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Christopher James

Christopher James

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) currently seeking entry level positions in architecture, public affairs, or business development; would consider any Internship position available as well. I am particularly interested in working on sustainable design projects, public interfacing and communication strategies with government agencies, local press, and potential clients. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Morphosis Architects, Culver City, CA, US, Business Development & Communications Intern

Managed the effort to garner/edit/publish over 20 Morphosis built and unbuilt projects on firm website: Morphopedia.com

Corresponded with local, national, and international press on behalf of the firm

Assisted in the archiving of publications, drawings, and models featuring Morphosis built and unbuilt work, including Emerson College Los Angeles, Caltrans, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Cooper Union, and the San Francisco Federal Building

Helped research and gather content for award submissions, RFQ/RFP process, and client presentations.

Jan 2014 - current
 

California Forward, Los Angeles, CA, US, Research Assistant

Assisted project leaders in the research and analysis of local government budgets and state fiscal policies

Focused on the graphic presentation of research, data, and policy proposals

Gained experience working with local press and coordinating with local city officials on behalf of non-profit groups

Aug 2013 - Nov 2013
 

California Strategies, LLC, Los Angeles, CA, US, Research Intern

Focused on the research and implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, as it relates to local impact scenarios

Assisted in the presentation of information to relevant supervisors and development of policy proposals for different regulatory scenarios

Gained experience in the analysis of California politics, public policy, and regulatory history

Jan 2013 - May 2013
 

The Red Shirt Project, Red Shirt, SD, US, Project Volunteer

Annual summer internship in South Dakota constructing and designing new shelters/utility services/infrastructures on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Assisted in the construction and designing of new shelters and infrastructures on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Helped in the coordination and construction of sustainable designs, including residential straw-bale houses

Gained proficiency with building tools and machine operations on active construction sites

Jul 2005 - Aug 2012
 

Canterbury USC, Los Angeles, CA, US, Office Assistant

Organized volunteer events on behalf of Canterbury USC, including feeding the homeless, tutoring primary and elementary school children

Assisted in the management of filing system, data and collateral material

Outlined schedules, events, spreadsheets for analysis

Mar 2009 - May 2011
 

Education 

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2013
 

Awards 

5th Year Independent Research Award, 1st Place

This award is a recognition of exemplary research and scholarship on a written topic from a 5th Year student. The research paper was titled “To Kill a Lakota,” and represented a historical and contemporary analysis of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

2013
 

Areas of Specialization 

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