Shawn J. Smith

Shawn J. Smith

Los Angeles, CA, US



My passion for modern design is evident in my work and personal life.  I eat, drink, and sleep design. When I first started out in my adult life I began building modern metal furniture in my spare time (I grew up welding with my dad and uncle which gave me the skills needed).  This excitement for creativity and design led me on my journey to go back to school and pursue architecture / interior design. I haven't slowed down since!  On my days off I find myself going on architectural tours, eating at restaurants (just to check out the design) or visiting art museums.  I love it!  

I do enjoy other things in life as well.  I run competitively in 10K's, half marathons and currently training for the LA marathon.  I have two dogs, which are my children.  I love baseball...GO GIANTS!  I have a beautiful girlfriend and I enjoy going as many places with her as possible.  There.  That's me!


Bebe Stores, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Store Designer

| Create Design Development package including: Base plan, fixture plan, finish plan, reflected ceiling plan, storefront elevations, interior elevations, storefront section and details.
| Work closely with Architects in the management of all construction documents for new store construction.
| Collaborate with visual merchandising team to develop working designs for new store concepts.
| Manage new store projects from the design process through construction.
| Work closely with manufacturer in the design and production of new store fixtures.

Apr 2015 - current

Aref & Associates, El Segundo, CA, US, Interior Designer

| Created construction documents for interior commercial projects.
| Conducted field surveys of client spaces in order to create as-built drawings for design development
| Developed space plans and schematic designs for commercial interior projects
| Submittal of construction documents for plan check process

Apr 2014 - Apr 2015

True Religion Brand Jeans, Vernon, CA, US, Store Designer

| Developed conceptual renderings using Sketchup for new store concepts
| Worked closely with Architects in the management of all construction documents for new store construction
| Collaborated with visual merchandising team to develop working designs for new store concepts
| Managed new store projects from the design process through construction
| Created shop drawings and renderings for new sales floor fixtures

Jan 2013 - Apr 2014

DAVINCI, Los Angeles, CA, US, Head Designer / manager

| Worked with new clients from concept to completion of custom furniture
| Managed all CAD drawings, purchase orders and scheduling for new customer invoices
| Prepared shop drawings and specifications for manufacturers
| Created graphic layouts for brochures, postcards, flyers and catalogs using Illustrator and Photoshop
| Created 3D renderings of furniture designs using 3D Studio Max

Aug 2009 - Sep 2012

KC&C Inc., Long Beach, CA, US, Kitchen Designer

| Created kitchen layouts for clients using AutoCAD and 20/20
| Scheduled and managed sub-contractors for kitchen demolitions, repairs and installations
| Created 3D renderings and developed presentations for potential clients.

Mar 2008 - Jul 2009

Robinson Hallen-Berg, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Interior Design Assistant

| Developed sketches, renderings and presentation boards for clients
| Worked with clients to develop space plans, architectural details and furniture selections
| Performed general office duties such as answering phones, managing spreadsheets and scheduling

Feb 2005 - Feb 2008


Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Studied the process of Interior Design from concept to completion. My education developed the passion I have for design and gave me the skills I needed to make it come to life.

Oct 2005 - Dec 2008

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