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ID306 Residential Environments

ID275 Kitchen and Bath Design

ID402 History of Design III This studio presents an in-depth study of the architecture and furniture developments of several major non-western cultures. Religious, philosophical and social beliefs and customs are emphasized while construction methods, building materials, motifs, fabrics, and decorative arts are explored. Students work within teams to present their research on Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Mesoamerican, and North American cultures. Projects include the development of furniture and accessory designs created through the fusion of world styles.

This course challenges students to use planning requirements to create universal and accessible designs. Construction, electrical and basic plumbing are taught with emphasis on these applications within residential kitchens and baths. Industry relevant nomenclature and product information are used to create technical documents and custom aesthetic solutions.

This studio course explores various types of residential dwellings as they relate to different inhabitants. Project work applies the programming and design development phases of the residential design process to include information gathering, needs analysis, concept and spatial development, and FF&E selections based on research and sustainability.

ID376 Advanced Residential Design This senior level elective studio covers the total process of residential design from concept development through two and three-dimensional presentations. Building codes, covenants and restrictions create the guidelines for solutions, while knowledge of sustainable practices, residential business practice, construction methods, materials and custom interior architectural details are applied.


Produced in Google Sketchup, enhanced in Adobe Photoshop

For this project, we were given the challenge of redesigning the existing kitchen in our home. The kitchen was required to meet the National Kitchen and Bath Association guidelines, while still providing an aesthetically pleasing and functional space for the residents.


NORTH ELEVATION Original Scale: 1/2” = 1’0”

This transitional kitchen provides the perfect work space for any cook. The NKBA guidelines were taken into consideration when planning the layout of the space. The perfect triangle between the sink, refrigerator and cook top allows for easy access to each piece during food preparation. Adequate counter space is also provided for the family’s cooking needs. Storage is a large concern in most kitchens, so cabinets in many different sizes and layouts satisfy a variety of storage needs in this space.

FLOOR PLAN Original Scale: 1/2” = 1’0” Produced in AutoCAD


Hand Drafted Floor Plan

SECOND FLOOR PLAN Original Scale: 3/16” = 1’0”

IDENTIAL ENVIRONMENTS Coastal hues of New England’s Cape Cod inspired the design of this residence located in Wilmette, Illinois. This residence is home to a multigenerational family including three children, their parents and an elderly grandmother. We were given a blank shell and had the challenge of designing a space that fits all the family members needs.

Accessibility was taken into consideration for the layout of this home to accommodate the aging grandmother. The bright, open layout and abundant use of natural light contribute to the overall Cape Cod feel. Wicker furniture, light hardwood floors and muted tones on the wall provide a relaxed coastal feel to the entire house.

Hand-rendered and enhanced in Adobe Photoshop

Produced in Autodesk Revit


For this project, we were to design a loft apartment in Chicago, Illinois. The young couple living in the apartment requested that the loft not only provide a space to live, but work as well. The challenge of this space was to incorporate a small dance studio that has easy access to the living space of the apartment, but still provides adequate privacy for the couple.

Produced in Autodesk Revit

DANCE STUDIO EAST ELEVATION Produced in Autodesk Revit

Original Scale: 1/4” = 1’0”

DANCE STUDIO NORTH ELEVATION Original Scale: 1/4” = 1’0”

Produced in Autodesk Revit


The inspiration for this space came from the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, Punjab, India, the temple is better known as The Golden Temple. The use of rich golds paired with saturated red inspired the colors in my design. Besides the gold, the Golden Temple is also known for the elaborate use of marble. In my design, the marble can be seen on the floors and continuing on the lower portion of the walls.

Produced in Google Sketchup, Rendered in Adobe Photoshop

INTERNSHIP Through my internship with Sherwin-Williams, I have gained a greater knowledge of the paint and wall finishing industry. My official title as a Decorative Product Specialist gave me the responsibilty of working with customers to select color and wall paper options for their home. Working with the clients both in their homes and in the store, gave me great experience dealing with the public. Sales was also a large focus during the internship. I was not only asked to assist customers with color selections, but also to sell the products offered by Sherwin-Williams.

