Laura Pelstring

Laura Pelstring

New York, NY, US





Parts and Labor Design, New York, NY, US, Designer

Jul 2016 - current

MKG, New York, NY, US, Designer

Designer and project manager working from project conception to execution. Responsibilities include participating in initial concept development; creating and presenting designs that include plans, renderings, graphics, furniture and decor; detailing shop drawings; developing environmental graphics; directing fabricators and overseeing the final installation of all design elements.

In 2014, assumed role of lead designer on MKG’s largest retained account, Delta Air Lines. Responsibilities spanned designing and managing Delta's largest projects, overseeing the design department's Delta project output, keeping the team accountable for brand integrity, and maintaining client relationships in daily interactions. Responsible for envisioning the brand's translation into two- and three-dimensional spaces within all of MKG's Delta projects.

Aug 2013 - Jul 2016

Gensler, San Francisco, CA, US, Design Intern

Worked with interdisciplinary teams on retail, branding, community, office and graphic design projects within the Lifestyle Studio; worked heavily on development of design standards packages and brand identity for a company with over 140 locations; hosted meetings to deliver ideas to major clients; designed conceptual packages of architectural facades, exterior treatments for existing locations, and interior branding accepted by client for continued development; detailed and reviewed construction documents.

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

MKG, New York, NY, US, Design Intern

Focused on experiential marketing and branding through temporary, pop-up, and event design; developed and delivered conceptual design proposals to win clients; developed and delivered custom product and display design, from concept to physical production; involved with load-ins and execution of built space; built SketchUp models, delivered renderings, and drafted mechanical drawings; developed client presentations.

Jan 2012 - Mar 2012

Earl Swensson Associates, Nashville, TN, US, Design Intern

Worked primarily on healthcare, hospitality, assisted living, and higher education projects; responsible for space planning, layouts, and floor patterns; built Revit models, delivered renderings, and revised construction documents; created presentation boards and attended client meetings to deliver concepts and design iterations; surveyed, performed construction administration assistance, and lead interior punches; contributed research to evidence based design article written by staff; managed material library.

Jun 2010 - Jun 2011


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

I received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (Magna Cum Laude) from College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. This program focuses heavily on the link between architecture and interior design, keeping both majors together for the first two years of their programs. With a curriculum founded in architecture and ending in a thorough understanding of interior design, my education diverse and challenging, and allowed me to question where one focus ends and the other begins.

Starting in my second year, I participated in the Professional Practice Co-op Program, alternating quarters of college study with quarters of work in the field of Interior Design. With this, I was the recipient of the University of Cincinnati 2013 Outstanding Senior Co-op (Interior Design), an award given to one senior per major at the University of Cincinnati, reflecting co-op performance and employer feedback.

While studying at UC, I was able to study abroad at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, France for the summer of 2011, studying architecture, interior design, and urban planning. I was also able to travel for three months for academic credit in spring 2012, trading a co-op quarter to backpack through Europe and be immersed in cultures, art, and design principles and theories of Austria, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, and Czech Republic.

During my time at UC, I was on the Dean's List 12/12 terms and received the Cincinnatus Scholarship for academics. I participated in competitions (winning Honorable Mention in the AIAS/SAGE 2011 Student Design Competition), had my studio projects selected for departmental display, and contributed research to “Finishes and Furnishings: Considerations for Critical Care Environments” published in the December 2011 Critical Care Nursing Quarterly journal while on co-op in Nashville.

While on co-op, I was also able to volunteer in the community. I spent a lot of my spare time in Nashville working with Hands On Nashville, and in New York volunteering with New York Cares. This extra involvement in the city not only helped widen my perspective and make a difference where I was living, but allowed me to intimately get to know where I was living and who I was living with.

I was involved with many organizations throughout my education, including International Interior Design Associationr, American Institute of Architecture Students, DAAP Ambassadors, and Students for Ecological Design.

Sep 2008 - Apr 2013


Best Product Launch, Nomination

Nominated for Best Product Launch at the 2014 National Event Style Awards for the design of Ray-Ban District 1937 in May of 2014.


University of Cincinnati 2013 Outstanding Senior Co-op (Interior Design), Award

This recognition is given to one senior per major at the University of Cincinnati, reflecting co-op performance and employer feedback. The official University description:

"This annual award is one of the most significant recognitions the University offers in the co-op colleges and is primarily based on outstanding professional performance on practice assignments."


AIAS/SAGE Rebuilding Home Student Competition, Honorable Mention

Received Honorable Mention in the AIAS/SAGE student design competition for submission entitled "Pieces to a Whole" co-designed with fellow student Amber Wasinski. The competition dealt with re-evaluating the current condition of long-term elderly care facilities, and our submission emphasized challenging society's perception and generalization of a nursing home. The design celebrates and translates the journey through life into an environment that encourages interaction between the residents and the space, reinforces the idea that every stage of life is important, dignified, and beautiful, and focuses on creating a facility that embraces the individual and their story as well as encourages the building of a community.


Cincinnatus Scholarship, Scholarship

As described by the University of Cincinnati, "the cornerstone scholarship program for incoming freshmen to the University of Cincinnati is Cincinnatus. The brightest and most promising prospective freshmen in all academic disciplines are selected to receive renewable awards totaling more than $22 million in University of Cincinnati four-year scholarships."

Renewal requirements for this four year scholarship include a quarterly community service commitment, as well as maintaining above an average of a 3.2 GPA.


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