Cristina Marais

Cristina Marais

Portsmouth, NH, US



Currently testing my way towards being a Registered Architect. I completed my Master of Architecture 1 degree in December 2011 at Cornell University. I also attended Pratt Institute for Interior Design. I currently am the lead Interior Designer at TMS Architects in Portsmouth, NH.  I enjoy working on projects that allow me to work laterally between exterior and interior design such as homes, restaurants and hotels. 


TMS Architects, Portsmouth, NH, US, Project Manager

Helped kick start the Interior Design Department at TMS. In charge of design services on all in-house projects including high end residential, multi-family housing, and hospitality including hotels and country clubs. Designed and established the Design Studio materials library for organizing samples and product reference materials.

Jan 2013 - current

3tarchitects, Albany, NY, US, Intern Architect

Worked mainly on construction documents for housing (low-income to high end), retail (food market), hospitality and rehabilitation projects in upstate NY. Also helped with LEED certification, model making and rendering.

Jul 2008 - Jan 2013

SITU, Brooklyn, NY, US, Intern

Helped research and fabricate working models for the 'reOrder' show at the Brooklyn Museum. Focused on how to make the vision for the project a reality.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Ashe + Leandro, New York, NY, US, Assistant

Helped draft permit drawings for several pied-a-terre apartments in the Upper East Side. Focused on interior detailing, selecting furniture, and high-end finishes.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Cambridge, MA, US, Interior Design Intern

Worked primarily on the DD and CD drawing set for the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Warrenville, IL. Drafted the interiors components as part of the Interior Design department. Selected appropriate finishes, and furnishings for a 'hotel' like healthcare experience.

May 2007 - Aug 2007


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, MArch, Master of Architecture 1

Aug 2008 - Dec 2011

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Aug 2004 - May 2008


Cornell Council for the Arts Recipient, Grant

The Cornell Council for the Arts Grant Program - an annual program to advance the work of students and faculty pursuing projects in the arts. Project submitted entitled, "A Bike Rack for Ithaca."


Diversity Fellowship, Scholarship

Awarded to member of an underrepresented minority group (African American/Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, other Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander).


Merit Award - Pratt Interior Design Department, Award


Black Alumni of Pratt Scholarship, Scholarship

Given to deserving students of African or Latino background at Pratt.


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