I just completed my graduate studies at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. As a thesis project, I researched the phenomenology of aural architecture and used Ann Arbor for the site of the Sound Exposition with a soundscaping urban plan.
I was born deaf and have a cochlear implant. I am able to communicate with others verbally and attentively. Not having a sense of hearing ignited my cognitive ability to design conceptual architectural spaces and graphics. The loss of a physical sense evoked the inspiration to share the sensibility of sound environments for the architecture thesis project.
Upon the completion of graduation, I am not fully interested to become a licensed architect. I have been interested becoming a designer. I have a passion in design because of innovation and experimentation. I have excelled from courses of Graphic Design (graduate elective), Design Studios and Multi-Media. In Graphic Design, I was given an opportunity to create animation video, environmental/retail space, logo, packaging concept, and a website. In prior, I have enjoyed creating experimental videos and visualizations. I have had experiences working at an industrial design firm in Chicago and at an architecture and facility engineering operations at Walt Disney World Resort. At the Disney World, I met and worked with several Imagineers, learning the scope of their creative development.
On the personal side, I enjoy painting, drawing, photography, traveling, and digital media. I am a Packers fan by heart - I owned a share and have season tickets. I love to run. I completed my first marathon in January 2011.
SHW Group, Volunteer
Walt Disney World Resort, Professional Intern
University of Detroit Mercy, Structural Physics Teaching Assistant
Assisted Professor on tasks to support teaching.
Helped students enhance mathematical and logical skills.
University of Detroit Mercy, AIAS Chapter Treasurer
Oversaw the budget of the organization.
Organized the sales and revenues.
Rejuvenated the organization and raised $13,000.
Organized social events to engage architecture students.
Katherine Frank Creative, Inc., Industrial Design Intern
Constructed digital models for fashion exhibition shows.
Rejuvenated company's website with modern and comprehensible scheme (not live at the moment).
University of Detroit Mercy, MArch, Architecture
Given a design presentation to world's renowned architect, Will Alsop, in Toronto. (2008)
Studied abroad in Volterra, Italy. (2009)
Participated in a design charette with Oxford-Brookes University students. (2010)
Architecture Alumni Achievement Award. (2011)
Architecture Alumni Achievement Award, Award
Student of the Year Award for Character and Integrity