Maria Vila

Maria Vila

New York, NY, US



Hello. I am an interior designer living in New York City. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design as well as an undergraduate degree in Interiors. Past experience includes working in both commercial and healthcare sectors at large firms. Project knowledge includes experience with schematic design phase (developing test fits, preliminary sketching and space layout), to design phase (creating presentations, selecting materials and finishes, generating furniture specifications), and through construction (creating construction documents, attending walk throughs and punch lists).  I am proficient in design programs (Revit, AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and SketchUp), as well as bilingual, with fluency in Spanish and English.

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Perkins Eastman, New York, NY, US, Contract Junior Designer

-Memorial Sloan Kettering Outpatient Surgical Center; New York, NY; 185,000 sq. ft.
Creating construction documents in Revit (finish plans, elevations, and schedules)
Collaborating with fellow designers and consultants to select finishes
-McGraw Hill Education; New York, NY; 34,450 sq. ft.
Bothell, WA; 12,800 sq. ft.
Participating in schematic and design development phase (developing test fits, preliminary finish plans)
Producing design packages and presentations (including generating plans, elevations, and material selections
-Manhattan College Student Commons; Riverdale, NY; 71,100 sq. ft.
Developing and presenting furniture package for client (including creating furniture plans and specifications, collaborating with dealers and product reps)
-Deutsche Bank; Various (Cary, NC; Philadelphia, PA); 6,000- 7,000 sq. ft.
Planning of client's space through various testfit layouts
-Federal Reserve Bank of New York; New York, NY; 20,000 sq. ft.
Sourcing materials and creating specifications
Composing and assembling finish boards
-Bloomberg, LLP; New York, NY; 18,000 sq. ft.
Participating in planning strategy and schematic design (including analyzing notes and client feedback, creating presentations, preliminary sketching and space layout)

Jul 2013 - current

TPG Architecture, New York, NY, US, Contract Junior Designer

-Created test fits, plans, perspectives, and elevations in CAD and SketchUp
-Developed client presentations using Photoshop and InDesign
-Selected materials, worked with vendors, and created sample boards

Dec 2012 - Jun 2013

Gensler, Houston, TX, US, Intern

-MetLife; Houston, Texas; 38,000 sq. ft.
Fourth floor renovation of offices; construction documents created in Revit
-AIG; Houston, Texas; 12,688 sq. ft.
Level nine renvoation of offices; construction documents created in AutoCAD
-Selected furniture and finishes for various projects
-Assisted in work in various media such as CAD, Revit, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Gensler, Houston, TX, US, Intern

-Ordered samples and worked with vendors
-Selected furniture and finishes for various projects
-Assisted in tracking orders, submittals and editing redlines for various projects
-Assisted in work in various media such as CAD, Revit, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop

May 2010 - Aug 2010


Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

I completed a Bachelors of Human Science degree in Interior Design. Coursework involved various design studios (Residential design, Non-residential design, Commercial design, Hospitality design, and Healthcare design); classes on furniture and finishes; understanding of construction methods; and learning design programs (such as CAD, Revit, Sketchup, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop).

During this program, I studied abroad for a semester in Ariccia, Italy, where I was exposed to a new culture and language.

Also included in the program was a required internship, which I completed the Summer of 2010 at Gensler in Houston, Texas.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2010

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, Bachelors, Spanish

I received a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts, with a focus in Spanish language. I am also fluent in Spanish (read, write, and speak). Coursework included basic language classes, as well as writing, literature and business spanish.

Included in my course of study, was a study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain, where I was fully immersed in Spanish culture and language.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2010

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