Starlite L. Williams, NCIDQ
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Barden Companies, Inc.
Book Cadillac Condominiums
City of Detroit
Department of Water and Sewerage
Cobo Hall Lounge & Bar – “The Vu”
Detroit Public Schools Closure and Consolidation
Detroit Public Schools
Southeastern High School
East Side HUB
East Lake Baptist Church
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit
Ferry Street East Development
Genesis Community House
Harris Design Group Office
Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse
Madison and Polk Residence
MGM Grand Permanent Casino
Quick Service Food
Video Poker Bar
New York, New York
MGM Grand Temporary Casino
MGM Grand Detroit Casino – Joe Louis Suite
S. Johnson Residence
Second Ebenezer Baptist Church
T&N Services Office
Third New Hope Baptist Church
Wayne County Community College District
Administration Building – Signage
Classroom Building – Signage
Broken Bow Casino and Resort
Cache Creek Casino
Class V Org
Des Plaines Casino
Detroit Event Center/Little Ceasars Arena
Detroit East Riverfront
Garden City Casino
Hard Rock Sioux City Casino
Black River Falls
MGM National Harbor Casino - Exterior
MGM Detroit – Tap Bar
Nikki Beach Casino
Revel Entertainment Casino
Rivers Re-Design Casino
Sundance Retail Store
The D Casino