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maria kelly giles | interior design

maria kelly giles | interior design

Phone number 651.331.0882

Permanent Address 8166 Hemingway Ave S. Cottage Grove, MN 55016

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maria kelly giles | interior design Design Philosophy

Design should complement the fluidity of our daily lives. We need spaces to stimulate well-being, provoke liveliness and provide comfort for varying lifestyles. As designers, we can accomplish these goals by understanding client needs and striving to deliver above and beyond their expectations.

maria kelly giles | interior design Office Design Pantorium Ames, Iowa, Main Street MHA, Office Space

office design|mental health america Objective In partners of two, the team was assigned to a client and a building space. Our location was the Pantorium located in the heart of the historic downtown area of Ames, IA. The main focus of this project was to design an adequate office interior and also earning LEED points for certification. The building design was to be as sustainable as possible. The scope of sustainablity was from green roofs to post-consumer recycled materials.


Mental Health America is a non-profit company that offers a scope of services. They are advocates for the mentally disabled, have prevention, detection and treatment for substance dependentusers, educational outreach to the community, and promote social justice for those with mental or substance disabilities.

Pantorium|existing conditions

Color, material, and pattern will create harmonious chi that enhances personal light with creative and supportive energy. We used the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui as a guide throughout the project. We designed the space by taking aspects from feng shui and abstracting concepts, shapes and color theory to help stimulate the interior enviornemnt. We used the shape of the bagua for space configuration and then we used the bagua color association to color code the space accordingly.

Bagua design inspiration

concept statement and reasoning

color scheme

office design

mental health america| Our team first began by laying out a proximity chart. We wanted the space to be interactive while still respecting the privacy that the staff needed to fullfill their jobs efficiently.

proximity bubble diagram

floor plan layout ideas

conceptual layout ideas

The team’s inital presentation consisted of images that reflected aspects of fire, wind, water, earth and wood. We then generated a few inspiration sketches that helped depict what was in our minds about the general outcome of our design concept.

conceptual perspective views

office design|mental health america 3. By designing a

2. Incorporating local

1.The Finn lounge

furniture is from the Jasper Group who prides itself in producing all certified level

art from the Octagon Art Gallery, located downtown on loan, will bring a community essence to the building and add to the overall mission of MHA.

4. We created a few custom pieces using Kirei wood because of its rapid renewablity and beautiful aesthetics.

Therapy Supervisor Office

Mail Room


living machine and bio-wall, the space will allow for better air quality and also reduce overall emission release.


Office 1

6.We specified a chair from 9 to 5 Seating because of its high recyclable content but also its high regards to its ergonomic rating. Sustainable design has to be practical.

3. Copy/fax/work area



Office 3

Office 4


Zen Area

Psychologist Office

pantorium | sustainability on level 1

7. Toto USA products use 1.28 gpf

8. Specifying BrightShelf

the building can now expand natural daylighting 7 feet into the interior corridors and reduce energy.

compared to the regulare 1.6 gpf. They are an American company that can help the building decrease water consumption and waste. DN Storage


9. DIRTT demountable

walls are a great alternative to dry wall because they are flexible and reduce project and construction waste that contributes to LEED ratings.

Office 2

Reception Area

5. Haworth’s tripoli

desking system offers great office storage and also is a BIFMA Level 2 certified product.



Technology and Service Office

Accounts Recievable

Office Manager


Break Area



Conference Office

Human Resource Office

President Office

pantorium | sustainability on level 2


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pantorium| rendering of conference area

10. 11.

pantorium| level 1 aerial view

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2. pantorium| rendering of break area

1. 2.

pantorium| level 2 aerial view



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3. pantorium| rendering of conference area

4. 3.

pantorium| level 2 aerial view


maria kelly giles | interior design Thank you for taking the time to review my portfolio. I have included my resume and list of references on the next page for your reference. Please feel free to contact me regarding any withstanding questions.

maria kelly giles | interior design education Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa| Spring 2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design CIDA Accredited Program

work experience Arthur Shuster Inc., St. Paul, MN Summer 2011 Intern Specified materials

Academic Success Center, Ames, IA 2010- Present Iowa State University Office Assistant

Talbots, Roseville, MN 2006- 2011 Sales Associate Accomplished display changes

Sigler on Main , Ames, IA 2010-2011 Innova Ideas and Services Sales Associate

Drafted in CAD

Dealt with confidential information

Interacted with customers

Ordered merchandise

Redlined construction documents

Interacted with students

Inventoried stock

Inventoried stock

Maintained resource library

Trained employees

Organized floor and stock room

Maintained cash register

Contacted product representatives

Performed general office duties

awards|honors Student Design Competition | Spring 2011 1st Place Recipient

Greek Week Scholarship | Spring 2011 Pi Beta Phi Scholarship | Fall 2010 Iowa State University Grant | 2008-Present Academic Recognition | 2008-Present

Proposed marketing strategies

skills Autodesk|Revit proficient Autodesk|CAD moderate Sketchup| intermediate Adobe Design Programs Photoshop proficient Illustrator proficient InDesign moderate

Microsoft Office proficient Organizational skills Time management Communicative skills

Phone number 651.331.0882

Permanent Address 8166 Hemingway Ave S. Cottage Grove, MN 55016

memberships Pi Beta Phi Fraternity | Fall 2009-Spring 2012 Vice President of Event Planning | 2010 - 2011 Homecoming Co-Chair | Fall 2010 Chapter Delegate | Fall 2009

Interior Design Student Association|2009- 2012 Student Enviornmental Club | 2009 Habitat for Humanity | Fall 2011-Present Student Peer Mentor|Fall 2012 LEED Green Associate prep course|Spring 2012

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maria kelly giles | interior design references Cigdem T. Akkurt Associate Professor Interior Design Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 50011 515.294.6724

Susan Rhoades Academic Success Center Advisor Iowa State University 1060 Hixson Lied Ames, Iowa 50014 515.294.6624

Emily Holmsten Arthur Shuster Designer 2611 Hamline Ave. N. Suite #150 St. Paul, Minnesota 55113 612.916.2108

Mental Health America Office  
Mental Health America Office  

Mental Health America is planning to open a new location in Ames, IA. The space thay have choosen to occupy is Pantorium building located in...