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Grace Sibbitts Interior Architecture and Product Design

Table of Contents

JC Harmon High School




Companion Pet Co.


Stargazer’s Grill


Captain’s Helm




Education design

Furniture design/build

Office design

Restaurant design

Bus interior design/Group project

Furniture design/build

Fall 2017

JC Harmon High School Educational Design

Revit | Enscape | Rhino & V-Ray | Illustrator

Brief: Renovate JC Harmon High School to allow for a better school environment. Determine what the school can benefit from based on learning theories, feedback from students/teachers, and a site visit, keeping in mind a realistic budget, the existing structure, and what will truly benefit the students in the end. Design archetypes that fulfill these needs, as well as a product and piece of furniture that aid in fulfilling the desired goals. Location: Kansas City, Kansas Existing scope space: Library and Surrounding classrooms Scope Area: 9,150 sqft

N Existing Plan - 2nd Floor

Scale: 1/32�=1’


Concept: Informal learning spaces encourage collaboration, and increase energy levels. In addition, a more comfortable environment provides a emotionally safer space for the student. Informal learning spaces also open the door to new teaching methods, such as the Spaced Learning Theory.


High school students crave a togetherness, a community. With this design, JC Harmon and schools similar to it will gain a more fruitful environment, and a better community atmosphere.



N Proposed Proposed Plan 2nd Floor 1/32" = 1'-0"

Scale: 1/32�=1’

Engagement: Higher student engagement encourages students to work outside of class and to be proactive when it comes to seeking help.

Ownership: Students at the high school age typically lack spaces they can call their own. Without this feeling of ownership, they won’t be fully comfortable.

Post-Secondary: Provide a space that allows for students to meet with counselors to educate them on their options post-high school.

Teaching Space: Provide an alternative option for teachers to use with their class. This will allow them to get out the everyday schedule, and to implement new teaching theories.

Archetypes & Goals: The goals for the project follow the importance of building teacher-student relationships. From these goals, 3 archetypes have been created. The development of these archetypes includes the program of the space, the overall form the archetype takes on, and the intended atmosphere.

Informal Learning Spaces: Furniture with various seating positions Collaborative atmosphere Move-able furniture

Lounge/Break Spaces: Relaxing space for a break from work

Able to be used as a casual work environment Mix of move-able and fixed furniture

Reservable Spaces:

Contains 3-4 walls to allow for medium-full enclosure

Move-able furniture to accommodate various uses Enough seating for expected occupancy

Parti Development: Once the overall goals and concept were pulled back to the basics, the form left creates a venn diagram representing the users and the equality needed in their relationships. From there, the diagram was shaped to work with the existing geometries of the building.


Final Parti

Applied in Plan

Sketch to design: To fully capture the design intent for the work lounge, it was important to sketch the idea first. After the overall atmosphere was drawn, the design easily followed.

Sketch of Lounge from Circulation

Small Group-work Section through Sunken Lounge

Sunken Lounge

Small Group-work Scale: 1/4�=1’

Product Development: The personal portable work station is a backpack insert designed with a typical student in mind. This insert lets students put their laptop, notebooks, and other items in the different sections of the bag. Once attached to a desk (above), the bag converts the table into a personal work station.

Connection detail for attaching to tables

Personal Space: The width of the booth design takes into account the personal space typically taken up by individuals. This allows for 2 people to sit comfortably without leaving a whole extra seat.

Furniture Development: The adaptable lounge booth is inspired by the basics of informal learning. With this design, students can easily switch between relaxing and working on homework. The side arms swing around the front to create individual work surfaces. The two surfaces can also be put together to create one, larger work surface.

Adaptable Writing Surfaces

Work Cafe

Tucked-Away Porch

Fall 2016


Furniture Design/Build Hand-Built | Illustrator | Rhino & V-Ray

Brief: Create a piece of furniture that can be completely broken down to fit inside a standard UPS shipping container. This piece is to be able to be taken apart and put back together more than once if possible and to function as either a coffee table, side table, or shelf.

Concept: Zoid was inspired by the idea of compression and how that could be used to hold together a functional piece of furniture. The resulting form was a mirrored trapezoid with bars slicing through the outer planes. Both the form and materiality allows for long term use, modularity, and customization.

Corner development

Modularity: Because of the angles and slits within Zoid, it can be stacked and mounted to fit the desired function of the user. The slits in the corners allow for the bars an additional unit to rest in and create a seamless connection. Because of this, the form is also more stable laterally.

Final Product

Fall 2016

Companion Pet Co.

Office Design

Revit | Illustrator | Photoshop

Brief: Design a dog food company and an office space for that company. The space is to allow for dogs to join their owners at work and have spaces of their own within the floor plan. Consider the skyscraper building and how to accommodate for the dogs occupying the space. Location: Chicago, Illinois Floors in scope: 15th & 16th Total Area: 7,104 sqft UP

N 15th Floor Plan





Scale: 1/16�=1’ 16'

Concept: The three circles represent three places that the owner and dog’s lives overlap and determine important areas within the office space. Each one determines important aspects of the office. The echo of each circle expresses the circulation throughout the space and creates a natural flow. The secondary aspect of the parti is the radiating lines from the centers of each circle. The user interacts with their dog differently in each circle, just as they would in the different aspects of their lives.

N 16th Floor Plan





Scale: 1/16”=1’ 16'

Parti Development: Parti development started by working with organic shapes and shifted into creating a diagrammatic expression of how dogs and their owner’s lives overlap. The main forms then became a large Venn diagram, with each circle representing work, home, and the park. These locations translated into the programming, having the lobby being home, the main office spaces being work, and the park becoming the cafe/dog park. The parti was then translated into planes and voids within the space.

