Melanie Ohar

Melanie Ohar




My name is Melanie Ohar and I am currently a Project Manager for a sector of the Department of Defense in the Washington DC Metro area. Over the years I have worked on a diverse group of projects, confronting my awareness of what it means to be a designer. Through my research and work experiences, I have found a new motivation to make a career move towards a creative opportunity combining my passion for architecture and interior design.


My current position involves the management of designated LEED projects, revealing an in depth understanding of the foundations of building constructions from start to finish. Combined with my technical knowledge, I have previously worked as project manager and designer for the International Design Clinic, developing creative concept solutions in public spaces throughout Philadelphia, Bolivia, and Vietnam. My current goals are to tap into the cross-disciplinary practice between architecture, interior design, urban planning, and public art to reinterpret the perception of specific spaces and how the surrounding environment is affected by them. 

 As you can see from my resume I have extended commercial and residential experience including corporate offices, international projects, and design build projects including advanced computer knowledge of Revit, AutoCad, 3D Studio Max, Sketch-up, and Adobe Creative Suite.

I am contacting to inquire about potential job openings or other opportunities associated with your firm. Attached please find a copy of my resume and teaser page with additional information regarding my work. Thank you in advance for your consideration and I look forward to speaking more with you in the near future.


Computer Science Corporation, Washington DC Metro Area, Project Management Associate Professional

-Responsible for maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the designated LEED Projects.
-Working together with outsource furniture providers while providing all required specifications.
-Checking and submitting approved material samples and specifications.
-Communicating with the planning department in regards to all design related matters, engineering,
production, logistic and installation scheduling.
-Working in depth with systems furniture
-Maintaining Department of Defense buildings through space reconfigurations and installation.
-Surveying space and inputting as-built drawings into AutoCad.
-Reviewing design submittals, plans & specifications, cost estimations, and schedules.

Apr 2011 - current

International Design Clinic, Philadelphia, PA, US, Designer and Project Director

-Responsible for local and international project design; sketching, background research, and on-site work
-Assisting in the development and production of design development documentation
- Formulating fundraising events to showcase the IDC mission to potential corporate connections and donors
-Maintaining solicitation for donation mailers by keeping donor information databases current
-Coordinating speaking engagements through relevant conferences, society meetings, and pertinent contacts
-Assisting in project plan submissions and publishing of IDC goals and ideals

Aug 2010 - Sep 2011

Freelance Designer of Commercial Office Space, Philadelphia, PA, US, Independent Project Manger and Interior Designer

-Responsible for client interface and contacting interior design representatives
-Preparing preliminary design proposal
-Generating project budget following client’s limitations
-Surveying space and inputting as-built drawings into AutoCad and Revit
-Selecting specified lighting, furnishing, and project finishes
-Creating 3D models of client space and furniture in Revit and Sketch-Up
-Overseeing compliance with all applicable code and requirements relating to accessibility (ADA)
-Creating final presentation boards
-Placing purchase orders for material and furniture selections
-Overseeing installation of material and furniture

Feb 2011 - Jul 2011

Susan Hopkins Interior Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Junior Designer

-Responsible for surveying and inputting as-built drawings
-Creating 3D models of client space and furniture in Autocad and Sketch-Up
-Assisting the head designer with selecting finishes and sample ordering
-Maintaining furniture and material schedules
-Interfacing with clients and suppliers on behalf on the head designer
-Creating hand drafted furniture pieces
-Assisting in development of construction documentation
-Creating presentation boards and material selection boards

Aug 2010 - Mar 2011

The Designing Link, Philadelphia, PA, US, Account Manager

-Responsible for approving companies and designers for accounts
-Maintaining vendor profiles
- Providing support on profile set up
-Maintaining current vendor data base
-Performing background checks on designers and contacting trade references
-Assisting in the development and production of design development documentation

Aug 2010 - Mar 2011


Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Aug 2006 - May 2010

Areas of Specialization