Sarah Jester

Sarah Jester

Brooklyn, NY, US


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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York, NY, US, Junior Architectural Professional

Sep 2011 - current

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Studio Teacher

// Studio Teacher for the 4-week Summer Career Workshop for high-school students interested in the Cal Poly Architecture Program [Directed by Dr. Mark Cabrinha]
// assisting in the development of charettes and projects designed to simulate a first-year studio experience
// leading discussions of student work and developing short lectures to engage the students in the various projects and broaden their understanding of the architecture profession

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Publication Editor / Teacher Assistant

// design and editing of CIDS design studio course publications
// studio assistant for Tom Fowler’s 3rd year design course [workshop-style lectures, site research, desk critic]
// involved in special projects as needed [partnered with local graphic designer and the land conservancy]

Jan 2009 - Jul 2011

Anova Architects, Intern/Project Coordinator

Involved in civic, medical, and educational projects in all stages of development.
[2010] Project coordination at the construction document phase, in direct communication with contractors and fabricators on two small scale K-12 projects
[2008/2007] Drafting for large scale medical project - responsible for development and coordination of drawings from early design stage to construction documents
[2006/2005] Developing the detail library, Interior Design Department presentation boards, filing'

[This was a full-time position during summer/winter student breaks]

Jun 2005 - Jun 2010

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), San Francisco, CA, US, Intern

// assisting the Urban Design Studio by generating drawings and diagrams of the Design for Development of Treasure Island
// rendering views and alternatives for the proposed Treasure Island Districts
// building study models and drawing conceptual layouts for various architectural projects

Aug 2009 - Dec 2009


Sep 2006 - Jun 2011


Best of Show - Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition, Award

One of ten awards given at the Cal Poly Architecture Department Annual Thesis Show


Award of Distinction for Architectural Design, 1st Place

FormZ Auto-des-sys, Inc. Digital Design Award for 3rd year studio project "Inhabitable Library"
Recognized at the 2009 ACADIA Conference in Chicago


S.O.M. High-rise Studio Co-Op, Other

Selected to participate in a High-rise Studio Co-Op with S.O.M. in San Francisco as a part of my 4th year studies at Cal Poly. The rigorous semester-long studio developed a strong technical understanding of the building systems of tall buildings as we designed proposals for the SF Transbay development in teams of 2.


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