Maria Paula Otero

Maria Paula Otero

Savannah, GA, US

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A physical encounter between people and spaces seem a matter that happens in a single act, when in reality it is composed of an infinite of particles, pieces, and circumstances that synchronize in time. For me interior design is about that, bringing together people and displaying in front of them a series of events waiting to be experienced and enjoyed. If I can make people appreciate their surroundings and create instances that transform lives, then I might say I am in the right path.

I am a Colombian Interior Design student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. My goal as a designer has been to harmonize people with the world around them and for them to appreciate their surroundings. I firmly believe that architecture and design have the power not only to affect people’s behavior, but to improve their wellbeing and life quality. I also seek for innovation and sustainability in order to create a healthy environment and enrich the human experience. 


ZGF Architects LLP, New York, NY, US, Interior Design Intern

- Produced design drawings and graphic design work.
- Developed 3D models.
- Contributed on renderings and post-production.
- Selected materials and created finish binders for projects

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Snap-on Tools, Savannah, GA, US, Interior Design Intern

-SCAD Sponsored Course
-Collaborated with Snap-On tools to research and develop concepts for an innovation lab and a makers-space.
- Met with clients

Mar 2019 - May 2019

Adriana Hoyos Interior Design, Quito, EC, Interior Design Intern

- Developed conceptual ideas and mood boards.
- Designed floor plans.
- Selected materials and fabrics for furniture collection.

Jun 2018 - Jul 2018

Centro Medico Imbanaco, Cali, CO, Healthcare Assistant

- Assisted in the service of palliative care.
- Accompanied patients and families in their end of life stage.
- Gained a psychological perspective of the healing process and how spaces affect people's health

Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

Geometry, Bogotá, CO, Graphic Design Assistant

-Conceptualized campaign ideas for advertising.
-Implemented advertisement strategies into the design.

Mar 2016 - Apr 2016


Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Sep 2016 - May 2020


Chair's Outstanding Thesis, 1st Place

I worked in my thesis project from Fall 2019 to Winter 2020 where I design and completed all the design process of a Hospice Center in Colombia. After 7 months of hard work, my project was selected by the Interior Design department as the best thesis project out of all the students.


NAIA Individual National Champion, 1st Place

In 2018 SCAD Women's Golf won Nationals for the first time. I made part of the 5 players who competed in Florida and I won the tournament individually. I am the 2nd player of SCAD history to win this tournament.


Athletic Scholarship- Women's Golf team, Scholarship

For my four years of college I made part of the Golf Team where I played competitively.


SCAD Dean's List, Award

In all my quarters at SCAD I made part of the Dean's list with my high GPA


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