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lisa m. christopher c h a t h a m u n i v e r s i t y mas te r of i n te r i o r a r c h i te c t u r e

DESIGN STATEMENT My name is Lisa Christopher, a graduate of Chatham University in the Master of Interior Architecture program. My design philosophy compliments my work experience in public library service, an education in communications and a curiosity of people and places. My professional experience is largely grounded in Library Sciences. Library service has elevated my appreciation for books as objects and has led me to piles of antiquated texts. I enjoy using color and images to create collages. I find inspiration in nature, food, discarded books, and found objects. As a designer, I strive to achieve healthy interior spaces that consider both the users and the resources required to create.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Retail Studio: Boutique Hotel

AutoCad Architecture, Adobe Photoshop, SketchUp

Theory and Model Making theories in Architecture

Residential Studio: Hahn Residence space planning, AutoCad, Illustrator, hand rendering

Healthcare Studio: Vision Center office layout, Revit

Capstone Studio: Artist-In-Residnece evidence-based design, Adobe Photoshop, SketchUp, Renditioner Pro, AutoCad

concept statement Established in 1814, the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh has experienced many phases of transition. Today, young transplants coexist next to blue-collar workers and lifelong residents. Lawrenceville businesses celebrate an independent nature with vibrant retail, food and art. Above all, an appreciation of the neighborhood’s roots, from its rivers, to Steven Foster, the Allegheny Arsenal and industry drive the design of Hotel 1814.

retail studio: boutique hotel

8:00 am


6:00 pm

process work and sun studies


site l o c at ion: 40th street corridor lawrenceville

butler street

first floor

second - fourth

floor plans


hotel 1814 hotel logo

bread and butter


sandwich shop logo


hotel 1814

inside look toward lobby

bread and butter, sandwich shop

coffee shop

collage with concept and sections

hotel marketing brochure

models Theory theory of movement, base plane and circulation of space. Expressing the path of movement and growth. Model Making conceptual model emphasizing entry, approach, passage, and place.

theory and model making


model making

concept statement Expressing refuge, comfort and quiet, a return to nature and organic elements motivate this project. Modern colors reflective of the natural landscape will create an unobtrusive connection between the earth and the domestic. The Hahn residence is a rural hideout with function in its use and distinction in its design.

residential studio: hahn residence

floor plan and finishes

The Hahn family seeks an urban cabin that connects the interior space to the site. Building shell was provided. This project was coordinated with visits to Fallingwater.

Entry rendering, Illustrator

Master Bedroom rendering, Illustrator

Living Room, hand rendering

concept statement Cateye Optics crafts a classic vision center by marrying modern and nostalgic sensibility. This experience will be created with the use of vintage imagery and ceiling planes reminiscent of the classic 1950’s boomerang shape, along with a feeling of openness and a minimalist design approach.

healthcare studio: vision center

vision center

floor plan and finishes

spec office





lighting schematics + acoustical diagram

sales area

waiting room


concept statement Since the disappearance of Pittsburgh’s steel industry, Hazelwood has faced devastating economic and population decline. Long-time residents of Hazelwood, neighborhood interest groups and community organizations are seeking revitalization of this once prosperous area.

capstone studio: hazelwood


artist-in-residence at 2nd and flowers Exposure to culture and the artistic process is a feature that will draw the community to the 2nd Avenue business corridor as well as create a destination point for visitors. Success of the proposed artist-in-residence program will result in an active community node. Key circulation areas will be most energetic on the sidewalk of 2nd Avenue and the new addition of the gallery and lounge. This area will be dynamic, presenting unobstructed views to other parts of the building and riverfront.

concept collage and model

longitudinal section


inside look to balcony

i.2 i.1

h.4 h.3




addition, restaurant and studios figures g-i g. restaurant h.1 balcony performance h.2 recording studio h.3 test kitchen h.4 studio i.1 performance studio i.2 studio


e d

cocktail lounge section

addition, cocktail and lounge figures d-f d. entry to performance and bar e. view to balcony, entry to gallery f. bar, view to studios

c.4 c.3 c.4 c.2








existing spahr figures a - c a.1 restrooms and backstage a.2 first floor performance seating a.3 mezzanine level seating b.1 gallery b. 2 gallery store c.1, c.2 artist living units 1 and 2 c.3, c.4 artist lofts for units 3 and 4

inside performance, view from stage

inside cocktail and lounge


lisa m christopher 1881 jancey street pittsburgh, pa 15206 412.491.1275

Lisa M. Christopher

1881 Jancey Street Pittsburgh PA, 15206 412.491.1275


Shelton Masonry + Contracting | Project Designer (subcontract) | Pittsburgh, PA | July 2013 – Present 3D modeling and rendering of commercial and residential projects | Designs floor plans based on client needs | Conducts field measurements and selects appropriate materials Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main | IT Trainer | Pittsburgh, PA | July 2011 – Present Instructs basic to intermediate level computer classes to a diverse group of students | Provides one-on-one computer training sessions | Updates Microsoft Office teaching scripts | Develops Microsoft Office and career skills class, including two levels of Microsoft Word and companion student help sheets | Compiles and analyzes monthly attendance statistics Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh | Community Educator | Pittsburgh, PA | September 2010 – July 2011 Educated clinicians, parents, and children on home safety products and practices | Managed and maintained supply inventory Led tours of Safety Center to hospital staff and visiting clinicians Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh | Library Assistant | Pittsburgh, PA | July 2010 – July 2011 Answered reference and instructional inquiries from patients, families and clinicians | Administered PC troubleshooting help to library users, including clinical staff | Prepared and edited promotional materials for hospital events | Supervised work-study students and interns Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main | Library Assistant | Pittsburgh, PA | December 2006 – July 2010 Guided building-wide group tours |Created, developed, and led book discussion groups | Directed and publicized innovative library programming | Represented library at community outreach events Facilitated a weekly ESL (English as a Second Language) conversation group | Participated in staff initiated community engagement strategies | Provided reference research, library instruction and readers’ advisory


Imagination Grid, LLC |Pittsburgh, PA | March 2012 – March 2013

Attained familiarity of materials and products featured in designer showcase at Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show, 2012 and 2013 | Assisted in setup of Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show, 2012 and 2013 designer showcase | Assembled and organized textile source book used in undergraduate Interior Architecture course at Chatham University

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation | Pittsburgh, PA | September 2012 – December 2012 Provided support with neighborhood walking tours of historic districts including Mt. Lebanon, Downtown, Station Square and Strip District for school-aged children | Conducted local historical research | Updated digitized database of Allegheny County survey of historic properties | Mentored over 30 high school students participating in Architectural Design Challenge


Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA September 2011 – May 2013 Master of Interior Architecture GPA: 3.9 (4.0 scale) University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA August 2002 – August 2006 Bachelor of Arts, Communications Major QPA: 3.75 (4.0 scale)



events calendar management web authorship customer oriented articulate and effective verbal and electronic communication skills


Adobe Illustrator CS6 Adobe InDesign CS6 Adobe Photoshop CS6 AutoCAD Autodesk Revit Architecture Google SketchUp Microsoft Office Suite QuickBooks 2012 Windows and Mac proficient

lisa m christopher  
lisa m christopher  

Chatham 2011 - 2013