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-Masters in Landscape Architecture- Edinburgh College of Art (UK), 2009-2011
-Bachelors Degree in Architecture- University of Southern California, 2001-2006
-High School Diploma- Pomona Catholic Girls High School, 1997-2001
**GROSS.MAX. Landscape Architects, Edinburgh, Scotland UK- August-October 2011
Projects: Cranko Ballet School Competition, Doha Corniche Re-Development
Leadership: Landscape Architecture Competitions Project Manager
Closely collaborated with client architects, detailed model building team, and CGI team to design and graphically interpret ideas for closed competitions in Europe and Saudi Arabia. Under the guidance of the partners in the office, took charge of keeping project schedule, managed electronic files, and took lead of support team when deadlines needed to be met.
** Sawyer Berson Architecture and Landscape Architecture, New York:
Project: Upper West Side Roof Terrace (Manhattan, New York)
Leadership: Assistant Project Manager
Worked under the guidance of a registered landscape architect to assemble technical drawings for construction, Landmarks approval, and building permit packages. Coordinated with contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, engineers, architects, and clients to streamline project work-flow. Participated in early stages of design development and carried through to construction. Additional tasks include electronic file organization, transmittal and package delivery, File Transfer Protocol Website management, Auto-CAD Trouble-Shooting, archiving, client meeting coordination and attendance.
** Studio G/ Paul Tang Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles
Project: Lake Tien Mu (Xienling, China)
Leadership: Assisted principal architect, Paul Tang, with the design of innovative residential towers, seated on a mixed-use commercial podium. Responsible for its early programmatic phases to the production of a Design Development package for client/government presentation.
-Physical Model-Building, Ink, Graphite, Chartpac Marker, and Prismacolor Perspective
Rendering, Hand-Drafting, Field-Sketching, 3D/Photo-Montage Compositions.
-AutoCAD (7+ years), Photoshop, Sketchup, In Design, Illustrator, Pagemaker, Acrobat
Professional, Microsoft Word, Outlook
- Boston, Masachusetts, USA:
Landworks Studio, Inc., 2012-Present
Stoss Landscape Urbanism, 2012
- Edinburgh, Scotland, UK:
GROSS.MAX. Landscape Architects, 2011
-London, England, UK:
CHORA Architecture and Urbanism, 2010
-New York, NY, USA:
Balmori Associates, January 2012
Sawyer Berson Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 2007-2009
Trudy Miller Layers/ Clinch Design Volunteer, 2008-2009
-Los Angeles, CA, USA:
Studio G/ Paul Tang Architecture and Urban Design, 2006-2007
Westfield Corporation, 2005
USC Graphic Design and Publications Office Assistant, 2005
USC Arch.105 Graphic Communication Teaching Assistant, 2004
Techentin Buckingham Architecture, 2004
Hartman Baldwin Design Build, 2004
USC Library Research Assistant, 2004
Shimoda Design, 2003
Roark Graphic Supply and Art Gallery, 2002
Pomona Valley Hospital Junior Volunteer Services, 1997-2001
Honors, Competitions, Publications:
- Fort Mason Center Competition, Shortlisted with Landworks Studio and Bruner/Cott Architects: http://www.fortmason.org/aboutus/design-competition
- Harvard University Overpass Reconstruction, Harvard Gazette: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/04/renewing-a-hub-of-harvard/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Science+Center+Plaza+%281%29&utm_content
-Avant Garden Design Competition, Edinburgh, Scotland; Partner: Chenke Yan- 2010
-"Romancing the Ranch": Interior Design Magazine 2008
-USC School of Architecture France Abroad Program for Urban Design, 2005
-USC Keniyard Scholarship Award, 2002, 2004, 2005
-Alpha Rho Chi Scholarship Chair, 2002
Born in Lapu Lapu City, Philippines, and raised in the suburb of Pomona in Los Angeles, California USA, Lesley Ann began exploring her interests in design building tree houses and maintaining her parent's garden as a child. Adept with art and science in high school, she pursued her Bachelor's Degree in Architecture at the University of Southern California; and after a few years in practice, she moved to Scotland UK to receive her Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art.
In the last couple of years, she lived in Downtown Los Angeles, New York City, Edinburgh, traveled to the Philippines, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, and around the UK in effort to understand the world, expand her visual vocabulary, and become a more socially-sensitive designer. She also has a keen interest in process-based environmentally friendly designs, particularly inspired by Dutch philosophies in energy efficiency, zero-waste, and "Biophilia". Her values continue to be reflected in her work as well as her lifestyle: preferring to live in pedestrian-friendly cities, using renewable energy where possible, limiting consumption of animal-based products, and seeking to collaborate on new projects with like-minded designers/artists to say the least.
As a dedicated young professional, she has interned and worked full-time in offices based in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Edinburgh. In Los Angeles, she has worked intensively with her team mates and former professor designing high-rise apartments and urban villages in China. In New York, she was an assistant project manager to a registered landscape architect, overseeing the construction of penthouse roof gardens for high-profile clients. In London, she helped research and develop a new theoretical method of urban curation known as "Urban Gallery" for Chora Architecture and Urbanism, while drafting architectural construction details in her freelance business called, "Malapit Design". Finally in Edinburgh, she worked as a Competitions Project Manager at GROSS.MAX. Landscape Architects, collaborating with architecture clients to design and graphically communicating concepts in competitions shorlisted with other well-known design firms like Zaha Hadid Architects, and ACME Architecture in London.
Today she remains determined to pursue her values, constantly working on new projects and fine-tuning old ones to expand her research and portfolio. More specifically she is building her own database on "high performance surfaces", cybernetics, and delving further into the work of Gordon Pask's Conversation Theory, and James Lovelock's Gaia Theory. One day she hopes this research can be applied to a PHD or another research degree; and in due time apply them to design-based projects which seek to improve the social and infrastructural challenges of unsustainable urban environments at micro and macro levels.
Landworks Studio, Inc., Boston, MA, US, Landscape Architecture Designer
Malapit Design, Boston, MA, US, Principal/ Founder
stoss landscape urbanism, Boston, MA, Designer
Balmori Associates, New York, NY, US, Landscape Architecture Designer
GROSS.MAX. Landscape Architects, Edinburgh, GB, Landscape Architecture Designer
Chora, London, GB, Architectural Researcher and Graphics Technician
Sawyer | Berson Architecture & Landscape Architecture, LLP, New York, NY, US, Architecture/ Landscape Architecture Designer
Paul Tang Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer
Techentin Buckingham Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Intern
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, GB, Masters, Landscape Architecture
University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture
Pomona Catholic All Girls High School, Pomona, CA, US, High School, High School Diploma