bio + resume

Bio

Hailing from the seacoast of New Hampshire, I am the artist and designer daughter of some very inspirational folks.  My Swedish and Greek lineage has helped shape me into a person who loves building, creating, laughing, and loving.  I am moved by the places I’ve been and the things I have seen, and continue to seek inspiration wherever I go.

I left New Hampshire when I was twenty to make a new home in Oregon.  During my ten year Oregon stint, I completed my Interior Architecture degree at the University of Oregon.  I took several intense shop classes, turning out a couple of furniture pieces as well as some small objets d’art.  One of these studios took me to Copenhagen, where I lived for a summer and was taught by some of the top furniture designers of the region.

I come from a long line of craftsmen and architects and maintain a strong focus on the arts and integrated design.  My love of making furniture and small wooden things has inspired works that are accessible and integral to people.  Chairs, ink drawings, wool items, and wooden rings are my main affections, and it is always a joy to see how each piece turns out.  The process of creating something is captivating.  Design is not a linear process, and it is truly a labor of love that grows each one of my pieces.

A traveler and a homebody at once, I revel in the joys of new experiences and the comfort of familiarity.  Home is where the heart is, and mine is once again back in New England.  I now live on the North Shore of Massachusetts with my longtime beau and work for a small architecture and design firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Resume

EDUCATION
University of Oregon 2009 _ Bachelors of Interior Architecture
seeking NCIDQ licensure
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark 2008 _ Furniture study

EXPERIENCE
Anderson Porter Design _ June 2009 – current
Cambridge, MA
>architectural, interior and graphic designer, project manager
>responsible for designing and drafting design and construction drawings, creating artistic renderings and graphics, specifying furnishings and finishes, creating cut sheets, graphic design, code review, presenting to clients, project manager of certain jobs.

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts _ summer 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
>This summer furniture design studio consisted of intense studies of Scandinavian furniture history and design. An eleven day trip through Denmark, Sweden and Finland immersed me in the rich culture and history of the region’s design. Visits to museums, design studios, and historical masterpieces by Alvar Aalto, Eliel and Aero Saarinen, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Steven Holl served as an education that informed my design of a chair. The remainder of the studio consisted of the fabrication of a welded steel rod chair and presenting to professional furniture designers and an audience at the Academy.

Design Build team _ 2007-2008
University of Oregon
>In collaboration with a group of fellow students, I constructed a timber frame kiln shed for university potters. The project included creating and erecting the structure, laying formwork for and pouring the concrete floor, benches and steps, a Japanese gutter system and the roofing of this open air structure.

Remix IKEA _ 2008
University of Oregon
>This furniture design studio was led by professor Esther Hagelocher in collaboration with IKEA of Portland, OR. The studio entailed researching different furniture construction methods to re develop an existing IKEA piece. I worked in the woodshop to design and build a solid maple rocking chair that was inspired in part by the IKEA Benjamin stool. It was designed to be versatile, beautiful, and moveable. The furniture piece was exhibited at the Portland IKEA store in the spring of 2008.

Four Architecture _ summer 2007
Cambridge, MA
>design intern
>During this summer internship my duties included doing research for specific architecture projects. The research was comprised of site, code, local architectural precedents, housing types, and building materials. I was also responsible for creating artistic marketing cut sheets for the business.

Anderson Architectural _ ongoing
Dover, NH
>woodworking apprentice for David Anderson
>work includes all aspects of designing and constructing both large and small scale architectural pieces (large built-in units, shelving, cabinets). I assist in making drawings, cutting, assembling, and finishing projects. I am competent in the use of woodworking power tools and use them with confidence.

Ocean Properties _ 2001-2003
Portsmouth, NH
>landscape designer and laborer
>at Ocean Properties, it was my duty to collaborate with co-workers to produce beautiful gardens and landscapes for high-end residential and commercial properties. Work included making beds and gardens, planting, edging, weeding, mowing, pruning, and general maintenance of the properties.

ENRICHMENT
>Zero-Net Energy Residential Design and Construction seminar
>Build Boston Conference
>New England Chapter Lean Learning Session
>Pella Window Replacement Solutions Program
>HOPES (Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability), University of Oregon – volunteer + participant
>Urban Farm, UO – planted, grew, tended and harvested organic produce at this working farm in Eugene, OR

HONORS
>Cambridge Preservation Awards Certificate of Merit
>364 Broadway facade improvement design – 2012
>City of Cambridge Preservation Recognition Program Award for outstanding facade, signage and lighting improvements
>Cort Putnam Furniture 2009
>Thelonious Monkfish 2010
>voted best hand drafter and diagrammer in 2009 comprehensive design studio 2009
>IKEA Portland, OR – furniture design showcase 2008
>Modern design shop, Eugene, OR – furniture exhibition 2008

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY
>AutoCad, Microsoft Word, Office, and Excel, fluent in Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design), Sketchup
>both Mac and PC savvy.

SPECIAL SKILLS | ACTIVITIES
>talented and unique hand drawer, furniture design and construction, photography, metalsmithing + jewelry making, watercolor, sketching, sewing + clothing design, knitting, typography and papermaking, exceptional vocabulary and writing skills, special love for creating tiny things by hand.

In addition to art-based hobbies, I also love the outdoors and physical exercise. Some of my favorite activities include:
>hiking, camping, swimming, bicycling, yoga and flyfishing

to contact me, please

call        603.978.7196

or

email     katiebessa@gmail.com

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