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Brenda Bjarnason graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Design with a Bachelor of Interior Design, Honours where her academic achievements included the Thesis Prize, Dean’s Honour List and the Alumni Scholarship. Following graduation, Brenda firmly established her career with Ove Design in Montreal.  In 1985, she became an associate and opened Ove Design Interior’s Toronto office.  Bjarnason + Associates Interiors Inc. was founded in 1988 and was re-named Bjarnason Design Inc. in 2017. Brenda Bjarnason’s design experience encompasses corporate office design, non-profit and arts organizations, private residences, condominium projects, community facilities including family drop-in and youth centres, retirement communities, nursing homes, health care, retail, and hospitality.  


DESIGNER PROFILE                  Brenda Bjarnason, BID, ARIDO, IDC, CAPS


ACCREDITATION - EDUCATION       ARIDO & IDC - Registered Interior Designer since 1985

                                                            Association of Registered Interior Designers & Interior Designers of Canada

                                                            BID, Interior Design Degree - Bachelor of Interior Design, Honours

                                                            University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Design

                                                            Landscape Design Courses - Ryerson University, Landscape Design

                                                            CAPS - Certified Aging in Place Specialist


AWARDS                                             ARIDO Award of Excellence, Residential - Stratford Cottage

                                                            ARIDO Silver, General Office - Ontario Trillium Foundation

                                                            ARIDO Gold, General Office - The Strategic Counsel

                                                            Thesis Prize, University of Manitoba, Department of Interior Design

                                                            Dean’s Honour List (4 years), Alumni Scholarship


DESIGN EXPERIENCE                      Bjarnason + Associates Interiors Inc., Incorporated in 1988

                                                            Bjarnason Design Inc.- Corporate Re-branding 2017

                                                            Ove Design Interiors, Associate & Founder of Toronto Office

                                                            Ove Design Interiors, Senior Designer, Montreal Office

                                                            Pratt & Whitney, Interior Designer, Engineering Department, Montreal

                                                            Guillon Smith Marquart et associes, Interior Designer, Montreal

                                                            Western Restaurant Supply & Design, Interior Designer, Winnipeg


                                                            Note: Brenda Bjarnason is bilingual (English & French)

ARIDO & IDC                                      Student Design Awards - Judge (Sponsored by Allsteel) 

                                                            IDC & The Royal Danish Consulate General: Design Tour of Denmark

                                                            ARIDO Booth Design - IDS10, Interior Design Show

                                                            ARIDO “What’s Your Design Dilemma”, IDS10

                                                            ARIDO Moderator of Ryerson Interior Design Student Professional                                                                             Round Table Discussions

                                                            ARIDO - Wellesley Hospital, 9th Floor, Volunteer Designer of Room 902

                                                            ARIDO Ethics Committee

                                                            ARIDO Student Awards, Judge

                                                            ARIDO Registered Members’ Awards, Judge

                                                            ARIDO NCIDQ Examination Review/ Marker                                                                                                  

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