A 3D model of the Zigzag Chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld
Photography: Becky Gardner
Operation Renovation: Davidson Kitchen
This project was created for the annual Daltile interior design competition. The 2013 competition, Operation Renovation, required students to redesign an existing space that exhibited excellence in design and creativity while using Daltile products. I redesigned the Davidson family's kitchen in Rexburg, Idaho creating a more functional interior that included beautiful, new finishes and a custom tile design. Upon entering the competition, I received a Merit Award which included a $1,000 cash prize.
This project was created for the annual Daltile interior design competition. The 2015 competition, "Design With A Greater Purpose," required students to redesign an existing charity or non-profit organization that exhibited excellence in design and creativity while using Daltile products. I redesigned the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah. Upon entering the competition, I received the Grand Prize which included a $10,000 scholarship.
Project Concept & Design Explanation:
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is a non-profit organization located in Draper, Utah. They strive to foster stewardship for the environment and create awareness about conservation. The aquarium is dedicated to engaging and educating people about their place in the global system of life by showcasing the world’s ecosystems. It is important to them that each space in the aquarium invites visitors to learn and be excited about life on earth.
The main entrance is currently a dark, cold, and unwelcoming space in need of a renovation. As the entry gives the first impression of the aquarium, they would like it to excite, inspire, and create a sense of wonder in their visitors. Being a high-traffic area, finishes in the entry must be durable, easy-to-clean, and able to conceal dirt from outside.
In the newly designed entrance, visitors are welcomed into the Living Planet Aquarium by two striking mosaic murals. These oceanic art pieces are created with a myriad of Daltile’s Glass Mosaics™, in the Byzantine (hand-cut) style. Reaching from floor to ceiling these murals immediately engulf visitors in an underwater experience, leaving them awestruck and excited to explore the rest of the aquarium.
Daltile’s One Quartz™ in Pacific Sand is used as the entry’s flooring and countertop material. Being nonporous, durable, scratch-resistant and virtually maintenance free, this product is the perfect solution for the aquarium’s busy entry. It’s sandy aesthetic hides dirt well and is a flawless compliment to the mosaic mural walls, creating a complete ocean scene. The aquarium’s logo is inlaid as a mosaic into the floor, using Daltile’s Natural Hues™ tile, creating a sense of repetition and unity within the space.
Used as a 2x4 brick mosaic, Daltile’s Florentine™ in Carrara acts as a beautiful backdrop to the entry. Adding a touch of elegance, it helps to brighten the previously drab space into a light and airy atmosphere. It’s creamy whites and subtle grays soften the space while helping the murals pop into exquisite focal points.
Visitors leave the entry and enter into the aquarium guided by the waves of Daltile’s Showscape™ ceramic wall tile in Crisp Blue Brushstroke. The horizontal wave-like texture naturally encourages people to follow its pattern, acting as an integrated source of wayfinding within the space.
Through the use of Daltile products, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium inspires people to explore, learn, and discover from the moment they enter the building. Each material enhances the entry’s underwater concept of excitement and discovery while adding to the interior’s functionality and durability. As visitors engage with this space, the aquarium is able to open the doors of teaching about conservation and appreciation for our world.
Meduims: Photoshop, InDesign, SketchUp
The Morris Residence
The Morris Residence is an adaptive reuse project in which an old Masonic Hall was transformed into a design studio and residence. The inspiration for the project was "city lights," inspired by a photo of the Chicago skyline at night. This was a group project that I completed with my classmate, Catherine Reid.
The Robert Bruce Thompson Charitable Trust holds an annual lighting design competition for undergrad and graduate students throughout the nation. The 2013 competition required students to design a light fixture for the lobby of a high-tech company in Silicon Valley. I entered Falling Blossoms and received a Special Citation for Presentation which included a plaque and $500 cash prize.
Mediums: AutoCad, Photoshop, Illustrator
A compilation of residential e-design boards and vignettes.
A collection of residential 3D models created in SketchUp.
Giolitti's Dessert Cafe & Art Gallery
Giolitti's Dessert Cafe & Art Gallery was a conceptual project in which I chose a period style, target clientele, and food category from a hat. I randomly selected Romanesque, family, and dessert. The inspiration for this cafe's interior and space plan came from the St. Madeleine de Vezelay Cathedral in France.
Mediums: Photoshop, InDesign, Marker, Pen
Photography: Becky Gardner
The Ruiz Residence
The Ruiz Residence is a passive solar and barrier-free home design located near Madrid, Spain. The home includes a cooling tower, solar chimney, and large south-facing windows with pergolas protecting them from summer sun. Materials used in the home have thermal mass properties to help heat the home during the cooler months. The entire home is accessible by wheelchair.
Mediums: AutoCad, Photoshop, InDesign, museum board, hardboard, marker, and pen
Photography: Becky Gardner
Heritage High School
Heritage High School is a mock-up high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Native American students. Inspired by Native American culture and the traditions of New Mexico, Heritage High is designed to motivate students to become life-long learners and to help preserve the beauties of their culture. Doubling as a cultural center and classroom for people in the community, this school helps to break down cultural stereotypes as people begin to appreciate and understand the depth of Native American culture. The rich colors used in their apparel, jewelry, and textiles serve as the inspiration for the interior finishes. Symbolic motifs and patterns throughout the space are derived from Native American baskets and blankets. Heritage High School was a semester-long group project completed with four of my classmates.
The Vega Residence is a two-suite condominium remodel for mock-up clients, Vincent and Marcela Vega and Marcela's mother, Romina. The purpose of this remodel was to fuse two styles into one home. Vincent and Marcela prefered Mid-Century Modern while Romina wanted her African heritage to be displayed throughout the home.