Lauren Dukes

Lauren Dukes

Western Springs, IL, US



I recently returned from Albania where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the small, coastal town of Orikum.

With a healthy appetite for travel and new cities, I am looking to find work as an interior designer in New York City or abroad. 

"One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again."                   -Renzo Piano

"Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant."                                       -Ralph Waldo Emerson



Peace Corps, Orikum, Alabania, Peace Corps Volunteer

I served as an Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in the schools in Orikum, Albania. While my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer does not seem to directly affect my work as a designer, it was monumental in shaping my professional values and passions. I also gained many of the skills and life experience that make me a more valuable employee. I know how to take initiative, how to build and maintain partnerships, how to seek out resources and effectively communicate with many different people. I was the first, and only, volunteer in my town and all of these skills were necessary for my success as a volunteer.

The greatest thing I gained, is a passionate and sincere desire to improve lives - especially those who need it most. As a designer, I believe I have the power and responsibility to do that through promoting healthy lifestyles, positively impacting my community, and setting the example of sustainable practices.

Mar 2011 - Apr 2013

Youngman & Company, Inc, Chicago, IL, US, Intern Interior Designer

My education provided me with a strong foundation in fundamental design principles and all aspects of the design process which were strengthened during my time with Youngman & Company, Inc. Because it was only a three-person firm, I was highly involved throughout the entire design process during each project. I produced all drawings, participated in client meetings, site visits, and communication with contractors and clients.

Sep 2009 - Mar 2011

G. Grant Dixon and Sons, Inc. Realtors, Western Springs, IL, US, Freelance Designer

Surveyed and produced “as-built” drawings of existing properties for listing purposes. These were mainly floor plans but also included interior and exterior elevations.

Mar 2010 - Oct 2010

Humble Abode, Manhattan, KS, US, Sales Associate

I worked as a sales associate for an upscale home furnishing store. I assisted customers with merchandise selection, space planning, and design advice. I also scheduled deliveries and received shipments.

Jun 2008 - May 2009


Kansas State University, Bachelors, Interior Design

Aug 2005 - May 2009