Lauren C. Grant obtained her Bachelor’s of Art degree with a concentration in Media Arts from Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. Upon completion of her first degree, Lauren became the studio manager for a catalog marketing company in Manhattan for over two years before moving to San Francisco. While living in the bay area, she continued to work in the photo industry producing, assisting, shooting, and styling for clients such as Williams-Sonoma, Restoration Hardware, California Home and Design, Ghiradelli Chocolate, Apple and many more. Through her work with the still image, Lauren began to discover a passion that lied beyond the lens. The manipulation of space through the two-dimensionality of the medium began to create another expanse that which she could build from. After 8 years in the photo industry, Lauren decided to broaden her knowledge of the built environment by pursuing a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. Since the completion of her second degree, Lauren has returned to New York City where she continues her investigation of the interior domain. She currently works for Heiberg Cummings Design, an award winning interior design firm located in the West Village, while continuing to build on her separate entrepreneurial endeavors.
LETT by Heiberg Cummings, New York, NY, US, designer
Devise initial design concepts; Source furnishings, fabrics, decor; Control budget; Plan spatial arrangements for furnishings; Render final presentation materials for clients.
Heiberg Cummings Design, New York, NY, US, interior design intern
Strategize and implement marketing; Manage online presence (newsletters, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Etsy); Create and update AutoCad drawings; Generate client orders; Communicate directly with clients and vendors.
Julian Marshall Cinemas LLC, New York, NY, US, set constructor
Designed and built portable walls and custom furnishings; Transformed a blank warehouse space into a student’s apartment circa 1990; Worked with a team to create a professional level set.
Sara Slavin Images, San Rafael, CA, US, freelance styling assistant
Designed, constructed and dismantled sets on location and in studio; Selected, purchased and returned props; Tracked budget before, during and after shoots.
Sandbox Studios, San Francisco, CA, US, freelance photo assistant
Created folders for RAW, Processed and Retouched images; Processed final captures and uploaded to
server; Retouched dust and added layer masks for level and color adjustment.
Leigh Beisch Photography, San Francisco, CA, US, freelance digital technician
Implemented C1 Pro software from setup to capture to process; Calibrated monitors and created printer profiles; Updated InDesign layouts with final images and delivered variables to clients.
AGA Catalog Marketing, New York, NY, US, photo studio manager
Scheduled photo shoots; Trained photo assistants; Oversaw all levels of pre and post production.
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Design Frontiers Workshop-Robotic Prototypes in Architecture
Interest in robotics has risen dramatically over the last 15 years in the fields of architecture, engineering, industrial design and art. Designers in the future will be called upon to create spaces that are computationally enhanced, interactive, responsive and artificially intelligent. Rather than simply designing traditional buildings and then applying a computational layer, this workshop explored a more integrative and synthetic approach. Preparing architects and designers for these challenges demands a range of knowledge, skills, and experience well beyond the traditional domain of architecture or design education. This workshop explored a range of emerging software and hardware tools and techniques for designing, programming, visualizing, fabricating and testing parametric robotic architectural prototypes.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Masters, Interior Architecture
A field at the intersection of architecture, conservation and design of the built environment, Interior Architecture at RISD takes an innovative and progressive approach to addressing design issues intrinsic to the reuse and transformation of existing structures. The Master of Interior Architecture program provides a unique design education on the alteration of existing structures through interior interventions and adaptive reuse, outside the confines of professional architectural licensure. Central to the curriculum, the advanced design studios provide insight into various specialized fields while the core curriculum includes the study of history, theory, drawing, structures, energy, materials, lighting and technology, all of which ensures a full understanding for the concerns of professionals in the building industry and allied fields.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Warren, VT, US, Urban Regeneration
As urban populations worldwide continue to grow amidst the convergent crises of energy depletion, climate change and economic uncertainty, it is critical that we redesign our cities to provide for more of their residents’ needs. This workshop focused on practical skills that are usable by urban communities to achieve greater local access to, and control over, life’s essential resources. The course introduced one to simple and affordable techniques for soil building, bioremediation, rainwater harvesting, intensive food production, micro-livestock and aquaculture, small scale autonomous energy production, DIY air purification, and other infrastructure retrofits. We looked to existing urban farms, urban homesteads, and other examples of urban permaculture to explore the ways we can design and establish our homes and communities as ‘human ecosystems’ that are not only less fuel reliant, but also beautiful, productive, ecologically regenerative, and wholly nourishing.
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, US, Bachelors, Media Arts
The Media Arts Department offered a dynamic undergraduate program with specialized professional tracks in digital audio, computer graphics, film/TV/video production, media studies, media management, screenwriting, video journalism or photography. Students from around the world come here to cultivate their creativity in the Department’s state-of-the-art production labs and facilities, while receiving personalized instruction and mentoring from the Department’s experienced faculty and staff members.
Open to all current graduate students in good academic standing, Graduate Studies|Grants offers funding of between $3,000 and $5,000 to winning proposals for pursuing new or developing work. Unlike awards for completed work, GS|Grants reward ongoing exploration and facilitate emerging and prospective work. For students not yet in their final year of study, these grants may provide financial support for thesis development or another body of research and production. The number of GS|Grants awarded in each category is proportional to the final number of applications submitted in each of three categories: Architecture, Design and Fine Arts. Each year three guest jurors from beyond RISD – well-known professionals within each grant category – thoroughly review GS|Grant proposals in order to select recipients. Proposals are reviewed once a year and students may apply individually or in collaboration with other graduate students.