Interior Design: Melissa Rodriguez and C&T
Project Management: Melissa Rodriguez
Photo Courtesy of Crown Perth
The Groove Bar & Lounge at Crown Perth | Victoria Park, West Australia
Sky Salon at Crown Perth | Victoria Park, West Australia
Melissa (Endress) Rodriguez was born and raised in Metro Detroit. From an early age, her creativity and autodidacticism was prevalent having taught herself how to play the piano at 4 years of age. Her talent for art and design grew from there and has been continually recognized and awarded until present day.
Rodriguez’s professional experience includes four years at Assemblage, Incorporated | Richard Bos Partners, a residential design / build firm, while she attended the College for Creative Studies (CCS). At CCS, she served as president of the student chapter of ASID and inaugurated numerous events to raise funds for charity and networking functions to promote camaraderie amongst her colleagues and professors. After graduating with a BFA in Interior Design with honors, Rodriguez was immediately hired as a Designer at JGA Incorporated, a retail architecture and design firm ranked among the “Top 100 Interior Design Giants in the World” by Interior Design Magazine. She was involved in a number of high profile accounts including the design of Saks Department Stores, Tommy Hilfiger and Yankee Candle Stores.
After over seven years of working for a firm, she started her own in conjunction with a local builder, a design / build duo. Residential projects and small businesses throughout the Metro Detroit area were among their repertoire. Along with full service interior design and consulting, her graphic arts became an additional service offered through her firm.
In 2007, Rodriguez moved to Las Vegas and accepted a Project Designer position at Cagley & Tanner to indulge in her hospitality
design dream. She immediately adapted to the world of fast paced, high-end resort and casino design and was involved in projects locally on The Strip, nationally and internationally. Her final project at the firm, promoted as Senior Project Designer, was Crown Perth (formerly Burswood Entertainment Complex) in West Australia, an award winning $750 million refurbishment of the casino-hotel complex.
From there, Rodriguez and a Las Vegan colleague co-founded the multi-spectrum branding company, VISAVI. With both of their backgrounds in interior design and graphic arts, they utilized their experience to cultivate successful businesses.
In Vegas, Rodriguez met her husband then officially became Melissa Rodriguez. Immediately after their wedding, her husband recieved orders to transfer to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She continued her firm under its new name, Studios of Melissa Rodriguez, servicing the Sandhills through custom residential and commercial design and remodeling.
A distressed telephone call from a former Las Vegan colleague in need of an experienced hospitality designer led Rodriguez to her next position as Senior Designer at Design Atelier in California. Design Atelier is an established multi-cultural, highly creative design firm that brings a unique and innovative approach to all of its projects. Their work spans the globe with clients ranging from prestigious hotel groups to luxury residences.
January 2015 - September 2019
Senior Designer & Project Manager | DESIGN ATELIER
San Rafael, California
January 2013 - current
Proprietor & Designer | STUDIOS OF MELISSA RODRIGUEZ
Southern Pines, North Carolina and Metro-Detroit, Michigan
March 2013 - March 2014
Sales Associate & Interior Designer | VILLAGE DESIGN GROUP
Southern Pines, North Carolina
July 2011 - December 2012
Designer & Partner | VISAVI
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 2007 - May 2012
Senior Project Designer | CAGLEY & TANNER
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 2009 - October 2010
Part-Time Sales Associate | URBAN CHIC HOME FURNISHINGS
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 2005 - October 2007
Designer | MELISSA ENDRESS DESIGNS
Metro Detroit, Michigan
May 1999 - October 2007
Contractor's Assistant / Design Consultant / Partner | J&J REMODELING
Beverly Hills, Michigan
May 2003 - July 2005
Designer | JGA, INCORPORATED
August 1999 - May 2003
Junior Interior Designer | RICHARD BOS PARTNERS
Royal Oak, Michigan