Melissa Bell

Melissa Bell

San Francisco, CA, US



I am a graduate of the Academy of Art University with a second Bachelor's degree in Interior Design. My first degree was received from the University of Hartford in Art History. My professional career has always been focused on professional creative service, primarily as a project manager for advertising agency creative departments. I made the move to go back to school to pursue my passion for interior architecture and design. I now work for a furniture design and manufacturing company, but my goal is to work with a studio where I will be involved in the overall creative process and design amazing interior spaces.


JL Furnishings, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

– Collaborate with designers from concept to CAD drawing to finished piece
– Work closely with designers regarding materials, finishes, revisions and prototype review
– Coordinate with production and engineering managers to produce furniture within budget
– Manage logistics with designers and fabrication team to make sure install dates are met
– Conduct site reviews, measurements, and on-site field verifications

Sep 2012 - current

Crate & Barrel, San Francisco, CA, US, Visual Merchandising Associate

– Set up displays and fixtures, designed windows based on planograms, and assisted in any visual merchandising needs
– Maintained a clean and stocked showroom for all incoming and returning customers
– Worked with customers to help find and purchase necessary and accompanying items

Sep 2011 - Nov 2012

Interior Design Fair, San Francisco, CA, US, Design Intern

– Worked with designers on concept development and space planning
– Performed site reviews and measures for accurate CAD floorplans and elevations
– Sourced materials and finishes for internal and client projects
– Styled photo shoots for commercial and residential projects
– Prepared schedules, FF&E binders, and expediting reports

Jun 2012 - Sep 2012

Ann Sacks, San Francisco, CA, US, Showroom Intern

– Accompanied sales representatives to sites for installation review
– Maintained a clean and organized sample and showroom
– Shadowed in-house sales group and pulled samples for current and potential customers

Jan 2010 - May 2010

Vitro, San Diego, CA, US, Project Director

– Developed project timelines, monitored job progress, and led weekly status meetings
– Created budgets for project out-of-pocket expenses and hours required by internal team
– Allocated work among creative group and account members to ensure that all deadlines were met

Nov 2008 - Jul 2009

NYCA, Encinitas, CA, US, Project Director

– Developed project timelines, monitored job progress, and led weekly status meetings
– Approved all projects leaving agency for client review, approval, and printing
– Assigned by management to oversee production studio in all new business pitches

Nov 2005 - Aug 2007

Corbett Accel, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

– Created work flow processes for print ads, promotional materials, and creative projects
– Approved final comps of all components leaving agency (meeting materials, final ad files, and medical/legal review materials)
– Developed project timelines, monitored job progress, and led weekly status meetings

Mar 2002 - Aug 2005


Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, Bachelors, Interior Architecture & Design

– Coursework included Design History, Building Construction, Materials, Retail Design, Residential Design, and Hospitality Design
– Hand skills in perspective drawing, sketching and color rendering
– Software training included AutoCAD, 3ds Max, InDesign, Photoshop
– High-end retail concept space featured in the Winter Issue of 180 Magazine
– La Borsa Negozio handbag store project featured in the university’s 2011 Winter Show
– POP Hotel project featured in the university’s 2012 Spring Show

Sep 2009 - Dec 2011

University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, US, Bachelors, Art History

– Coursework included History of Design, Asian Arts, Women in Art, Art Theory, History of Cinema

Sep 1993 - May 1997