Master of Arts in American Studies, Saint Louis University

“SPACE gives me the opportunity to stretch myself creatively, by working on a variety of project types with fun clients. This firm embraces design challenges, and working through them with our team has made me a better, more clever designer. “Yes” and “Why not?” are phrases you hear a lot around here, and that optimism shines through in our work.”

Shelley works on a variety of interior design projects in the office. Her experience and education were nontraditional: dropping out of grad school just short of her dissertation, Shelley specialized in American Studies with an emphasis in Visual Culture Theory and Urban Studies. This has given her a unique perspective on projects, and a desire to work closely with clients to develop cohesive branded themes in their new spaces. When not thanking her lucky stars for winning the job lottery, she can be found in SPACE’s materials library, mainlining Coke Zero among piles of fabric and carpet samples.

Favorite Things to Do: Experimenting in the kitchen and using my patient family as culinary guinea pigs. Crossfitting (poorly). Running. Complaining about running.
Last Album Downloaded From iTunes: We Got It from Here…Thank You for Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest.
Favorite Architect: Tom, duh. (Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Bjarke Ingels are tied for second.) I also adore Ray Eames.
Confession: Our second daughter’s middle name is Gray. It’s a nod to Eileen Gray, Ray Eames, and — don’t tell Tom — Jean Grey, the X-[wo]man.