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Shanita Rutland

Shanita Rutland

Dearborn, MI, US

 

About 

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/shanita-d-rutland/11/981/104/

A team oriented professional with a strong background in architectural and graphic design with a portfolio that includes various stages of design in commercial/retail, residential, education, hospitality, and corporate office design. Excellent visualization skills, computer-generated imagery, art direction, management, coordination and production. I perform well in dynamic and multi-faceted environments where I consistently meet deadlines and maintain current industry trends and software advancements.

To sum up my design thought and process, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry says it best, “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”  My interpretation is that beauty can be constructed out of almost anything; one has to have the creative drive and imagination to envision an idea that others will enjoy.

Employment 

Centric Design Studios, Detroit, MI, US, Architectural Designer and Visualization Specialist - Contractual Assignments

On many projects I was responsible for project Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Graphic Design.

My daily responsibilities were to assist on all aspects of architectural design, from presentations for clients to working with the design and construction teams. This work can include AutoCAD drafting and 3D modeling, to the business side such as assisting with project proposals and maintaining project files. Material and Project research.

Dec 2010 - current
 

ITT Technical Institute, Canton, MI, US, Adjunct Instructor

Part-time Adjunct Instructor for the School of Drafting Design Technology: Engineering Graphics, 3D Parametric Modeling, Architectural and Sustainable Design Strategies, etc.

I am also an Adjunct for the School of Graphic Communication at Canton and Dearborn Campus: Photoshop, Illustration, Motion Graphics, Portfolio Development, 3D modeling, Animation, etc

Jul 2009 - current
 

Hamilton Anderson Associates, Detroit, MI, US, Intern Architectural Designer

On many projects I was responsible for project Design Development and Construction Documentation.

For 1.5 years, I assumed the role of Project Architect II specifically on the Project City Center Mandarin Hotel and Residential Tower in Las Vegas. I managed the production team and the construction documentation and coordination for the project. I attended coordination and construction meetings in Las Vegas to addressing the needs of the client, designers, technical staff, and consultants associated with the architectural design, construction materials & methods and the production of construction documents. Review shop drawings, submittals and RFI’s. Coordinated all Interior finishes and documentation scope of work designed by Kay Lang & Assoc and Page & Steel Interior Architects for all units within the Mandarin Hotel and Residential Tower.

Jul 2006 - Dec 2008
 

Sims Design Group, Detroit, MI, US, Intern Architect

On many projects I was responsible for project Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Graphic Design.

My daily responsibilities were to assist on all aspects of architectural design, from presentations for clients to working with the design and construction teams. This work can include AutoCAD drafting and 3D modeling, to the business side such as assisting with project proposals and maintaining project files. Material and Project research.

Jul 2005 - Jul 2006
 

Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Detroit, MI, US, Intern Architectural Designer

After graduation I had the privilege of working for the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC). The DCDC is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design firm that is stationed at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design and the collaborative process.

May 2004 - Jul 2005
 

Education 

University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, US, MArch, School of Architecture

I hold a Master’s of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, where I learned to utilize design strategies and multi-media arts. I have acquired a vast knowledge base using Adobe software for print graphics and Autodesk software for developing architectural documents and 3D design.

Oct 1999 - May 2004
 

Awards 

Instructor of the Quarter (Summer 2010) ITT Technical Institute, Other

The award is given to the instructor whom best provides student satisfaction and active participation in improving the curriculum to enhance overall student experience.

2010
 

The competition, "Detroit in Transit: Visions of a Region on the Move", 1st Place

The challenged local designers to create drawings and designs of what Detroit’s future transit and transit-oriented neighborhoods would look like with convenient, high-quality rapid transit in 2025.

A team led by Royal Oak architect Frank Arvan won with its designs for "Royal Oak Transit Square", which designs a vibrant urban neighborhood around Royal Oak's mass transit station. That section of downtown, which is mostly made up of surface parking lots, would become a densely packed corridor, featuring mixed-use buildings and green spaces.

2007
 

Areas of Specialization 

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