Valeriya Koleva, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA

Valeriya Koleva, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA

Newtonville, MA, US

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Accomplished architectural designer with strong technical and design expertise, coupled with an aptitude to coalesce with varying disciplines, including: architects, engineers, project managers, interior designers, owners and stakeholders. Highly organized and determined team member, working diligently towards professional licensure. 


Retail Business Services, an Ahold Delhaize company, Quincy, MA, US, A&E Specialist

Responsible for architectural and engineering support across firm selection, red-line processes, pre-remodel walkthroughs, due diligence, fixture plan releases, bidding/contract negotiations, building codes, budget management timelines and scope documentation.

 Work collaboratively across multiple groups including Real Estate, Construction, Décor, Site Planner, Store Planning, Legal to effect the capital plan; manage multiple projects simultaneously, while prioritizing based on evolving business needs
 Manage the pre and post-planning due diligence walkthrough process for all remodels, takeovers or expansion projects
 Conduct site inspections with architects during store construction to determine project scope and develop capital budget
 Oversee quality control of project lifecycles including building plans, timelines, control changes and project budget management
 Direct the "red line" review process of construction documents with internal team members and 3rd party consultants
 Ensure all phases of projects including buildout integrity and that pr built per the plans and specifications

Jan 2018 - current

Fresh Formats, LLC, Canton, MA, US, Senior Designer

Spearheaded the design of a new innovative grocery store concept targeting the urban millennial consumer optimizing for space and aesthetics for a global grocery retailer with 6,500+ stores world-wide.
 Oversaw the implementation of multiphase projects from the development of the initial concept to delivering hard line floor plans and interior elevations drawings sent to architects for A&E using Revit Architecture
 Partnered on multidisciplinary teams consisting of finance, merchandising, marketing, IT and operations as well as outside stakeholders including architects to enhance the customer experience and enhance brand
 Developed and implemented brand centric décor packages including interior/exterior signage for new and existing stores
 Led plan review meetings including designing, selecting and presenting FF&E options based on the brand, operative needs and budget, where innovative design ideas of new stores and remodels were presented and reviewed by the Leadership team
 Managed the design process from conceptual phase through execution, ensuring the design idea was consistent and executed

Jan 2016 - Dec 2017

Ahold Delhaize, Quincy, MA, US, Store Planning Specialist

Managed special projects and led perform the execution of area analysis calculations for all US stores. Generated floor plan layouts, elevation designs, and schedules with responsibilities for solving design, space planning and construction issues in a cost efficient manner.

 Conducted site visits to document construction progress.
 Trained and guided store planner associates to find best solutions to issues as they arose in working on minor renovation projects

Feb 2014 - Jan 2016

David Barsky- Architect P.C., Newton, MA, US, Architectural Design Assistant

 Attended active sites to examine the under construction space by measuring and photographing the proposed site for the documentation and further discussion with the architect
 Worked with the architect on all aspects of operations, including client consultations, preliminary design sketches and CAD drafting

Oct 2013 - Jan 2014


Boston Architectural College (BAC), MArch, Master of Architecture

Sep 2014 - May 2017

Massachussets College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, US, BFA in Architectural Design

Sep 2007 - May 2011

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