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Interior Architecture & Design

PORTFOLIO Gabriela Chavez 1


“The best way to predict the future... is to create it.”

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The following portfolio includes projects in retail, residential, and hospitality design that I have designed in the last three years of my graduate studies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. These projects represent conscious and thoughtful interior design that responds to the surrounding environment and community. This portfolio showcases my design esthetic as well as my skills in hand-drafting and digital rendering techniques. Thank you very much for you time.

Warmest regards, Gabriela Chavez 

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COMMERCIAL HOSPITALITY

CONTENTS

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Treasure Island Marketplace ................................................................... 4 Masters Thesis Project Palarcos Eco Resort .................................................................................. 8 Sustainable Design The Monticelli Residence ....................................................................... 11 Residential Design Alison Berger Glassworks Studio .......................................................... 15 Spatial Design

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MFA THESIS

TREASURE ISLAND MARKETPLACE


PROJECT ABSTRACT My final thesis project involves the renovation of a historic airplane hangar situated on Treasure Island, San Francisco. Adaptive re-use being one of the significant components to sustainable design, I have transformed the 75 year-old airplane hangar into a public marketplace serving local residents and regional and international visitors. The marketplace includes retail spaces for local vendors, artists and farmers to sell crafts and produce, several bars and restaurants, a sailing center and a lobby showcasing the history of the island. Honoring the island’s rich and notable past, I have extended the island’s fascinating history to the project concept and design. My design concept signifies the industrial progression and trans-pacific travel that was occuring at the time this building was constructed. Utilizing sustainable principles and references from the building’s original time period, I have created a landmark of preservation, progress, and community. At the Treasure Island Marketplace, patrons will learn about the island’s history through the building’s design and be entertained by the multitude of local treasures residing throughout the building’s central nave.

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PALARCOS ECO RESORT


PROJECT ABSTRACT The Maya people have always been revered for their incredible knowledge of the earth, its resources and where it lies in the universe. The inspiration behind the design of the Palarcos Eco Resort comes from the architectural proficiency and cosmological understanding the Maya people themselves incorporated into their own design. Guests of the Palarcos Resort will experience what it might have been like to live in a Maya palace and witness the passing of seasons marked by the sunset. The interiors were inspired by the Spanish style seen throughout neighboring Antigua. The fusion of arch types visible throughout the resort represent the fusion of the Spanish culture with the Maya culture. Palarcos tells its guests to story of an ancient civilization through its very own buildings, gardens and santuaries.

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RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

THE MONTICELLI RESIDENCE


PROJECT ABSTRACT This project involves the design of the Monticelli Residence in Marin County, California. The design is influenced by the Spanish Mediterranean Coast which is adored for its fresh turquoise waters, warm rocky beaches and fresh ceviche. For the Monticelli Residence, I used the masterpiece by Salvador Dali, Muchacha en la Ventana, as the central concept for my design, of which I pulled the contrast of warm and cool colors from the background and extended them to the project’s finishes and materials. The colors and pearlescent nature of the abalone shell aslo unfluenced my design, as experienced through the light iridescent window treatments and satin upholstered elements.

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SPATIAL DESIGN

ALISON BERGER GLASSWORKS STUDIO

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PROJECT ABSTRACT This Spatial Design project involves the design of artist, Alison Berger’s glass blowing studio and living space at 138 South Park in the SOMA district of San Francisco. The design is influenced by her own inspiration from antiques and old world instruments. The spaces in this project are comprised of vintage furnishings, apothecary decor and rich finishes. Some finishes include reclaimed wood, vintage glass tiles and a recycled glass concrete composite. The concept behind this design is heat itself and the high temperatures produced from it, creating vibrant indigo blues and crimsom oranges and producing timeless pieces.

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GABRIELA E. CHAVEZ

66D Yerba Buena Rd San Francisco, CA 94130 Phone: 505-269-9604 E-mail: gchavez3@gmail.com __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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EDUCATION Academy of Art University School of Interior Architecture & Design (San Francisco, CA) MFA Candidate May 2013 (Overall GPA 3.678) Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) May 2008 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Minor in Spanish (Overall GPA: 3.489) SKILLS Proficient in drafting architectural documents such as floor plans, RCP’s, FF&E specification sheets, and concept mood boards Proficient in use of Autodesk’s Revit Architecture and 3Ds Max Proficient in use of Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In Design, and Adobe Illustrator Studio art skills and exposure to various art mediums Bilingual in English and Spanish

EMPLOYMENT Freelance Designer (San Francisco, CA) July 2012-Present Consult directly with clients on design decisions, budget, FF&E and material choices, and logo development Provide mood boards, sketches and 3D renderings of spaces and products Interior Design Assistant Marsh and Clark Design, (San Francisco, CA) March 2012-July 2012 Collaborated directly with the lead designer regarding design decisions and implementation Performed site visits, sketched and rendered elevations and perspectives, communicated with contractors and clients, and sourced project FF&E’s and materials Funding Associate Bay Equity, LLC, (San Francisco, CA) February 2009- July 2010 Performed a final review of all closed/funded loans and prepared loans to be shipped to investors Communicated with mortgage investors, escrow companies and borrowers about closed loans Advised management in marketing strategies and company logo design Construction Laborer, Max Maintenance and Construction, (Albuquerque, NM) May 2002 – January 2009 Performed general modifications to commercial and residential interiors including: painting, tile work, wall texturing,demolition and landscaping Layout Designer, Mirage Yearbook (San Antonio, TX) August 2006- December 2006 Designed spreads for the University yearbook and recorded collegiate experiences and events LEADERSHIP & SERVICE & AWARDS Member of Trinity University SPURS Sorority- Service and Social Organization Unite For Sight, Habitat for Humanity, and Albuquerque BioPark volunteer Recipient of the Trinity University Anthropology Margaret Mead Award in 2008 Invited to speak at the 2008 Latin American Studies Student Conference in Birmingham, Alabama in 2008 Recipient of the Trinity University Presidential Scholarship in 2004 18


THANK YOU

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