Department of Interior Design

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Smita Sahoo-Distinguished Young Alum, Lecture:  Smita Sahoo Lecture 

 

MID Alum, Smita Sahoo, currently Associate Director of bkl Architecture received our Distinguished Young Alum Award this year.  She also received UF’s 2018 UFAA Outstanding Young Alumni Award on April 14th, and as an awardee, attended the Orange & Blue game with UF’s President Fuchs.  ‘The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients have graduated within the last ten years and are leaders in their profession and community. They possess an unmistakable tradition of achievement and a commitment to further strengthening the Gator Nation®.  They are Gators who are truly making a difference in our world for the Gator Good.’

 

Congratulations Smita!

Design philosophy

Trained in both architecture and interior design, Smita’s approach to design is about interior architecture, form, spatial relationships and curating memorable user experiences. Born and bought up in India, Smita’s work is influenced by the complexity of Indian culture, details, blend of materials, textures, light and color. This blend of eastern and western influence brings an interesting perspective to the design approach

 

In her 12 years of work experience (In several locations – Atlanta, Boston and Chicago and for leading design firms Perkins + Will and bklarchitecture), she has enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of working on a diverse range of projects in corporate interiors, commercial and high rise residential. Her focus is on creating effective and visually stimulating design solutions by a holistic and synergistic approach that encompasses the disciplines of architecture, interior design, fashion and graphics. She is typically engaged in every phase of the project starting from the design phase through final construction. Her strength in architectural 3d visualization, modelling and rendering during the early stages of design allows the clients to become visually interactive with the project spaces. In the final phase of construction administration, she enjoys the opportunities for construction related problem solving.

 

Leadership

As an associate director at bKL Architecture, Smita’s roles and responsibility involves being the design lead on several projects, mentoring junior staff as well as being a part of marketing / business development activities. Currently, she leads the marketing and business development strategies to help grow the firm’s nascent interiors practice.

She is involved in the Chicago’s real estate community and several charity organization.  She serves on the board for CoreNET Global’s Chicago chapter and is the co-chair for the membership committee.

Organizations involved for Charity work:

  • Chicagoland food depositary
  • CoreNET – Anixter center volunteer work
  • City of hope
  • CoreNET – Annual toy drive

 

Awards

  • IIDA Global Excellence Award – Project King Abdullah Specialist Children Hospital (IIDA Global Excellence Awards honor and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/ Interior Architecture projects)
  • Building Industry Award – Project US Bank Private Client Reverse
  • The CAMME (Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence) Awards – Project Exhibit at Superior- see: http://bklarchitecture.com/projects/exhibit-on-superior-chicago/
  • Best New Building Award, Friends of Downtown – Project Exhibit at Superior

Watch Smita Sahoo Lecture

Alum, Cat Lindsay, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Department of Interior Design, Junior & Senior Awards Ceremony in March.  Ms. Lindsay graduated from UF’s Interior Design Program and currently is the head of Head of Workplace and Design Global Real Estate for HBO, Turner, CNN and Warner Brothers.

Head of Workplace and Design Global Real Estate for HBO, Turner, CNN and Warner Brothers

Cat Lindsay is an interior designer now leading the workplace and design effort for the Time Warner companies moving to Hudson Yards. Before joining TW, she owned Lindsay Newman Architecture and Design with her husband John Newman. As a top tier designer, Cat Lindsay captures the identity of her clients with uniquely tailored designs that are innovative, resourceful and timeless.

 

 

http://www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com/about/the-story/

The Story | Hudson Yards

www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com

Discover the story of Hudson Yards, a site that will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space on Manhattan’s West Side.

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/16/realestate/smaller-buildings-rise-in-hudson-yards.html

Hudson Yards: A New (Far) West Side Story

www.nytimes.com

While big projects slowly add high-rises to the area, smaller buildings are already opening.

http://www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com/press-media/

Press and Media | Hudson Yards

www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com

Browse our notable press and media mentions to find out why Hudson Yards is the place to live, work, and play on on Manhattan’s West Side.

https://www.designboom.com/architecture/hudson-yards-new-york-masterplan-shed-vessel-roundup-07-02-2017/

hudson yards: everything you need to know about the NYC …

www.designboom.com

hudson yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the US. with so much going on, we take a look at the site’s ongoing progress.

