Melissa / Elle Toman

Melissa / Elle Toman

Portland, OR, US


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SolTerra, Portland, OR, US, Senior Designer

Designing buildings towards a more sustainable future.

Jun 2015 - current

Otak Inc, Portland, OR, Job Captain

Aug 2014 - Apr 2015

Stewart Straus Architect, Portland, OR, Contract Job Captain

Jan 2014 - Aug 2014

Spaceshops, Portland, OR, US, Owner/Detailer/Designer

Jun 2013 - Aug 2014

61North Architects, Anchorage, AK, US, Intern Architect

Involved in industrial, commercial and residential projects. Working on design (new and existing buildings), code compliance, construction documents, permitting, and construction administration.

Feb 2012 - Dec 2013

PlaceCraft Design/Build, Portland, OR, US, Designer

-As part of a team of young designers and natural builders, doing renovation projects following the legalization of light-straw clay as a building material in Portland.
-Leading the design team in project proposals, design, and permit drawings.
-Assist builders in straw-clay installation phase.

Jun 2011 - Dec 2011

Communitecture, Portland, OR, US, Intern

On-call status: Involved in schematic design, code research, construction documents, and model making.

Mar 2011 - Jun 2011

RSS Architecture, Woodburn, OR, US, Intern/Office Manager

Involved in programming, schematic design, code research, construction documents, specifications, and office administration.

Oct 2010 - May 2011

estudio teddy cruz, San Diego, CA, US, Mapping Exposition Designer

Lead designer and digital artist for exhibitions at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino America) and MOMA (New York).

May 2010 - Aug 2010


Woodbury University, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2006 - May 2010


Sustainable Bench Competition, Woodbury University, 1st Place

Bench built out of reclaimed tires and steel tubing.


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