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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL

Aug. 2009- Aug. 2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Interior Architecture Merit Scholarship Recipient, Smith Recognition

WORK EXPERIENCE Designer & Project Manager Personally Commissioned

Oct. 2012- Present Desiged a two story residence + a renovation on a client’s current estate.

JLEVO Garden Co-Designer Ellen Grimes Architecture

Jan. 2012- Present Neighborhood group meetings, remediation system research, site construction


Richard Kasemsarn Architect

Aug. 2011- Aug. 2012 Client contact, client meetings, Revit model construction, construction documents, zoning code searches, project administration including fee structures, construction administration contractor meeting.


The Edgar Martinez Project SAIC student project with a goal to implement architectural design to accommodate the Martinez’s family new lifestyle + emplyoyment of living with a disability. The project began in Spring 2011, and the first phase of construction was completed in the Summer of 2012.

National Rebuild Day


Architecture for Humanity Chicago Chapter SAIC AIAS collaboration. Participated in the April 2011 event where an entire day is dedicated to home repairs for the elderly, disabled or those experiencing poverty.

Software Revit. AutoCad. SketchUp. Photoshop. Illustrator. InDesign. Flash


Model making, wood working, hand drawing, oil painting, mold making/casting, photography.

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John Kurtich Salon

37 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL The functional programming of AIADO supports three primary user groups: Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects. The program at The School of the Art Institute includes the personal collection of a late SAIC faculty member, John Kurtich, who donated the sale of his Hyde Park estate to the campus and people he cherished most-- the SAIC community. His personal collection of more than 12,000 books, 240,000 slides, digital images, and intellectual properties were the focal point of the donation. The program includes: 1. conference-ready lecture theater 2. administrative offices 3. gallery spaces 4. plenty of open lounge areas With the two floors of public lounges and faculty offices, the goal was to bring natural light deep into the space, and to illuminate the center corridor with as much natural daylight as possible. The eastern wall of the space is a continuous floor to ceiling glass wall. By contrast, the western wall is more solid, with entrances into classrooms, wood shops, and an advanced output center.

FL 11

FL 12

Michigan Ave.

State St.

Monroe St.

materials library

coffee station


private workstations

coffee station

critique/ lounge

Every single piece of art is to be altered biweekly so that both alum and students are able to share their work with the SAIC community


A7 A6

A3 A4 A1


Custom mullion glass wall to easily line up construction documents for critiques.

Each smaller sheet size is exactly half the area of the previous size. ie. If you cut an A0 sheet in half you get two A1 sheets; If you cut an A1 sheet in half you get two A2 sheets; and so on



51 MILLION adolescent girls are married, yearly.

...that's the population of England

The Girl Effect

35 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL The Girl Effect is a movement. It’s about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their contries and the world. It’s about making girls visible and changing their social and economic dynamics providing them with specific, powerful and relevant resources. Created by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the girl effect is fuelled by hundreds of thousands of girl champions who recognize the untapped potential of adolescent girls living in poverty.

While working in a studio at Gensler, I was asked to design an office space for the non-profit, Girl Effect. Because the movement is about encompassing change and hope for girls all over the world, I designed a space that did the same, as well as inspire those working for the cause. The fabrics in the space will solely be purchased from girls the Girl Effect affects, so that the company fully embraces what they stand for, change.






Next to the cafeteria is a library that includes every single book donated to the girls across the globe.

There are four coffee stations; all of which only contain coffee purchased through direct trade.




Lower Level

Upper Level

N1, Nycthemeron Chicago, IL

A proposed bar lounge located inside of a boutiqe hotel.



Contaminated Site, Jan. 2012

JLEVO, Troy Garden Little Village, Chicago, IL A former contaminated sites that comprises the first new green space in more than 80 years in a community that ranks second-worst in Chicago in available open space. Poised to be catalysts for local anti-obesity and climate change mitigation efforts. In the next phase of Little Village’s decade-long effort to transform this brownfield to greenfield, the nonprofit Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) designed for gardening, learning, and gathering, the half-acre parcel at 2727 S. Troy will be a place residents can celebrate their gardening heritage. A central plaza, children’s garden, and gardening prep area, will complement raised ADA accessible planting beds where gardeners can grow vegetables. Plaza amenities will include a cooking oven, pergolas for shade, benches, and hoop houses. Shipping Containers will act as both a social hub for the community as well as an education center.

