Shannon Suarez

Shannon Suarez

Tarzana, CA, US



Natural light
Human factors
Cultural sensitivity
Environmental sensitivity
LEED Standards
Adaptable space
+   “Form follows function” – Louis Sullivan

= Total design

My role as a designer is to practice successful design solutions for the interior environment with concern for human factors and behaviors.  It is my objective to create interior spaces that will keep purpose, function, and people in mind, while sustaining our environment.   

I will strive to implement these goals through interiors standards as it pertains to current trends such as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, American Disabilities Act, and International Building Code guidelines within my career.


Wolcott Architecture Interiors, Culver City, CA, US, Intermediate Interior Designer

Oversee and coordinate production of space plans, bid documents, construction documents, and contract documents for large corporate offices, showroom spaces, and LEED projects. Performe building tours and produce test fits with clients and brokers. Collaborate with acoustical, MEP, and structural engineers. Provide building code analysis and BOMA calculations for contract documents. Assemble design presentations utilizing SketchUp 3D models, finish samples, and light fixtures. Reviewe budget with client to attain maximum design value. Reviewe submittals, RFI’s, and shop drawings. Dedicate on-site interaction with general contractor to supervise a timely construction schedule and proper implementation of design concept.

Apr 2008 - current

St. Jude Medical, Sylmar, CA, US, Facilities Planning Coordinator

Coordinated complete department relocations to facilitate expansion and productivity. Focused on making each workstation as productive as possible through innovative space planning. Developed project schedules for maximum efficiency as well as managed project budgets to keep a profitable bottom line.

Nov 2006 - Nov 2007

Ware Malcomb, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Designer

Managed projects from concept to completion. Worked directly with clients to meet design goals. Produced conceptual space plans and construction drawings for large gyms, spas, retail spaces and offices. Conducted site surveys, produced as-built record drawings, obtained building permits, and selected materials and finishes.

Nov 2005 - Nov 2006

Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, WA, US, Job Captain

Developed schematic designs and construction drawing sets using MicroStation V8.1. Assisted in managing the opening of a new Latin American market. Worked with construction managers to implement drawings using Metric and Imperial units for both international and domestic stores. Trained new Job Captains.

Aug 2004 - Oct 2005

Macy's Store Planning, Seattle, WA, US, Junior Designer

Produced conceptual and construction drawings for large scale retail remodel projects. Conducted site surveys and produced as-built record drawings. Coordinated construction with contractors. Generated layouts for new or relocated vendor shops and communicated deliveries to store managers. Specified and purchased furniture and materials.

Aug 2002 - Aug 2004


The Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, WA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
GPA: 3.9, Honors / Dean’s list
Senior Design Project showcased

Oct 2004 - Jun 2005

The Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, WA, US, Interior Design

Associate of Applied Arts in Interior Design
GPA: 3.7, Honors

Oct 2000 - Dec 2002