Alana Buynak

Alana Buynak

White Lake, MI, US



Hi! My name is Alana and I am a freelance designer. My life aspiration is to engender interaction, collaboration, inspiration, and empowerment through each and every creative endeavor.



Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Bloomfield Township, MI, Resident Designer

Project manager and consultant for all interior and exterior renovations. Nearing completion of remodeling previous office space into an in-studio store/boutique while simultaneously preparing for large-scale ballroom renovation.

Jul 2012 - current

Fortino for Clerk, Waterford, MI, Campaign Coordinator

Responsible for candidate management and direction. Duties include but are not limited to: event coordination (i.e. fundraising, door to door) volunteer organization, candidate outreach, facebook and website management and literature.

Mar 2012 - current

Fortino's Flowers and Gifts, Pontiac, MI, Resident Designer

Fortino’s flowers is a family-owned business that has served the metro detroit area for 20 years. looking to update their physical space as well as their merchandise with a specific feel in mind, I successfully approached the endeavor through design-build methods.

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012

Urban Outfitters, Inc. - Anthropologie, Troy, MI, US, Visual Display Intern

The aspirational lifestyle brand anthropologie offers a design internship during the holiday season. The company embodies their mission to inspire creativity largely through in-store displays, requiring full involvement for each intern in every aspect of the design process.

Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, US, Research Grant Assistant

University of Detroit Mercy professor Claudia Bernasconi received a grant for research into the realm of public transportation, walkability, and the perception of public architectural spaces. Assistants were responsible for administering surveys in two separate locations.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

BLD ARCH, Detroit, MI, US, Draftsperson and Co-Founder

Established a drafting service to meet the demands of a telecommunication company alongside two fellow students. The company required the documentation of all their tower sites, as well as some of the electrical and mechanical systems on the sites.

Aug 2009 - Mar 2010


University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, US, Masters, Architecture

The five-year Master of Architecture degree offered by the University of Detroit Mercy "is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. With its strong focus on both the theory and practice of design, it is the recommended degree for students wishing to become practicing architects, since an accredited degree is a requirement for licensure. The School of Architecture also offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture."

Sep 2006 - Dec 2011

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