lg laurel ganem // interior design portfolio
RESUME // design experience
ABOUT ME // nice to meet you
RIFF COMMUNITY CENTER // civic, cultural
OFS HEADQUARTERS REDESIGN // commercial, workplace
GALLERY PROJECT // residential, commercial
DC CENTRAL KITCHEN // group project, commercial
ARTIST RETREAT // residential
1951 1/2 calvert st nw washington dc 20009 781.507.5099 firstname.lastname@example.org
Revit AutoCAD InDesign Illustrator Photoshop SketchUp Hand Rendering Sketching Final Cut Pro X
awards & certificates IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Premiere Design Award of Merit | April 2018 NEXT: A Celebration of Student Art Featured Designer | January 2018 GW Interior Architecture Studio IV Competition Finalist | December 2017 GW Interior Architecture Studio III Competition Finalist | June 2017 Philip’s Lighting Application Certification | October 2017 | Attended a customized lighting workshop learning lighting trends, technologies and applications NeoCon IIDA Student Design Charette Honorary Mention Recipient | June 2017 NEWH Chapter Scholarship winner | May 2017 GW Student Advisory Board Representative | September 2016 - May 2018 Dean’s Fellowship Award Recipient | September 2016 Winner of GWU’s Climathon Challenge | September 2016
community involvement Sketching in the Galleries Workshop Leader | February 2018 DC Central Kitchen Design Challenge | December 2017 International Interior Design Association | Student Member
education MFA, Interior Architecture The George Washington University Corcoran School of Arts and Design Study Abroad | Berlin | July 2017 GPA 3.9 | May 2018 BA, Film and Television Studies University of Vermont | 2008-2012 Dean’s List | Presidential Scholarship Study Abroad | Rome | Spring 2011
experience Collective Architecture | Interior Architecture Intern September 2017 - Current | Washington, DC - Develop schematic design drawings and renderings - Design and detail custom millwork - Develop tenant test-fits for small to large-scale commercial projects - Prepare construction documents and permit sets for commercial projects - Interact firsthand with clients from concept development through construction administration - Create renderings and drawings for client presentations and marketing materials - Assist in material selection and design detailing with Project Architect Sunrise Senior Living | Interior Design Intern April 2017 - August 2017 | McLean, VA - Incorporated Sunrise brand standards into the design of projects - Selected products to furnish spaces including finishes, furniture, drapery, lighting, art, and other interior elements - Scaled furniture in floor plans + producing furniture layouts - Created detailed drawing documents for inclusion in design package ROTO Exhibit Design + Build | Production Assistant December 2015 - June 2016 | Columbus, OH - Performed extensive product research - Participated in creative development + client meetings - Independently managed project tasks + schedules - Coordinated vendors, made purchase orders + reviewed budgets
I am currently in the final semester of my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Architecture at the George Washington University. I am an imaginative and hardworking designer with a passion for the creative process. I have dedicated myself to design both inside and outside the classroom, working at a local architecture firm to complement my didactics. I notice design (the good, the bad, and the ugly) everywhere I go and in everything I use, and enjoy brainstorming ways to make it better. The decision to pursue my Masterâ€™s was born from my career as an Employee Engagement Specialist at a company in Boston, MA, where I was born and raised. I was in charge of creating and implementing programs that would increase the happiness and productivity of my coworkers. The more research I did, the more I learned how important physical space is to peopleâ€™s satisfaction and wellbeing. In combination with my lifelong interest in architecture, this transition was a natural next step. Outside of school and work, I love to cook and play soccer (though not at the same time). You can typically find me at a local coffee shop or listening to live music, unless Iâ€™ve skipped town on a last minute travel adventure. If you like what you see, want to see more, or just have some questions, please reach out! I would love to share my experience with you.
RIFF COMMUNITY CENTER //
revit, autoCAD, sketchup, illustrator, photoshop, indesign
This is a multi-level mixed-use space that focuses on bringing together the vibrant and rapidly changing neighborhood of Shaw. Its main purpose is to promote the general wellbeing of a variety of populations, primarily underserved urban youth. Since extracurriculars are often limited in urban areas, this center prioritizes diversity of opportunity, providing exposure for visitors to try many different sports and activities. Concept Statement: Inspired by the rich musical history of the Shaw community, this concept focuses on jazz and its characteristic improvisation. The design explores the relationship between an anchoring datum and a jazz soloâ€™s natural divergence from it.
parti diagram, improvise
RM ON T
educational public transit
Grimke School, 1923 Vermont Ave, Washington DC 20009
Section Perspective Secondary Improvisation Spaces (nts) The main staircase is flanked by two glass walls, which provide views into all Secondary Improvisation Spaces. This promotes transparency, curiosity, and connection from the moment a visitor enters the building.
Pop-Up / Multipurpose Room
Danetti Plastic Stacking Chair
Mien FLEX Stools
Herman Miller Everywhere Table
Hightower FourCast Four Chair
Sejourne Everest Chair
Gym Perspective, Net Play Area
Rock Climbing Wall Perspective
Gym Perspective ASB GlassFloor fulfills all of the technical requirements of a modern sports floor, while also offering a professional court for every individual sport that can be switched on individually via a touch screen.
