About Shila Scarlet Griffith, NCIDQ, LEED AP- Founder & Creative Director


Shila Scarlet Griffith knew she wanted to be a designer since early adolescence - this professional gets her artistic side from her father and her grit from her mother. She is a formally trained interior architect and designer - she holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design and master’s degree in sustainable design - both from Philadelphia University. In 2012, Shila started SG23 Design, LLC a small studio that offers a multitude of design services including brand development, website design, graphic design and of course, interior design. Along with SG23, Shila teaches a color design studio in the continuing education program at Moore College of Art and Design.

Past Employers.

Peter Zimmerman Architects

TransAmerican

Greenable

 

Certifications.

NCIDQ Licensure (Cert. No. 30831)- National Council for Interior Design Qualification

LEED AP - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional

 

Affiliations.

Hidden City Philadelphia Contributor - Marked Potential Project

 

Education.

Philadelphia University | M.S. in Sustainable Design | May 2010

+ Collaborative Design Studio with University of Pennsylvania graduate landscape architecture studio under direction of Laurie Olin (Czech Republic)

Philadelphia University | B.S. in Interior Design | May 2008

Tyler School of Art | Continuing Education | Summer 2012

+ HTML & CSS

Moore College of Art & Design | Continuing Education | Fall 2012

+ Graphic Design Studio

University of the Arts | Continuing Education | Summer 2013

+ Visual Identity Design

 

Work Experience.

Moore College of Art and Design. Currently a professor.

As an adjunct professor in the continuing education program, I teach a Color Design for Interiors studio. Students are instructed on the skills necessary to develop appropriate material, color and finish concepts for both residential and commercial spaces. I also explain color implications in regards to psychology, lighting and social interaction.

Peter Zimmerman Architects. 5 years, designer.

At this high-end residential architecture firm I worked on projects as large as 30,000 square feet. I worked with a team to complete bid and construction document sets and has developed my custom detailing skills to a recognizably high level. I was often been moved to other projects temporarily to take advantage of my speed and overall execution of digital 3D models, animations and renderings. I have the ability to manage responsibilities for multiple projects and when needed, hit the ground running. In addition, I continues to work closely with the marketing department to complete design competition submissions. In addition, myself and a colleague took it upon ourselves to re-design and develop a new company website that has been key in attracting potential clients and showcasing the extraordinary portfolio of this well-established firm.

Philadelphia University. 2 years, graduate assistant.

Under the direction of Hitoshi Ujiie, I maintained large scale digital textile printers, created color profiles for various substrates and ink types and aided with research and testing. I have used this experience to develop professionally in that I learned to quickly adapt and excel in foreign work environments. In addition, I used my skills obtained through this graduate assistantship and applied it to various project elements especially issues relating to color and substrate relationships.

Greenable. 1 year, intern.

I was excited to work at this design build and materials company because their focus was and continues to be the implementation of sustainable design materials in construction and interiors. Starting work at this establishment while still obtaining her graduate degree allowed me to become further immersed in green materials and finishes for both residential and commercial applications. Responsibilities included surveying, digital documentation, schematic 3D modeling and digital rendering.

TransAmerican Office Furniture. 2 years, intern to designer.

Largely focused on corporate projects, I was involved with the specialized planning of systems furniture. Responsibilities included updating a large materials library and creating a networked digital system. In addition, I realized some of my specialties and excelled in furniture, material and finish selection as well as the assembly of material boards. I also developed skills in site surveying, space planning, CAD documentation and creating digital client presentations.