Colleen Arce

Colleen Arce

Brooklyn, NY, US

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I am an interior designer from Detroit, based in Brooklyn. Driven by a deep curiosity of place, I am always reaching to learn more about the intricate ways our built environment impacts day to day life. I feel strongly that with every challenge a client may face - it is our job as designers to deeply understand as much as we can about them and their worlds, existing and potential in order to develop truly valuable solutions.


WeWork, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Nov 2017 - current

Freelance, Detroit, MI, US; New York, NY, US, Freelance

--Designing, rendering, and space planning for Harley Ellis Devereaux and the Heidelberg Project.

Jul 2015 - Nov 2017

HED, Southfield, MI, US, Interior Designer

Auch Construction Corporate Headquarters — Pontiac, MI 20,000 sq. ft., $6M
--Presented to the client multiple renderings describing design iterations focused on materiality
--Researched suitability of commodity construction materials for sustainability and
implemented findings in the development of custom ceiling solutions

Munson Community Health Center — Traverse City, MI 66,000 sq. ft., $14.6M
--Developed concept with client, presented development of the design through construction drawings
--Selected and detailed interior finishes, coordinated with MEP

Alix Partners — Washington D.C., 10,000 sq. ft., $2M
--Specified ancillary furniture and interior finishes, detailed reception desk millwork
--Designed graphics for private offices and conference rooms

Jul 2014 - Aug 2017

Lear Corporation, Southfield, MI, US, Marketing and Communications Intern

--Researched recruiting strategies to target millennials and collaboratively organized our findings into a presentation for VP level leadership
--Analyzed Lear’s underutilized lobby areas and developed recommendations to repurpose the space to encourage casual collaboration and staff interaction

May 2013 - Jul 2014

Shinola, Detroit, Detroit, Retail Design Intern

--Specified and procured furniture for the Detroit flagship store

Jan 2013 - May 2013

PF Galleries, Clawson, MI, Frame Fabricator / Art Installer

--Fit and finished custom frames for the conservation of personal art collections
--Designed installations of artwork in private residences
--Designed custom pedestals and frames

May 2012 - Mar 2013


College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

BFA, Interior Design with honors.

Sep 2011 - May 2015

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