UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI INTERIOR DESIGN PORTFOLIO
I am pursuing a career in interior design because I have a passion for creating spaces that influence peopleâ€™s lives in a positive way. Space has the power to define behavior and movement, evoke emotions, and bring people together. I believe these actions can be achieved through the use of practical, yet creative interior architecture, art, as well as sustainable practices. I further believe that at this point in time, sustainability should be one in the same with meeting users needs when it comes to designing interior spaces. A spaceâ€™s impact on its people and its environment is nothing if this impact is not long-lasting.
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Cincinnati, OH School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Class of 2020 BS Interior Design Fine Arts Minor MADISON CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL Madison, IN Class of 2015 Academic Honors Diploma
University of Cincinnati IIDA 2017 - Present DAAP Ambassador 2017 - Present Officeworks We Care 2017 Clean Up Cincy 2016 Chautauqua Arts Festival 2014-2015 National Honor Society 2014 -2015 Madison Fine Arts Academy 2014-2015
Revit Photoshop InDesign Illustrator Microsoft Office
Autocad Rhino Sketch Up Hand Sketches Drafting
Interior Design Intern Jan. 2017 - Apr. 2017 Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2017 Responsibilities include organization of materials library, selecting finishes, creating presentation boards, making changes to projects in Revit, updating finish legends/ schedules, communicating with sales reps.
OHIO RIVER FOUNDATION
Summer Conservation Worker at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Jun. - Jul. 2015 Daily manual labor at local wildlife refuge with the idea of natural conservation and environmentalism in mind.
MIRES SCHOOL OF DANCE
Assistant Instructor Sept. 2011 - Apr. 2015 Assisted teaching dance classes, age 2-10, keeping young students focused and organized during this critical developmental stage in their lives.
LIVEWELL COLLABORATIVE OVER-THE-RHINE FILM INSTITUTE SPATIAL STUDIES CO-OP EXPERIENCE MIXED MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY
L I V E W E L L C O L L A B O R AT I V E
The Livewell Collaborative project took place as a Summer 2017 studio project. For our purposes, it was strictly interior based as the building was already existing and under renovation. Livewell Collaborative is a nonprofit organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio with a vision of bringing together design and industry. Over the past 10 years, Livewell has produced over 50 different projects for various healthcare establishments, oriented toward peopleâ€™s health and wellness. Because of their rapid expansion, they were in need of a new office, to be located at 2900 Reading Rd, Cincinnati. Our goal was to learn about Livewell as a organization, analyze the needs of its employees, and create a flexible, long-lasting space they could utilize for years to come.
The new Livewell workspace began by studying the space and the program, and creating space planning diagrams. The program included an open kitchen/collaboration space, an office area, and four large studios. My concept involved the idea of finding comfort in the natural environment, and bringing that environment into the space to reflect that comfort. I kept the space open and light through the chosen materiality, as well as by taking advantage of the spaceâ€™s plentiful natural sunlight. The angled ceiling pieces reflect an overhead canopy, and I utilized several green walls to further evoke comfort. Furniture choices promote flexibility, which was also a request of the client.
The Film Institute was a Fall 2016 studio project located in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio. The idea was to see the character and potential in an overlooked abandoned building and transform it into a community institute revolving around the art of film. For this project, we were to utilize both the interior and exterior space, the only constraint being to keep the existing building intact. The issue became how to unite old and new spaces to create a new form that gave a new language to the most historic part of Cincinnati.
For this project, it was critical to understand and appreciate PARTI DIAGRAM film as an art and create a community space that could spread this appreciation throughout Cincinnati. After creating some quick charrettes to generate ideas of form, I decided to let the idea of radial circulation define my space and the form of the new exterior addition. Through this circulation, I saw the creation of a central spiral staircase that takes users on a journey through the spaceâ€™s three levels, experiencing the different areas on each floor, including classrooms, a film library, and apartments on the top floor for visiting artists or professors of film. As for exterior materiality, I wanted to mimic the existing brick to speak to the history of the area, while adding a new glass piece to bring contrast and a sense of modernism to the form.
S PAT I A L S T U D I E S
These spatial studies are a combination of projects produced in first year studio, beginning with 2-dimensional line and plane composition and ending with a 3-dimensional humanscale form that analyzes behavior and movement in relation to a space. These studies provided a conceptual basis for architecture and interior design as a whole, discussing what qualifies a good composition. Exploring various medium and materiality, such as gouache, marker, chipboard, and eventually wood and MDF, I learned many foundational design principles that I continue to carry with me, both in school and in the workplace.
The final project of first year studio involved a large-scale 8’x8’x8’ form that studied spatial composition and human movement. I was part of a group of 8 students whose goal was to refine and build this design, using a limited amount of 2’x4’s and MDF sheets. The concept involves the idea of two intersecting boxes, one composed of wood planks and used as a main entrance, and the other composed of MDF and used as a private interior space. The back side of the form is covered with canvas that allows natual light to the interior.
For 8 months out of the past year, I had the opportunity to work as an intern with arcDESIGN, a firm located in Indianapolis, IN. This is a mid sized firm of approximately 30 people, made up of both architecture and interior design that specializes in healthcare, higher education, and community projects. I was able to work hands on with the interiors department, involved with many tasks and fully immersed in a few healthcare projects. Being a part of this team was an amazing experience that makes me excited to continue my education and career in design.
The main project I assisted with was a large hospital renovation project located in Seymour, IN. My part in this project mostly consisted of choosing the appropriate materials for the spaces and applying them in Revit, as well as creating multiple design options, such as ceiling designs, to be presented to the project team and to the clients.
4th Floor Entrance/ Registration
Conference Room Ceiling Option 1
4th Floor Waiting Room
Conference Room Ceiling Option 2
Another project I was able to get involved in was an urgent care clinic to be located in Downtown Indianapolis. My part consisted of putting together construction and design document sets to be reviewed by the architect on the project, as well as ordering and organizing finish samples to be presented to the client.
On my first co-op with arcDESIGN, I was tasked with designing signage for their three conference rooms that accurately portrayed the playful and light-hearted environment of the office. The conference rooms were each named after a famous TV architect. The signs were created using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and are made of a metal-look plastic laminate with black embossed text and graphics.
Sara Brink firstname.lastname@example.org (812)-701-7225
University of Cincinnati