ID401 Interior Design Internship Internship is a monitored program for senior-level students to work parttime within the interior design industry. Field experience is an opportunity for students to apply and advance their knowledge, skills and professionalism under the supervision of a qualified mentor.

ID325 Commercial Environments In this advanced course, the design of an upscale, global, corporate interior reflects the comprehensive synthesis of problem identification, research, programming, preliminary design, design development and construction documents. Problem solving centers on the creative and technical aspects involved in the universal design of commercial environments including space planning with code compliance, way-finding techniques and specifying corporate furnishings, finishes and materials.

ID414 Interior Detailing and Systems

ID421 Interior Design Thesis II

This senior level studio is a study of the materials and fabrication techniques used in the design and construction of interiors and how these details are communicated three dimensionally and in construction documents. Content includes interior construction detailing of ceilings, walls, flooring and millwork. Project solutions will consider the integration of building technology such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and other relevant systems.

In this senior level studio course, students develop a viable and visual solution for the project typically researched in ID420. Solutions incorporate environmentally sound, cost effective and responsible design methods to influence an audience using creative delivery methods.


INTERIOR DESIGN THESIS This is a two-part course. The first eleven weeks of the course were spent creating our own programs for the project. As a part of the programming phase, I interviewed a designer currently working in the field, toured animal shelters in the area and also searched animal shelter designs on the internet. Floor choices, acoustics and sustainability are just some of the researched topics that were incorporated into the design. The mission of Cold Noses Animal Shelter is to build a more humane community by providing perfect match-ups of human and animal companions, while educating the public on the benefits of adopting. The goals of the shelter design are to educate the public on the benefits of adopting, the prevention of cruelty to animals, to provide a safe place for animals to await their forever homes and educate the public on responsible pet ownership.

REFLECTED CEILING PLAN Original Scale: 1/8” = 1’0”

Floor plan produced in AutoCAD Original Documents Available Upon Request

Produced in Autodesk Revit, enhanced in Adobe Photoshop



Although there are many different theories of how animals see color, one thing that can be agreed upon is that they see color very differently than humans see color. This proved to be a challenge in the design of Cold Noses Animal Shelter. Animals can see color, but it is in a much different way than humans. Many animals have a difficult time with red and greens, as they see mostly yellows, blues and grays. Green and orange appear as shades of yellow, and violets take on a more blue hue. Similar to humans, animals can have emotional reactions to color. Red, orange and yellow are stimulating colors, while blue ,green and violets are more calming. Color theory was incorporated throughout the space to please both the animals and the guests at the shelter. The entrance is bright and cheery, welcoming guests into the space. Calming hues of blue and green used in the animal areas will keep the animals calm throughout the day.

Comfort and cleanliness are important in any public space and even more so when there are animals involved. Flooring choices were carefully chosen based on ease of cleaning and durability. Stained concrete throughout the public areas of the shelters provides for good durability; the warm color of the stain is inviting and encourages guests to take their time at the shelter. The overall goal of the design is to provide a “home-like� environment for the animals. I believe this was accomplished through material selections and acoustical control in the ceilings.


FRONT ELEVATION Original Scale: 1/2” = 1’0”

LEFT ELEVATION Original Scale: 1/2” = 1’0”

Produced in AutoCAD Original Documents Available Upon Request


Produced in AutoCAD


Floor plan produced in AutoCAD Original Documents Available Upon Request

FINISH PLAN 4th FLOOR Original Scale: 1/8” = 1’0”


Color studies produced in Google Sketchup, edited in Adobe Photoshop

CONCEPT STATEMENT This social media office space is bringing fun and comfort to the workplace. The organic forms and open office concept create a comfortable, social environment. Vibrant hues of orange, green and a touch of magenta are combined with relaxing neutrals to balance fun with focus. Environmentally friendly materials are used throughout the space to enforce the company’s green standards of living. Zero VOC paints, low emitting materials in the furniture pieces and recycled content fabrics all satisfy their need for a green space.

