SELF-EMPLOYED INTERIOR DESIGNER

2017 November –  present

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ALEX KRAVETZ DESIGN LUXURY INTERIORS (AKD)

2006 –  2017 

My work at AKD focused on luxury hotels and high-end residences worldwide. As part of the team I’ve worked with many major hotel operators, from simple guest room refurbishments to complex renovations and re-branding.. The work I was involved with demanded a high degree of organization and a hands-on approach from the initial concept to completion. I was involved with projects from the initial masterplan to purchasing including the finer details like graphics and signage designs. My specific roles included:

 

Working as part of a team designing luxury hotel interiors from start to finish. 

Liaising with clients and suppliers, ensuring deadlines were met and records were kept. 

Researching and sourcing new companies and products, keeping a library of available products as a reference for other office members.

Preparing graphic design packages, which included logo design, carpet design and graphical artwork.

Concept development; Space planning; Detailed project presentations, including 3-D rendering development with rendering specialist,; FF&E specifications & schedules; Cost Budgets; 

Developing bespoke furniture & lighting packages with suitable manufacturers; 

Co-ordinating tender & quotation information; dealing with contractor/manufacturers queries; Shop drawing review & approvals; Co-ordination meetings; Site surveys, snagging & follow-up.

 

For more information refer to www.alexkravetzdesign.com

EDUCATION
POST-SECONDARY

2008-2009 

KINGSTON-UPON-THAMESUNIVERSITY 

MA  SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

This course was aimed at practicing designers who wanted to direct their practice towards progressive sustainability and social agendas. It focused on the value of design as a means to address social and ecological concerns in both developed and developing world settings. 

 

Dissertation - Sustainable design of a Sheraton Hotel, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Supervised by Oliver Heath

 

Work Placement –N-gauge –Sustainability review of head office practices, U.K. I was tasked with analyzing the working environment of N-gage head office and creating a report on where improvements can be made to increase the sustainable performance of the office. 

SECONDARY

2007-2008

HEATHERLEYS SCHOOL OF FINE ART - LONDON

ART FOUNDATION

2005-2007 

ST. CLARES - OXFORD

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

POST-SECONDARY

2004-2007 

KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES UNIVERSITY

BA HON’S INTERIOR DESIGN 

SKILLS
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Project Research

Program & schedule confirmation

Room analysis

FF&E Layouts

Development of interior design imagery

Presentation of colours& materials boards in multimedia format

Presentation of fabrics, samples and finishes in presentation boxes

FFE  Budget Review

Material Reference Specifications

Furnishing Specifications

Decorative Details

Model Room Documentation

Pricing evaluation

Vendor prequalification 

Budget required design revisions

Tender review and monitoring

Purchase order review

Art & accessories specification

Signage Design

Project designer supervision

SOFTWARE

Able to work in Microsoft and Macintosh operating systems

Fully competent with all aspects of Microsoft Office 

Working knowledge of  Sketch Up, Auto CAD ArchiCAD Illustrator and Indesign, Photoshop for picture manipulation

PERSONAL SKILLS

Strong conceptual skills, being able to visualize schemes and convey this appropriately through concise & dynamic presentations and clear drawings. 

Floor planning

Technical hand drawing

Creating mood boards

Excellent communication

Highly creative 

Attention to detail

Capable of working on my own and as part of a team  

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Painting–Oil and acrylic

Promarkersketching 

LANGUAGES

English–Fluent

Russian–Mother Tongue