Essraa Shaaban

Essraa Shaaban

New York, NY, US

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I’ve always viewed design as a form of inspiration, I became a designer to inspire through the built environment and create comfortable and functional atmospheres that instill the feeling of being within a work of art. My designs are strongly influenced by my experiences and the cultures around me. I draw inspiration from various mediums of art as well as historical architecture. My style of work is a suble take on an eclectic style with strong influences from the Arts & Crafts movement. My ambitions include working in the field of commercial design, focusing on light commercial work such as boutique hotels and dining establishments. Theatrical set design and production design is one of my greatest passions. 

LEED GA || GBCI#: 11146827

National Kitchen & Bath Association || Student Member, Chatham University || 2016-2017



Habitat for Humanity NYC, New York, NY, US, Volunteer

Volunteered at several construction sites in Brooklyn, New York
Took part in construction work, interior painting, tiling, and similar tasks

Aug 2017 - current

E4P Consulting Engineering PLLC, New York, NY, US, Consultant

Conducting site surveys and production of architectural drawings and construction documents
Drafting Architectural & MEP drawings, and creation of bid levelling sheets
On site installation inspections
Re-design of webpage, company graphics and logo
Re-design of office space
DOB Filing and application subission

May 2017 - current

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Design Assistant

Assists client in finding and purchasing suitable furniture.
Designing and creating comfortable and functional environments that represent client’s lifestyle, taste and budget.
Professional design consulting through the use of the La-Z-Boy In-Home Design program.
Assists in Merchandising and store set-up.
Conducting site surveys and production of visual design presentation

Oct 2016 - Apr 2017

Susan Muschweck Interior Design LLC, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Design Intern

Site survey and consultation with clients and contractors
Space planning, drafting, and FF&E selection
Order placing, and pick up & drop of of samples and merchandise

Jan 2016 - Aug 2016

Theater And Film Club, Cairo, EG, Head of Productions

Produced two successful events for student organization, Theater & Film Club. Designed sets and décor for events.
Coordinated between all parties involved in the events (Director, makeup, set, actors, lights and sounds ect.).
Organized administrative roles of fellow students involved in the event.
Lead and trained committee members working under me to take on the job in the future.

Sep 2014 - Dec 2014

Theater And Film Club, Cairo, EG, Workshop Coordinator

Coordinated and organized workshops given by professionals to teach fellow students the arts of theater and film practice.

Feb 2014 - May 2014

Theater And Film Club, Cairo, EG, Assistant Organizing Committee Head

Organized events for student organization, Theater and Film Club.
Was assistant in charge of four organizing committees (Multimedia, Public Relations, Entertainment, and Logistics).
Coordinated between several parties involved in the production ( Director, actors, set, and costume), as well as the organizing committee.

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

The American University in Cairo, Cairo, EG, Co-Currator

In conjuction with a curatorial practices course, co-curated an exhibition that showcased work produced by seniors enrolled in a
visual arts program.
Duties included writing and copy-editing, press releases, assisting artists in the production of their work and hosting the final
public event.

Feb 2013 - May 2013

The American University in Cairo, Cairo, EG, Archival & Digital Projects Assitant

Worked in The American University in Cairo’s Rare Books and Special Collections department.
Organized and described historic document and photograph collections related to Egypt''s heritage and AUC history, participated in digital archives projects.
Worked mainly in Archival of Modern Egyptian architectural documents.

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011


Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Masters, Interior Architecture

CIDA accredited program.

Aug 2015 - May 2017

The American University in Cairo, Cairo, EG, Bachelors, Philosophy

Bachelors of Art in Philosophy, with minors in Architectural Design and Digital Arts & Design.

Sep 2009 - Jan 2015


National Kitchen and Bath Association Student Design Competition || Pittsburgh, Pa, 3rd Place


Areas of Specialization