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p o r t f o l i o katie


Front Cover: The graphic on the cover is from a study done in the second year of studio. The goal of the project was to start to understand relationships between spaces and to develop a spatial hierarchy. This project truly started to help me shape my design philosophy and ultimately helped me make further design decisions in later projects.

contents “the u� student union versus art gallery parametric kinetic sculpture figs corporate office of the future mountain lake hotel easy reader news office fanny wang headphone display reinvention of college learning spaces sketches resume

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student union center

cafe perspective lobby perspective

concept diagrams Given the challenge to design an innovative and universally designed college student union building, my project centered around the concept of connect. My goal was to establish physical and visual connections between different programs within the student center while creating an environment that allows students to form connections between themselves. Located at Drew University in New Jersey, I wanted to denote private spaces versus public spaces. One way I accomplished this was by building unique private study rooms that also reinforce my concept. I used color and lighting to connect the first floor and the second floor of the building. Sponsored by Kimball Office, I used a variety of furniture pieces that allowed for both students and faculty to interact on many levels.

reception desk sections and axon


front elevation

first floor plan

6 second floor plan



private study rooms axon

side elevation

private study rooms perspective

collaboration space perspective

first floor reflected ceiling plan

maharam alter 004 , shaw carpet tile vast 09505, maharam crisp backed 016, maharam plait 008


v e r s u s art gallery

cafĂŠ perspective

diagrammatic sketches As an exercise in teamwork and design presentation, this one-week group project involved designing an art gallery. The challenge was to heighten perception of emerging artists through gallery design. Our group chose to locate our gallery in Seattle as well as to display the work of an up and coming local artist, Troy Gua. Our goal was to design a contrasting environment that incorporates the industrial culture of Seattle yet still creates an intimate and comfortable gallery space. We decided to call our gallery “Versus,� a nod to our concept of contrast. Our gallery was chosen as the first place winner in this competition. Group Members: Rachel Brennan, Caitlin Burton, Tini Duong, Lisa Mokszanowski


rendered floor plan


Exposed Ceiling

reflected ceiling plan

existing concrete, konstantin grcic chair_ONE, nelson platform bench, armstrong white birch wood floor

gallery perspective

parametric kinetic design

The purpose of this design experiment was to create a surface, separation, or cover for a space that was inspired by kinetic sculpture and developed through the parametric design process. The movement of a spider when spinning its web specifically inspired the overall form of the separation I created for this museum. All webs start out with a single string and then the spider works its way towards the center in a spiral motion.

overall form diagram


west section

east section


floor plan

Through research, I found that the hexagon shape was important when building the web. Not only do the individual “pieces� in the web sometime appear to have this shape, but also when placed together they form a Y-shape. A Y-shape is the base for all spider webs. Different hexagon panels have different thicknesses to allow for potential displays for actual kinetic sculpture.


f i g s corporate office

lobby perspective

old logo

new logo

The Fentress Global Design Challenge posed us with the question of what will the workplace look like in the future. After researching future trends in corporate America, our group wanted to create task-driven environments that engage the future worker and facilitate social interaction. We also felt that the future of the for-profit universe lies in philanthropic companies with the “one for one” mantra. We chose a young company FIGS (Fashion Inspired Global Sophistication) that sells neckties and in return provides school uniforms for children in need. As Marketing Director for our group, I rebranded their company logo using their existing color scheme and created imagery to place throughout their office to help reinforce their mission. Our group was chosen as the first place winners within our class competition. Group Members: Kathleen Barry, Kelley O’Leary, Rachel Russell, Emily Regodon








first floor plan




second floor plan SKYPE ROOMS



third floor plan

stair elevation

command center perspective

skype rooms perspective

touchdown desks perspective

skype rooms elevation 21

mountain lake hotel

lobby perspective

concept diagram Located in Pembroke, Virginia, Mountain Lake Hotel is famous for being the set of the movie, Dirty Dancing. The client was seeking to renovate the hotel to attract younger, more stylish customers. My concept for the space was based off of the idea that movies are essentially still shots of single moments that when blended together create a bigger picture. This parts to whole relationship informed my decisions on how to frame different areas of the lobby and bedroom suite to create an overall experience for the visitor.

