Having spent much of her life living and working abroad in various contexts, Paula has developed a unique perspective on the use of architectural spaces and also human interactions within a space. She is constantly evaluating how people and environments interplay with one another and in turn strives to create deeper connections within her own designs. Through thoughtful use of structure, light, technology and materials her designs inspire communication. Her projects reflect careful consideration of her clients branding and marketing needs as well as the basic premise that form follows function. Paula understands exactly what her clients mean when they state their desire to reach an ever growing international market.

Work Samples

  • Autodesk Gallery Paris

  • Vitaminwater Olympic Pavilion Concept 2012

  • Splunk

Work History

Paula Commerford policy.2210@gmail.com Full online portfolio: http://paulacommerforddesign.carbonmade.com/ Skills: Technical: 3D Studio VIZ/MAX, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, AutoCAD Additional: Strong freehand drawing, conceptualization, and communication skills Fluent in Japanese Design Experience: Autodesk Senior Exhibit Designer-Autodesk Gallery San Francisco, CA present - Access TCA Experience Designer San Francisco, CA 2013 + Coordinate with external and internal partners to develop branding strategies and functional exhibit spaces. + Participate in all steps of design process; from initial sketches to final renderings and presentation packages. + Collaborate with sales team, clients, estimators, and vendors. + Prepare rough construction documents, specify materials, and brainstorm fabrication options. + Research latest materials and design trends nationally and internationally. + Attend client presentations and design related events. Ten23 Senior Designer San Francisco, CA 2012-2013 + Led design team to create thoughtful, unique 3D marketing solutions. + Participated in all steps of design process; from initial sketches to final renderings and presentation packages. + Collaborated with sales team, clients, estimators, and vendors. + Prepared rough construction documents, specified materials, and brainstormed fabrication options. + Researched latest materials and design trends nationally and internationally. GES Exhibits (Formerly Exhibitgroup Giltspur) Experience, Retail Designer Minneapolis, MN 2010-2012 Exhibitgroup Giltspur/ TL Horton Retail Design Exhibit and Retail Designer Dallas, Texas 2000-2003 + Collaborated with sales team, fellow designers, clients, estimators, and vendors to create custom and rental design solutions. + Participated on all parts of design process. + Provided thought leadership within company through implementation of green design initiatives. + Assisted retail division TL Horton with design, rendering, and construction drawings of retail kiosks and other retail spaces. + Attended national and international trade shows to audit spaces. Additional Work Experience: Language Instructor JET Programme | Minakami, Japan 2003-2009 Freelance Design | 3D Rendering CRA Architecture MC2 Architectural Design Internships 1998-1999 Denver, Colorado Level Three Communications Ragland Design Group Awards/Achievements: Exhibitor Show 2012 Presenter | Design for Reuse Exhibitor Show 2012 Round Table Discssion Leader | Green Design in Exhibits Pecha Kucha Presenter 2011 | Japanese Calligraphy Exhibitors Show | Best of Show Exhibitgroup Giltspur | Spot Award Recipient Exhibitors Magazine Featured 2003 Rotary International Volunteer | La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Education

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design

    • NA Environmental Design
    • 2011 - 2011
  • Kansas State University

    • Interior Architecture Interior Architecture and Product Design
    • 1995 - 2000

Specialties

Affiliations

Minnesota Chapter US Green Building Council

Awards

Exhibitor Show 2012 Presenter | Design for Reuse Pecha Kucha Presenter 2011 | Japanese Calligraphy Exhibitors Show | Best of Show Exhibitgroup Giltspur | Spot Award Recipient Exhibitors Magazine Featured 2003 Rotary International Volunteer | La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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