Shandra Ward Signature Designs Interiors & Events

Principal Designer

Houston, TX, USA
From working as an art consultant to an interior designer, I have achieved a broad range of design and lifestyle experience. My feelings for design run deep in my heart, my soul and my blood. I love to create beautiful spaces that people can relate to and not feel afraid to use. Always up on the latest fashion, lifestyle and design trends, I try to incorporate design into every aspect of my life.

My background in design was cultivated with various design influences. I’ve always admired design, and I knew whatever I decided to be when I grew up it had to be in the creative industry.

Work Experience

W P & Associates Architects Engineers & Planners, Inc.

Project Manager / Interior Design Coordinator

o Perform initial consultation with the client to determine the scope of the project
o Identified and recommend revisions in the interior construction based on client needs
o Complete field measurement of project environment
o Select finishes / furnishings and create color palette based on requirements gathered from client to determine the budget of the project
o Created floor plans, elevations, and 3D drawings for client presentation and for use during installation while keeping in mind ADA accessibility, egress, and adequate traffic flow
o Contact vendors to determine pricing, lead times, and availability of product
o Complete and receive estimates for painting, carpet installation, and labor
o Contact furniture installers and electricians to receive quotes
o Complete product/project quotes for clients
o Create purchase and sales orders
o Schedule painting, carpet and furniture installation
o Manage product installations at client site including: answering installer/client questions, problem solving, and creating punch lists to fix outstanding issues
o Assist client in choosing all materials and finishes
September 2009 - Present Houston, Texas, United States

Enterior Design

Interior Designer

o Consults with clients and considered their interior design preferences in the project
o Creates interior design sketches as per the customer’s requests and requirements
o Suggests additions or modifications for certain projects as needed
o Supervises interior design projects to ensure that the client needs are met
o Utilizes computer applications for initial and final designs
o Installs design elements as required
February 2008 - Present Houston, Texas, United States

Shrine Of The Black Madonna Bookstore And Cultural Center

Interior Designer & Art Consultant

o Developed new floor plan layout for bookstore and cultural center
o Field measurement, drafting a floor plan, selecting finishes and creating presentation materials
o Responsible for conceptualizing, designing and implementing window and in-store displays
o Created an image for the boutique that resonates with their target customers
o Developed a functional design plan of merchandise placement and store layout
o Created additional corporate branding that included: more ad banners, and creating signage
o Advised art acquisition choices for client
o Managed an art inventory database
o Supervise logistics of shipping, framing and the installation of artwork
o Visual & retail merchandising of products
April 2006 - June 2006 Houston, Texas, United States

Abyssinian Development Corporation

Interior Designer/ Art Consultant

o Developed new designs for office space
o Selected finishes and created presentation materials
o Created additional corporate branding that included: conceptualization, purchasing materials, building the design, and installing the signage
o Advised art acquisition choices for the corporate art collection
o Supervised installation of all art
o Manage an art inventory database
o Providing art advising for corporate and private clientele
o Supervise logistics of shipping, framing and the installation of artwork
o Coordinated art lectures
March 2005 - January 2006 New York, New York, United States

Q Management – Architects + Interiors

Space Planning & Design Development

o Created mood/color boards for presentation to client
o Researched and selected finishes, surface materials and furnishings for design projects
o Completed drawings and revisions of furniture planning, electrical, millwork, and other architectural features
o Contacted flooring and wall covering representatives to obtain pricing and samples
o Coordinated the construction of millwork and signage
o Met with clients and designed interiors in accordance with the client’s requirements
o Considered the over-all space of the area in the designing process
o Created initial interior design blueprints and presented them to clients for approval
o Oversaw the designing projects from start to finish
o Ensured that the planned design is met with the consideration of the client’s budget and deadlines
June 2004 - February 2007 Houston, Texas, United States


The Art Institute Of Houston

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a Major in Interior Design

June 2007 - December 2009 Houston, Texas, United States

Houston Community College System

Associate Degree of Applied Science in Interior Design

August 2005 - May 2007 Houston, Texas, United States

Texas Southern University

No degree

I studied Art and Art History.
August 1985 - May 1988 Houston, Texas, United States


English (Native),


Houston Area Event Vendors & Professionals (HAEVP)

Event Designer of the Year 2011-2012



Adobe Illustrator, Corel PaintShop, Digital Imaging, REVIT CAD,

Summary of Qualifications

o Experience in creating innovative design concepts and project management.
o Innovative problem solver, critical thinker, able to see the business and technical sides of a problem
o Proven leadership, negotiation and problem resolution abilities
o Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written
o Experience in Revit, and digital imaging
o Skilled user of popular business spreadsheet and word processing software
o Extensive background in project management, space planning, design and art consulting
o Ability to work in a fast-paced hectic environment while effectively providing support for design team
o Graduate of The Art Institute Houston
o Studied art, art history and graphic design
o Event designer and party planner