Speranta-Octavia Maior

Speranta-Octavia Maior

Troy, MI, US



I speak 4 languages: Romanian, German, English and Spanish. 

I obtained my formal architectural education at the University of Michigan where I won the Willeke Design Competition.

As I began my professional career, my first design challenge in New York City was the renovation of actress´ Isabella Rossellini´s penthouse.

I had the priviledge of directly collaborating with the atelier of decorator Jacques Garcia in Paris while developing high profile interior designs for Las Vegas´s City Center project.

I enjoy many design styles with an understanding that each has its place and function within a certain context and with the specific needs and aspirations of clients... from strict NY minimalism to classicism or ornate Moroccan interiors. 

I have studied and traveled extensively. Through my research, I have developed a distinct and practical approach towards design and I am eager to share my expertise with clients, employers and colleagues.


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Speranta-Octavia Maior DESIGN WORK : ideas, competitions, projects

in 2001, archinect website hosted an ideas competition for how communication devices will change in the future and it specifically asked what will become of the telephone booth. My late friend and colleague David Rhoese and myself under the designer name Speranza Octavia participated and we won second prize. I would like to post our concept here for further dissemination and to see if this ideas will take on a second life, as well as other ideas and portfolio projects.

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Hamilton Anderson Associates, Lead Interior Designer

Mar 2006 - Aug 2008

Hustvedt Cutler Architects, Architectural Intern/Job Captain

Mar 2002 - Sep 2005

EOA / Elmslie Osler Architect, Architectural Intern

Feb 2001 - Jan 2002

Awards International Ideas Competition for a Communication Booth in the Future, 2nd Place


Willeke Design Competition, Award

University of Michigan´s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Annual Prize for best portfolioin the graduating class, by a vote of invited professional jurors.


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