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Christina Achee

Christina Achee

Portland, ME, US

 

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About 

I am very passionate about design and hope to inspire my colleagues and friends. I am inspired by collaboration and believe that these efforts will create holistic environments that challenge expectations. I promise to go above and beyond what is expected and assist in designing environments that positively affect its users.

 

I grew up in the small, but driven town of Titusville, Florida.  A child of two engineers, my parents pushed me to learn what they loved.  Although I took part in many rewarding science fairs, I wanted to learn how to design.  Little did my parents know that their hobbies would cultivate my passions.  My father is a woodworker and spends all his free time creating furniture and trinkets in his wood shop.  I love watching his design process from the initial AutoCAD plans to applying the finish coat.  My mother is more of an arts and crafter, she loves creating colorful stained glass pieces and would sew anything I could dream of.  After attending a 5 week summer high school program for upcoming seniors in 2007 at Savannah College of Art and Design, I knew that I should follow my dreams.  SCAD was the perfect place to jump start my career.  I attended SCAD in the fall of 2008 and decide to dive into Interior Design.  I developed a passion for design at SCAD and learned the impact that designers can have on the user.  In design, I believe that collaboration gives us motive to challenge ourselves in order to create a holistic project.  This process develops better design thinking and creates a space that positively impacts the clients’ lives.  

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Nicola's Home, Yarmouth, ME, US, Interior Design Assistant and Graphic Designer

Site Analysis for clients to create plans using AutoCAD and Google SketchUp. Create 3D renderings to show clients the potential look of for their space. Design promotional tools, such as fliers, magazine advertising, and email blasts. Connecting to customers through social media and finding ways to bring more traffic to our blog and website. Photograph new products and update web store.

Jun 2013 - current
 

Whited Planning + Design, Portland, ME, US, Contract Designer

Created existing furniture packet for law firm, included size and type information as well as a corresponding photo.

Nov 2012 - Nov 2012
 

SMRT Inc., Portland, ME, US, Interior Design Intern

Created color boards for presentation and government binders, put together FF&E packages, interior and furniture finish selection, picked up redlines on construction documents, and contacted representatives about samples and specifications.

Gained knowledge in several project sectors, including Army Corps, US Navy and Higher Education.

Jun 2012 - Sep 2012
 

Circa Lighting, Savannah, GA, US, Sales Associate

Assisted clients around showroom, collected information about their needs to help guide them in the right direction, contacted manufactures about information and custom orders, gained knowledge of showroom display.

Jun 2010 - Nov 2010
 

Education 

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. SCAD's graduate and undergraduate program are ranked #1 in DesignIntelligence ranking for 2012-2013. Their Interior Design Program is also CIDA accredited.

Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
 

Awards 

Nurture Collegiate Healthcare Design Competition Group Finalist, Nomination

Collaborated with Furniture and Interior Design students at Savannah College of Art and Design. Designed “Universally Designed Portable Waiting Environments to Serve Temporary Medical Facilities” using Edvidence-Based Design principles.

2011
 

Target Education Grant Recipient, Grant

Used awarded grant money to attend Neocon 2010 CEU events.

2010
 

Combined Scholarship, Scholarship

Rewarded Combined Honors Scholarship 2007 after attending Savannah College of Art and Design Summer Rising Star Program to use towards my BFA.

2007
 

Areas of Specialization 

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