Laila Ammar

Laila Ammar

Cincinnati, OH, US


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Laila Ammar is a designer enjoying the daily discoveries of navigating the self conflicted industry of Architecture. Her critical and innovative designs are propelled by her genuine curiosity and passion for learning. She graduated with her M.Arch from The Ohio State University (Knowlton School of Architecture) and her B.S. Arch from The University of Cincinnati (DAAP). This academic mix gave her balanced exposure from the practical to the theoretical which she believes has helped elevate her work.

She has approximately five years of professional experience (including internships) and is currently over halfway through her Architectural Registration Exams. Her project experiences spans SD,DD,CD,&CA including: conceptual design/massing, presentation, lease planning, architectural design/detailing, FF&E, client communication, consultant coordination, and various construction administration tasks.



FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, OH, US, Project Coordinator

Creating continuity between our design and production teams for the new 400,000 SF Denver Premium Outlet Center. Fine tuning our workflows to better our communication and quality assurance. Educating others on software. Solving project issues to meet client demands. Gaining project experience in conceptual design/massing, lease planning, architectural design/detailing , FF&E, client communication, and consultant coordination.

Jun 2014 - current

SHP Leading Design, Columbus, OH, US, Junior Designer

Working part time, I assist with schematics, development, coordination, construction detailing, and modeling / visualization of projects in all design phases.

Aug 2012 - current

Office US, Venice, IT, Research & Fabrication Assistant

Venice Biennale 2014//US Pavilion
Engaged in extensive research leading up to the exhibit in Venice, under the advising of Ashley Schafer, editor and founder of PRAXIS. Was on site for a month of installation.

Aug 2013 - May 2014

Self-employed and freelance work, Columbus, Ohio, Freelance Graphic Design

Provide graphic design services ranging from promotional material to professional portfolios and resumes.

Aug 2012 - May 2014

Gensler, Los Angeles, Intern

Participated on two very different projects within the Hospitality Studio : A boutique hotel in Albuquerque and a proposal for the Atlanta International Airport Hotel. Explored different digital design strategies including visual scripting to generate massing studies based on program parameters.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

FME Architecture + Design, San Francisco, CA, US, Architecture Co-Op

Enriched the office culture and production by facilitating open discussions on design through a firm design competition.  Integral member of the 717 Battery Street Architectural team.  Collaborative in the production of BIM office standards.

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012

SHP Leading Design, Cincinnati, OH, US, Architecture Co-Op

On the Northwestern Local Schools project team, designing and documenting through all phases from
conceptual and schematic design to construction documents. Collaborated with engineers and other disciplines to resolve successful solutions. I did three academic quarters of co-op as well as worked part time while in classes.

Jun 2010 - Jan 2012


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US, MArch, Architecture

Knowlton School of Architecture
Masters of Architecture, Class of 2014

Aug 2012 - current

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, BArch, Architecture

School of Architecture and Interior Design
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Class of 2012
Focused Electives in Business Administration
G.P.A.: 3.685/4.0 , Cum Laude

Sep 2008 - Jun 2012

Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture (ESA), Paris, FR, Study Abroad

Architecture & Interior Design Study Abroad
Summer 2011

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011


Knowlton School Of Architecture Exit Review Finalist, Award

With my presentation "Depth Conception" I presented an argument for Architecture as a character (not architectural character).


Knowlton School Of Architecture Exit Review Finalist, 1st Place

With my presentation "Depth Conception" I presented an argument for Architecture as a character (not architectural character).


Macy's Scholarship, Scholarship



Product Runway OH/KY IIDA, 3rd Place

With 95% Shaw flooring we designed and created a high couture dress with accessories.


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