Kara Pearson

Senior Interior Designer

Since graduating from Leeds University in 2004, with a degree in Interior Architecture, Kara has built up an impressive body of work for a series of architectural practices. Her career profile goes far beyond design: integrated vertically, from costing, purchasing, and on-site project management to commissioning; and horizontally, covering leisure facilities, workplaces, residential complexes, higher education and student facilities.

Kara can handle fast-track projects with tight deadlines, working directly with clients, and managing numerous sites at the same time.

Key Skills

  • Project Management and scheduling
  • Site meetings, client and contractor interface
  • Client presentations and briefings
  • Modelling and space planning
  • Lighting design, mood boards and colour schemes
  • Specifying and sourcing appropriate materials at best price
  • Working with AutoCAD 2D & 3D, Photoshop, InDesign, Revit, and SketchUp – plus hand rendering
  • Knowledge of building regulations and planning procedures.

While building her career, Kara has also found time to build a family of four children, plus two dogs. Her other activities include running, reading, travelling and playing the piano – if she has any spare time left!

  • The team, led by Carla McKenzie, were meticulous in every detail. They modelled the cleaning requirements to deliver the optimum solution for the facilities across EMEA, and really took time to understand the culture of our business. I have no hesitation in recommending MYA and its team – they are dedicated and innovative, and always go the extra mile.

    Natalia Ros Vargas, Office Team Leader, Booking.com
  • Carla and her team have broad experience in the industry. Apart from being very supportive in inventing (new) concepts, they also make use of their many years of experience when implementing these concepts. Their ultimate goal is to let people enjoy honest and good food.

    Marcel Bisselink, Owner, Daily Fresh Food, Galeen, Netherlands
  • Carla and her team worked tirelessly with us to ensure our very international and cross-cultural needs were met with great creativity and skill. They listened to us, responded to our needs and delivered above expectations.

    Angela Hencher, Director of Business Administration, Dulwich College, Shanghai Pudong
  • They are brave enough to challenge others in pursuit of the ultimate solution, whether it be behind the scenes with kitchen flow and catering management, or front-of-house service and design.

    Richard Russell, Catering Equipment Distributor Director, Western Blueprint
  • If all companies who serve the independent school sector had your breadth of vision and openness of mind, I have little doubt that the sector would be a richer and more exciting place to be.

    Phillip Godfrey, Bursar, Halliford School
  • During the negotiation process, Carla’s knowledge and expertise enabled our company to achieve a very strong commercial outcome, and some significant savings were yielded from the exercise.

    Penny Arnold, Commercial & Operations Director, Fusion Lifestyle