Cat Lindsay Keynote in March

Smita Sahoo-Distinguished Young Alum

MID Alum, Smita Sahoo, currently Associate Director of bkl Architecture has been chosen to receive our Distinguished Young Alum Award this year.  While visiting, Ms. Sahoo will be giving a keynote to the UF Interior Design students on April 13th.

 

Smita will also be receiveing UF’s 2018 UFAA Outstanding Young Alumni Award on April 14th, and as an awardee, attending the Orange & Blue game with UF’s President Fuchs.  ‘The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients have graduated within the last ten years and are leaders in their profession and community. They possess an unmistakable tradition of achievement and a commitment to further strengthening the Gator Nation®.  They are Gators who are truly making a difference in our world for the Gator Good.’

 

Congratulations Smita!

Design philosophy

Trained in both architecture and interior design, Smita’s approach to design is about interior architecture, form, spatial relationships and curating memorable user experiences. Born and bought up in India, Smita’s work is influenced by the complexity of Indian culture, details, blend of materials, textures, light and color. This blend of eastern and western influence brings an interesting perspective to the design approach

 

In her 12 years of work experience (In several locations – Atlanta, Boston and Chicago and for leading design firms Perkins + Will and bklarchitecture), she has enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of working on a diverse range of projects in corporate interiors, commercial and high rise residential. Her focus is on creating effective and visually stimulating design solutions by a holistic and synergistic approach that encompasses the disciplines of architecture, interior design, fashion and graphics. She is typically engaged in every phase of the project starting from the design phase through final construction. Her strength in architectural 3d visualization, modelling and rendering during the early stages of design allows the clients to become visually interactive with the project spaces. In the final phase of construction administration, she enjoys the opportunities for construction related problem solving.

 

Leadership

As an associate director at bKL Architecture, Smita’s roles and responsibility involves being the design lead on several projects, mentoring junior staff as well as being a part of marketing / business development activities. Currently, she leads the marketing and business development strategies to help grow the firm’s nascent interiors practice.

She is involved in the Chicago’s real estate community and several charity organization.  She serves on the board for CoreNET Global’s Chicago chapter and is the co-chair for the membership committee.

Organizations involved for Charity work:

  • Chicagoland food depositary
  • CoreNET – Anixter center volunteer work
  • City of hope
  • CoreNET – Annual toy drive

 

Awards

  • IIDA Global Excellence Award – Project King Abdullah Specialist Children Hospital (IIDA Global Excellence Awards honor and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/ Interior Architecture projects)
  • Building Industry Award – Project US Bank Private Client Reverse
  • The CAMME (Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence) Awards – Project Exhibit at Superior- see: http://bklarchitecture.com/projects/exhibit-on-superior-chicago/
  • Best New Building Award, Friends of Downtown – Project Exhibit at Superior

Smita Sahoo-Distinguished Young Alum

Source: Spec Eyeglass Store – The 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

Congratulations to Ellen Straub! Ellen was a finalist and chosen as a Fan Favorite in the Commercial Design category.

Ellen Straub Winner: Spec Eyeglass Store – The 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

Jae Hwa Lee, under direction of Meg Portillo, received the prestigious JID Graduate Scholar Award for Developing Creative Minds: Lessons from First Year University Students at the 2017 Interior Designer Educators Council annual conference held in Chicago.

Jae Hwa Lee Award

Our Spring 2017 Cirino Scholarship Awardees

Pari Kemp, Ellen Straub  Rachel Simm, Sara Stevens and Hailey Innocent

Photographed with Dr. Portillo by the John and Barbara Cirino plaque.

 

 

Spring 2017 Cirino Scholarship Awardees