Archinect
Christopher James

Christopher James

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Design isn't defined by flashy renderings or esoteric language. Rather, design is defined by its process: the questions the designer asks, and the rigor with which those questions are pursued.

No matter what task I undertake, I do my best to ensure it's under-girded by a good process.

Employment 

EDG, Los Angeles, CA, US, Communications + Architecture

Responsible for developing the company’s project narratives and text

Personally organized 67 company projects dating back to 1995. This effort included extracting, archiving, and re-formatting over 15,000 digital files

Coordinated the re-design and re-launch of a new company website featuring most of the work extracted from the project above

Gained experience working with international design teams. Assisted in the production of 3D models, architectural drawings and diagrams

Feb 2015 - current
 

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 the 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 - Nov 2014
 

California Forward, Los Angeles, CA, US, Communications Intern

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
 

The Red Shirt Project, Red Shirt, SD, US, Architectural 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
 

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 

Skills