Thomas Rawdon

Thomas Rawdon

Yamhill, OR, US



As an older worker, I can bring to the table my proven and marketable natural artistic skills, a history of hands on experience within all phases of the Architectural and Interior design concept through completion milieu.  In combination  with  my current BS degree in Interior Design 2010, and a nearly complete MFA degree in Interior Architecture (2014) from CIDA accredited university’s, I am able to provide  updated skills in relevant architectural software such as Auto CAD, Archicad 17, 3D Max ,Revit, Photoshop and other office environment programs.  For many years, I worked as a board draftsman/illustrator using a variety of media, which gives me, as a professional, an extra dimension of versatility.

My areas of retail design and refit in the Untied States include numerous high end retail department stores such as Sack’s 5th Avenue, Beverly Hills, JW Robinsons, Los Angeles,
Zell Brothers Jewelers, Portland, Oregon, along with numerous others, including Duty Free Shoppers, Los Angeles, Bullocks Wilshire and  the former I Magnin. 
Complementing my restaurant and retail make over experience, as an artist with the ability to produce hand sketches and drawings during the course of a meeting with a client, my tall stature, grey hair and easy personality quickly gain the confidence of even the most reserve boardroom, or reserve client.



ECO Design Studio, Yamhill, OR, US, Sr Interior Design/Project Mgr.

Design Classics Interior Design-retail outlet

Oct 2003 - Jan 2008

Design Classics Architectural & Interiors, Yamhill, OR, US, Sr Interior Design/Project Mgr.

Interior Designer/Project Manager Founded 06/1982 to 12/31/2007
Key Accomplishments:
• Conceptualization through turn key of restaurant chain/franchise
• Offshore commercial design experience (China & Brazil)
• Experienced TI (tenant improvement) new & Historic Buildings
• Commercial health department familiarity

Jun 1995 - Dec 2007

JW Robinson's, Los Angeles, CA, US, Visual Merchandising Group

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November 1987 – September 1988
• Corporate illustrator
• graphic design
• fixture design
• Lease department design & interface with brand representatives.

Nov 1995 - Sep 1996

SAKS 5TH Ave, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Visual Merchandising, Mens Fashion coordiator

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SAKS 5TH AVENUE Beverly Hills, CA
September 1988 – May 1989
Visual merchandising, men’s fashion coordinator

Sep 1995 - May 1996

Meir and Frank Co. (May Company), Los Angeles, California, Store Planning & Design

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Meier and Frank Co. (May Company) (11 locations) Portland, OR
07/1989 to 05/1990
Store Planning/Design
• store planning and department concept design
• Management of construction documents, archive maintenance
• Concept illustrations, graphic design.

Jul 1995 - May 1996

MTI Inc., Hillsboro, OR, US, Department creator & manager; Merchandising Design Group

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MTI Inc. Hillsboro, OR
07/1993 to 02/1996, 01/1998 to 05/1999
Department Manager: Merchandising Design Group
Key Accomplishments:
• Origination of a brand new merchandising entity within manufacturing company
• New product development
• Established new standards of fit and finish of existing products
• Pioneered ‘Whole Store’ design services with cohesive product lines
• Broadened scope of merchandising design services internally and territorially
• Creation of department interface with concept engineering group
• Trade Show Design and facilitation. CSI convention, Las Vegas, trade show
Booths for MTI and customers of MTI, i.e.: Infinity, Sony, Bose, etc.
(**) My position was eliminated in 1996 as an 'overhead staff reduction, I was later rehired with increase salary 1998.

Jul 1995 - Feb 1996

ZALE CORPORATION- ZELL BROTHERS JEWELERS, Portland, OR, US, Director of Visual Merchandising/store planning

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January 1973 – June 1982
Zale Corporation, Dallas, Texas
Re: Portland Oregon area’s leading Jewelry & Gift department stores (3)

Director of Visual Merchandising

• New store planning,
• Store & department refit or remodel
• Fixture design
• Design Interface between Zell principles and Corporate
• Packaging Design
• Visual Merchandising

Jan 1995 - Jun 1995


Academy of Art University, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, US, Masters, Interior Architecture & Design

Interior Design

Jan 2011 - current

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Interior Design

Oct 2007 - Dec 2010

Areas of Specialization