Produced in Google Sketchup, enhanced in Adobe Photoshop

SOLUTION STATEMENT The concept of this social media office is to bring fun and function into the work environment. The low height of the work stations create an open, social work environment, but also have sliding panels to provide privacy when needed. The triadic color scheme used in the furniture finishes along with neutrals on the walls and in the flooring promote healthy brain activity at work. The use of Greenguard certified furnishings and low emitting materials earn LEED credits for the office space. The entire office space has been designed to comply with ADA standards. Doorways are all a minimum of 36”, while walkways are all at least 5’ to allow for proper wheelchair turnaround. Ceiling and lighting systems work well together to provide both an aesthetically pleasing design and function. The lighting used in the space provides adequate light for work tasks and other activities. The ceiling system also works well with the flooring choices to provide acoustical barriers between work spaces.

FURNITURE PLAN 4th FLOOR Original Scale: 1/8” = 1’0”

Produced in Google Sketchup, enhanced in Adobe Photoshop

The overall design of the space connects the employees and visitors back to nature. The neutrals of the walls and flooring are similar to ground coverings and other elements found in nature, while the pops of color symbolize brightly colored elements like flowers in nature.

Floor plan produced in AutoCAD Original Documents Available Upon Request

ID373 Specialty Design This senior level studio course covers the physical and psychological factors that impact hospitality environments. Students are expected to graphically demonstrate original and visible solutions. Research on human factors, codes and lighting are combined with product mix and multi-sensory aspects of design to influence perceived value to the customer.



Floor Plan Produced in AutoCAD

This assignment challenged us to work as a team to redesign a pre-existing space. Each team was free to design any type of retail space that would fit the demographics of the store’s location in Edison Park, Illinois. I worked together with Magda Khidzinswa and Laura McClure to design LUCID, an organic cosmetic store. The final outcome of the space has a very upscale feel, which complements the demographics of the area.

FINISH PLAN Original Scale: 1/8” = 1’0”

Rendering Produced in Google Sketchup, edited in Adobe Photoshop

Floor plan produced in AutoCAD Original Documents Available Upon Request

FURNITURE PLAN Original Scale: 1/8” = 1’0”

The Fleur-de-lis is a popular motif used in French art and architecture. I took this motif and modified it to a more stylized form. This form can be seen in the back of the chairs throughout the restaurant.

RESTAURANT DESIGN Inspired by the Catacombs in Paris, France, this restaurant takes its color scheme and atmosphere from both the dark colors of the caves and the chocolate brown color scheme of the boutique hotel. The catacombs are a part of Paris history that is still a mystery to many of the inhabitants of Paris and around the world. It is now open to the public for guided tours. The catacomb caves are old mining shafts that were turned into burial grounds in the 1700s. The tunnels are home to an estimated six million bodies. At the time, most of the cemeteries in Paris were within city limits, after urban development began to take off, the cemeteries had nowhere to expand. This dilemma lead government officials to allow bodies to be buried in the old mine shafts under the city, where they remain today. The Catacombs are an interesting and mysterious place for the tourists brave enough to venture into the winding tunnels of Paris’ underground world. After finding inspiration in a strange place, the catacombs, the design fell into place. The dark chocolate walls accompanied by dark woods in the bar, tables and chairs gives the restaurant and overall “cave-like� feel. To enhance this feel, concrete floors and stone wall features were added to the space. The dim lighting contributes to the cave atmosphere, while adding a warm glow to the space to prevent it from feeling too cold.

Produced in Autodesk Revit, enhanced in Adobe Photoshop

I would like to thank everyone who has helped me through my college career. I would especially like to thank my parents, Jeff and Karen and my sister, Kim, for all of their support in all my decisions I have made. They have been my rock throughout my life and have really helped me get through these past few years of school. Thank you. Produced in Autodesk Revit, enhanced in Adobe Photoshop

Shannon Caldwell Portfolio  

My Interior Design portfolio from my time spent at the Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg