Whitney Tarnas

Whitney Tarnas

New York, NY, US



Raised between a small town on the lake in Michigan and a suburb outside of DC, Whitney grew up with a respect for many ways of living. With a passion for the idea that design can bring positivity to the world, she began her career in New York City as the sole Interior Designer for Kliment Halsband Architects. There she experienced interiors through an Architect's eye and learned how to collaborate in a range of settings and styles. With the desire to bring her experience into the residential world, she took a job with Kiki Dennis Interiors in Brooklyn. Kiki's kind manner and tasteful approach to interiors taught Whitney how to take her clients' own unique needs and styles and fuse them together into a space they love to come home to. She recently made the jump across the states to continue her career as an Interior Designer in San Francisco.

Whitney is an old soul, wanderlust dreamer and eternal optimist with a soft spot for live music, innovative art, and a large bowl of stove-popped popcorn. She loves to travel, write, paint, sketch, take photos, hunt through flea markets, try out new art forms, and create just about anything. She is also the author of blog Cityclectic Design.

Whitney became a LEED® Accredited Professional in 2008 and is in the process of becoming licensed by NCIDQ (two out of three sections taken and passed). She specializes in Revit Architecture, AutoCAD (including 20-20 CAP Studio), Photoshop, sketching, rendering (hand & digital), programming and research, schematic design, concept development, visual communication and presentation, and digital/darkroom photography. She has a working knowledge of Illustrator, InDesign, and Sketchup.


Chroma Design Collective, San Francisco, CA, US, Senior Designer/Project Manager

Jun 2015 - current

Angela Free Design, San Francisco, CA, US, Interior Designer

Feb 2015 - May 2015

Kiki Dennis Interiors, Brooklyn, NY, US, Interior Designer/Project Manager

- Work with Principal to design and develop schemes, proposals and project budgets as Project Manager
- Coordinate with Contractors, Project Architects and vendors to follow through on all aspects of projects from start to finish
- Communicate with clients, prepare client proposals and lead client meetings
- Prepare drawings, floor plans and elevations in AutoCAD and Revit
- Prepare renderings in Revit and Photoshop
- Receive and coordinate deliveries
- Research furniture options, collect materials, samples and quotes from vendors to create and execute design
- Very familiar with New York showrooms as well as most National/International furniture lines, including small vendors from many major cities

Jul 2013 - Jan 2015

Kliment Halsband Architects, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

- Sole Interior Designer in a firm of Architects, responsible for all phases of the design process including client meetings, schematic design, budgeting, specification of furniture and finishes, presentations to clients, 3D drawings, and construction documents using Revit and AutoCAD
- Coordinated with Architects, clients, manufacturers and dealers to design and execute the interiors of the following projects:
- The American Museum of Natural History: Executive Offices and Member’s Lounge
- Spence School: Classrooms, lounges, offices
- Rockefeller University: Welch Hall Library
- SUNY College of Optometry: Student lounges, classrooms and meeting rooms
- Arcadia University: Student Commons Center

May 2011 - Jul 2013


Michigan State University, Bachelors, Interior Design

Admitted into the Upper Division CIDA/FIDER Accredited Interior Design Program; Assisted Professor Tim Mrozowski in design of two new MSU courses applying LEED material in Spring 2009; ASID Member ID#1918262; Dean’s List 2007, 2009 and 2010; Art Honor Society Member; Study Abroad in Australia and New Zealand with an educational focus on Sustainability

Activities and Societies: ASID, IDSO, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Aug 2006 - May 2010

Areas of Specialization