Design director with architectural, interiors and fine art backgrounds and project management experience, focused on artistic and strategic approach to solutions. Accomplished at collaboration, cultivating interdiscplinary teams, and guiding projects to success. Helps define the big picture and ensures its execution through to the details.

Work Samples

  • 'Shades of You' Shop-in-shop for Sunglass Hut

Work History

PROFILE Design director with architectural, interiors and fine art backgrounds and project management experience, focused on artistic and strategic approach to solutions. Accomplished at collaboration, cultivating interdisciplinary teams, and guiding projects to success. Helps define the big picture and ensures its execution through to the details. SPECIALTIES Strategic vision. Conceptual design approach. Holistic, integrated solutions. Motivating and encouraging high quality work, and making it enjoyable. Leading projects on-time, under budget, with happy designers. Client relationships and presentation. Branding: considering concept and context. Systems thinking. EXPERIENCE Design Director May 2013 to present LPK Cincinnati, OH Spearheading initiatives to develop and communicate branding agency’s point of view on experience design by creating robust in-house spatial branding guidelines. Supporting innovation and collaborative work by directing open-office style interior office renovation for LPK special competency creative groups. Consulting with in-house teams on brand experience design, conceptual development, sustainability and corporate responsibility. Improving efficiency of projects in trends and strategy work by streamlining processes and mentoring designers on a number of international brands. Visiting Professor Fall 2011-Spring 2014 University of Kentucky Miami University Mentored five international competition award winners using conceptual design approach. Mentored undergraduate interiors and architecture students to work in integrated, collaborative design teams. Courses taught include capstone “thesis” studio, Professional Practice, Color Theory, First Year foundational studio, 300/400-level retail design studio, and 200-level studio. Design Director 2010-2011 SHP Leading Design Cincinnati, OH Elevated design and improved efficiency on over 15 projects in 3 offices by employing conceptual design approach and integrating architecture engineering and interiors designers into collaborative teams, improving profit margins by 5%, and winning two Cincinnati Design Awards. Improved morale and creative output by implementing regular lunch- time inspiration program, developing holistic overhaul of branded firm assets, defining and encouraging rigor of design processes, and regularly coaching designers in team meetings and desk critiques. Design Manager—Interiors & Architecture (contract position) 2009-2010 Kolar Design Cincinnati, OH Lead creative team of 8 interdisciplinary designers in conceptual development, collaborative design process and strategic implementation for variety of international projects for branding and environmental design firm. Intern Architect (positions held throughout design education) May 2004-September 2007 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP New York, NY Michael McInturf Architects Cincinnati, OH Dissing + Weitling Architektfirma a/s Copenhagen, DK Lambert A+I Winston-Salem, NC Arden Construction & Design Winston-Salem, NC EDUCATION M. Architecture, 2009 The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH B.S. Interior Architecture, 2005 The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC B.S. Fine Arts, 1991 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA Kimberly Martin 3542 Vista Avenue, Apt. 3 Cincinnati, OH 45208 mob: 513.448.8255

Education

University of Cincinnati

Specialties

Awards

Presenter—Colorado Art Ranch Salida Artposium “Dwelings: Habitat, Symbol & Art” 2011 Best in Class, Modern—‘Who’s Next?’ Free Green Sustainable Housing Competition 2011 Honorable Mention—USGBC Drop Inn Center & Habitat for Accessibility Competitions 2007/2009

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