OFS HEADQUARTERS REDESIGN // autoCAD, sketchup, illustrator, photoshop Huntingburg, IN
100 ft OFS Brands HQ
carve verb cut (a hard material) in order to produce an object or design Inspired by the Menke familyâ€™s relationship with forestry, this concept centers on wood as a medium and its capacity to be altered. Through the act of carving, masses change and new forms are realized.
Reflected Ceiling Plan
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OFS Brands is a family-owned, community-oriented company that provides high quality, sustainably sourced furniture for various markets. Challenged to redesign the company’s headquarters, it was their relationship with forestry that gave rise to my concept of carving. I was inspired by wood as a medium and its capacity to be altered. Through the act of carving, masses change and new forms are realized. Wood symbolizes a strong yet malleable base in which alterations create new usable space. When implementing this abstraction architecturally, I imagined OFS Headquarters as one large piece of wood. The more I carved into it, the more spaces were formed. Despite each space being its own entity, all remain associated by this common “base”.
G // CEO Office + Flex Space Section
F // Atrium Section
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10’ - 0”
A // Atrium Render
C // Office Render
E // Entry Render
D // Corridor Render
B // Lounge Render
GALLERY PROJECT // revit, sketch up, autoCAD, photoshop
Inspired by the peaks and valleys of Buffaloâ€™s rich history, this gallery represents a city using the past to build its future. Filled with repetitive elements that define space, this design relies on a central nave to promote movement. Visitors experience a narrowing path of ascending and descending wooden frames that ultimately terminate in a dramatic double-height atrium large enough to host sizable installations, community events, and lectures. The name Echo Gallery is derived from the idea that while there is repetition and rhythm in echoes, there is also time and space before an echo returns.
From left to right: Concept Sketches Cross Section (nts) 3D Perspective Second Floor Gallery
3FORM Chroma Heron B17
ECORE Attain Smoked Cement
ECORE Attain Weathered Oak
1. POS/RECEPTION 2. MAIN GALLERY 3. STORAGE 4. EXECUTIVE OFFICE 5. RESTROOM 6. KITCHEN 7. LECTURE SPACE
First Level Floor Plan 10’ - 0”
8. MAIN GALLERY 9. AUDIO/VISUAL GALLERY 10. FEATURE GALLERY
Second Level Floor Plan 10’ - 0”
11. KITCHEN 12. DINING 13. LIVING 14. 3/4 BATH 15. GUEST/OFFICE 16. MASTER BATHROOM 17. MASTER BEDROOM
Third Level Floor Plan 10’ - 0”
From left to right: Longitudinal Section (nts) Sayl Chair, Herman Miller Randomito bookcase, MDF Italia 1188 Dining chair, Milo Baughman Zig Zag Table, Monologue Domino lateral storage, Geiger First Floor Gallery
DC CENTRAL KITCHEN // autoCAD, sketchup, photoshop, hand drawing
This was a client-facing group project that focused on the needs of a local DC non-profit. We had a week to provide creative design solutions to elevate DCCK’s interiors so they accurately reflected the organization’s mission and its impact on the community. DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to break the cycle of poverty. Through various programs, they focus on strengthening bodies, empowering minds, and building communities. Our concept of renewal focuses on potential over past. It gives a nod to the past but does not dwell on it. Instead, it is about reparation and starting again, stronger than before. In order to visualize the concept of renewal architecturally, we abstracted DCCK’s logo to be two parts of a larger whole. The outside ring becomes a “shell”, protecting the smaller “core”. Through the process of renewal, the core moves out of its shell, embracing its new potential. The empty part of the shell now represents the past, the overlap is the present, and the newly extruded core the future. Shades of green were chosen to convey harmony, nature, and restoration.
Refrigerator Wall Elevation | nts
Training/Classroom Render Floor Plan | nts
ARTIST RETREAT //
sketch up, autoCAD, illustrator, photoshop
For this assignment, I chose a living artist and designed a weekend home/studio retreat in a rural area within a four hour drive of their current residence. While I was given the floorplans for the house, the siting and geographical orientation was up to me. In addition to the “live” and “work” components of the home, all public areas had to adhere to ADA accessibility regulations. I chose Janet Echelman, an aerial sculptor from Brookline, MA. Siting the house in Great Barrington, MA, the inspiration behind my design came from one of Echelman’s own pieces, As If It Were Already Here.
1" 5'-02 16'-4"
First Level Floor Plan
First Level Furniture Plan
10’ - 0”
6'-11" 1" 9'-42
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6'-5" LIVING 2'-5"
Second Level Floor Plan 10’ - 0”
Second Level Furniture Plan 10’ - 0”
As If It Were Already Here sculpture by Janet Echelman concept inspiration
From left to right: Custom standing desk Womb chair, Knoll Patio lounger, Lezak Ogrodowy Luke wire base table, N+H Nett chair, Level 4 Kitchen Master Bedroom Studio
From top to bottom: Gallery, Projector Wall Gallery, Modeling Area
From left to right: Exterior Render Exploded Axon
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