Kitchen and Bath Design
SEPTEMBER 2016 – JUNE 2017, OTTAWA
This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides students with a general understanding of the industry codes, guidelines and standards used for professional kitchen and bathroom design. In addition, students explore the environmental, electrical and mechanical considerations used in universal design. Kitchen and Bath Design is recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as a NKBA supported program. Graduates have the skills to plan functional kitchen and bathroom designs, technically specify appliances and fixtures, and assess the needs of clients based on both current trends and a detailed understanding of infrastructure of the kitchen/bath space in the residential market.
Interior Decoration Diploma
SEPTEMBER 2012 – JUNE 2015, OTTAWA
The Interior Decorating program at Algonquin College is designed to provide future decorators with skills in colour selection and psychology, interior finishes and their qualities, business practices, client relations, presentations and marketing, furniture arrangement techniques, knowledge of furniture styles and their histories and window treatments and finishes. The program also teaches technical skills such as, proposal writing, material cost estimation, drafting and element and principles of design.
Extracurriculars & Industry Involvement
President & Co-Founder
Algonquin College NKBA Student Chapter
NKBA Ottawa Chapter
NKBA Ottawa Design Excellence Award Gala
Awards & Industry Acknowledgment
1st Place Winner
Student Design Competition Award, NKBA Ottawa Chapter
Student Excellence Award, NKBA Ottawa Chapter
Skills & Qualifications
Knowledge of kitchen and bathroom design
Vast knowledge of cabinets, and counter materials, styles, and industry trends. Through education, learned to optimize kitchen and bathroom components and arrangements.
Understanding of working plans
Including floor plans, elevations, cabinetry details, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.
2020 Design, AutoCAD, Cabinet Vision and SketchUP
Quality understanding of developing plans, elevations, and 3D spaces using 2020 Design, AutoCAD, Cabinet Vision and SketchUP. Has demonstrated an ability to quickly learn new software and get to work on a very tight timeline.
Communication and customer service
Excellent communication skills for engaging with clients, contractors, and tradespeople to better understand their needs. Developed through work experience in retail and customer service.
Knowledge of decoration
Strong understanding of colour selection, furniture arrangement, ergonomics, furniture styles, architectural history, lighting, window treatments, and finishes.
Accurate material cost estimation
Precise estimates of product and material costs, as well as simple budget breakdowns for clients.
Ability to plan and problem solve
Gained excellent skills in project organization and execution through education and work experience. Through education gained excellent skill and ability to organize and conduct complex projects.
Comfortable in both solo and group environments
Ability to perform exceptional independent work while also adept in fast paced collaborative work environments.
Strong organizational and time management skills
Developed through years of both working in a management position and an associate position in the customer service industry.
Developed custom millwork plans – including cabinets, wine storage, and wardrobes – according to exacting standards. Worked with architectural plans and implemented them in AutoCAD. Worked directly with lead designers to create innovative products and contributed to ensuring that plans were realistic and deliverable.
The Home Depot
2017 – 2018, Toronto
Produced custom plans for clients and sold kitchens, delivering strong customer satisfaction and sales numbers that consistently surpassed goals. Provided countertops, cabinetry, cabinet fittings, lighting, flooring, and more to deliver complete designs. Liaised with contractors to ensure proper product installation.
Muskoka Cabinet Company
Kitchen & Bathroom Designer (Co-op)
Worked with industry professionals to create custom kitchen solutions. Learned and became proficient in CabinetVision, previously unencountered software, in order to work effectively on client projects.