Hi! Hello! -- This is ME! Amanda Rose and I am the owner and designer of ARC Design Studios.
I am a passionate designer who uses design thinking to tackle any and all obstacles!
I am also the wife to an AMAZING man, dog mom to the SWEETEST pitbull, a lover of TRAVEL, and a DIY enthusiast.
But let's get down to it! Let me tell you a little bit about how we got here!
I have always had a creative mind, and as I got older I developed an analytical one. I needed to know why things worked the way they did, how I could make them better, and how changing the physical environment created different experiences.
I obtained my Interior Design and Business education from Western Michigan University.
My first job after graduating was working as a lead visual merchandiser at one of the largest residential furniture companies in the mid-west. THIS IS where my love for retail environments and design began. I won multiple showroom awards and collection contests through my decade of being on the floor and it fueled my passion. The practice of using interior design to promote sales, and being able to see the impact that my design decisions made, became a driving force in me.
While working as a visual I was able to volunteer and work alongside my Alma mater. In 2016, I was awarded Alumni of the year which kicked off my journey to becoming a college professor. THIS IS where my passion to empower others to tell their story through design developed.
Fall 2016... I was a first time professor and was only FIVE days away from the semester starting when I was hired. Was I CRAZY?? YES... Becoming a professor so young was terrifying but also one of my proudest accomplishments. There are no words to describe the lessons I learned while teaching multiple classes of talented young designers in drafting, space planning, design processes, and computer aided programming to support their solutions. After working with these young designers, and helping them develop concepts into design solutions...I was HOOKED on using design as a tool to EMPOWER others. I worked as a professor for the remainder of my years living in Kalamazoo.
Moving back to Detroit its been a whirlwind of new things and new experiences for my business. I jumped in head first and making moves ever since! I have continued in event design and have also launched services in Retail and Merchandising design. Each of these services CELEBRATING and EMPOWERING others to use design to tell their story.
I am involved with organizations like:
Design Core Detroit
Embrace Creatives as a Digital Ambassador, Merchandising expert and Educator.
Tech Town as a Professional Service Network member assisting small businesses with retail merchandising through their Ask an Expert Program.
Through this involvement I have competed in community design competitions such as The Holiday Window Walk Contest in Capitol park In which I took home first place in 2019.
Check out the article written by Detroit's Center for Design and Technology about my Holiday Window Walk 1st place win pairing with a local business in Detroit!