Katie McBride

Katie McBride

Philadelphia, PA, US


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As an M. Arch candidate at PennDesign, I am eager to contribute my design skills and become an active participant within a firm culture. With foundational art training, the skills I offer are creativity and craft. This background not only contributes to my standards for presentation, but also my avid interest in the building process. Additional experiences as a community leader have prepared me with skills in organization and collaboration.

I am currently seeking an extended internship with a firm whose work demonstrates a commitment to designing and building architecture that engages the client and community through a balance of art, function, and sustainability. 


Granum A/I, Radnor, Pennsylvania, Intern

Actively contributing as a team member on multiple projects in various phases of production. Participated in the completion of a permit drawing set, design development drawing set for an interior high-rise design, and a master plan for a corporate campus. Simultaneous responsibilities include providing graphic support to the marketing team.

Oct 2014 - current

AIA Bookstore + Design Center, Philadelphia, PA, US, Associate / Merchandiser

Highlighted new and seasonal products through the design and installation of both store front window and interior merchandise displays. Participant in the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show window display competition.

Jul 2012 - Sep 2013

The Hoopty Print Studio, Wooster, OH, US, Designer / Printer

Proprietor and designer of screen-printing studio that offered custom designed, limited edition printed t-shirts. Each shirt was printed using a method I created which utilized my skills in drawing and painting to create hand-crafted screens that resulted in one-of-a-kind prints.

Aug 2008 - May 2010


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Architecture

I am an M. Arch candidate at PennDesign with my first year completed. The school emphasizes technology throughout the curriculum, equipping students with a plethora of software knowledge and skills within the initial year. Both in design and construction courses, these tools are employed to maximize the creative potential and efficiency of architecture.

Aug 2013 - current

The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, US, Bachelors, Art History

The College of Wooster is a liberal arts college that emphasizes a varied curriculum. While enrolled, I majored in Art History, but also completed courses in sociology, philosophy, and entrepreneurship. Well known for its Senior Independent Study program, the college requires each student to complete a thesis project. My thesis investigated the Statue of Liberty as a continuation of the tradition of colossal statuary, arguing for its stature as modernity's first colossus.

Jan 2009 - Dec 2010

Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH, US, Art/ Interior Design

The Columbus College of Art & Design is an institution which focuses on preparing creative individuals for careers in multiple fields of art and design. The curriculum began an intensive first year of foundation studies, which included training in drawing, painting, color, 2D design, 3D design, typography, and graphic design. Before transferring, my major was Interior Design with a minor in Art History. I completed coursework within my major including Textiles, Drafting, Structural Drawing, and the History of Interior Design.

Aug 2006 - May 2008


Dean's Award, Grant

Merit-based scholarship earned upon admittance to PennDesign.


Highest Honors on Independent Study, Honorable Mention

Received highest honors on senior Independent Study at the College of Wooster.


Vocational Exploration Award, Grant

Awarded grant to help support my business, the Hoopty Print Company.


Ebert Scholarship, Scholarship

Award for academic excellence in the department of Art History.


Copeland Fund, Award

Awarded Copeland Fund for the research travel to support my Independent Thesis.


Dean's Award, Scholarship

Awarded for outstanding portfolio in annual Portfolio Competition.


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