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Amanda Swain

Amanda Swain

Berkeley, CA, US

 

About 

Amanda Swain is the founder of OTHR/SPACE, a collaborative interior design studio based in Berkeley, California. With a degree in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, she now works in the Bay Area with local designers, fabricators, and architects on high-end commercial and residential interiors, fabrication, and interior styling. Staying true to her artistic origins, Amanda's design process incorporates her skills in the areas of drawing, painting, model making, photography, 3D modeling, and material explorations.  Projects she has been involved in were recognized by Dezeen, Arch Daily, Leibal, Office Snapshots, and Wallpaper*. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

OTHR/SPACE, Berkeley, CA, US, Lead Designer

OTHR/SPACE, a collaborative interior design studio based in Berkeley, California. With a degree in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, she now works in the Bay Area with local designers, fabricators, and architects on high-end commercial and residential interiors, fabrication, and interior styling. Staying true to her artistic origins, Amanda's design process incorporates her skills in the areas of drawing, painting, model making, photography, 3D modeling, and material explorations. Projects she has been involved in were recognized by Dezeen, Arch Daily, Leibal, Office Snapshots, and Wallpaper*.

Apr 2018 - current
 

Garcia Tamjidi Architecture + Design, Berkeley, Designer, FFE specialist

My work included interior design and FF&E for high-end commercial oce spaces and residential homes. Other work included furniture design, managing a physical material library, a digital furniture database, staging/ assisting photoshoots, on-site installations, preparing CDs and permit sets, as well as interfacing with product reps.

Mar 2016 - Apr 2017
 

Kava Massih Architects, Berkeley, CA, US, Designer

I participated in designing a 400,000 sq ft commercial space for live/work art lofts in the Arts District of LA. My work included designing main cirulation paths, lighting plans, unit entrances, an art gallery, mail room, and furnished interior schemes. Other work included physical+digital model making, material sourcing, material boards, project imagery, CDs, and ADA compliant designs.

Jul 2014 - May 2015
 

Education 

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Bachelors, Interior Arch

Fine art background in painting, drawing as well as training in ceramics and material studies. architecturally trained, and specializing in FFE and interiors.

Jan 2010 - May 2014
 

California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, US, Summer Atelier

CCA’s Summer Atelier is a noncredit, nonresidential program that offers students who completed their freshman year of high school by June 2018 the opportunity to immerse themselves in art making on our Oakland and San Francisco campuses.
You hone your skills, learn new concepts and techniques, and meet others from around the Bay Area who share your interest in art. Then, at the conclusion of the program, you'll participate in a student exhibition.

Jul 2008 - Aug 2008
 

Awards 

2013, Grant

Independent study travel grant.

2018
 

2009-2015, Scholarship

RISD Scholarship based on merit

2018
 

Ed Wood Memorial Art Scholarship, Albany 2008, 1st Place

Awarded $1,500 to further my art education, Award was given to the most promising art student. I used scholarship money to attend the California College Of The Arts Summer Atelier, in Oakland CA.

2014
 

Barbara Lee US Congress Award; Art For America. Berkeley, 2009, 2nd Place

Art competition sponsored by the US Congress, winner got awarded a trip to Washington and their piece hung in the Capitol.

2014
 

Berkeley High Photo Contest, Berkeley 2009, 1st Place

Photography award given to me out of 3300 students included a gift certificate to local photography store, and materials.

2014
 

RISD travel grant, Grant

Independent study travel grant

2012
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills