My passion for design stems from the joy of seeing rough ideas transformed into realized products. From designing exhibits in my previous studio courses and for actual clients, I have discovered the field of Exhibition Design to be especially interesting to me because I enjoy the process of creating inventive designs and interactive exhibits that have the power to engage viewers and offer unique perspectives from which to view their subject matter.

Work Samples

  • MA Exhibition Design Thesis Project

  • Exhibition Design Packets

  • Exhibition Design Individual Projects

Work History

Lauren Stern 4849 Connecticut Ave NW Apt. 614 Washington, DC 20008 // 704.516.0610 // // Education: Corcoran College of Art + Design // Washington, DC // Master of Arts, Exhibition Design // Graduated: May 2012 Graduate Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, 2010 – 2012 Appalachian State University // Boone, NC // Bachelor of Science, Interior Design // Graduated: May 2010 Industry-Related Experience: Exhibition Design Intern at C&G Partners // Washington, DC // September 2011 – December 2011 -Met with clients at the job site of the National Museum of Natural History and traveled to New York City to meet with the partners. -Created artifacts in Sketch Up and organized them by their correct field for the National Museum of Natural History’s artifact wall in the upcoming Learning Center. Exhibition Design Intern at the National Museum of African American History and Culture // Washington, DC // May 2011 – August 2011 -Attended design meetings regarding the design of the museum and its temporary exhibitions at the National Museum of American History. -Surveyed donor recognition and their effectiveness in museums and produced and presented a packet to the director’s office. -Reviewed drawings and samples submitted by contract designers for the temporary exhibitions at the National Museum of American History. AutoCAD Specialist at the Newseum // October 2010 – March 2011 -Added employee information, key and core numbers, and furniture to existing AutoCAD documents and surveyed building for additional data. -Developed a presentation on how to use AutoCAD for employees and taught employees how to use it. Interior Design Intern at Wagner Murray Architects // Charlotte, NC // May 2009 – June 2009 -Designed a computer kiosk for the Hickory Grove Branch Public Library that was built and installed in January 2009 (5 were installed). -Visited job sites and met with clients. -Utilized AutoCAD, Photoshop, Sketch Up, and Excel. Freelance Designer for Koncepts Hookah Lounge // Boone, NC // September 2008 – May 2009 -Visit the job site and work closely with the clients. -Field measure the site for the hookah lounge. -Research and purchase furniture, lighting, finishes, and fixtures for the hookah lounge. Interior Design Intern at Stern Architects // Santa Ana, CA // June 2008 – August 2008 -Field-measured a house with a fellow employee and visited various job sites. -Constructed a presentation board for a client at the University of Southern California. -Set up meetings with representatives from different furniture and finishes companies and order new products for the resource library. Leadership Positions, Affiliations and Volunteer Experience: SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design) Membership Coordinator // CCA+D Student Chapter // January 2011 – May 2012 -Kept track of the membership and pitched the SEGD mission and benefits of becoming an active member to prospective members. Museum Services Volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum // Washington, DC // October 2010 – March 2011 -Greeted and oriented visitors to the museum’s layout, made public presentations and observed how visitors interact with the exhibitions. Skills: AutoCAD // Revit // SketchUp // Adobe Creative Suite // Microsoft Office // Model-making // Hand and Computer Renderings


Corcoran College of Art + Design



SEGD September 2010 - Present


Corcoran College of Art and Design Graduate Dean's Scholarship, 2010-2012