about alva:

founder | director of serendipity

With a classical education in Interior Design, Studio Art & Architectural History combined with over 20 years experience in sales, marketing, and brand development, Alva began GINGHAM CREATIVE (now known as the Assemblage Studio) in 2013. Having worked and studied on both sides of the Atlantic, Alva maintains an international network of colleagues, freelancers, and marketing associates, enabling her to create sensational marketing footprints for businesses, individuals, and non-profit organisations alike. Throughout her career she has previously worked alongside clients as diverse as the US military, former professional athletes and fashion designers from London to Bali. Central to her belief in purpose over profit, she encourages her clients with the unwavering thought that the future is limitless when you are diligent, authentic and above all else, kind.


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Notable & Mildly Impressive Stuff:

Lecturer, Duke University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Coursework covering the following topics: The Bauhaus, Sir Christopher Wren, Art in Times of Conflict and Chatsworth House. Assistant Lecturer to Dr. Gustavo Montana on coursework covering the life and work of Van Gogh with specific interest in the Haussman architecture of turn-of-the-century Paris: 2015-current.

Masters of Art in Architectural Theory & Historiography, University of York - England. Dissertation: “The Concrete Idea” Le Corbusier’s 1918 Dom-ino House as a Sustainable Approach to Social Housing in Post Great War France: 2012.

Independent Researcher, The Yorkshire Castle Museum. The 1914 refurbishment project - specifically the visitor’s response to potential exhibition ideas & activities surrounding art in Great War era Europe: 2011.

Field School: Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Dig. Pre-colonial to post American Civil War site: 2009.

BS, Meredith College - Major: Interior Design, Minor: Studio Art: 2004.

Independent Researcher, NC Department of Archaeological Research. Catalogued found objet from colonial period: 2003.