Starlite L. Williams, NCIDQ

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

A progressive professional with expertise in both Interior Architecture and Design and Architectural Lighting Design. A Licensed Interior Architect professional with exceptional design instinct.  With more than 15 years in overseeing construction practice and principles through all phases of projects, including planning, estimating, design, inspection and financial close-out. Dedicated professional who works well independently, as well as part of a team. Natural leader and effective delegator who takes on added responsibility whenever necessary.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Registered Interior Architect in Michigan

  • Developing Projects On-Time and within Budget

  • Identifying and Defining Clients' Needs

  • Handling Multiple Projects Concurrently

  • Extensive knowledge base in Lighting Design

  • Strong technical detailing skills

 

CORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Simultaneously completed and met all deadlines for 5 large-scale successful projects.

  • 7+ years of extensive lighting design experience

  • Designed the entire lighting design for TAP at MGM Grand Detroit

  • Managed more than two renovation projects with budgets up to $22 million.

  • Led the on-schedule renovation of a 42,000 square foot Hard Rock Casino and Hotel

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Project Director

Oct 2015 to Current

Illuminating Concepts, Inc – Farmington Hills, MI                                                           

Working for a highly acclaimed architectural and theatrical lighting design firm. Involved in the architectural lighting design and documentation of mid to high level commercial and hospitality projects. Handle entire design process from conceptual through construction administration. Collaborate with architects, interior designers and contractors through the procurement and construction administration phase.

 

Key Achievements:

  • Quickly promoted to Project Director position due to team leadership, organizational abilities and strong work ethic.

  • Cultivate excellent long-term relationships with clients, maintaining ongoing communication and facilitating solutions to address concerns.

  • Train and supervise permanent staff. Create and coordinate project schedules to ensure on-time completion of the projects are met.

  • Coordinate work flow among five consultants and supervise four support teams. Prioritize and delegate tasks, provide motivation and direction to create a positive work environment and ensure accurate, on-time completion.

 

Senior Lighting Designer

May 2007 to Oct 2015

Illuminating Concepts, Inc – Farmington Hills, MI

Key Achievements:

  • Created environments for several mid to large scale hospitality projects such as Brooklyn Bowl, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tap at MGM Grand Detroit, Rivers Casino and Revel Hotel and Casino. Met all design requirements and remained within strict budget.

  • Received the 2013 IESNA Michigan Chapter Illumination Design Award for Dow Founder’s Garden located in Midland, Michigan

  • Redesigned the mid-size historic Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Sioux City, Iowa that had not been renovated since the late 1970s, resulting in an updated cohesive look, lower maintenance and annual cost for lighting

Project Interior Designer / Project Manager

Jan 2001 to Jan 2007

Harris Design Group, LLC – Detroit, MI

Managed a wide range of projects from conceptual to completion. Handled entire design process from initial consultation and needs assessment through plan development and execution. Collaborated with architects and contractors during construction process, selecting finishes, architectural elements, and accessories.

 

Key Achievements:

  • Helped deliver a hospitality construction project on time and within budget by providing an interesting selection of finishes that aligned with client's overall vision.

  • Created an appealing residential design for a wide range of clients, including revising over-sized house plan to fit smaller lot. Met all lifestyle needs and desires and remained within a strict budget.

  • Led a team of interns throughout the contract document phases of a Closure and Consolidation project.

  • Mentored inspiring interior designer interns and improved morale in a studio leadership role; focused on space planning, finish boards, finishes, FF&E and design trends

  • Coordinated the project team in the development of preliminary and final design documents.

  • Monitored the design process from conceptual phase through construction

  • Fast Tracked from Project Interior Designer to Project Manager in just eight months 

Architect Intern

Jan 1999 to Jan 2000

City of Highland Park – Highland Park, MI

Provided a broad range of creative support services for the Community Development Zoning Department. Gained valuable experience working with an architect and with architectural elements.

 

Key Achievements:

  • Accommodated and met the needs of the President and Vice President of the zoning department, allowing them to have more time to focus on higher priority tasks and processes.

  • Developed GIS Maps on MapInfo and developing a system for site corrections with AutoCad software.

  • Prepared site plans and zoning reviews for proposed projects.

 

EDUCATION and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Bachelor of Science, Interior Architecture and Design

May 1996 to May 2002

Lawrence Technological University – Southfield, MI

  • Graduated Cum Laude

  • American Society for Interior Designers, Michigan Chapter, Student member

 

CERTIFICATIONS and AFFILIATIONS

National Council for Interior Design Qualifications, Certificate No. 24530                    IESNA Michigan Chapter Illumination Design Award for Dow Founder’s Garden 

S.A.V.E. Detroit – Stopping All Violence Everywhere, CFO

Inspired by God, Handmade by Starlite, CEO                     

Osram Sylvania Lamps Certification                                                                                 

American Society for Interior Designers, Michigan Chapter, Professional Member  

American Society for Interior Designers, Michigan Chapter, Allied Member             

Choir Member for Detroit World Outreach Christian Church

Lighting Control Volunteer for Detroit World Outreach Christian Church                   

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Powerpoint. Proficient in AGI32. Proficient in AutoCad. Autodesk Revit, Sketchup, Bluebeam, Adaptive to new technologies and applications.

 

PORTFOLIO and REFERENCES

Portfolio and References available upon request.

PROJECTS

INTERIOR DESIGN

Barden Companies, Inc.

Book Cadillac Condominiums

Butler Residence

City of Detroit

    Department of Water and Sewerage

    Cobo Hall Lounge & Bar – “The Vu”

Coleman Residence

Detroit Public Schools Closure and Consolidation

Detroit Public Schools

    Taft Elementary

    Schulze Elementary

    Southeastern High School

    East Side HUB

East Lake Baptist Church

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit

Ferry Street East Development

Genesis Community House

Goss Residence

Harris Design Group Office

Harris Residence

 

Hill Residence

Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse

Madison and Polk Residence

McDonald’s Residence

MGM Grand Permanent Casino

     Quick Service Food

     Video Poker Bar

     Bingo Hall

     New York, New York

MGM Grand Temporary Casino

MGM Grand Detroit Casino – Joe Louis Suite

Ross Residence

S. Johnson Residence

Second Ebenezer Baptist Church

Stancato Residence

T&N Services Office

Third New Hope Baptist Church

Vasquez Residence

Wayne County Community College District

      Administration Building – Signage

      Classroom Building – Signage

LIGHTING DESIGN

195 Broadway

Aeropostale

Bellagio Villa

Broken Bow Casino and Resort

Brooklyn Bowl

Cache Creek Casino

Casino M8trix

Class V Org

Des Plaines Casino

Detroit Event Center/Little Ceasars Arena

Detroit East Riverfront

Dow 47

Flag Mecca

Garden City Casino

Hard Rock Sioux City Casino

Ho-Chunk Casino

   Black River Falls

   Nekoosa

   Wisconsin Dells

   Wittenberg   

IC Facility

MGM CityCenter

MGM National Harbor Casino - Exterior

MGM Detroit – Tap Bar

Motown Museum 

Nikki Beach Casino

Revel Entertainment Casino

Rivers Re-Design Casino

Sundance Retail Store

Sycuan Casino

The D Casino