I am a Junior Interior Designer in New York City and a University of Cincinnati graduate with a bachelor's degree in Interior Design. I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, but went to UC in order to be a part of one of the nation’s top interior design programs. I chose interior design as a major because I have been intrigued with design since I was a little kid creating cities with Legos and building forts using everything around me.
In college, I never had a boring day of class; experiencing everything from “out of the ordinary” projects to learning about the momentous impact architecture and interior design have had on our history. My experiences with classes and UC’s co-op program helped me target my goals for the future. Having worked for a residential firm, two healthcare firms, a retail firm, a hospitality firm and an event production firm, I have seen a wide range of design in practice.
My enthusiasm for design was also sparked during a study-abroad program. I was able to see the historic mosques of Turkey, the religious chapels of Italy, and the modern designs of France, Switzerland, and Germany. Seeing such monumental and inspiring design reminded me of why I pursued this education in the first place.
When I am not in studio or the office, I enjoy spending my free time playing piano, practicing yoga, swinging in the park, or drinking a cup of coffee.
Ellen Hanson Designs, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer
A residential design firm that practices sustainable thinking while creatively designing clients' high-end homes. Responsibilities include creating budgets; drawing scaled floor plans and elevations; composing presentation packages for clients; specifying and purchasing finishes and fixtures; participating in furniture installations.
studio threesixty, Louisville, KY, US, Interior Design Intern
A commercial design firm that does projects spanning many market segments. Their focus ranges from space planning to decorating to graphic development. Responsibilities included conceptual interior design and graphic development; creating digital renderings; composing presentation boards; specifying finishes; participating in furniture installations.
MKG Productions, New York, NY, US, Design Intern
An event production firm specializing in graphics, design, and planning to create marketing experiences that connect trendsetting consumers, influencers and the media to the client's brand. Responsibilities included graphic design development; designing a merchandising scheme for the 2011 WIRED store; creating conceptual designs and digital floor plans, elevations, and renderings.
Walt Disney Imagineering, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Design Intern
A design and development department for the Walt Disney Company that is repsonsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks and resorts worldwide. Responsibilities included space planning for the office’s material library; assisting in interior design and graphic development for Disneyland resorts and restaurants in Anaheim, California and Shanghai, China.
Chico's FAS, Inc., Fort Myers, FL, US, Interior Design Intern
A store planning and construction department with a focus on retail design for Chico’s FAS, a corporation consisting of Chico’s, White House | Black Market, and Soma Intimates. Responsibilities included space planning stores; creating conceptual designs and digital renderings; composing inspiration boards; specifying finishes; store visitations and on site research.
Rowland Design, Louisville, KY, US, Interior Design Intern
An architecture, graphic, and interior design firm specializing in healthcare and other areas of design such as residential and academic projects. Responsibilities included assisting in project designs for nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, sorority houses, and sports facilities; creating digital renderings; composing presentation boards.
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, Bachelors, Interior Design
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Graduated Cum Laude
The Professional Practice Co-op Program
Certificate for alternating quarters of college study with quarters of work in the field of Interior Design.
Director's Choice Recipient, Award
Chosen as one of two recipients in the Interior Design Senior class for the Director's Choice Award, given to capstone/thesis projects by the heads of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati.