- Involves a wide knowledge base of various subjects
- Provides opportunities to work with a diversity of specialists, tradespeople and professionals
- Includes sharing knowledge with consumers, improving the quality, health and safety of their lives
- Is a prime position from which to advocate reduction of our most destructive environmental impacts
Interior design is incredibly fulfilling for me. No other line of work supports my desire to continually learn, help others, and be a force of change.
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Designing how to
make life better
Amicia Nametka Interior Designs 2018 - Present
- Sole proprietor of an interior design business
- Specializing in remodelling and new construction projects
- Company foci: human factors, sustainability, universality, and equal access to phenomenal design
Closets To Go! 2014-2017
- Account manager of local retail sales department
- Managed showroom and retail staff with average sales of $360,00 per year
- Consulted on an average of 15-20 concurrent projects with clients, ranging in value from $750 - $20,000 each
- Managed each project from client introduction to post-installation review
- Consulted with industry professionals for the design and servicing of their clients
- Produced visualizations, 3D models and presentations for proposals for multiple departments
- Developed training materials, assisted in the development of systematized design standards and trained incoming design staff
- Designed promotional materials and internal work-aids to improve sales and productivity
Vida Design 2013
- Produced and edited digital layouts for client proposals
- Created material board displays and digital visualizations of proposed finishes
- Corresponded with manufacturer representative to research and procure material samples
- Orchestrated the relocation and organization of an approximately 220 sq ft materials library and project archive
- Participated in the research and cataloging of furnishing, fixture and equipment selections
- Cooperated with a team to design, build, install and tear-down modern Indian-style displays and decorative fixtures
- Created design elements for retail promotion, private and community events to include: Amrapali’s Boutique locations, tabling events such as the annual India Day at Pioneer Square and Beaverton Night Market, and the annual Holi festival at the Washington Co. Fairgrounds
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design,
Minor in Sustainability with Honors
The Art Institute of Portland - CIDA Accreditation
- Business & Management Certificate
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
VWISE Graduate Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
- Portland Pride
- Habitat for Humanity, Women Build Committee
- City of Portland, Point in Time Count 2017
- US Army 91W
Operation Iraqi Freedom
- The Art Institute of Portland - Student Tutor
- The Clay Pan Pottery Guild - Merchandiser, Beginning Pottery Instructor
This will evolve into something else
No budget is too small
No project is too small
Everyone deserves to be well
Everyone deserves good design
Interior Design for Well Being
Let me show you how
A Synergy of Art & Service
I grew up in a home of art and service. My mother, a painter and nurse, encouraged my early visual expression. Unsurprisingly, I continue to seek opportunities to help others and consider art a vital component of happy living. My nature compelled me to volunteer for military service like my mother and grandparents, which further developed my desire to improve the lives of those around me. Since setting aside my BDUs to focus on aesthetics, a synergy of craft and purpose fuels my pursuit of interiors designed for well-being.
Opportunities to build knowledge of varied subjects while designing alongside numerous specialists invigorates me. There is no better field for a constantly curious and aesthetically sensitive problem solver, such as myself, than design. My knowledge and experience enable me to educate consumers in how to improve the quality, health, and safety of their lives. Helping others and being a force for change are fundamental to my idea of good design and gratifying vocation.
Interior design is my way of resolving and preventing complex problems of inhabited space using artfully composed solutions. As a designer, I take responsibility for the impacts and by-products of my work. I am concerned about our contributions to an unsustainable waste stream as well as the occupants’ quality of life and access to high grade goods and services. These concerns are significant regardless of project’s size, scope or value. I envision spaces holistically, effortlessly zooming in and out from site-analysis to switch-plate cover, keeping both the intimate and global outcomes of a design in mind.
My favorite design challenges are the ones most difficult to solve. Design problems become more interesting to me as constraints multiply and resources diminish. When tackling a design problem, I draw from an assortment of philosophic predecessors for my inspirational well-springs. I frequently ask myself, “what would Dieter do?” I find Ram’s principles particularly effective when refining my ideas. Gray’s significance to me is as a rare, persevering female designer; her innovative, user-focused solutions are fundamental touchstones. My greatest joy is brokering an effective and beautiful spatial harmony between a client’s hopes and disobliging dimensions or functional infeasibility. With this mindset, I see useful corollaries between my treasured philosophers and seek to use their combined visions to elevate my design solutions.
1. For a review of Ram’s principles and contextual relationship with modern design see Domingo’s article for the Interaction Design Foundation: https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/dieter-rams-10-timeless-commandments-for-good-design.
2. For a topic overview of Wright’s extension of his mentor’s axiom, see the Guggenheim Museum organizarion’s art cirriculum page: https://www.guggenheim.org/arts-curriculum/topic/form-follows-function.
3. See Trachtenberg & Hyman, Architecture, From Prehistory to Postmodernity, Second Edition. Prentice Hall, Inc., 2002. Pages 486-488. for examples of the degree of import the order of the natural world played into his design process.
4. In Demetrious, An Eames Primer, Universe, 2001., this grandchild of the incomparable architect and painter duo, tells of their sensitivity to both commercial and cultural criteria in selecting Herman Miller as their manufacturer of choice on pg 110. On pgs 169-177, insights into the Eames awareness of both cultural shift and market influences are apparent with projects such as the Dulles Airport, now ubiquitous in form, airport seating.
5. In a 2014 Forbes interview, Behar said, “... I’ve always seen the work of a designer really at the intersection of culture and commerce,” when recalling his own design influencers which included another of my personal favorites, Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames’ once headlined a show of their work referencing how nothing happens in isolation. ttps://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhigh/2014/08/25/yves-behar-is-the-most-influential-industrial-designer-in-the-world/#1b5894044bb8
6. See Henderson, “Eileen Gray at IMMA, thoughts & reflections,” and … for descriptions of her people-centric designs. https://arranqhenderson.com/2013/10/21/eileen-gray-at-imma-thoughts-reflections/
7. See McDonough and Braungart, Cradle to Cradle, North Point Press, 2002.
8. See the article written by Elefante where in he refers to his statement “The greenest building is… one that is already built.” in the “Forum Journal, Journal of the National trust for Historic Preservation, Summer 2007, Vol.21, No.4. pages 26-38. http://www.sohosandiego.org/images/forum_greenest_bldg.pdf
I aspire to a career contributing to projects that focus on improving occupant well-being. My recent work provided me great insight into manufacturing and problem-solving with a custom-storage vendor. I thoroughly enjoyed managing discrete elements of larger jobs and now looking to tackle whole projects. Going forward, my career goals include NKBA, NCIDQ and LEED certifications while designing interior solutions for civic, medical, and commercial structures.
Currently, I am establishing my own business: Amicia Nametka Interior Design. All people deserve the benefit of well designed spaces and no project is too small. I enjoy working to save money in the long run with transparent pricing and emphasis on reuse, repurpose, and rehab instead of replacement. I can take any vision, problem, or frustration and design an ingenious solution.
Amicia NametkaPortland, OR 97229