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Sandra Sharma

Sandra Sharma

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Employment 

Hubville, Stockholm, Sweden, Project Manager

Hubville

• Developing a sustainable city model by rethinking how architecture, urban planning and landscape design can affect changes in inhabitants’ physical and mental health, social interaction, and community engagement
• Researching urban agriculture, vertical indoor gardening, social sustainability, and current and historical examples of communities with higher levels of social engagement
• Responsible for creating building and community sustainable requirements to be adhered to by architectural firms selected for buildings and neighborhoods (began process)
• Researching, identifying, and compiling list of highly specialized consultants and architects
• Developing “sketchy” building prototypes to be used to visualize how Hubville's urban planning and architecture will differ and evolve from typical builds

Building Dreams School Project

• Created curriculum (series of classes and workshops) for school aged children about sustainable living and the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Workshops start with discussion then ideas are translated from verbal to visual (conceptual art piece then an architectural model)
• Developed a color “language” so students’ art work and architectural drawings can be read visually through assigned pantone, RGB, and CMYK colors
• Created a workshop called Think Like An Architect during which children learn to think spatially then recognize and draw 3D objects in plan, elevation, and section views
• Working with 11 schools in Sweden and Africa (Burkina Faso, Sudan, and South Africa)
• Liaison between Swedish architecture students and schools to coordinate a workshop where architecture students teach school children how to represent their ideas in an architectural model
• Continuing to create more classes to teach the remaining UN Sustainable Goals

Mar 2019 - current
 

RISD Museum, Providence, Researcher for Dominic Melon, Curator for Contemporary Art

• Analyzed pieces in RISD’s permanent collection being considered for Stranger Than Paradise, an exhibition of work from 610 B.C. through today, illuminating man’s changing relationship to nature
• Researched provenance and exhibition history of collection being offered for donation to RISD Museum
• Researched topics and information for curator related to articles he was writing
• Compiled list of potential RISD alumni for curator to suggest to mayor to be approached for public art projects for the city of Providence

Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
 

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, Santa Monica, CA, US, Senior Designer

Wynn Cotai Areas
Main Casino
Multi-Gaming
Specialty Gaming
High Limit Slots
Diamond Club Gaming
Wynn Club Casino
Wynn Club Dining
Garden Villa
Villa Gaming
Sky Casino
Sky Villas
Rooftop Garden

• Took over twelve projects from Wynn Design and Development (WDD) after design concept phase. Developed custom items: lighting, wallpapers, carpets etc.
• Completed eight FFE project deadlines, over 5,000 pages of specifications
• Developed and maintained budgets for 12 spaces totaling over $70M in FFE
• Worked with CAD team to develop gaming tables and pit podiums based on Operational Requirements
• Worked with HBA Cad team to develop 40+ custom lighting fixtures based on Wynn renderings
• Created templates for every category and sub category of Wynn specs including necessary fields, submittals, and notes to ensure that junior designers could write complex custom specs
• Trained 11 new hires on HBA and Wynn procedures
• Created Spec Indexes and various tracking documents for above spaces
• Acted as liaison for Interiors team between HBA and Wynn
• Admin for Spec Source while in beta stage customizing for HBA. Worked with programmer to make modifications to software & reports, set up custom specs for WDD, and create different access levels

Mar 2013 - Nov 2013
 

BLANKSPACE, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Designer

(Retained rights to name BLANKSPACE after MGM Mirage closed it. Reopened for freelance interior design projects)

PROJECTS

Martin House in Trousdale Estates
Beverly Hills, CA

Los Robles House
Palm Springs, CA

Cochise House
Las Vegas, NV

Cherokee Lofts
Hollywood, CA
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• Partnered with Jennifer Siegal of Office of Mobile Design in Venice, CA to create a designer showcase in at the new live/work lofts created on the site of the former Cherokee Recording studios. Each loft was inspired by an artist who recorded there.
• Sponsors included Knoll, Limn, Cisco Brothers, Sean Knibb Designs, Amenity Home, Matin Gallery
• Showcase benefitted Habit for Humanity.
• Filmed for NBC’s Open House. Aired January 2010
• Filmed for Indigo Documentary on Green Design.
• Product shown in Interior Design and California Home and Design magazines.

