As a student of architecture I analyze every building I enter from a pragmatic point of view. As a student of life, I analyze every room I enter from an emotional point of view. When I was enrolled as an architectural student at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, I had the opportunity to be influenced by architects, sculptors, photographers, installation artists and stage designers. During this time, I learned the impact that a well designed space can have on the human psyche. I had a great time conceptualizing the harmony of form and function, always keeping in mind the integration of space-planning and circulation. For the last six years, I have lived in New York City where I expanded my knowledge of aesthetics and opened my eyes to the profession of interior of interior design. In my last role, I worked as a project architect for a high-end architectural office where I collaborated with professional interior designers. These individuals showed me the multiple layers and the complexities that are required to make a room more than just functional. I learned about the style and the elements that compose a space: accessories, lighting, color, custom furniture and acoustics. These experiences helped me realize that my true passion is interior design.
I interpret interior design like the creation of a capsule where the relationship of the elements and their location of the collected items personalize and bring identity to a room. I believe each space has a context that creates its own character. This character is constantly morphing as new elements and new discussions inevitably pass through a space. The modern era has only accelerated this morphing as new materials and technologies have become available to enrich any space. But a room is also a collage of the past and future of the individuals who inhabit it. As we go through life we all collect things: images, colors, tastes, random objects, memories, paintings, furniture and mementos that we can’t leave behind. These items have a code that can be transformed and reinterpreted in a new function depending on where and how they are placed within the capsule of a space. After being recoded, these elements can elevate their surroundings and create a whole new meaning in the space. As we add and subtract elements from a room, we are creating reflections of our identity – who we are and where we want to go. More importantly, we are shaping the emotional balance of that journey.
As an Interior Design student at Parsons, I build upon my architectural understanding of form, function and flow. From this foundation, I learned more how materials, acoustics, lighting, textiles, furnishings and personal items can add layers of meaning to a space.
Stephen Wang & Associates, New York, NY, US, Assistant Project Architect and Project Coordinator
• Oversaw high-end residential projects in Manhattan
• Developed presentations, schematics, and design concepts for prospective clients • Collaborated with interior designers on space planning and documentation
• Documented existing site conditions and construction progress
• Managed project timelines, dependencies, deliverables, and client communications • Transformed schematic designs into detailed client requirements
• Created construction bidding sets and documentation
• Coordinated with contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and inspectors
• Organized and updated paper work, communications, and material samples
• Prepared construction documents for DOB, Landmarks, and Building Management • Crafted creative solutions to unexpected project challenges
Ask Kent & Co, New York, NY, US, Interior Design Assistant
• Crafted new client presentations
• Edited and processed photography for magazine advertisements • Selected furniture, accessories, and color schemes
Kinnaird Design & Interior, New York, NY, US, Interior Design Assistant
• Developed preliminary and final client presentations
• Selected furniture, accessories, and color schemes to match client specifications
TRG Architects, San Juan, PR, US, Architectural Student Intern
• Drafted architectural schematics during all phases during the project lifecycle
• Measured existing buildings for redesign, including commercial and public spaces
• Coordinated with vendors, subcontractors and governmental regulatory agencies
Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, Interior Design
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, BArch, Architecture