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  • Trudy Cherok


    Columbus, OH

The scope of design has been broadened to include multi-disciplines. It demands a holistic approach, a depth and breadth of thinking, a focus on individual behavior and the orchestration of a range of different design inputs. I am inspired and influenced by the work of those who focus squarely on innovation, sustainability, and transformative design through a human-centered ethos.

Work Samples

  • cultural probe

  • visioning

  • logo design

Work History

Design Consultant Design I Research I Writing Design-centric exploratory observation and documentation of the interactions among people, places, products, information and experiences. Consultant to Anshen+Allen / Stantec Columbus, Ohio April 2010 - Present Environmental Graphic Design l Project Manager l Marketing The Ohio State University Department of Design Stir Symposium 2011 Moderator The Stir Symposium is about collaborating and thinking in new ways, no matter the discipline: business, architecture, engineering, design, agriculture, geography, and more. Visit: http://stir.osu.edu/topics.html NBBJ Columbus, Ohio March 1998 – April 2010 Environmental Graphic Design I Interior Design I Project Manager I Team Leader Coten Creative Waves 2010 Participant Lucerne University of Applied Science & Arts May 2010 – August 2010 A collaborative online research project exploring service design for higher education in 2010. Pinnacle Homes & Design Estes Park, Colorado 1997 – 1998 Residential I Commercial Design Midyette Architects Boulder, Colorado 1996 – 1997 Commercial and Corporate Design Norwalk Furniture Corporation Norwalk, Ohio 1994 – 1996 Retail Planning & Design I Franchise Development I Product Design I Environments Design I Marketing I Prototype Development I Buyer PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS National Council of Interior Designers NCIDQ Certificate #15168 USGBC AWARDS & RECOGNITION ...culture is undeniably the stability and foundation needed by groups of people in order for them to thrive. I add value because of the ways I contribute, seek out, and make every effort possible to be involved above and beyond daily tasks to influence a firms ever-evolving culture... -Modern Healthcare Award of Excellence, Miami Valley Hospital, NBBJ 2011 -AIA of Ohio Merit Award, Miami Valley Hospital, NBBJ 2011 -LEED Vs 2.2+3.0 Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, NBBJ 2009-2010 -D.AD / Design Advocacy Member, NBBJ 2008 -Pecha Kucha Presenter: Sustainability & Site Specific Design, The Ohio Union: 2007 -Teaching l Learning Sessions, curriculum coordinator, NBBJ 2007 -Leading Change Candidate, NBBJ 2003, 2005 -Black Box Blue Sky Participant: A Focus on Co-creation with Liz Sanders, MakeTools 2003 -Mentor of the Year Nominee, NBBJ 2004 -Service Award Nominee, NBBJ 2003 LECTURES & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS The Ohio State University, Department of Design Research in Environmental Graphic Design & Wayfinding Case Study: Miami Valley Hospital, The Wicked Problem...Discernment and Definition 2009 Case Study: Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, A Participatory Process 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 American Institute of Architects Case Study: The Christ Hospital, The Process of Integrated Design 2006 TEACHING Adjunct Professor: Drawing, Rendering and Visualization The Ohio State University, Department of Design 2001, 2002 CONFERENCES Summit on Sustainability & the Environment Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Committee MORPC Columbus, Ohio 2009 Neo-Con Chicago, IL 2008 Post Hurricane Katrina Evaluation and Analysis & Fit for a King Fair Housing Conference New Orleans, LA 2008 The Getty: Wayfinding Evaluation and Analysis Los Angeles, CA 2007 Biomimicry & Sustainability in Healthcare Shelburne , VT 2006 SEGD Miami, FL I Cincinnati, OH


  • The Ohio State University

    • BSID Industrial Design
    • 1989 - 1994





NBBJ: Curriculum Coordinator for LEED & Teaching+Learning; Leading Change Candidate Mentor of the Year Nominee; Service Award Nominee Black Box Blue Sky Co-creation with MakeTools Pecha Kucha Presenter Sustainability & Site Specific Design, The Ohio Union Graphic Workshop with Mike Lin