ADA accessible Garden Beds






1 Shipping Containers 2 Garden Beds 3 Shading Systems 4 Hoop Houses 5 Landscape

Pivot nail in back.

Pivot nail in front.

Lodge Design with Roof for Barn and Cliff Swallows

Nail holds side closed.

Phytoremediation consists of mitigating pollutant concentrations in contaminated soils, water, or air, with plants able to contain, degrade, or eliminate metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil and its derivatives, and various other contaminants from the media that contain them.

The utilization of organisms, primarily microbes, to clean up contaminated soils, aquifers, sludges, residues, and air. Advantages: Effective, economical, while traditional remediation methods DO NOT provide acceptable solutions for removal of metals from soils. Microorganisms that use metal as “terminal electron acceptors” or “reduce metals as a detoxificcation mechanism can be used for removal of metals from contaminated environments.

Previous studies recommend the use of sunflower plants, to effectively remediate soils contaminated with heavy metals.Such a technique, known as phytoremediation, addresses the treatment of environmental problems without the need to disinter the contaminant material resting below surface substances.

Our goal consists of employing natural methods of mitigate pollutant concentrations of mineral oil that have contaminated the soil within the site of Little Village’s soon-tobe built community garden, as well as, the surrounding soils. Examples of plants often utilized to degrade and/or eliminate crude oil, pesticides, metals, and explosives, include sunflower plants, hybrid poplar trees, alfalfa, and numerous grasses, such as rye, bermuda, and sudan grasses.




1. Entrance 2. Powder Room 3. Kitchen 4. Dining Room 5. Guest Bedroom 6. Guest W.C. 7. Living Room 8. Balcony

1. Gallery 2. Master Bedroom 3. Master W.C. 4. Master Closet

1040 West Adams St. Loft Designed for a young couple who owns a grand collection of art and furniture.

-Edward Wormley Sofa -Vintage Freestanding Outdoor Fireplace -Reeded Barrel from 1960’s Console Table -Rare Harvey Probber Dining Table -Writing Table by Nanna Ditzel -Photo:Torso III, by Jecko Vassilev -Beat Lights by Tom Dixon -Custom “Even Arm” chair by WYETH -Robert Loughlin “Mr. Organic” painting on Eames C Edward Wormley Sofa -Sculptural Table by John Vintage Kickinson Freestanding Outdoor Fireplace -Petrified Wood TableReeded Barrel from 1960’s Console Table HarveyBelgium Probber Dining Table -Pierre Paulin chair forRare Boro 1973 Writing Table by Nanna Ditzel -1970s Murano Glass Photo:Torso "Lotus"III,Chandelier by Jecko Vassilev Beat Lights by Tom Dixon Custom “Even Arm” chair by WYETH Robert Loughlin “Mr. Organic” painting on Eames Chair Sculptural Table by John Kickinson Petrified Wood Table Pierre Paulin chair for Boro Belgium 1973 1970s Murano Glass “Lotus” Chandelier

The Edgar Martinez Project Hampton, Indiana

A SAIC and Freedom by Design collaboration student project that began in Spring of 2011. The goal was to design a space that would accommodate the Martinez’s family new lifestyle + employment of living with a disability. Project scope included fundraising, rebuilding the home’s South Facade, replacing windows, installing a remote control lock/entry, and sealing Edgar’s ADA ramp

Volunteers sealing ADA ramp Water damage to South Facade Window used to replace the existing bullet struck one.

Window with bullet hole

Initial damage/condition to the South facade, water damage and completely exposed Repaired wall with new insulation, plywood, building wrap,and siding The Volunteer Team

Giles Residence

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Actual Light Studies Construction: In Progress Completion : Within the month of April.




River Forest Women’s Club, River Forest, IL, 2012 Chicago Cultural Center Chicago, IL, 2012

Vendedora de Canela, El Mercado de Cuernavaca, 2012

Provecho , El Mercado de Cuernavaca, 2012

Sin Hogar, Catedral de Cuernavaca, 2013 Entre dos Velas, TepoztlĂĄn, Morelos, 2012

MĂşsico, Centro de Cuernavaca, 2013 Tapicero, Centro de Cuernavaca, 2014

Cesta Tejedor Tepoztlรกn, Morelos, Mexico, 2013 A la Espera de un Masaje Tepoztlรกn, Morelos, Mexico, 2013


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Kathleen E. Trujillo