Desiree Edge

Desiree Edge

Attleboro, MA, US


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I am a thesis student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating May 25, 2013 with NCARB accredited  B. Arch (5 year program) and a Minor in Human Factors in Design (Human Psychology). I have past professional experience in lighting design, architectural modeling (physical and digital), cost estimation, diagramming, and photography. On the side, I am strong with web design under Wordpress and HTML where I have launched my personal website and two others under Thurlow Small Architecture. Throughout past summers, I have embarked in community service projects in Urubamba and Yanahaura, Peru as well as active work as a consultant and designer with New Hope Baptist Church in Roxbury, MA. 



Thurlow Small Architecture, Pawtucket, RI, US, Web Designer/ Architect Intern

-Created website for the adCAD (Advanced Cad) architectural course displaying all of the student's work in nine semesters and two different colleges.
-Assisted in updating company website by adding more recent design projects including 65 Blackstone, Exchange Street, Working Planet 2, Visitor's Center, Garage Store Front Renovation.
-Assisted in work for a design competition (Working Planet 2) including mock ups and cost estimation.
-Helped redesign company logo for marketing and office signage.

May 2012 - current

Daniel Perretta Photograpy, Cranston, RI, US, Photographer Intern

-Helped set up prop for a shooting in house.
-Worked the front desk of the studio.
-Helped assist in a presentation for an ordering session of a wedding event last year.
-Learned Photoshop techniques and styles from head photographer.

May 2012 - current

Light This, Boston, MA, US, Lighting Design Intern

-Produced lighting specifications for selected fixtures for various architectural projects
-Researched lighting fixtures,canopy, and trellis designs for multiple projects
-Helped produce architectural lighting floor plans
-Conducted beam angle and beam spread studies
-Produced transmittals for office business
-Produced lighting detail sketches and floor plan sketches for theater designs
-Reviewed fixture quantities, costs, and budgets
-Designed garden fence

May 2011 - Aug 2011


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Minor in Human Factors in Design/ Human Psychology
GPA: 3.36

Activities/ Organizations: NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Students), AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students), NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) RPI Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, RenXchange

Aug 2008 - current

Tongji University, Shanghai, CN, Urban Design

Architectural Design Studio XI (Urban Design + Weaving Studies)
Chinese Calligraphy & Painting
Language (Mandarin)
Chinese Studies
Chinese Arch and Urbanism

Mar 2012 - May 2012



2013 Liberty League All Academic Scholar, Award


Gensler Diversity Scholarship Finalist, Award


RPI Leadership Scholarship, Scholarship



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