I am a designer living in Seattle. After practicing architecture for many years I decided to transform into a UX Designer.
In my ideal world I get to combine my love for design and my passion for creating positive social change.
Check out my résumé below and read about why I think architects make great UX designers. #ShamelessSelfPromotion
Director of UX Design and Development | Curran Catalog
Seattle, WA | April 2021 - present
The catalyst and product owner for a major digital transformation of two outdated e-commerce websites. Currently overseeing the creation of a new cohesive cross-branded design system in Figma, major UX & UI improvements, a new information architecture, recoding the front-end to meet/exceed current standards and a CMS migration.
Achieved buy-in to update an archaic tech stack, the largest investment in tech in the company's 30+ year history.
Identified and vetted digital agencies to help with the digital transformation while securing priority for UX needs.
Collaborated with designers and developers to define goals and success metrics for the digital transformation.
Continually educate and advocate for UX to garner support and create UX cheerleaders throughout the company
UX Designer | Curran Catalog
Seattle, WA | July 2020 - April 2021
Conducted site audits, tree testing and usability studies to inform new information architecture and taxonomy. Customer journey mapping, wireframing, and digital prototyping for various UX & UI improvements. Collaborated with Agile development team. Conducted research and presented insights to stakeholders, including CEO.
Implemented various UX & UI improvements that increased conversions up to 23%.
Used heuristic evaluations and a modern design system to overhaul a confusing product customization tool.
Achieved buy-in from leadership for implementing a UX outcomes roadmap based on UX research findings.
UX Design Certificate | School of Visual Concepts
Seattle, WA | September 2018 - September 2019
Completed expert-led classes for 40 weeks, created 3 UX portfolio projects, and had my work evaluated and approved by experts from companies such as Amazon, Nordstrom, Microsoft, and Google. Classes included Sketch & InVision, user research, information architecture, UX writing, design thinking, interaction design, visual design, prototyping & usability testing, and a 5-week capstone project culminating in a final presentation for a panel of experts.
Associate Director for Donor Relations | UW Medicine Advancement
Seattle, WA | February 2015 - July 2020
During this transitional phase in my career I completed my UX design certificate and applied a UX lens to the philanthropic donor experience.
Conducted a web audit and identified information architecture improvements for the online donation experience.
Created donor personas and journey maps to help increase engagement and retention of donors.
Improved efficiency with workflow redesigns for my team and to address pain points in cross-team collaboration.
Lead Project Architect & Manager | JAS Design Build
Seattle, WA | November 2007 - September 2014
As an architect I was the user experience designer for dozens of clients, combining their unique needs with best design practices to create innovative and beautiful spaces. Guided clients (end-users) through all phases of home remodels, from preliminary design sketches to cost analysis, permitting, and construction. Created detailed building blueprints (wireframes) for the construction (development) team.
Project Architect | Maya Lin Studio
New York, NY | February 2007 - November 2007
Junior Project Architect | studioMDA
New York, NY | December 2004 - February 2007
BA Architecture | University of Washington
Seattle, WA | 2001-2004