Stephen Hartounian's passion for design began at an early age. No matter what the medium, there was always a strong interest for designing and making. In his adolescent years he was involved in art classes and robotics programs; anything that allowed him to apply his creativity to making something physical.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen graduated from Woodbury University in Burbank, CA with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in May 2011. He completed the 5 year program in 4 years, during which he was involved in studios which explored the full spectrum of design scales and methodologies. This exposure has given him a heightened appreciation of product, graphic, and spatial design. He spent his final year working on his thesis titled "hydroanaboilic_ surface" which explores the possibilities of rainwater-harvesting as an appendage which can be applied to existing buildings. It considered the full spectrum of building, from details to the urban scale.
Following his graduation with a professional degree he has been involved with a number of competitions as well as with graphic design commissions. He actively enjoys photography and animation as medium of personal expression.
Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, CA, US, Job Captain | Intermediate Designer
Reviewed and responded to RFIs, submittals and shop drawings during construction administration. Attended job visits post demo to verify dimensions and assist with initial layout. Assisted in bid leveling and produced addendums and bulletins to meet project deadlines. Developed and coordinated construction document and plan check sets. Revised drawings to obtain permits and plan check approval in different city jurisdictions. Worked on client presentation materials and developed 3D digital models and sketches to further understand existing conditions and implement proposed design ideas.
cha:col, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer
Met directly on site with GC. to discuss and oversee construction. Developed and coordinated schematic design, design development, plan check and construction document sets. Worked directly with city officials and different departments to obtain clearances and RTI. Developed digital models and presentation materials for review by clients.
Materials & Applications, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Intern
Worked on schematic sketches, digital models and presentation materials. Developed and edited design development sets for presentation. Contacted and coordinated with various vendors for material specifications.
Dragon Steel, Sun Valley, CA, US, Draftsman | Detailer
Checked steel details and estimated take-offs, ensuring efficiency and resourcefulness of materials. Developed and edited drawigns and details in AutoCAD.
Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, BArch, Architecture