Megan Whigham

Megan Whigham

Ramona, CA, US

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I am a designer who discovered a passion for the field of Architecture and Design while poking holes into my dads wooden drafting table with his compass tool. Yes, my dad was really upset with me because his hand drafts will not be as clean but this is where he began to teach me about what his job was at the ship yard in Norfolk, VA. He began to show me how the tools worked and what he could draw with precision by hand. 

It wasn't until I was 21 when I realized that my passion for design was ready to be brought out through formal education. At this time I was full time active duty and beginning college on my own at The Art Institutes of California San Diego. After two years at that college, I had to take a break due to a serious injury I sustained that then would end my career in the military. In 2014, two years after my injury, I began attending The NewSchool of Architecture and Design because I wanted a more in depth education and to be surrounded by like minded individuals within the field. 

Through this college, I excelled at researching and developing the creative thought process for any concept that I created, whether in studio or in a general education class. During my junior year, I had an amazing opportunity to study abroad in Milano, Italy for three months in the spring of 2016. I worked along side Gianandrea Barreca who designed Milano's coveted Bosco Verticale, Vertical Forrest, and really experienced an in depth perspective of where design and critical thinking come into play through Italian design.

During my senior year in college, I began working as a Space Planning Intern at General Atomics in San Diego, CA. Within the first days of working for this company, my director tells me that I will not be treated like your typical intern and will work on projects and be involved in projects like a full time employee. While balancing working on projects at GA that have totaled over 200,000 sq ft of office space modifications and project coordinations and two major projects at school, including my thesis, I was able to accomplish making the Dean's List, President's List, and graduating as Magna Cum Laude in the Interior Architecture and Design program. 

My education and experiences have taught me a critical lesson: design is design is design, no matter what part of design you are in, there is always room to understand and grow to learn other fields of design and create a "sideways" perspective for design. Collaboration between different design fields is crucial for the future of our world. I am so thankful that I have taken a chance on this career path that I'm on and I am excited to see where the future takes me.  



General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, CA, US, Facilities Space Planner

Plans, coordinates and allocates office space for all locations of the company.

Reviews and monitors requests for occupancy and space requests and develops and implements plans to ensure company requirements are met.

Collaborates with internal departments to develop design criteria and prepare layout and detail drawings in AutoCAD

Facilitates meetings with Facilities Space Planning Team and key stakeholders

Assesses planning issues and develop solutions to problems of moderate scope and complexity and ensures project objectives, schedules and budgets are met.

Recommends and ensures compliance with approved standards and policies relating to office space and furnishings.

Aug 2016 - current

West Elm, San Diego, CA, US, Sales Associate

Dec 2015 - Mar 2016

U.S. Navy, Millington, TN, US, Advanced Laboratory Technician - Hospital Corpsman

Sep 2006 - Feb 2014


NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA, US, Bachelors, Interior Architecture and Design

Studies included but not limited to:

Human Factors
Building Codes and Structures
Landscape Architecture
Innovative Design Management
Thesis Studio
Patent Writing
Lighting Design
Material Design
Film Making
Furniture Design
Study Abroad Milano, Italy
History of Interior Design
Environmental Systems and Psychology

Oct 2014 - Jun 2017

The Art Institute of California - San Diego, San Diego, CA, US, Interior Design

Oct 2010 - Dec 2012

George Washington University, Washington, DC, US, Advanced Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Associates of Sciences

May 2007 - Jan 2012


Magna Cum Laude, Award

Graduating with 3.8 gpa.


Junior Sailor of the Quarter, Award

Naval Hospital Guam. This award is awarded to the top performing junior Navy sailor within an organization for exceptional dedication to service to the command, country, and community.


Areas of Specialization