Melia Ellis

Melia Ellis

San Diego, CA, US



I graduated from Kansas State University in the spring of 2011 with my Masters in Interior Architecture and Product Design. After graduating I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my degree and so got a job with The Home Depot to make ends meet and gain experience with client service and knowledge of finishes and installation. 

I know I want to work in the design world somehow, with my passion being the interior of spaces because it is the part we spend most time in contact with and what we remember. Gaining experience in an architecture firm is on the top of my priority list, so that I can learn more about the real world process of design and building, outside of what we learned in studio. 

In my personal life I spend free time baking, reading, and watercolor painting. My boyfriend and I enjoy visiting wineries and the zoo, and taking our dog Titus to the beach to mingle with other doggies. 


The Home Depot, San Diego, CA, US, Flooring and Decor Specialist

Creating project leads for soft and hard flooring, as well as custom drapes, shades, and window covering. Following up with clients once measurements are complete, achieving fluidity between new and existing finishes, contacting vendors and installers, coordinating payments with the client, and expediting the product and installation once payment is received.

Feb 2012 - Oct 2014

Arsaga's Coffee, Fayetteville, AR, US, Barista

Creating a made-to-order product for a customer with very high expectations, in a hectic work environment requiring cooperation with 1-2 coworkers, multi-tasking, quick problem solving, and calm under pressure; counting and maintaining a cash drawer at the beginning and ending of each shift; opening and closing of a business establishment often without a supervisor present.

Sep 2011 - Jan 2012


Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, KS, US, Welding

Aug 2012 - Feb 2013

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, Masters, Interior Architecture and Product Design

Aug 2008 - May 2011

fachhochschule Coburg, Coburg, DE, Product Design

Mar 2010 - Aug 2010

University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, US, Architecture

Aug 2006 - May 2008


Kansas State Photography Competition, 1st Place

Awarded First Place in the Interior Details Category as well As Honorable Mention in Exterior Photography Category.


Best Incorporation of Technology, Award

Awarded by 360 Architecture for Best Incorporation of Technology into Kansas State Olathe Innovation Campus Remodel.


The Bud Prize, 2nd Place

Awarded by Helix Architecture of Kansas City for Museum Design Competition


Areas of Specialization 


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