Alumni Stories

Paul Ramoie

Interior Design

Associate Designer for Rightsize Facility in River North Chicago
The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago


[My education taught the importance of] teamwork, compromise, time management, and organization. Paul Ramoie , Associate Designer for Rightsize Facility in River North Chicago Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, 2015 , The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago

Associate Designer for Rightsize Facility in River North Chicago

Paul Ramoie is an associate designer for Rightsize Facility in River North Chicago, a turnkey office interiors firm that serves corporate clients. “I assist in the optimization of office design—from initial site field measures to space planning and creating AutoCAD drawings—to produce a layout that is functional, aesthetically attractive, meets clients’ needs, and adheres to applicable building codes,” he says. Paul also prepares presentation materials and construction documents, quotes, furniture budgets, and furniture specification documents to present to prospective clients.

He adds that prior to starting at Rightsize Facility, he volunteered and was a founding member of Designing for Veterans, an award winning non-profit in Chicago that creates therapeutic environments for veterans returning home from war. “A key project [for this organization] consisted of ground-up construction of a studio and bath. This project incorporated LEED, evidence-based and universal design principals, and the need to meet ADA requirements.”

Paul says that many challenges arise daily in his job. This could include anything from client relations to contractor mistakes. In these situations, he focuses on maintaining his emotions and staying clam and collected. “Use common sense to analyze the most practical ways to solve the problem and maintain client satisfaction.” He adds that this career takes commitment, but seeing the rewards of his hard work makes it worth it. “I always come to work and discuss fresh ideas with my co-workers. Whether I found inspiration from magazines, Pinterest, a seminar, or professional organization, being on top of industry trends helps you stay on top of your game and offer new ideas and perspectives for projects and clients.”

He enjoys seeing a completed project—and feels true accomplishment when his clients are excited about a finished space. “Interior design is an ever-changing and evolving industry. New products and building materials are always on the horizon.” He mentions that his involvement with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) helps to keep him engaged, informed, and educated in industry trends and the ways that design impacts the built environment.

Paul, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago, says that his education provided training in AutoCAD, space planning, and creating presentations. “[This] prepared me to think critically about floor plans and spatial layouts.” He says that creating top-notch client presentations is key to winning bids and client projects—combined with teamwork, time management, and organizational skills.

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