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rowing up I was always interested in the design of my own space. I would pour over catalogs piecing together my ideal home. Design is more than just well placed furniture. It is the connection you feel with a space. While I didn’t pursue interior design as my initial career, I was drawn again to it after college. I wanted to learn the psychology behind design. After soul searching, I decided to move to Chicago to pursue a masters degree in interior design at Harrington College of Design. To enhance my design education, I also worked at F. Schumacher’s Chicago showroom and currently work for the prestigious design firm Tom Stringer Design Partners.

EDUCATION Harrington College of Design MASTERS OF ARTS IN INTERIOR DESIGN Dean’s List Chicago IL | 2009-2012

Additional courses in Sustainable Design, History of Decorative Arts and History of Architecture and Interiors

University of Colorado BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SPEECH, LANGUAGE, AND HEARING SCIENCE Minor in Business Administration Boulder CO | 2004-2008


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WORK EXPERIENCE Tom Stringer Design Partners DESIGN ASSISTANT AND LIBRARIAN Chicago IL | 2011-2012

Maintain resource library, coordinate with vendors, assist with project installations, prepare presentation material, shop material sources

Schumacher OUTSIDE SALES ASSISTANT Chicago IL | 2010-2011


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1623 N. Hermitage Chicago, IL 60622 (303)842-0120

Manage material library, assist designers in product selection, provide stock and pricing information


Lead customer service associate for high-end home boutique, assisted in seasonal floor displays, aided customer selection of products

SKILLS Computer

Mac and Windows Operating Systems, Revit, 2D and 3D AutoCAD 2012, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Office


Hand Rendering, Sketching, Perspectives, Concept Visualization, Model Work, Space Planning, Constructing Presentation Boards


Organization, Fast and Efficient Learner, Communication, Collaboration

the shoreland chicago, il 75,000 sq. feet This adaptive reuse of a historic 1930’s residential hotel is located in the Hyde Park area of Chicago. The Shoreland’s close proximity to the University of Chicago and to lake Michigan make it an ideal location for redevelopment. With a focus placed on bringing the natural surroundings inside, the design project features a lobby, two-story residential units, and a shared garden. A bright and happy color palette refresh the once dark interiors and give new life to the Shoreland.

the lobby The Shoreland’s grand lobby features comfortable community space that can be used by the residents for get togethers or to just enjoy a warm fire on a cold afternoon. Large front windows look out to lake Michigan and help to ground the building to the natural setting outside.

ground level

residential lobby

rooftop garden

outdoor commons The converted parking garage ‘s roof serves as a shared green space for the building’s residents.. The green walls of the garden space and lush trees provide natural insulation against the afternoon sun. The space incorporates a vegetable and herb garden along with providing a safe place for children to play.

level three

residential space

level four

Two-story units make up the residential space at the Shoreland. This approach creates a homey feel within a small footprint. The apartments’ restricted square footage help to maintain affordable pricing in this desirable level three area. Bold punches of color bring individuality to the units making them feel more like home.

open concept living

home RIĂ€FH

marker renderings These sample hand renderings combine markers and color pencils to create a three-dimensional effect with an emphasis on light, shadow, and reflection. Using pre-existing designs, I applied rendering techniques to bring more realism to the images.

residential space

reception space

nichols bridgeway chicago, il The Art Institute of Chicago As part of a collaborative-based studio, my team redesigned the Nichols Bridgeway in downtown Chicago. Our interactive design provides a link between the Art Institute’s modern wing to Millennium Park. My contribution to the project included design development, construction of both the physical and computer models, as well as producing the imagery for the interactivity images.

millineum park

art intitute of chicago

columbus drive

michigan avenue

monroe avenue

the site Spanning 625 feet, the existing outdoor bridgeway previously did not engage park and museum visitors. The proposed installation’s goal is to elevate the bridgeway from a simple structure into an interactive performance venue and primary desitnation level three within the park. elevation

concept & design For the design of the project, we drew inspiration for the sails of the boats in the nearby harbor. Meant to mimic the way the fabric catches the wind and billows, the design’s framework provides a compelling backdrop for an interactive performance system.

interaction Rising 60 feet into the air, the arched bridegeway serves as both a sculptural piece and visual display. The webbing between the arches serves as the backdrop for art displays for the museum and as well as an interactive screen for visitors. As one walks through the installation their movements are tracked and fed back into the display embedded in the archways providing an ever changing production.

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