - Nov 2008


Washington State University, Spokane, WA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Design Studios
Building Systems & Codes
History of Architecture & Interiors
Interior Design Theory
Architectural Philosophy
Materials & Furnishings

Aug 2006 - Jun 2010

Curtis Senior High School, University Place, WA, US, High School, General Reqs.

Sep 2003 - Jun 2005

Areas of Specialization