Rowena Balan

Rowena Balan

New York, NY, US




Tiffany & Co., New York, NY, US, Associate Designer, Interiors (Consultant)

Updated and maintained FF&E matrixes for Europe and Japan projects. Sourced alternative fabrics and floorings needed for various TCO stores. Coordinated materials approvals between TCO NY and General Contractors at project sites. Liaised with Project Architects to coordinate FF&E purchases and special case purchases. Assisted with development of TCO general standards. Corresponded with vendors to confirm stock, lead times, and specifications of hardware, fabrics, and flooring materials.

Jul 2013 - Oct 2013

Tamara Magel -, New York, Interior Designer

Prepare client proposals and budget packages. Liaise with local craftsmen to fabricate custom furniture items. Specify fabric, furniture, lighting and accessories for client projects. Use freehand and computer skills to update and finalize furniture specifications. Travel to jobsites to survey and finalize dimensions. Correspond with vendors to specify custom lighting/furniture choices. Travel onto jobsites to survey and confirm dimensions. Direct contact with clients to carry out design concepts. Coordinate deliveries for furniture purchased via website. Manage projects and purchasing by using Quickbooks and liaising with bookkeeper. Mange intern activity. Acquire fabric, stone, wood, metal, etc...samples as needed.

Jan 2012 - Jul 2013

Aero Studios Limited, New York, Sales Associate

Assist clientele with furniture and lighting decisions. Provide provenance of vintage items. Promote the Aero brand. Provide administrative support as needed. Provide guidance and suggestions to clientele in regards to Aero and Thomas O'Brien products, i.e. lead times, finish options, custom options, etc... Follow up with clients as needed.

Aug 2011 - May 2012

FORM ARCH, New York, Interior Design Administrator

Prepare presentation/proposal packages for client meetings. Create client client presentations both using computer programs and hand drawing/drafting skills. Acquire samples as needed. Coordinate deliveries/installations between FORM and vendors/contractors. Liaise with contractors/vendors to request pricing for custom items. Update and create furniture details and drawings in AutoCAD. SPecify furniture and accessories as needed. Create and update purchase orders.

Nov 2010 - Jan 2012

Tamara Magel -, New York, Intern/Design Assistant

Research new design sources for firm. Provide samples to clients and office. Coordinate deliveries of client accessories throughout New York City. Coordinate deliveries between vendors and project site. Correspond with vendors in order to coordinate purchases and deliveries. Research custom options for client projects. Organize resource library.

May 2010 - Sep 2010

Champalimaud Design -, New York, Intern

Contact and follow up with vendors to request samples and net pricing. Maintain and update specification schedules and binders. Organize, maintain, and update sample library. Assist principals, designers, and architects on a day-to-day basis as needed.

Feb 2010 - May 2010

Holland & Sherry -, New York, Intern

Fulfill sample requests made by clients and sales reps. Maintain sample library by organizing and stocking inventory. Arrange and update showroom displays. Maintain showroom appearance. Assist sample librarian as needed.

Aug 2008 - Nov 2008


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

AAS Interior Design

Sep 2008 - Jan 2010

Pace University, New York, NY, US, Masters, MS - Teaching (Adolescent Education)

MS Teaching (Adolescent Education) in conjunction with NYC Teaching Fellow Program

Feb 2006 - Jan 2008

University of Maryland, College Park, Bachelors, Economics/Mathematics

Dual BA/BS in Economics and Mathematics

Sep 1998 - May 2003

Areas of Specialization