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Mahatma Gandhi

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi




ID325 Commercial Environments

In this advanced course, the design of an upscale, global, corporate interior reflects the comprehensive synthesis of problem identification, research, programming, preliminary design, design development, and construction documents. Problem solving centers on the creative and technical aspects involved in the universal design of commercial environments including space planning with code compliance, way-finding techniques, and specifying corporate furnishings, finishes and materials.

HEALING LOTUS ID420-421 Thesis 1 & II


In this senior-level studio course, students use critical thinking skills through research, writing, discussion, and problem solving. emphasis is on the identification of a design problem that could be better met through responsible design. Students choose a research topic with instructor approval. Students develop a viable and visual solution for the project. Solutions incorporate environmentally sound, cost effective, and responsible design methods to influence an audience using creative delivery methods.

RECEPTION DESK- TEAM PROJECT ID414 Interior Detailing & Systems

This senior level studio is a study of the materials and fabrication technique used in the design and construction of interiors and how these details are communicated three-dimensionally and in construction documents. Content includes interior construction detailing of ceilings, walls, flooring, and millwork. Project solutions will consider the integration of building technology such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other revelant systems.

The design concept for epic Social Media is to create a professional and creative environment where potential clients and employees are invited to create inspiration and develop ideas. The function of the space will provide an open floorplan for employees to unwind and collaborate creative ideas. Architectural features and elements will draw the eyes of the clients and provide way-finding elements through the entire space. The exciting architectural features will generate the atmosphere of the intriguing urban lifestyle as well as a healthy sustainable environment to encourage a postive workforce to all clients and employees.

ePIC SoCIAL MeDIA Renderings produced in AutodeskRevit enhanced in Adobe Photoshop

Furniture Schedule Sample- Available upon request

MR 4 Recycled Content MR 5 Regional Material

MR 2 Const. Waste Mgmt. MR 4 Recycled Content IeQ 4 Low emitting Material

MR 4 Recycled Content

MR 4 Recycled Content

MR 5 Regional Material We 3 Water Use Reduction

MR 7 Certified Wood IeQ 4.3 Low-emitting

All scales represent original scale Furniture Plan produced in AutoCAD

Patient safety concept; Same handed Design provides better visibility of patients and safety for employees.

The organic radial design is base on functionality as well as a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all user groups.

high-tech eďŹƒcient windows reduce amount of heat that passes through and is cost eďŹƒcient. Large open windows will provide open views to nature.

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Renderings produced in Auto deskRevit enhanced in Adobe Photoshop

MR 6 Rapidly Renewable

C2C Certified

C2C Certified

MR 4 Recycled Content

healing Lotus’ primary concern is to take great care to those who are hurting mind, body and spirit through professional guidance and support. Specialized inpatient and outpatient care programs help families and patients tocope effectively, make healthy life choices, and provide a therapeutic and sustainable environment to heal and achieve their highest potential to become confident and caring individuals.

evidence Based Design

evidence Based Design 5 Guiding Principles Access to Nature/ Day Lighting - Therapeutic & healing environment - Skylights - Garden/Courtyard -natural materials/finishes - Reduce pain and anxiety

Positive Distraction - Informative Areas - Resource Centers - Inspirational Artwork - View to Garden/nature - Architectural elements

Thesis I & II

Way-Finding elements

energy Saving/Sus

- Low VoC paints and - Solar Panels - Indoor Air Quality/Ve - Window Systems - Finishes and material - Lighting and accousti

Social Support

- Family centers - Spiritual support (h - Community Design - Caregivers (social pr

- Architectural elements - Lighting (general, decorative, etc.) - Appropiate signage; reduces stress

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Research from Thesis I developed the Programming/Schematic

Phases. Below is a proposed Light Study and Reflected Ceiling Plan for healing Lotus Mental Facility. Architectural features are heavily used as they will create way-finding elements for all user groups within the facility. All light fixtures are designated for each user group as way-finding elements.

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healing Lotus is heavily built around Evidence Based Design. Access to nature and emitting natural lighting into the facility provides a therapeutic environment for reducing pain, anxiety and stress. nature is a major factor that is used heavily to reflect a familiar atmosphere, where patients and guests can feel comfortable and relaxed. Healing Gardens in a form of a Labyrinth

Circle will provide a sense of tranquility and meditation to promote positive behavior. natural Colors and textures will bring the exterior atmosphere indoors and create a soothing and calming environment to promote care and spiritual wellness. Social support and positive distractions, such as family centers, inspirational artwork and gardens, way-finding elements allow the patients and family to feel comfortable, cope

effectively and make healthy life choices. Sustainable design is found throughout the facility by creating a safe and healthy environment. Proper interior finishing materials reduce the release of VoCs and other health effects. EďŹƒcient lighting increases productivity as well as increase motivation and productivity.

Lighting- Gray Study

evidence Based Design

NOTE: Original Scale Finish Plan produced in AutoCAD


DetAILInG Reception Desk Renderings show construction details of Reception Desk.

Renderings Produced in 3D AutoCAD

This group assignment was focused on reverse engineering. As a team project, erica and I worked together through the project by conversing the construction of the Reception Desk. Comprehending the construction, we equally divided the project. on my behalf, the floorplan, elevation, section, and notations were drafted in AutoCad. once drafted, erica created a 3D model based on the plans in AutoCad. Per finalizing a final set of drawing, we both worked together to apply finishes to the model and revise our drawings and model.

team project

Collaborated with erica Poillucci


LUCCAcafe & bar ID373 Specialty Design


ID340 Computer-Aided Design III

This senior level studio course covers the physical and psychological factors that impact hospitality environments. Students are expected to graphically demonstrate original and viable solutions. Research on human factors, codes, and lighting are combined with product mix and mult-sensory aspects of design to influence perceived value to customer.

