Kavitha Rathi

Kavitha Rathi

New York, NY, US

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Strategic interior project design manager, having led real estate projects of a vast range of budgets and sizes.

Experienced in all interior design phases: Project pitch, budgeting, programming, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, procurement, project management and delivery / closeout.

Knowledgeable about cross-function experiences in sectors of corporate, hospitality, residential and retail design

Strong organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Quick-study and hands-on with getting projects on track.


Bloomberg LP, New York, Senior Design Manager

• Led design of capital improvements at NYC Headquarters, campus refurbishment at Princeton NJ ($42M; ~100,000 sf), San Francisco ($5.3M, ~2400 sf) and other offices in AMER.
• Brought on track their biggest capital project long-delayed due to conflicting priorities, budget and personnel changes, while ensuring adherence to deadlines and budgets
• Led schematic design for food service and pantries for multiple campuses
• Worked across departments -- marketing, facilities, security, hospitality etc. -- on development of hospitality, biophilic design and wellness standards
• Led pilot project on flexible / adaptable workspace, especially in post-Covid return-to-office scenario
• Involved in design and consultant procurement, RFPs and RFIs, cost management and value-engineering
• Provided turnkey design, documentation and implementation for smaller capital projects with limited budgets
• Ensured
- due diligence, coordination and reporting during and post-construction of projects
- evaluation and risk management for future phases
- accountability, quality and cost control with subcontractors and consultants
- record-keeping of closeout documents, guarantees, warranties

Jul 2019 - Dec 2020

Kramer Design Group, New York, NY, US, Senior Retail Designer - Freelance

Projects - Chanel flagship store, Soho NYC; Holt Renfrew multi-floor departmental store, Toronto
• Created retail concepts, millwork design and brand positioning for single (flagship store) and multi-tenant (department store) leased spaces
• Sourced finishes and designed custom installations and fixtures, oversaw shop drawing and design submittal process

Sep 2017 - May 2019

Woods Bagot, New York, NY, US, Senior Lead Interior Designer

- Manhatta, a Danny Meyer/Union Square Hospitality restaurant and event spaces (30,000 sf) at 28 Liberty St, New York NY
- 75 Park Lane and 2 Shore Lane: Luxury condominium buildings in Jersey City NJ
- Bossert Hotel, Brooklyn NY

• Oversaw design: including master planning, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, for award-winning restaurant, private dining and event spaces ($30M, 38,000 sf) in financial district NYC
• Ensured project success by coordinating between owner, operator, consultants, engineers, trades and branding
• Designed and developed custom finishes, millwork and branded elements
• Led design and documentation of interiors of amenities and residences at multi-family residential towers, including fitness spaces, outdoor spaces, F&B and coworking spaces

Jan 2016 - May 2017

Monolayer, New York, NY, US, Interior Design

• Programmed and designed layouts for various room and suites types (400+ keys each), adhering to Hyatt brand standards. Designed amenities and lobbies for the properties
• Led specification, procurement and installation of finishes and furniture, also led value-engineering on projects

Mar 2014 - Aug 2015

CRÈME / Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design, Brooklyn, NY, US, Intermediate Interior Designer

Notable project: Design and development: American Brewhouse and Restaurant at Hyatt Tyson's Corner, VA; Lobby Bar at
Hyatt Baha Mar, Nassau Bahamas

May 2012 - Aug 2013

Omni//Form, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Notable projects:
Bumble and bumble Hair Salon, New York
Multiple stores in New York, France and Japan for high-end French jewellery brand Mauboussin
Conceptualization for the Virgin Atlantic business class lounge at JFK Airport.

Jun 2010 - Dec 2011

Rockwell Group, New York, NY, US, Interior designer

Notable Projects
• Nobu Lounge and Restaurant at Fontainebleau (Las Vegas, NV)
• Yellowtail Nouveau Japanese Restaurant at The Bellagio (Las Vegas, NV)
• Harmon Restaurant at CityCenter (Las Vegas, NV)
• Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville CT

Sep 2006 - Dec 2008


NCIDQ, Interior Design

Working towards NCIDQ accreditation

Oct 2017 - current


Jun 2009 - Jul 2009

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

Aug 2006 - May 2008

Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, IN, Bachelors, Bachelor of Commerce and Management

Jun 1994 - Apr 1997

Areas of Specialization