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Alice Lastuvka

Alice Lastuvka

Seal Beach, CA, US

 

About 

Since the moment I picked up my first LEGO piece I have been in love with the power of architecture. My uncle is an architect and everything about him has always seemed so clever and creative to me. ALL his LEGO creations promptly got displayed in my book shelves for months at a time. It is no wonder then, that I decided to follow in his footsteps.

There are so many fantastic architecture schools out there but I wanted to experience living overseas as well so, i chose Sydney, Australia. I applied to architecture school at the University of Sydney and enjoyed every minute!

The entire degree was like being thrown in the deep end. I worked hard for six years and haven’t stopped. Looking back it was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. I graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Design and a Bachelor Degree in Architecture with a focus on sustainability and the environment.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Long Beach, Contractor

FKB Architecture, Seal Beach – assistant architect for Sunshine Market

FKB Architecture, Seal Beach – CAD consultant for disabled access upgrade to facilities of a restaurant

Kamus+Keller+Turpin Architects, Long Beach – Consultant during design development of Boulevard Buick / GMC

Lisa Residence, Carson – Project architect for garage addition to an existing residence

Jan 2008 - current
 

Tobias Partners, Jr. Architect

Part of a medium-sized firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial projects. Integral part of client meetings,
site visits and on-site resolution. Responsible for design and project drawings. Acted as a mentor to junior associates and coordinated projects for design interns.
Projects:
Pongrass Residence, Vaucluse ($2,500,000) – Erection of new two-story residence. Actively participated in client meetings and contractor coordination during the construction stage. Responsible for design and construction drawings of all joinery and custom detailing. Entrusted by the client to choose furniture and finishes throughout as well as design all custom focal pieces and screens for the living areas.
Michaelson Residence, Oyster Bay ($1,000,000) – Extensive alterations & additions to existing residence on a deeply sloping site. Project included a complete makeover to the internal and external configuration of the living areas as well as the addition of a pool house and spa/gym area. Organized the initial site visits and client meetings during the design stage of the project. Responsible for all drawings and Development Application documents.

Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
 

Justin Long Design, Student Architect

Integral Part in the conception of a small firm of two associates. Specializing in high-end residential projects and resorts. Worked closely with Company Director on all projects. Responsible for project design, CAD drawings, 3D modeling, as well as research of all white goods and finishes. Acted as first point of contact for all clients and contractors. Organized all meetings both on-site and in office. Acted as a mentor to junior associates and coordinated intern projects.
Projects:
Tyley Residence, Randwick ($45,000) – First solo project while still in Architecture School. Project consisted of the addition of a Studio Unit above an existing garage. Acted as project architect and was involved in all site visits. Responsible for the design and drafting through to the Development Application stage of the project.
Madden Residence, Greenwich ($900,000) – Extensive alterations & additions to the existing residence/antique shop. Involved in site visits and client meetings through all stages of the project. Responsible for design drawings and documents for the Development Application and assisted in the preparation of the Construction Certificate.
Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island ($1,500,000) – Upgrade to existing resort and the addition new rooms. Participated
in the client meetings during Design Development. Responsible for all drawings and documents for the Development Application and the Construction Certificate.
El Questro Homestead, Western Australia ($13,000,000) – Upgrade to existing resort as well as the addition of six new bungalow-type guest suites, pool area and spa facility. Responsible for all 3D and presentation drawings during the design stage of the project. Prepared drawings and documents required for the Development Application and Construction Certificate.
Walltech Industrial Development, Kuri Kuri ($21,000,000) – New industrial warehouse development comprising a plant for the manufacture of cool room panels, warehouse, offices, truck loading areas with associated circulation roads and parking areas. Responsible of design drawings and necessary documents for the Development Application and subsequent Construction Certificate.

Jan 2003 - Jan 2006
 

Humel Architects, Student Architect

Part of a small firm of three associates specializing in commercial projects and aged care residences. Worked closely with the Director on all projects. Responsible for research of special requirements as needed.
Projects:
RSL Veteran’s Retirement Village, Narrabeen & Yass ($1,000,000 each) – Upgrade to existing buildings including the additions & alterations to the main facilities and living areas. Responsible for gathering necessary information required for the Development Application as well as coordinating consultants, site meetings and necessary drawings during design development and subsequent Development Application.
Rowland Village, Galston ($1,000,000) – Upgrade to existing buildings including the additions & alterations to the main facilities and new units. Acted as Project Architect responsible for the design and preparations of all documents required for Development Application.

Jan 2004 - Jan 2005
 

Education 

Interior Designers Institute, Certificate Program

Interior design Principles

Oct 2011 - current
 

The University of Sydney, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Advanced Study Report/ Thesis on the architecture of R.M. Schindler with a focus on his idea of indoor/outdoor living and using the environment to inform design.

Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
 

The University of Sydney, BArch, Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Focus on sustainability and the environment. ArchiCAD, Form-Z and Color Design and Color Theory.

Jan 2000 - Jan 2003
 
Jan 1998 - Jan 2000
 

Paris, France, Arts

Art History, French, Literature, Water Color and Architecture History.

Jan 1996 - Oct 1996
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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