Chrissie Cornacchia

Chrissie Cornacchia

Brooklyn, NY, US




Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, New York, NY, US, Design Project Manager

- Responsible for Design and Construction roles at Black Tap including new restaurant design, construction management, maintenance tracking and repositioning of existing sites
- Lead Design and Construction function in evaluation and design of numerous new concepts and expansion opportunities including fast casual, pop-up, flagship, and new off-shoot brands
- Created brand guidelines for global distribution to drive efficient design and development across all Black Tap sites
- Act as the main point of contact for all consultants, vendors, contributing artists and partners relating to coordination, design and construction approvals and processes of global projects
- Partnered with various internal teams including Culinary, Creative, and Finance to develop and launch a new fast casual restaurant concept in response to COVID-19 restrictions
- Contribute to investor and pitch presentation decks for showcasing the brand to gain new partnerships and real estate opportunities
- Led design and execution of critical restaurant renovations under strict deadlines while remedying specific details regarding ADA and code requirements

Sep 2019 - current

Michael Kors (USA), Inc., New York, NY, US, Design Project Manager

- Responsible for creating schematic designs for Lifestyle, Outlet, and Travel Retail stores and coordinating the internal review and approval process with the CEO, President of Retail, Visual team, and Operations
- Managed consultants and vendors including architects, engineers, general contractors, renderers, and lighting designers
- Worked closely with construction managers in reviewing bid documents to ensure projects are aligned with industry standards and are completed on time and within budget
- Reviewed, redlined, and approved all millwork details, storefront, and signage shop drawings
- Identified and proposed solutions to resolve issues that could adversely impact project schedule, cost, or design integrity
- Managed and coordinated with the visual department to ensure stores received all visual/merchandising collateral including mannequins, product enhancers, ad campaign graphics and artwork
- Sourced and researched finish materials and millwork alternatives to elevate design or yield cost savings
- Participated in the collaborative design of the new fixtures and store concepts

Jun 2018 - Sep 2019

Michael Kors (USA), Inc., New York, NY, US, Associate Design Project Manager

- Developed wholesale shop-in-shop floorplans for all Michael Kors divisions including roll outs of footwear, ready to wear, accessories, men’s collection, and men’s accessories shops
- Coordinated design intent drawing sets with external consultants and reviewed millwork shop drawings
- Secured and negotiated design approvals from internal and external partners including department stores' vendor managers
- Partnered with construction managers during pricing and bid leveling process; managed projects together during installation
- Maintained position as the main point of contact between Michael Kors Store Design and various Licensee partners including Fossil, Luxottica, and Estée Lauder

Feb 2014 - May 2018


Lehigh University, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY | Florence, Italy | Spring 2012
Pre-architecture program with a focus on architectural representation through on-site sketching and analytical drawing

Aug 2009 - May 2013

Areas of Specialization