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Betsy Cole

Betsy Cole

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Betsy grew up in sunny Seal Beach, CA participating in all things sand and sea, including surfing with the Los Alamitos High School Surf Team and sailing as a member of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and lifeguarding and teaching at Leeway Sailing School.  Her love of art and academics fueled her wanderlust and education through several countries, including France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, England, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Mexico and Guatemala.  

After graduating with an Art History degree from UC Santa Cruz, and completing a summer architecture program at Harvard Graduate School of Design, she worked for BCBG, a corporate fashion company, in both the construction management and legal divisions.  She then completed her Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2011 producing work related to the theory of single family housing and the individualism of the home.  

She currently works as Design Director at Extraordinary Design, the architecture division of Extraordinary Living, a real estate investment firm specializing in single family housing in Northeast Los Angeles.  She lives in Boyle Heights and loves her 1972 Eldorado convertible and her cats.  You can find her on every MAK Center architecture tour ever offered.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Extraordinary Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Director

Design and prepare plan sets for renovations and new construction of homes for Extraordinary Living.

Jan 2012 - current
 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Volunteer

As a volunteer for the LACMA, I acted as a greeter, source of visitor information and liaison for membership sales. This allowed me to be involved in one of the most extensive institutions of modern art and to spend as much time as possible with the museum and its programs.

May 2011 - Dec 2012
 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant for the following courses:
DID High School Summer Program 2011
Architecture Culture 2010
Programs for Practice 2010
Making + Meaning Summer Program 2009
Critical Studies 2009

Jun 2009 - Aug 2011
 

Matter Management, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

I participated in competition entries, including organizing and preparing work samples, and preparing and finishing final renderings for Juan Azulay.

Jun 2010 - Sep 2010
 

BCBG Max Azria, Inc., Vernon, CA, US, Executive Assistant to Sr. VP of Legal, General Counsel

My duties included managing the legal department’s administrative aspects including billing. I also acted as liaison between the company and outside counsel in immigration, trademark and real estate matters as well as assisting two attorneys with their workloads including preparing responses and fielding contracts, organizing litigation, and handling employee matters.

Sep 2007 - Sep 2008
 

BCBG Max Azria, Inc., Vernon, CA, US, Administrative Assistant to Director of Construction

My duties included assisting the Director of Construction with paperwork, communications and maintaining organizational charts of job budgets, schedules, lease information, contractor, vendor, architect and subcontractor information and payment schedules for each as well as keeping in phone and email contact with each. In addition, I managed the collection of Tenant Improvement Allowances for the company.

Sep 2006 - Sep 2007
 

Education 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Studios:
Alexis Rochas, David Ross, Wes Jones, Juan Azulay, Coy Howard, Robert Mangurian, Peter Zellner

Additional Programs Completed at SCI-Arc:
M+M: Making and Meaning Summer Program in Architecture, 2008
Design is One: Italian Design Summer Seminar, Milan, Italy, 2009

Featured Work:
House for the Lonely Sailor, Mangurian Studio Project, featured in End of Year Exhibition, Spring 2011
Essay, “The Simulacrum, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Wes Jones,” featured in OnRamp 2011, a SCI-Arc publication of student work

Installation Participation:
SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion, Alexis Rochas, 2008
Disco Silencio, Barbara Bestor, SCI-Arc Gallery, 2010

Teaching Assistant:
M+M: Making and Meaning Summer Program in Architecture, 2009
Critical Studies, 2009
Architecture Culture, 2010
Programs for Practice, 2010
DID: Design Immersion Days High School Summer Program in Design, 2011

Jun 2008 - Sep 2011
 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Career Discovery Summer Program in Architecture

Introduction and portfolio preparation for architecture majors, held by the Graduate School of Design and taught by GSD thesis students.

Instructor: Andrew Atwood

Jun 2006 - Aug 2006
 

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA, US, Bachelors, History of Art and Visual Culture

Concentration in History of Modern Architecture

Sep 2004 - Jun 2006
 

Awards 

2012
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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