Mary Adelaide Scipioni PortfolioI am a Rochester-based design consultant with a BFA fromRIT in Interior Design, and a Master’s Degree in LandscapeArchitecture (MFA) from the University of MassachusettsAmherst. I own a small, multidisciplinary design ﬁrm calledPebble-stream. I have worked in post-graduate academicprograms in Italy, and have taught at the undergraduatelevel as an adjunct in three colleges in the USA, where Iproposed and developed my course content.I have carried out research, have written and published,presented at seminars and conferences, including AIA andASLA CES programs. I have worked in NYC, Milan (Italy) andMassachusetts. I have been involved in just about every areaof design, which has given me a broad, eclectic, and “trans-disciplinary” view. I believe design must reﬂect values andevolving lifestyles, supporting and promoting desiredexperience.
Three views of an ofﬁce interior in one of theformer World Trade Center (NYC) towers.Much of the ofﬁce furniture, woodwork, andﬁnishes here were custom. I reproduced thedesign for the Chippendale chairs in theyellow striped fabric, and had them knockedoff by a little Italian guy in Soho.The simple employees’ cafe features greenglass lamp shades, windsor chairs and a fauxslate ﬂoor.
Here’s a garage addition I designed in Massachusetts.The deck is 6” below the FFE of the house,covers a walkway from the garage to thebasement level, and has two stairways to thegarden. This work converted a dilapidatedporch in to the newly-clad three-season room.
A renovation I tackled in the Italiancountryside... Whatever I didn’t re-use (like the 100-year old chestnut beams) was constructed by local craftsmen according to my design: shutters, railings, and doors. The artist’s studio, under way, above.
I designed the pattern for the ﬂoorsthroughout this Fairport, NY Child Care Center.Linoleum is such a compliant material, and Iwanted to use the ﬂoor as a cue forinteraction and play according to theReggio-Emilia childhood learningphilosophy. There’s a red square outside thedoor of each room in the hall, and everyroom has a theme. That’s the tic-tac-toeroom on the right...
I’m very attached to this jewelry Who says wrought iron has display that I made myself out of to be heavy looking? This plexiglas for this exhibit. indestructible valet was produced in a limited series in Italy. I worked with the blacksmith who retooled the balconies on one of my projects. A custom door, just tongue-and-Some ﬁner-scale work groove waxed pine with a modern doorknob to avoid the cabin feel.I love color, and have worked withcolor consultants in Milan. Westudied historical trends, andprepared color forecasts for thefurniture and other industries. My experience in display and exhibit design has led to home gallery assignments - often using very humble pieces, like these laminated posters. Who says wrought iron has
Archaeological examples of my work Though ancient, these beloved exhibition designs still express my taste for streamlined, logical design strongly rooted in a concept. Left, a modular display system of panels and cubes. Right, the delicate lighting is conﬁned to a band between 3-6 feet. Who says wrought iron has
LandscapesThough these aren’t interiors, design isdesign ... and as a curiosity, I wanted tocompare a hand-drawn image, above, with aan image executed on a Wacom digitaldrawing tablet using Photoshop, right. Who says wrought iron has
Landscapes for LivingAbove, the terrace of a house adjacent to an extensivenatural corridor, with a full complement of herbs below.Right, an outdoor living area, complete with ﬁreplace, ina glacially-inspired design.As someone who has been trained in both interior andlandscape design, I really love blurring the transitionsbetween the inside and the outside. Who says wrought iron has
Academic administrationI was a teaching assistant, then a program coordinator, at Italy’sﬁrst masters program in design for architects. Above, the core staffand ﬁrst year students on the cover of Domus magazine. I assistedin selection of English-language applicants, creation of the library,curriculum development and day-to-day coordination. Who says wrought iron has