Raquel Maldonado-Diaz

Raquel Maldonado-Diaz

San Francisco, CA, US



Originally from Puerto Rico, I've been living in San Francisco over 4 years now and about to finish an MFA in Interior Architecture and Design at The Academy of Art University. 

I am very passionate about making the world a better place through design, for the people that live in these created spaces as well as the planet that sustains them.

I learn very quickly and am quick to adapt to different styles and personalities and can express myself very diplomatically, which makes it easy for me to deal with clients as well as collaborate in group projects, an aspect of our profession i greatly enjoy.

I live for problem solving and am extremely creative. I'm also highly organized, logical, self-motivated, articulate, passionate, a master multi-tasker and very efficient with my time and energy.


Destination Sitters, San Francisco, CA, US, Nanny

Provide nanny services to out of town visitors to the bay area.

Jun 2013 - current

Freelance Commission Art, San Francisco, CA, US, Visual Artist

Portrait and event photography, paintings, murals and pottery.

Aug 2010 - current

Self Employed - Freelance Interior Designer, Interior Designer

Residential design work in Puerto Rico, Virginia, and the Bay Area.

May 2008 - current

Sawyers Design, San Francisco, CA, US, Junior Designer and Project Manager

Junior Designer and Office Manager at residential design firm. Design work includes space planning, sourcing, project management, vendor and client interaction. Managerial duties include billing, accounts management, documentation and any other tasks that ensure a smooth running business.

Jun 2015 - Apr 2016

Kendall Wilkinson Interior Design, San Francisco, CA, US, Design Intern

Intern at high end residential design firm. Tasks performed include: sourcing, communicating with vendors and clients on behalf of designers,maintenance and organization of design library and office, documentation and filing.

Sep 2014 - Jun 2015

Ikebana Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Carolina, PR, US, Bartender, Waitress

High quality costumer services, excelling under pressure, working with a sense of urgency and efficiency. Also provided graphic design consultations and interior decorating for occasions and events.

Jul 2005 - May 2010


Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, Masters, Interior Architecture and Design

Sep 2010 - Dec 2014

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR, US, Bachelors, Visual Arts

Concentration in Photography, Drawing and Mixed Media Digital Art

Aug 1999 - May 2005

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR, US, Bachelors, English Literature

Aug 1999 - May 2005

California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA, US, NSE Program

One year exchange.

Jan 2003 - Dec 2003

Areas of Specialization