Kiersten Hoiland

Kiersten Hoiland

Chicago, IL, US



Inspired everyday by foundations in architectural history, nature’s colors and forms, gastronomy, and fashion, I strive to develop creative and practical designs rooted in research and sustainability to enhance the end user’s interior experience.  I am a quick learner, detail oriented, computer-savvy, and flexible; produce drawings and make decisions efficiently; and develop and sustain strong concepts throughout my designs.  I live a balanced life by performing in the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra’s violin section, training for and running marathons, and consistently challenging myself to achieve my next goal.


Anne Kustner Lighting Design, Evanston, IL, US, Lighting Designer

Oct 2012 - current

Drew Designs Ltd., Pittsburgh, PA, US, Interior Design Intern

Assisted principal designer with space planning and material selection for residential and commercial projects
Attended client meetings to discuss design options and verify accurate installation
Developed an organizational system for the materials library

Feb 2012 - May 2012

Typhoon Lighting, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Designer and Sales Associate

Assisted customers, designers, and contractors with new and antique fixture selection
Maintained shipping and receiving orders
Managed social media networks
Developed low-cost marketing strategies
Discerned problems in customers’ broken fixtures to successfully communicate with restoration technicians
Responsible for visual merchandising of chandeliers, portable lamps, and decorative accessories
Trained new staff people in computer programs, vendor repertoire, and visual merchandising

Oct 2010 - May 2012

Front Studio Architects, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Architectural Design Intern

Assisted principal architect with interior design of the 811 Liberty Ave., mixed-use adaptive reuse project
Created a variety of furniture layouts in AutoCAD and Photoshop to use for marketing purposes
Generated drawings and floor plans to present to clients
Space planned a jazz club/bar to meet code requirements
Compiled information and wrote project descriptions for competitions and awards

Nov 2011 - Jan 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, IL, US, Guest Services Volunteer

Welcomed guests to the historic site
Provided detailed explanation of the audio tour electronic equipment to guests
Answered questions pertaining to the history of the site, directions, and local attractions

Jun 2010 - Dec 2010

Utilimetrics, Des Plaines, IL, US, Education Coordinator

Created an organizational database to record and update 200+ conference speakers’ information
Emailed the speakers the required documents and enforced the deadline
Curated a museum exhibit for one-of-a-kind, obsolete meters by archiving and labeling each of the 40 meters, editing the item descriptions, and selecting the display format
Processed registration, membership, sponsorship and exhibit booth payments
Logged all transactions into QuickBooks and kept accounting records up-to-date

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Utilimetrics, Des Plaines, IL, US, Administrative Assistant

Researched and created multiple contact databases
Reformatted the association’s presentation resource guide intended for future conference speakers
Edited the final program brochure for the conference
Organized staff travel arrangements for the annual conference

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009


Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Masters, Interior Architecture

Vice President, United States Green Building Council Chatham University Chapter, Aug. 2011 – Present
I promote sustainable practices on campus by arranging lectures, workshops and professional tradeshows for graduate and undergraduate students

Graduate Student Assembly Representative, Chatham University, Sept. 2010 – Present
I represent the Interior Architecture department, present views to administration and faculty, promote campus-wide interaction and development through professional workshops and seminars

Student Member, ASID, March 2011 – Present
I attended several events including Career Day and Real World Design Week

Interior Architecture Graduate Student Tutor, Chatham University, July 2011 – Present
Highly recommended by my professors, I am the only tutor to assist graduate and undergraduate students with class assignments in AutoCAD and Revit

Selected Member of CIDA Archives Collection, Chatham University, Oct. 2010 – Jan. 2012
My design projects were selected by my professors for the CIDA accreditation archives including the Urban Art Center model; De la Soul Optique and Speculative Office plans, perspectives, and RCP; Visual Communications Portfolio; and Fantôme Department Store Construction Documents Set

Relevant Research:
-- Unveiling the Heart of the Private Sphere: An Examination of the Kitchen in Parisian Bourgeois Apartments throughout the Nineteenth Century
-- The Sustainable Components of Phipps Conservatory’s Welcome Center (Pittsburgh, PA): A Case Study
-- The Interior Environmental Shift of Public Library Design: A Look at the Pittsburgh Carnegie Library and its Branches Through the Past One-Hundred Years
-- The Not-So-Guiding Light: A Look at Wayfinding Behavior and Lighting Design in a Hospitality Setting

Aug 2010 - May 2012

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, Bachelors, Interior Architecture and Design, Music

I created my own major in Interior Architecture and Design through the Center for Integrative Studies by selecting liberal arts classes to meet the requirements and defending my proposal and thesis project before a committee. For my thesis project, I proposed converting the abandoned train depot in Northfield, MN into an exhibition space and cafe. My drawings were on display at St. Olaf College for four weeks and an article about my project was published on the school's website (

While preparing for graduate study in interior architecture, I also majored in music as a violinist. I participated in the first violin section of the St. Olaf Orchestra (which toured throughout the US and Spain during my residency), St. Olaf Philharmonia, chamber ensembles, choral ensembles, and an opera pit orchestra; taught private violin lessons; and performed a full senior recital. I also received a scholarship for performance studies all four years.

Relevant Research:
-- Departing from the Gare d’Orsay: The Making of a Postmodern Museum within a Beaux-Arts Shell
-- The Value of Land: Exploring the Architectural Foundations of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem
-- Sustainable Materials and Construction Practices: An Independent Research Project

Sep 2006 - May 2010

Areas of Specialization