Students successfully completing this course will be able to use Computer-Aided Design software to assist them in their three-dimensional project development. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the integration of computer technology into the design process and an introduction to BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology.

Lucca Lounge is located in the beautiful city of Sicily, Italy. Elegant and charming

finishes are used throughout Lucca Lounge. Soft colorful fresco painted ceilings are complimented by large floor to ceiling white columns. Beaded curtain panels create a semi-private booth seating. The lighting by 3Form will create an intimate setting for the central dining area. Extravagant reflective surfaces will add a glamorous feel for all guests to enjoy. An extended patio and bar is open to the rich culture and architecture.



Rendering produced in Sketchup; enhanced in Photoshop



Exotic. Vibrant. Stimulating. The concept of numa nightclub is to create a fun, exciting environment for people to come and enjoy food and music. Inspired by the famous painter Jackson Pollock, the floor plan predominately represents his never ending and repetitive lines throughout his compositions. The unwinding circular shapes create playful and inviting spaces by uniting people together. The striking exotic finishes create the fun, electrifying atmosphere where people can let loose and dance the night away.

A U M n MR 6 Recycled Material All scales represent original scale


FURNITUREDesign ID402 History of Design III

This studio presents an in-depth study of the architecture and furniture developments of several major non-western cultures. Religious, philosophical, and social beliefs and customs are emphasized while construction methods, building materials, motifs, fabrics, and decorative arts are explored. Students work within teams to present their research on Middle eastern, Asian, African, Mesoamerican, and north American cultures. Projects include the development of furniture and accessory designs created through the fusion of world styles.

ANDERSONResidence ID306 Residential Envrionments

HARPERResidence ID376 Advanced Residential Design

This studio course explores various types of residential dwellings as they relate to different inhabitants. Project work applies the programming and design development phases of the residential phases of the residential design process to include information gathering, needs analysis, concept and spatial development, and FF&e selections based on research and suitability.

This senior elective studio course covers the total process of residential design from concept development through two-and-three dimensional presentations. Building codes, covenants, and restrictions create the guidelines for solutions; while knowledge of sustainable practices, residential business practice, construction methods, materials and custom interior architectural details are applied.

MLECKOResidence- INTERNSHIP ID401 Interior Design Internship

Internship is a monitored program for senior-level students to work part-time within the interior design industry. Field experience is an opportunity for students to apply and advance their knowledge, skills and professionalism under the supervision of a qualified mentor.


Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar, Burma

Courtyard of Madrasa Bou Inania, Fes, Morocco

This studio presents an in-depth study of the architecture and furniture developments of several major non-western cultures. Religious, philosophical, and social beliefs and customs are emphasized while construction methods, building materials, motifs, fabrics, and decorative arts are explored. Students work within teams to present their research on Middle eastern, Asian, African, Mesoamerican, and north American cultures. Projects include the development of furniture and accessory designs created through the fusion of world styles.

Furniture Design- Cultural Influence

hIStoRY of design The following pieces are a reflection of the rich and lively cultures of Morocco and Burma. Burma’s pagoda temples are seen through the layered towers. Morocco’s horseshoe arches are seen predominately in the furniture designs; as are the finishes. Moroccan artwork is seen through the Zeilij tile work and Yeseria to create a beautiful three dimensional appearance. The finishing materials from Burma represent the royal culture. Semi-precious metals, gold, gold-leaf designs symbolizes the pagoda and the Buddhism beliefs.

Renderings produced in Google SketchUp


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The mixture of modern and traditional style will create a comfortable, warm and inviting feel for the Anderson family to love. The three social zones will be on the South east side of the home where natural daylight will be pleasantly provided. Subtle neutral colors with complimentary pops of color and patterns will apply character to each space.


Rendering produced in Autodesk Revit



The overall appearance will generate an industrial appearance through the modern accessories and furniture selections. The selected finishes add texture throughout the loft apartment and translate the industrial modern style . Large open windows emit natural daylight through the interiors and will also provide an enjoyable view for the harpers and their guests.



Interning at CR Cabinetry in Schaumburg, IL has provided numerous opportunities to experience work in the Residential Design Industry. nancy Muller is the head designer at CR Cabinetry and for the Mleko Kitchen design. In the initial meeting, the Mlekos provided inspirational images of their styles, functionality, and necessities for their kitchen design. From there, floor plans, elevations, and renditions were produced in 20/20 design software. Prior to final revisions, on-site measure provided accurate dimensions for the cabinetry and appliances. The Mleko Kitchen was personally selected from the owner of Custom Cupboards to be acknowledged in their literature.


Mleko Residence



- Assisted in creating 20/20 designs - Worked along side with designer - Budgeting/Pricing - Site Visits/ on-site Measure - Client & Vendor interaction - Showroom shadowing - Maintain show room inventory - Administrative work

Renderings produced in 20/20

Overall, interning at CR Cabinetry has provided plenty of hands on experience in design and the business aspect. The entire staff welcomed me with open arms as if I were family and dedicated their time to teach me everything they knew. I am forever thankful for the awesome experience. My internship was beyond anything I could ever ask for and I am truly thankful for Nancy Muller, Mike Muller, and Tim Urbanowicz for making me the strong designer that I am today.

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Illinois Institute of Art Student Portfolio

Charlene Xiong's Portfolio  

Illinois Institute of Art Student Portfolio