I am a senior studying industrial design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I specialize in furniture making, although I am interested in sustainable packaging and design for the environment. The majority of my inspiration comes from origami and nature. It’s amazing that almost any form, geometric or organic, can be created from a flat piece of paper, and I especially enjoy building forms with modular origami. I am inspired by nature because its beauty is everywhere. I hope to design products that undo environmental damage or prevent further harm from occurring. Currently, I am most interested in zero-waste lifestyles and sustainable living in small homes.

Work Samples

  • Elevate - Tall Desk and Chair

  • Pyramid - Grid Lighting System

  • Norden - Live Edge Dining Table

Work History

  • Security Guard

    • Krannert Art Museum
    • Champaign, IL
    • Oct 2016 - Present (5 months)

    Responsible for upholding museum standards and representing the museum as well as the university. Ensure safety and proper treatment of art. Provide visitors with friendly customer service.

  • Lab Assistant

    • School of Art and Design
    • Champaign, IL
    • Jan 2014 - Present (3 years 2 months)

    Assist students with developing projects and using tools. Clean wood shop tables, machines, tools, and floors. Enforce safety and lab rules on students in the wood shop.

  • Design Intern

    • Norden German Design Studio
    • Urbana, IL
    • May 2016 - Aug 2016 (3 months)

    Worked in a team of two or three to collect materials, follow design plans, and build large-scale commissioned projects. Developed personal design process throughout the course of an independent research project. Used assertive decision making and resourcefulness to overcome obstacles.

  • Freelance Industrial Designer

    • Neutral Design Studio
    • Urbana, IL
    • Nov 2015 - Feb 2016 (3 months)

    Worked on commissions from local businesses. Responsible for collecting materials and following plans to fabricate outdoor storefront signage and product displays.

Education

  • University of Illinois

    • BFA Industrial Design
    • 2012 - Currently Enrolled

    Taking classes in drawing, design, sculpture, model making, computer applications, disability, art history, metals, sustainability, manufacturing, and furniture design.

  • École du Louvre

    • Student of Museology
    • 2015 - 2015

    Studied the history, inner workings, and organization of museums in and around Paris during a one month study abroad program. Received mentorship from leading curators, administrators, and other museum professionals.

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

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