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I am a passionate designer and project manager that has a life long commitment to sustainability and making the world a more beautiful place to occupy. Not only am I passionate about architecture, but I have an eye for and love color, graphics, identity design and marketing. I have proportionate design and business ingenuity and I am always initiating positive changes in my working environments.
I have had the opportunity to work with a number of firms, developers and contractors throughout the years. With this diversified experience, I have been able to nurture and develop many skills.
I began my career designing high-end residences and restaurants and then moved on to large scale civic projects such as a police station, fire station, middle school and numerous animal shelters including the master plan for the Pasadena Humane Society. In the last number of years, I have project managed and handled construction administration for multiple Walgreens' new construction projects including the first LEED certified drug store in the country as well as working on various Whole Foods Market renovations.
While working at Laura Burkhalter Design Studio, I was the key figurehead in the re-branding of the firm, re-designing the logo, the font type and the website. I also expanded the online presence of the firm, initiating a modern marketing strategy, by creating and managing a Facebook page, Twitter account and Tumblr visual blog.
During my time at RMCA, I spearheaded the re-organizational structuring of the project files and documents as well as setting standards and practices for file management. I also created and implemented bulletin tracking for client revisions and delta tracking for all projects. All this was done in an effort to make project management more efficient and have the office run smoother.
Having worked on large and small scale projects alike, I move comfortably through every step of the process from the first sketch of a design to stepping onto the construction site and I love every minute of it.
Most importantly, I always bring a positive attitude and I am constantly looking for ways to inject fun and playfulness into my work. Please check out my personal design blog to see what I get inspired by.
Laura Burkhalter Design Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer/ Project Manager/ Marketing
Projects: High-end residential/ commercial/ brand identity/ graphic design/ marketing/ social media
Reference: Laura Burkhalter AIA/ principal/ 323.841.2021/ firstname.lastname@example.org
RMCA, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager/ Designer
Projects: Walgreens LEED Certified Prototype store/ multiple southern California Walgreens/ multiple Whole Foods Market renovations + ADA upgrades/ Helen Keller Park Redevelopment
ie:architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Consultant
Projects: High-end residential/ lofts/ studios/ commercial/ retail
Reference: Ivan Ramirez/ principal/ 323.257.7000/ email@example.com
Meyer & Allen Associates, Los Angeles, CA, US, Jr. Project Manager/ Intermediate Designer
Projects: Elementary + middle school for LAUSD/ Pasadena Humane Society expansion/ various LA Animal Shelters/ Costa Mesa Police Facility addition and remodel/ Fire Station #64
Reference: Clifton Allen AIA/ principal/ 323.467.7151/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Glynn Designbuild, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Junior Designer
Projects: High-end residential/ commercial renovations/ art studios/ graphic design
Reference: Britt Glynn/ principal/ 310.821.0198/ email@example.com
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architectural Design
My piece 'Dream House' was chosen to be part of a comprehensive annual exhibition of progressive architectural drawings.
LEED AP, Other
I was awarded the 'Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional' title.
Ebell Scholarship, Scholarship
Scholarship awarded 2002/ 2003/ 2004
SCI-Arc Scholarship, Scholarship
Full scholarship award based on merit.
SCI-Arc Advance Placement, Other
Awarded advance placement after first semester.
Eckenbol Scholarship, Other
Scholarship award based on merit.