Final Parti

Spatial Axons


Top of Entry Stair

Spring 2016

Stargazer’s Grill

Restaurant design

Revit | Enscape | Illustrator | Photoshop

Brief: The purpose of this project was to create a restaurant at a corner location in a town in Colorado populated by middle to upper class citizens. The focus of the project was to learn how to plan the seating, entry sequence, and circulation within a restaurant. Location: Denver, Colorado Dining Area: 305 sqft Kitchen Area: 1890 sqft Total Seating: 214 people

Picnic style seating for community feel

Concept: The concept of Stargazers stemmed from wanting to bring the outdoors to the indoors, so that everyone could have a meal under the stars. This lead to the concept of a camping like atmosphere with a strong bar focal point and a semi-casual atmosphere. Customers were to feel cozy and welcome to wear flannel and jeans, or to dress nicer if they so choose.

Dividing window canvases

Seating Program: To keep a comfortable, casual atmosphere, there were a variety of seating options for customers to choose from. One could sit up on the patio, at the bar, outside, or in the main area under the tree. The table options range from bar/bar height seating, to bench like seats in either a booth or a longer, “picnic-style” table setting.

N Floor Plan

Scale: 1/16”=1’

Central campfire-inspired bar


Branding: The branding of Stargazer’s is rooted in the camping atmosphere of the restaurant. Creating a logo started a stronger message throughout the rest of the design, and made for a good packaging element. The to-go containers were from a standard fold-able design that could be branded with the logo and, later, easily be recycled. Uniforms were also important to the concept because the atmosphere was to be casual, but nice. To address this, the staff wears a designed reduced plaid so that customers feel comfortable in plaid, but won’t be mistaken for staff.

Atmospheric Development: The intended atmosphere of Stargazer’s Grill was to play with the sense of indoor and outdoor, and the various seating types while camping. Bench seating allows for a more community feeling between customers, while bar height tables create a more intimate dining experience. At the center of the floor plan is the bar, inspired by atmosphere of a campfire. Customers sit around the bar, while they watch flames dance in the central fireplace.


Section 1 1/8" = 1'-0"

Entrance Sequence: Upon entering, the user experiences the expanding ceiling and wide views of the restaurant. They are then greeted by the host who guides them to their seat under the sculptural tree. While the user once felt the expansion of the ceiling, their sights are now lowered and enjoy the intimate atmosphere created by the overhead plane.

Scale: 1/8�=1’

View from Indoor Patio

Main Seating and Bar

Spring 2015

Captain’s Helm

Interior Bus Design/Group Project

Hand-Built | 3DS Max | Illustrator | Rhino & V-Ray

Brief: Create a space within a quarter of a coach bus that allows for individuals to work. Consider needed work space, storage, and other possible accommodations. The interpretation of “individual work” is up to the designers.

Long Section

Scale: 1/16”=1’

Concept: The chosen design revolves around one main individual with the added space for two other workers. The aim was to have an executive feel so that the users had confidence while working. The desk within the space reflects the natural work flow of a user who mostly works on a computer. Overhead bins reflect a similar footprint and allow for a lower ceiling, providing a more concentrated atmosphere.

6’ 3”

1 Executive chair

5’ 3”

2 Assistant/Guest 3 Assistant/Guest 4 Hidden, under storage

3’ 9”

6’ 3” 6’ 3”

5 Keepsake cabinet, drawers, and personal drink station 6 Pop-up storage 7 Pop-up storage and base

2’ 2’ 3” 3” 3’ 9”

8 Overhead baggage/personal belongings

5’ 3”5’ 3”

3’ 9”3’ 9” 5’ 3”

2’ 3”2’ 3”

6’ 3”

Short Section

Scale: 1/16”=1’

Teamwork: Our group consisted of seven student designers. Our work first started out as group brainstorming until we found our main concept. From there, my main task was to build the chair design using Rhino, then translate the piece into construction documents for building. After that, I was responsible for building the back cabinet in our full scale build.

Full Scale Chair Model

Full Scale Back Cabinet

Arm and height movement

Back and sliding movement

Renderings and diagrams by teammates

Fall 2017


Furniture Design/Build

Rhino & V-Ray | Hand-Built


Flat back:

Design a piece of furniture that serves a greater purpose than being only a surface. Use joinery knowledge gathered from previous courses and execute the design.

Creates a backdrop for displayed items or allows for a greater surface area to place larger books.


Doubled up:

Element is a small cube unit that, when stacked with others, creates a room divider, end table, shelf, etc. usable from all 4 sides. The main focus of the final product is the paracord that visually ties each unit together. Creating a diagonal line allows for books and other planer objects to be held up straight, without the use of a bookend. The 4 sided design also presents the opportunity for various designs created by the cord itself, providing multiple uses.

Strings pinch book spines more so that smaller books can be held up.

Minimal books:

This version allows the user to sort their books and separate them, without the books falling over.

Room Divider: When multiple units are stacked, Element becomes a room divider that still allows for visual access to the other side. In addition, the design adds visual interest and allows the user to customize their space in numerous ways.

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Grace Sibbitts Design Portfolio  

This publication includes the works of the author over the course of obtaining my Master's degree in Interior Architecture and Product Desig...

Grace Sibbitts Design Portfolio  

This publication includes the works of the author over the course of obtaining my Master's degree in Interior Architecture and Product Desig...