Cesia Lopez-Angel is a recent graduate from Woodbury University, who has focused her graduate design work around the topic of water as a design material. A local from Los Angeles, she developed a body of work engaging water and its implications on the dry city with a strong interest in representation.
In the fall of 2012, Cesia was chosen as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow for the class of 2013-14. The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship offers early career architects the opportunity for first-hand training and experience in sustainable community design work. As a Rose Fellow with the Little Tokyo Service Center and Neighborhood Based CDC Coalition in Los Angeles, Cesia tackled the dual missions of creating affordable housing and a pedestrian-friendly, transit-accessible central city.
Cesia received a 2012 Thesis Award for "LA Defined: An investigation into water infrastructure and public architectures in the Mediterranean city" by Woodbury University and in 2010 she was presented with a Design Award from the Pasadena & Foothill Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for her degree project “Emergent Waterscape: An Urban Exploration for Ceremony and Functionality”. Her work has been recently exhibited at the Architecture and Design Museum and at Woodbury University and has been published in on-line publications. Other exhibitions include student imitated art exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
Cesia is currently enrolled in NCARB's IDP program in the efforts of pursuing licensing in the state of California.
Little Tokyo Service Center and Neighborhood Based CDC Coalition, Los Angeles, CA, US, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow
As an architectural fellow I worked on several aspects of community development within the real estate and planning departments of four different community development organizations located in Los Angeles by providing architectural support. Some relevant experience include interior design of commercial TI spaces, support in construction administration of mix-use affordable multifamily housing, project management that included project budgeting and scheduling of grant projects, coordinating team and multiple consultants, attending construction meetings and coordinating with contractors, managing client expectations, and project development. Other responsibilities also included grant writing, performing feasibility studies, community engagement and organizing, planning support, and project presentations on national conferences.
Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, US, Temporary- Management Assistant
As part of the temporary HR pool, I provided management assistance support to the
management of the finance department.
Taalman Koch Architecture, Hollywood, CA, US, Interning Architect
Provided architectural design and project management support under the direction of the principal architect. Relevant experience includes project management, participation of project phases from schematic design to construction administration for both a commercial space and residential project, and drafting and preparing design construction/permitting documents, managing client support, and coordinating with consultants and contractors and subs.
Arid Lands Institute-Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, Research and Teaching Assistant
Provided research support and teaching assistance through the institute's design studio, fieldwork, seminars and crits. Other duties have consisted on providing GIS tech support to the founding directors through the preparation of datasets, data analysis and representation of project, and assisting in the presentation of information for education, public, and city personnel audiences as part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded grants.
Cedar Sinai Medical Center-Facilities Planning Design and Construction, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Intern
Provided technical architectural support in the form of site survey of hospital facilities and updating of as-built drawings for center's records and regulation requirements per the Office of State Wide Health Planning and Development (OSPHD).
Bureau of Engineering Architectural Division City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Intern
Provided support to the architectural staff through drawings, model making, material and color selection, and administrative and planning related data collection and analysis.
Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, MArch, Architecture
Program track followed the Arid Lands Institute research of design innovation in the midst of water scarcity in the arid lands.
Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, BArch, Architecture
Member, Board of Advisors, Nomination
Member for the Board of Advisors for the Arid Lands Institute (ALI). ALI’s mission is to train designers and citizens to innovate in response to hydrologic variability brought on by climate change. ALI's vision is a water-smart built environment in the US West serving as a model for drylands globally.
The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship offers a select few of the nation’s finest, early career architects the opportunity for first-hand training and experience in sustainable community design work. The Fellowship partners these emerging talents with local community development organizations for three years.
Turkish Coalition of America Travel Scholarship, Scholarship
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarships for Minority Students
Assisting Team member to prize recipient Robert Lamb AIA. Capacity of work included consulting on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and graphic representation.
Exhibition and Gallery Talk at the Wedge Gallery, Woodbury University in Burbank CA, Other
Graduate Thesis work presented: “LA Defined: An Investigation into Water Infrastructure and Public Architectures in the Mediterranean City”
Competition entry to the California Architectural Foundation William Turnbull is part of the Drylands Design traveling exhibition.
Documentation of water infrastructure as public space with an emphasis on ancient Rome. Online publication through Woodbury University’s Rome Center for Architecture and Culture
Best M.S. Arch Thesis Award, Award
Woodbury University School of Architecture for Thesis Project: LA Defined: An investigation into water infrastructure and public architectures in the Mediterranean city.
Award for Design Excellence, Award
Woodbury University School of Architecture for Degree Project: Emergent Waterscape: An Urban Exploration for Ceremony and Functionality
Student Citation for Design - 2010