Aateka Hamad

Aateka Hamad

Brighton, MI, US



A designer by day, an artist by night and a lifetime of traveling. From the Middle East to across the Pacific in Australia and back to the United States, my cultural exposure has led me to a universal understanding of culture and societies and expanded my creativity and imagination beyond borders. I believe that like anything else, design and creativity need work to develop and expand, therefore, I always keep myself occupied with either design competitions, joining non-profit design organization in Detroit, or doing projects that are both design and art focused while attending meetings and conferences that keep me up to date with the design community.

I believe design to be a field that combines many others like art, psychology, science and research. Research based design had become my passion. It is necessary to understand the occupants, precedents, society, and other aspect to better cater your design to the functional needs and aesthetic wants of the occupants while maintaining the integrity of your design sense and innovation. 


iDiscover, Irvine, CA, US, Organizational Manager

iDiscover is an organization that brings teachers from oversees to the US and trains them in innovative teaching methods for science and math that then go back to their countries and train other teachers what they have learned to expand the knowledge and better the education system.
-Organize the 3 week long stay for a group of 23 teachers.
-Assess the training setup and redesign layout to circulate interaction knowledge.
-Write daily reports of the training sessions and day highlights
-Organize weekend trips that are educational and culturally enriching for the teachers.

Jan 2014 - current

Alaa Hariri Architecture, Khobar, SA, Interior Design Intern

Alaa Hariri Architecture is a hospitality and high-end residential design firm.
-Attending client meetings and developing a design concept and schematic design.
-Create floor plans and rendered elevation drawings.
-Produce construction documents for the projects.

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

DesignPlus, Khobar, SA, Interior Design Intern

DesignPlus is a commercial and educational design firm.
-Create conceptual and schematic designs and plan drawings.
-Create three dimensional digital models and perspective renderings.
-Attend client meetings and take minutes.
-Go to vendors and suppliers and collect samples and quotes for certain projects.
-Go on site visits and do post occupancy assessment.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2012


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, BArch, Interior Design

Graduated with a high honors Magna Cum Laude.
One of the top 10 Interior Design programs.
CIDA accredited program.

May 2010 - May 2013

Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL, US, Interior Design

Acquired an associates degree.

Aug 2008 - Dec 2009


Cirino Award and scholarship, Scholarship

An Award given to the top five students at the UF program in regards to design growth and achievement.


Areas of Specialization