bedroom suite perspective dark hickory wood floors, lorin marsh table lamp, paul mccobb lounge chairs, hoover strong brushed gold sheet


e a s y reader office

collaboration space perspective


conference room Inspired by our Healthways, Inc. and Inscape Solutions sponsorships, we used the Blue Zones philosophy to redefine boundaries for Easy Reader News in Hermosa Beach, California. Our concept was inspired by the stacks of paper seen throughout the existing space. Not only did this layering effect help our group space plan but as different departments intersect, a focal point is created. Group Members: Jennifer Rogers & Stephanie Smore

concept diagrams

floor plan

collaboration space elevation

headphone display

kiosk rendering

The goal of this PAVE 3D design challenge was to create a store fixture that communicates an existing brand of headphones. During my ideation process, I came up with iterations that incorporated the branding of Fanny Wang headphones yet also created an interactive kiosk. My final idea stemmed from using a replica headphone as the top of an encompassing cylinder that would reinforce the sound experience when using Fanny Wang headphones. Throughout the display I reinforced the curve that is a signature on all Fanny Wang headphones. front with doors open



college learning spaces

lounge perspective

diagram of visual movement

collaboration area perspective

For this IDEC student competition, we were challenged to design a college classroom of the future. My group researched current and future design trends in higher education and tailored our design to meet those needs. Our concept derived from the word motion. We wanted to implement movement to promote physical and mental stimulation as well as flexibility of the built environment for improved learning, while maintaining a balance of connectivity to technology. We designed spaces that could be reconfigured based on the student or professor’s needs. Group Members: Beth Coates & Stephanie Green

classroom perspective

sketches “giacometti apples”




“paper bags”

“old masters”

resume katie johnson 757.817.2735 permanent address: 1 venture lane, hampton, va 23664 current address: 66 oak lane sph-f, blacksburg, va 24060


to obtain full time employment in the interior design field with a focus in branding interior spaces.


virginia polytechnic institute and state university (virginia tech), blacksburg, va candidate for bachelor of science, interior design (CIDA accredited), may 2013 minor: leadership and social change overall GPA: 3.89/4.0 virginia tech study abroad program, may 2011 -traveled for three weeks with the interior design and industrial design programs visiting eight cities in portugal and spain.


intern, university design and construction, virginia tech blacksburg, va, august 2012-present -assist the interior design manager by going on site visits, creating finish binders, and maintaining sample library. intern, guernsey tingle architects williamsburg, va, summer 2011 and summer 2012 -responsible for altering red-line construction drawings, as well as creating new construction drawings from on site measurements. -created finish and sample books for projects in the interior design department.

related experience

leadership and activities

awards and honors

general skills conceptual design, space planning, rendering, communication, problem solving, attention to detail, self-motivation computer skills revit 2012, autoCAD architecture 2012, google sketchup pro, podium, adobe photoshop, illustrator, indesign CS4, microsoft office suite affiliations student member, american society of interior designers student member, interior designers for education and sustainability hokie camp executive team, virginia tech new student programs october 2011-august 2012 -select and train 120 camp counselors for summer 2012. -develop extended orientation content and programming for the summer. vice president of programming development, alpha phi fraternity december 2011-december 2012 -preside over risk management for 180 members. -oversee a department of seventeen people ranging from programs such as social events and new member education. omicron delta kappa honor society-spring 2012 order of omega leadership society-spring 2012 who’s who among students in american universities and colleges-spring 2012 rho lambda leadership honor society-spring 2012 dean’s list-fall 2009 through fall 2013 published in IDEC Exchange-winter 2011 virginia tech pamplin leader award

Katie Johnson's Portfolio  

An interior design portfolio that showcases my work over the past four years at Virginia Tech.

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