Sharmeen Shahid

Sharmeen Shahid

Philadelphia, PA, US



I am a creative and energetic interior designer looking for full time opportunities where I can use my creative energy and passion for design. For the past 5 months at Marguerite Rodgers, I have been involved in assisting senior designers through several design phases for an upscale private residence and a higher education facility. I have used my proficiency in AutoCAD and my ability to quickly pick up on new software packages to successfully draft furniture layouts, assist in construction documents, create client presentations and generate proposals and schedules for FFE selections. Furthermore, along with enhancing my creativity and technical knowledge of design, I gained significant interpersonal skills as I communicated across the board with vendors, senior designers and colleagues to consistently meet project requirements and deadlines. 

Growing up in the Middle East, where Interior Design and Architecture has dramatically evolved over the last few decades, has also tremendously influenced my sense of design.  I remember being moved by the use of color, texture and light in the vivid multicultural interiors and began to appreciate how a space evokes emotional memories. I have always enjoyed immersing myself in diverse environments and people during my global travels. My international exposure and natural ability to connect with others are my greatest strengths as a designer.   

While at Drexel University, I wrote a research paper on the impact pervasive infiltration of technology has had on our relationships and the important role thoughtful space planning and design plays in striking a balance between the conveniences of technology and emotional satisfactions of social interactions. This inspired me to, as part of my masters’ thesis, conceptualize and design a technology-detox family retreat on the SS United States that made smart use of technology to encourage people to disconnect from their devices and connect directly with one another instead. Bringing this challenging project to life within a span of just 4 months through detailed concept design, 3D models, spatial layouts and material selections – I appreciated, and immensely enjoyed, the level of detail, discipline, and dedication that is needed from a designer in every single venture.

While being an energetic team player, I take ownership of my responsibilities and perform well individually.  I am organized and detail-oriented by nature. I thrive best in a culture that is values-based, innovative, and encourages continual learning.  I am willing to relocate.


Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Interior Design Intern

• Assisting through all design phases for multiple projects including a private residential and a large educational institute
• Drafting and updating furniture layouts, producing detailed drawings, sketches and assisting with construction documents
• Creating detailed specifications and schedules, and responsible for research and sourcing of furniture, fabric, hardware, and decorative lighting
• Obtaining quotes, collecting samples, reviewing finishes and availability, and coordinating logistics through regular vendor communication and management
• Generated proposals and presentations for clients based on company standards
• Meticulously organizing project documents, folders and material library

Aug 2016 - current

Cake Koncepts, Lahore, Pakistan, Owner/Cake Designer

• Started a sole proprietary business offering customized specialty cakes for all occasions
• Created over 50 unique cake designs for parties as large as several hundred, generating a revenue of PKR 220,000/year
• Listened attentively to customer requirements to provide concepts within their budget
• Developed positive customer relationships, while ensuring the continuation and enhancement of services

Aug 2009 - Sep 2012

Lahore Grammer School, Lahore, VA, US, Assistant Teacher

• Instructed students under direction and guidance of teachers, maintaining a safe and positive environment
• Responsible for organizing schedules, grading and teaching support to improve efficiency of weekly communication

Oct 2011 - Jun 2012

Rana Vision, Muscat, Oman, Entry Level Interior Designer and Drafter

• Drafted detailed AutoCAD drawings for residential projects and documented changes as directed by design principal

Aug 2005 - Oct 2005

Ibtikari Group, Sharjah, UAE, Student Interior Design Intern

• Designed and developed the Al-Buhais 18 exhibit at the Sharjah Archaeology Museum (project, BA. Interior Design)
• Attended meetings and worked in collaboration with German Archaeologists to implement design concepts
• Worked with design team to investigate building codes, construction methods and ergonomics to enhance details

Jan 2005 - May 2005


Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Interior Architecture

• Cumulative GPA: 3.97 / 4.00
• Thesis: Researched on thesis topic to design a family getaway resort housed on the SS United States Ship. Developed
initial programming, space planning, CAD drawings, 3D renderings, furniture/fixture selection and material boards.
• Worked on several innovative concepts for projects encompassing hospitality, residential, retail and commercial spaces
• Demonstrated ability to take constructive criticism in a positive manner and taking improvement advice

Sep 2013 - Jun 2016

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, AE, Bachelors, Interior Design

• Minor in Design Management
• Cumulative GPA: 3.39 / 4.00, Dean’s list (2003)
• Activities: Teacher’s Assistant for Professor Claude Berube (2004-2005)

Aug 2000 - Jun 2005


ASID, 1st Place

Winner of ASID Portfolio Competition (1st place) - selected to shadow Karen Daroff (President, Daroff Design)


Dean's Grant Recipient, Grant

Dean's Grant recipient from 2014-2016 at Drexel University


Sheikh Award, 1st Place

Sheikh Interior Design Award of $2000, American University of Sharjah


School of Architecture and Design award, 1st Place

First place School of Architecture and Design Award, American University of Sharjah


Al-Buhais Project, 1st Place

Winner of design concept for the Al-Buhais 18 Exhibit at the Sharjah Archaeological Museum 2004


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