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Samantha Okolita

Samantha Okolita

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Employment 

WeWork, New York, NY, US, Senior Lead Designer - Design Innovation Studio

Analyzing data on building metrics and user experience to define new global strategies and design standards for the WeWork product.

Mar 2019 - current
 

BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

Acted as Designer and BIM manager on large scale luxury housing projects in the United States and Canada. Spent two weeks in the desert on the build crew for a large scale installation at Burning Man 2018. Developed research and concept designs for the future of cities in the age of automation.

Jul 2017 - Mar 2019
 

AKOAKI, Detroit, MI, US, Designer

Worked on the curation and design team for the 2017 Saint Etienne Design Biennale.

May 2016 - May 2017
 

T + E + A + M, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Production Assistant.

Helped produce final drawings and models for the 2016 Venice Biennale.
http://tpluseplusaplusm.us/reassembly.html

Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
 

The Los Angeles Design Group (LADG), Ann Arbor, MI, US, Production Assistant

Produced final models with a team for an installation at Jai and Jai Gallery in Los Angeles.
https://www.jainjai.com/houses-the-figures-that-go-in-them/

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
 

Education 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

Graduated with high distinction.
Taught Sustainable Systems II as a graduate student Instructor.
Elected as coordinator of the Architecture Representative Committee.
Acted as editor of Dimensions Journal No. 30.
Selected for the Student Design Show 2014-2016 (First Place 2014).

Sep 2014 - May 2017
 

Awards 

Thesis Prize Citation, Honorable Mention

One of four citations given to the thesis projects of the graduating class.

2017
 

AIA Henry Adams Citation, 1st Place

Awarded for academic excellence to the second highest standing in the graduating class.

2017
 

Student Design Show, 1st Place

2015
 

Areas of Specialization