Tina Hovsepian, a designer and philanthropist, graduated from the University of Southern California with her Bachelor of Architecture in 2009. She currently designs contemporary, sustainable, LEED rated, homes in Santa Monica for Duvivier Architects. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tina always had a consuming interest in humanitarian causes, especially the plight of the homeless on Downtown's infamous Skid Row. During her time at USC she had the opportunity to synthesize this interest with her architectural studies. In 2007 she designed and build a prototype of a temporary shelter made of folded cardboard, Cardborigami. Tina received Second Prize for Most Innovative at the 2009 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Creative Work. That was the first time an Architecture student had won an award in this school-wide category.
Currently, Tina has undertaken the ambitious task of starting a non-profit while pursuing her career in Architecture. This has proven to be a challenging yet educational effort. Despite the lengthy journey to fruition, Cardborigami continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback for its ingenuity. Within months of public exposure, Hovsepian's shelter had aroused interested in 88 different countries, is featured on CNN.com, and appears in articles on many prestigious design blogs.
Tina believes that design fundamentally impacts the daily life of our society. Architects are armed with aggressively creative ideas and new approaches to old problems. With more designers focusing their talent on socially responsible design, the world would be a better place.
Duvivier Architects, Designer
Design of sustainable home remodels and additions from Conceptual to Construction Documents.
American Institute of Architects (AIA Los Angeles), Office Coordinator & Committee Liaison
Carde Ten Architects, Santa Monica, CA, US, Intern
University of Southern California (USC), BArch, School of Architecture
• Recipient of the AIAS/AIA Trust Scholarship Award | 2009
• 2nd Place Winner for Most Innovative Project in the USC Undergraduate Symposium for Creative Work - Awarded by Steven’s Institute for Innovation | 2009
• AIA Young Professionals Scholarship | Boston Convention | 2008
• AIAS Member of Accreditation Board | Clemson University, SC | 2008
• President of USC AIAS Chapter | 2007-08
• Human Resources Student Representative | Spring 2007
• Founding Senior Editor of FISHBOWL//MEANS Publication | 2006-07
AIA Jason Pettigrew ARE Scholarship, Scholarship
Zeftron Nylon Sustainable Practices Award, 2nd Place
AIGA re(Design) Awards, 2nd Place