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Laura Pelstring

Laura Pelstring

New York, NY, US

 

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About 

I believe design has the power to affect change in the world. I want to use my career as a means to impact others and create a difference in the way people live, work, play, learn, grow, and heal through spatial development and experience; I am constantly looking for new ways to challenge the boundaries of architecture and interior design.

I am a recent graduate of Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Throughout my education, I have been given the chance to co-op with various companies all over the country as well as travel abroad for studies and an exploratory quarter. This experience has been invaluable, and has helped me to find new interests and goals in my design career.

With my recent graduation, I hope to find new and challenging opportunities to continue developing my design capabilities. I ultimately want to explore the many facets of the design field, actively working in architecture, interior design, product design, and graphics. But most of all, I want to do everything that I can to see a change in the world, using my education and experience to impact those who need the power of design the most.

Please feel free to contact me at lcpelstring@gmail.com.

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Employment 

Freelance Designer, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Working in residential and commercial sectors, both as an independent designer and under contract with design firms.

Aug 2013 - current
 

Gensler, San Francisco, CA, US, Design Intern

Worked with interdisciplinary teams on retail, branding, community, office and graphic design projects simultaneously within the Lifestyle Studio; worked heavily on development of design standards packages and brand identity for a company with over 140 locations; participated in site visits for local projects; hosted meetings to deliver ideas to major clients; designed conceptual packages of architectural facades, exterior treatments for existing locations, and interior branding accepted by client for continued development; detailed and reviewed construction documents for various projects.

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
 

MKG Productions, New York, NY, US, Design Intern

Focused on experiential marketing and branding through temporary, pop-up, and event design; designed and managed an event as design director; developed and delivered conceptual design proposals to win clients; created brand identities; developed and delivered custom product and display design, from concept to physical production; involved with load-ins and execution of built space; built SketchUp models, delivered renderings, and drafted mechanical drawings for each project; interacted with clients and developed client presentations.

Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
 

Earl Swensson Associates, Nashville, TN, US, Design Intern

Worked primarily on healthcare, hospitality, assisted living, and higher education projects; responsible for space planning, layouts, and floor patterns; built Revit models, delivered renderings, and revised construction documents; created presentation boards and attended client meetings to deliver concepts and design iterations; traveled for site visits and construction administration assistance; lead interior punches as sole interior designer on site; contributed research to evidence based design article written by staff; managed material library.

Jul 2010 - Jul 2011
 

Education 

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

I received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (Magna Cum Laude) from College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. This program focuses heavily on the link between architecture and interior design, keeping both majors together for the first two years of their programs. With a curriculum founded in architecture and ending in a thorough understanding of interior design, my education diverse and challenging, and allowed me to question where one focus ends and the other begins.

Starting in my second year, I participated in the Professional Practice Co-op Program, alternating quarters of college study with quarters of work in the field of Interior Design. With this, I was the recipient of the University of Cincinnati 2013 Outstanding Senior Co-op (Interior Design), an award given to one senior per major at the University of Cincinnati, reflecting co-op performance and employer feedback.

While studying at UC, I was able to study abroad at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, France for the summer of 2011, studying architecture, interior design, and urban planning. I was also able to travel for three months for academic credit in spring 2012, trading a co-op quarter to backpack through Europe and be immersed in cultures, art, and design principles and theories of Austria, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, and Czech Republic.

During my time at UC, I was on the Dean's List 12/12 terms and received the Cincinnatus Scholarship for academics. I participated in competitions (winning Honorable Mention in the AIAS/SAGE 2011 Student Design Competition), had my studio projects selected for departmental display, and contributed research to “Finishes and Furnishings: Considerations for Critical Care Environments” published in the December 2011 Critical Care Nursing Quarterly journal while on co-op in Nashville.

While on co-op, I was also able to volunteer in the community. I spent a lot of my spare time in Nashville working with Hands On Nashville, and in New York volunteering with New York Cares. This extra involvement in the city not only helped widen my perspective and make a difference where I was living, but allowed me to intimately get to know where I was living and who I was living with.

I was involved with many organizations throughout my education, including International Interior Design Associationr, American Institute of Architecture Students, DAAP Ambassadors, and Students for Ecological Design.

Oct 2008 - May 2013
 

Awards 

University of Cincinnati 2013 Outstanding Senior Co-op (Interior Design), Award

This recognition is given to one senior per major at the University of Cincinnati, reflecting co-op performance and employer feedback. The official University description:

"This annual award is one of the most significant recognitions the University offers in the co-op colleges and is primarily based on outstanding professional performance on practice assignments."

2013
 

AIAS/SAGE Rebuilding Home Student Competition, Honorable Mention

Received Honorable Mention in the AIAS/SAGE student design competition for submission entitled "Pieces to a Whole" co-designed with fellow student Amber Wasinski. The competition dealt with re-evaluating the current condition of long-term elderly care facilities, and our submission emphasized challenging society's perception and generalization of a nursing home. The design celebrates and translates the journey through life into an environment that encourages interaction between the residents and the space, reinforces the idea that every stage of life is important, dignified, and beautiful, and focuses on creating a facility that embraces the individual and their story as well as encourages the building of a community.

2011
 

Cincinnatus Scholarship, Scholarship

As described by the University of Cincinnati, "the cornerstone scholarship program for incoming freshmen to the University of Cincinnati is Cincinnatus. The brightest and most promising prospective freshmen in all academic disciplines are selected to receive renewable awards totaling more than $22 million in University of Cincinnati four-year scholarships."

Renewal requirements for this four year scholarship include a quarterly community service commitment, as well as maintaining above an average of a 3.2 GPA.

2008
 

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