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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.
Extraordinary Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Director
Design and prepare plan sets for renovations and new construction of homes for Extraordinary Living.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture
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
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
SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion, Alexis Rochas, 2008
Disco Silencio, Barbara Bestor, SCI-Arc Gallery, 2010
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
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
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA, US, Bachelors, History of Art and Visual Culture
Concentration in History of Modern Architecture
Featured on design website, nneue.com, Honorable Mention