Autumn Godwin-Hoffmeier

Autumn Godwin-Hoffmeier

Chicago, IL USA & London, GB



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  • Alternative concepts on Sustainable Architecture
  • Bio-mimicry
  • Adaptive Design
  • Responsive Architecture
  • Positive Impact
  • Nascent Technologies
  • Geo-Engineering
  • Terraformative Design


Make advancements in what Sustainability means, and how it can mitigate Climate Change.

To push the limits of Design, Technology and Innovation through Architecture.



SCB, Senior Interior Designer

Jul 2019 - Mar 2020

HOK, Senior Interior Designer

Leading projects through conception to turn over.
Confidential Technology Client: 2,800sf project in Bozeman, Montana. 2 floors of workspace including a central zone for vertical circulation, kitchen and video game room. Direct ties to vernacular design flavor included wrapping the restroom core in reclaimed train car flooring and decorative light pendants made from reclaimed glass insulators.
Hospital in Mumbai: Full interiors design direction. Ground up design with architectural group in house. Interiors direction as minimal, refined and timeless. Top of the line finishes.
Pharmaceutical Headquarters: 14,000 sf corporate cafe.

Feb 2016 - Jul 2019

Gensler, Chicago, IL, US, Interior Designer

Confidential project: Canadian Headquarters @ 750,000 SF throughout multiple floors. New workspace through change management and thorough strategy and development. In depth pricing and product research for new contract for workspace furniture. Included 4 major workstation manufacturers with model site between 17 - 32 workstation mock-up per manufacturer. Conference and Training centre, heavily branded as hub for global connections. All interior materials and furnishings to highest level of durability and safety standards.

Banfield Pet Hospital Headquarters in Vancouver, WA. @ 320,000 SF within new construction. All interior materials and furnishings to highest level of durability and safety standards for this pet-friendly workspace.

Confidential client: global consumer products company, global headquarters redesign along with North American Region offices renovations.

Jun 2013 - Feb 2016

4240 Architecture, Chicago, Interior Designer

Contract position. Certus Bank various projects including headquarters and training facilities.

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

VOA Associates Incorporated, Chicago, IL, US, Interior Designer

Contract position. Various projects within the BMO Harris corporate offices. Daylighting studies for projects applying for state level grants.

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

Caste Designs, Chicago, IL, US, Interior Designer

Contract position. Coordinated design for multiple Flor retail stores nationwide.

Mar 2012 - Aug 2012

University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, Grad student - MArch

March with a focus in Sustainable Studies.

Sep 2009 - Sep 2011

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Interior Architect and Designer

My scope of work was mainly focused on Schematic and Design phases. Projects included Architectural Fit Outs for Commercial, Workplace, Retail and Residential towers. I coordinated between Design Directors, Project Managers, Team Members and Manufacturer Reps. I procured presentations and layouts for client meetings as well as for Marketing requirements. In regards to the Masdar Headquarters project I was integral in research and development with regards to advanced materials and workstation design of this Zero Carbon Footprint project. High demands regarding the sustainability of products and materials required consistent questioning and proof of content from manufacturers. Asking for such information necessitated a personable attitude and resilient pressure for research into making products more sustainable.

Projects include; Verde Office (O17) and Residential (R2) Towers, Park Gate (EP09), Atrium City (1 Dubai), and most notably Masdar Headquarters. Each project was managed through Revit.

Sep 2008 - Sep 2009

RTKL Associates Inc., Interior Architect and Designer

Scope of work varied from Pre-Design/Programming, through Design, into CD's and CA. Projects included Retail, Workplace and Healthcare. I coordinated between Project Managers, Team Members and Sales Reps. I took part in Site Studies and Research during beginning phases of new projects. I procured presentation boards and layouts for client meetings. I interfaced with contractors during CA.

Projects include; Central DuPage Hospitals (New 250+ Bed Pavilion, Administrative Suites, Administrative Lounge, Pediatric's Expansion, Women's Breast Health Center, Emergency Department, Interventional Lab, Diagnostic Imaging), Holy Family Campus' (pre-programming), RTKL office Chicago (Library redesign and workplace expansion), East Bank Flats (mixed use space, focus on design of 10 screen Cinema). Each project was managed through Revit.

Sep 2006 - Sep 2008


My scope of work was focused on Workplace Design. I was a "Core Team" member and therefore worked on Corporate, Government, Educational and Healthcare projects. Maintained working knowledge of client's inventory, workstation products, CD's, space planning, bid packets, installation verification and punch lists.

Projects included; Scottsdale Public Library, SRP Offices, U.S. Government Department of Homeland Security (Phoenix, AZ)

Aug 2005 - May 2006

Living Designs Group Architects, Architectural Co-op

Sustainable design, focus on mixed use. I procurred Floor Plans, Space Planning, Facade Options, Team Coordination and Product Research.

Project focus; Lofts 900 (Taos, NM)

Jun 2005 - Sep 2005

Lighting Consultants LLC., Lighting Design Co-op

Lighting design, focus in high end residential and retail.

Sep 2004 - Dec 2004

Lighting Consultants LLC., Lighting Design Co-op

Lighting design, focus in high end residential and retail.

Mar 2004 - Jun 2004

Loewen-Gunther Designs, Interior Design Co-op

Hospitality design.

Aug 2003 - Dec 2003

Schmidt Associates, Interior Design Co-op

Educational and religious facilities design.

Sep 2002 - Dec 2002

Limited Brands, Interior Design Co-op

Retail design of Bath and Body Works.

Mar 2002 - Jun 2002


The University of Sheffield, MArch, Sustainable Studies

I have established my dissertation topic as “The Architect, the Geo-Engineer and The Anthrome: Is it Time for Terraformative Structures?” which questions what role Architecture may play in the future of “Climate Engineering.”

Other areas of research and interest: The move towards Carbon Neutral in energy sources, passive design, sustainable design simulation and analysis, ongoing relations within United Nations' initiatives.

Organized group meetings and events for all the listed Activities and Societies.

Scheduled a calendar of talks for the PGAS under the theme of "Living with Climate."

Activities and Societies: MArch Sustainable Studies' Course Representative to the School of Architecture Faculty. Post Graduate School of Architecture Representative to the Department of the Social Sciences. Research member for the University's Article 25 student chapter. President of the Post Graduate Architectural Society (PGAS).

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

University of Cincinnati, Bachelors, Interior Architecture and Design

The University of Cincinnati maintains the longest running professional development system, in place since 1900, commonly known as Cooperative Education. The positions held from 2001-2005 were as a "Co-op" which may be referred to as paid internships. These positions range from Lighting Design, to Hospitality, to Sustainable Mixed-use.

Activities and Societies: Attended the Architectures of the Southwest Studio in 2003. This studio's activities included taking the full quarter as a travel studio, visiting sites around the Southwest region of the United States. The research was focused on the past, present and future architectures of the region. This includes Native American puebloan and cliff dwelling ruins to the current trends in Sustainable design, such as the Living Machine, and Michael Reynolds' Earth Ship Biotecture.

Sep 2000 - Jun 2005

Areas of Specialization