Karen E. Conway - Resume


Technical Skills
Personal Skills
  • LEED AP Interior Design & Construction 2009
  • Space Planning, Construction Documents, Systems Furniture, Lighting Design, Move Coordination, Finish Selections, LEED & NYSERDA Research
  • AutoCAD (Version 2004 to Architectural Desktop 2008)
  • Digital Presentations including PowerPoint and 3-D Animations along with Traditional Finish Boards using SketchUp 3-D Modeling, Adobe PhotoShop & Illustrator
  • Web Design Using FrontPage & Dreamweaver
  • Project Management including Creating Databases & Managing Requests for Proposals using Microsoft Office Tools, including Excel
  • Independently Motivated
  • Develop & Present Presentations
  • Create & Organize Displays, Materials & Staffing for Trade Shows
  • Responsible & Well-Organized with Budgets and Timelines
  • Train & Coach Staff, Interns & Volunteers
  • Write, Edit & Design Marketing Materials
  • Able to Shift Gears to Leadership or Supporting Roles as Needed


Sage College of Albany, BFA in Interior Design

Graduated Summa Cum Laude
GPA 3.97, Dean’s High Honor List, Phi Kappa Phi

Cornell University, B.S. in Journalism & Biology

Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List

Professional Experience & Skills:

Interior Designer, Burlingame Interiors Ltd, Albany, NY, September 2009 to Present
Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3-D modeling for commercial, multi-housing and residential projects. Responsible for presentation renderings and drafting of all construction documentation. Assist in finish selections, specializing in sustainability and indoor air quality

Interior Designer & Draftsman, Vieni Associates, Claverack, NY, August 2009 to Present
Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3-D modeling for Design/Build Constructiion Firm specializing in historic properties in the Hudson Valley Region.

Graphic Designer & Web Administrator, American Society of Interior Desginers NY Upstate-Canada East Chapter, September 2009 to Present
Coordinate and create layouts for all emails, monthly newsletters and web site for the regional chapter of a professional association.

Interior Designer, 3tarchitects, Albany, NY, October 2008 to July 2009
Interior architecture and design for commercial and residential projects including retail, mixed-use development and hospitality. Responsible for all selections and drafting of final construction documents for reflected ceiling plans, lighting schedules, interior elevations, finish plans, and millwork.

Interior Designer, Conley Associates, Albany, NY 2006 to October 2008
Space planning, systems furniture and interior design for all aspects of commercial interior design projects.

Design Assistant, Lacey-Convertino Architects, Albany, N.Y, Spring 2006
Prepared CAD 2005 drawings for residential addition/renovation and kitchen redesign. Attended kitchen client meetings and assisted with finish selections.

Conway Creations, Sole Proprietor, Selkirk, NY 1997 to 2006
Created and maintained web sites for local business, individuals, state and international organizations. Designed layout, graphics and edited text for books, brochures, flyers and ads for individuals and businesses.

Graphic Designer/Mission Assistant, The Family Rosary, Albany, NY, 1994 to 1997
Designed layout and edited booklets, brochures, flyers, mass mail pieces, and newsletters for an international nonprofit organization. Final products in black and white, two color with duotones, and four/full color.

Awards, Group Shows & Memberships:

Excellence in Interior Design (Highest GPA in Interior Design Department, Sage College of Albany)
NY Upstate & Canada East ASID 2008 Design Award, 2nd Place in the Student Competition, 2008
New York 11 Student Exhibition, April 2008
CICU Undergraduate Research Exposition, January 2008
ASID Allied Member 2008; Student Member and Treasurer 2004-2008
Sage ASID Annual Student Exhibition & Interior Design Department Student Art Show 2004-2008

Volunteer Experience:

Student Chapter Treasurer and Allied Member, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID),
Albany, NY 2004 to present

Assisted in the organization of student activities such as Career Day, student designed room for Vanguard Showhouse House 2006, guest speaker visits, field trips, and fundraising.

Accredited Leader and Member Volunteer, La Leche League, Delmar, NY 1997 to 2005
Provided 24 hour phone support to new mothers, ran monthly meetings, produced advertisements and newsletters, managed database and mass mailings, and created web pages for local group and regional state conference.

Outreach Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District, Albany, NY 1993 to 1997
Organized volunteers and created displays for outreach events such as the Great Northeast Home Show, wrote press releases and designed flyers for Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District.

Research Assistant, New York Public Interest Research Group, Albany, NY 1992 to 1997
Performed research in preparation for Draft Environmental Impact Statement hearings and gave testimony at local hearings. Networked with local environmental groups in publicizing plant emissions and health effects on community.

Research Assistant, Citizens' Environmental Coalition, Albany, NY 1991 to 1997
Wrote 20 page citizen guide on toxics and Right to Know legislation. Provided computer support and database management. Created and maintained web page. Organized public participation and attended state and local agency meetings for statewide environmental group.

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