Sarah Makonnen

Sarah Makonnen

Washington, DC, US



I am a driven young designer who graduated from Philadelphia University under the Interior Design Program in 2012. I have a passion for Architecture, specifically in the Interior Design industry. Born in Washington, DC but raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while traveling to various countries, I have had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge on culture, tradition, and art. In addition, I have always had a great passion for Photography as they tell a story more than words. Above, you will find some of my variety projects as well as a glimpse of my work in Photography.

Upon graduation, I embarked on a 3-month journey that took me back to the motherland and other nearby countries. I am currently employed by a successful new business at Social Tables where I am utilizing my CAD skills to produce floor plans for existing large commercial buildings.



Walter Lynch, AIA, PLLC, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Designer

Feb 2014 - current

Social Tables, Washington, DC, US, On-boarding Coordinator

Create floor plans for existing hospitality industries such as:
Hyatt Regency, Ritz Carlton, and Marriott, to name a few, in order to help customers bring their best
event ideas to life through our cloud-based software, Social Tables.

Jan 2014 - Mar 2014

National Democratic Club, Washington, D.C, Banquet/Busperson Position

Feb 2013 - Oct 2013

Shoptaw Design Firm, Georgetown, DC, US, Interior Design Intern

- Assisted Designer with ordering samples and meeting with vendors.
- Attended on-site meetings with clients to discuss design ideas.
- Assisted with selecting Fabric and Furniture for various projects.
- At times, did building surveys to take down required measurements.
- Created 2-d drawings when needed.
- Designed 3-d models and rendered specific perspective drawings for presentation meetings.

Jan 2013 - Mar 2013

Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Office Assistant

- Organized paperworks and entered datas as required
- Maintained and updated filing inventory either manually or using a computer
- Handled scanning, making copies, and emailing files as required by program directors and head assistant

May 2011 - May 2012

MCM Consultants, Philadelphia, PA, US, Independent Contractor

- Created final boards of project for client presentations
- Ordered samples and finishes as well as met with vendors to update the firm's library
- Assisted designer in selecting samples for projects
- Created FF&E binders

Aug 2011 - Jan 2012

Busybee Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Design Intern

- Created spec sheets for store's Furniture and Finishes files
- Created an updated custom logo for all products of the store
- Organized the store for opening and closing
- Greeted and provided customers with design and sales assisting

Jul 2011 - Aug 2011

Ted's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA, US, Barista, Cashier

- Worked at the cashier register
- Prepared coffee, smoothies, and at times, pizza
- Re-stocked shelves upon closing as well as during open hours

Oct 2008 - Feb 2011


Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Aug 2008 - May 2012

Areas of Specialization