L.E. Howell

L.E. Howell

Brooklyn, NY, US



I am a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design interior design division. I worked at Wimberly Interiors as an FF&E Designer from November-, 2015-June, 2016 through Aerotek. From March of 2015-October, 2015 I worked as an Interior Designer at Studio Gaia, a boutique hospitality firm. I've developed designs and presentations, sourced and selected materials, prepared specifications and finish samples, worked with product representatives, and assisted with materials presentations, design research, client presentations, etc. Prior to that I freelanced with Julie White Interiors from January 2014-May 2015 and with Piermont Group for several months in 2014. From May 2013-November 2013 I interned with Fawn Galli Interiors where I handled a myriad of different responsibilities including sourcing fabrics, furniture, fixtures, and finishes, overseeing sub-contractors, placing and processing purchase orders, assisting with installations, and photo shoots, developing schemes, etc.; I have excellent presentation and administrative skills, am extremely organized, a self-starter and highly motivated. I am quite comfortable using Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCad, Sketchup, and 3ds Max. I work well with others as well as being comfortable with individual responsibility; I love interior design.


Wimberly Interiors, New York, NY, US, Designer

• Participated in various aspects of design development and construction administration process for the renovation of the Phoenician, a 700+ key resort in Scottsdale, AZ, including: FF&E and material sourcing and selection, creating and reviewing presentations, study and shop drawings and purchase orders, writing specifications, creating, reviewing, and revising matrices, submittal logs etc.
• Developing FF&E floor plans
• Sourcing and selecting furniture and materials for rooms, suites (including Presidential Suites,) and indoor and outdoor public spaces
• Creating and revising client presentations and participating in client meetings
• Writing, revising, and reviewing specifications for rooms, suites, and indoor and outdoor public spaces
• Creating, revising, and reviewing study and shop drawings
• Developing, tagging, and revising FF&E furniture plans
• Maintaining ongoing and developing new relationships with vendors, fabricators, and product representatives.
• Selecting, ordering and reviewing samples
• Preparing, revising, and submitting RFQs and FF&E budgets
• Preparing FF&E budgets
• Responding to RFIs
• Preparing, reviewing, and revising matrices
• Preparing and revising submittal logs

Nov 2015 - Jun 2016

Studio Gaia, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Assisting the Senior FF&E Designer in all aspects of the interior design process from conception to installation including: FF&E selection, material selection, specifications, client presentation packages, site surveys, custom furniture design, shop drawings, delivery coordination, installations, etc.
Assisting in design research and narrative development
Writing, editing, and maintaining specifications and compiling binders for projects
Developing and maintaining relationships with furniture, material, and product reps
Coordinating appointments with vendors
Preparing and overseeing specifications budgets
Drawing and reviewing shop drawings
Researching new materials and products

Mar 2015 - Nov 2015

Julie White Interior Design, Valley Cottage, NY, US, Interior Designer-Freelance

Developing design concepts and schemes with Principal
Assisting in preparing presentations
Participating in client meetings
Conducting site surveys, photographing spaces, and creating preliminary floor plans
Create space plans and elevations by hand and in AutoCad;
Create hand-drawn renderings and/or renderings in Photoshop when required
Sourcing and specification of furniture, floor and wall coverings, fixtures, tiles, accessories, etc.
Order placements and follow up, invoicing, preparing purchase orders, etc.
Assist with installations and other tasks as requested

Jan 2014 - May 2015

Piermont Design Group, Piermont, NY, US, Interior Designer-Freelance

Assisting in preparing presentations
Transfer hand-drawn measurements into AutoCad
Create space plans and elevations in AutoCad
Sourcing and specification of furniture, floor and wall coverings, fixtures, tiles, accessories, etc.

Aug 2014 - Oct 2014

Fawn Galli Interior Design, New York, NY, US, Intern

Sourcing materials, furniture, fixtures, fabrics, wall coverings, etc.
Converting preliminary hand-drawn plans into Autocad plans and elevations
Coordinating purchases, deliveries, etc. with outside vendors, contractors, and consultants
Assisting with preparations for client meetings and presentations
Assisting in scheme development
Assisting with installations and photoshoots
Renderings in Sketch-up
Maintenance of materials library
Other tasks as requested

May 2013 - Nov 2013

The Juilliard School, New York, NY, US, Director, Office of Educational Outreach

Oversaw all programs and activities including ten fellowships administered by office; oversaw staff operations
Investigated potential new fellowships and determined feasibility of expanding existing fellowships
Represented office at conferences, residencies, and meetings with Lincoln Center constituents, and conservatories and schools of music and the arts

Aug 2009 - Oct 2010

The Juilliard School, New York, NY, US, Director, The Carnegie Hall Collaboration

Served as Julliard’s primary liaison to Carnegie Hall and The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall the Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute
Coordinated Academy performances at The Juilliard School
Represented Julliard’s interests in the development of the Academy pilot program
Coordinated Academy auditions and pre-screening evaluation sessions

Nov 2006 - Aug 2009


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

This program offers a comprehensive AAS degree in Interior Design. Studies included Interior Design Studios 1-3, Principles of Interior Design, Drawing Interiors 2d and 3d, Drawing, Drawing Interiors 2, History of Interior Design 1 & 2, Construction Documents, Materials and Finishes 1, Environmental Design, ID Portfolio, and the Color of Space.

Sep 2011 - Dec 2012

Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY , Jazz Voice

Graduate level studies in jazz voice. Received Master of Music Degree.

Sep 1986 - May 1988

Boston University, Boston, MA, US, Bachelors, Communications

Undergraduate studies in public communication, journalism, public relations, with a minor in classical voice.

Sep 1970 - May 1974

Areas of Specialization