Mar 2009 - Mar 2013
 

Wynn Design and Development, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, US, Interior Designer

PROJECTS

VIP 3 & 4 (Macau, July 2009) - Main Gaming Salons, Reception Lounges, Private Gaming Salons, Private Dining Room, and VIP Restrooms

• Responsible for selecting and specifying all FF&E for VIP Casino, Private Gaming Salons and Private Dining Room at Wynn Macau
• Designed custom pieces (e.g. artwork, furniture, carpet, accessories)
• Developed itemized FF&E budget (approved at $2.2M).
• Created color boards, material reference binders and loose samples

Wynn Encore (Las Vegas, December 2008)
• Tracked FF&E items for Wynn Encore Back of House (BOH), 334,000 sq. of space budgeted at $5.5M.
• Specified FF&E and organized installation for BOH spaces
• Developed itemized budget (approved at $5.5M.) and brought project in below budget.

Aug 2007 - Mar 2009
 

BLANKSPACE / MGM Mirage, Las Vegas, Designer, Manager

PROJECTS

• Fontainebleau Resorts Offices (Las Vegas)
• Main Event, Sports Bar Proposed for Mandalay Bay / Ron Pellazzari (Las Vegas)
• Residential Clients (2004 - 2007)
• CAI Offices (Las Vegas, 2006)

SHOWROOM

• Worked with domestic and international manufacturers to design custom pieces for clients.
• Imported pieces, sourced custom items
• Negotiated terms for exclusivity and co-op advertising agreements with major international design lines such as Cassina, Vitra Design Museum, Knoll, Moooi, Flos, Edra, Jonathan Adler and Kartell.
• Created and scheduled “Mojitos and Modernism”, a monthly design event bringing in internationally and nationally recognized people in the design field for lectures, book signings and industry meet and greets. Guests included Charles Hollis Jones, Jonathan Adler, Jennifer Siegal, Simon Doonan and Sam Bowden of Kartell.
• Developed designer and product training
• Worked with local and national publications to garner editorials, free press.

Dec 2004 - Jul 2007
 

TTSF Ltd. Partnership, Houston, TX, US, Analyst, Designer

PROJECTS

Apartment Complexes in Houston, Tx and Pueblo, CO

• Analyzed multi-family housing for investment
• Supervised rehab (189 – 500 + units).
• Converted properties from spreadsheet system to Yardi, property management software.
• Responsible for color scheme and material selection for apartments
• Worked with contractors
• Monitored contractor’s progress and reported back to main office.
• Renovated large scale (189 – 500+ unit) multi-residential housing properties

Dec 2000 - Oct 2004
 

Education 

RISD INTAR Department of Interior Architecture, Providence, RI, US, Masters, MDES - Interior Architecture specializing in Adaptive Reuse

Jun 2015 - Jul 2017
 

UCLA Extension Arc-ID Program, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Design

Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
 

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, US, Bachelors, International Business

Jan 1994 - Dec 2000
 

Awards 

Open House Segment, Other

NBC's Open House interviewed me and filmed Cherokee Loft for segment that aired in January 2010.

2010
 

Radio Kultur (Germany's version of NPR), Other

Interviewed on modern green design by Radio Kultur

2010
 

Design Within Reach "2010 Design Gallery Competition", Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention for Cherokee Loft, Green Designer Showcase

2010
 

Wallpaper City Guides, Other

Wallpaper recommended the BLANKSPACE showroom as one of the two top places to go in Las Vegas for interior design and furniture.

2007
 

Mensa Member, Other

1998
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills