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Helya Haji Taheri- LEED Green Associate

Helya Haji Taheri- LEED Green Associate

Greater Los Angeles Area, CA, US

 

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About 

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Islamic Azad University of Mashhad (IAUM), Mashhad, Iran in 2006 and also received my Master of Architecture from IAUM in 2010 and my second Master of Architecture (Professional degree) from Woodbury University in Burbank, California, USA in 2012. I Won the best graduate thesis award from Woodbury university at 2012. As a professional Architect I have experience in Building science, Environmentally conscious design and sustainability. My projects include design of several residential and industrial spaces as well as landscaping. I have the experience of working with highly reputable architects in Osveh and Evet Architectural consulting company in Iran and also teaching assistant at Architecture School of Woodbury University. I have been actively involved in organization of several nationally and Internationally known Architecture and Art exhibitions and also organized eleven academic exhibitions in photography, painting, and sculpture. Honors: • Received 2012 Best graduate thesis award, student choice • Received Arid Lands institute US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Scholarship 05/11-08/11 • Received Woodbury University Department of Architecture partial tuition grant (08/10-05/11) • Entry of 2011-12 California Architectural Foundation William Turnbell competition chosen as selected project for display in Arid Lands Institute’s Drylands Design Conference exhibition (03/2012) • Ranked 21 in Iran’s’ nationwide Islamic Azad Universities master’s entrance exam among more than 15,000 and ranked 113 among more than 300,000 participants (05/02) • Ranked 4th among remarkable undergraduate thesis of the class, IAUM, 2000 • Ranked 1st in painting in the “ National student fair of culture, science and art”, Azad University of Mashhad, Iran, 2002

Professional Experience

Manifest Design Build Inc. (08/2015-Present)

Chief Designer/Vice President : Offer complete design services for variety of single family and multi-unit residential projects.

  • Provide architectural design consultation for construction, remodeling, and interior design.
  • Develop design documents, blueprints and 3D models.
  • Pull construction permits.
  • Work in collaboration with contractors & engineers.

Francis Krahe and Associates Inc. (08/2012-08/2015)

Project Manager: (2014-2015)

  • Monitored projects progress based on schedule and defined tasks to assure meeting milestones, deadlines and budget
  • Defined the chain of commands based on crew’s strength and qualifications
  • Managed multiple projects without jeopardizing timelines

Project Designer: (2012-2014)

Lighting designer for variety of domestic, international, commercial and residential projects.

  • Calculated the project energy based on Title 24, ASHRAE, LEED credit.
  • Developed projects from concept design to final drawings, renderings, and detailed lighting fixtures.
  • Designed per LEED certification codes requirements.
  • Organized project records, attend client meetings, verify illuminance, calculations and summarize findings. 

• 2010-2011;  Woodbury University:
Teaching assistant: History Theory, Architecture theory before Modern
• 2008-2009 Evet Consulting Co.
Senior Architectual designer: Responsible for the design of several interior and exterior architectural projects as part of a team. Communicated with clients to address their needs and project goal details in order to improve efficiency and quality of the work
• 2007-2008;  Osveh Control Management Co.
Worked as the project manager and consulting coordinator of 5+ starts Narger International hotels. I worked directly from the starting point with the Architect and Owner and monitor the project process to the construction point. These hotels are located in different cities and the process starts coordination with different teams to choose the location and properties and SD and DD and CD progress based on AA hotel classification standard and ANSI-PMBOK management system
• 2004-2007;  Parhib Tarh-e-Pars Company
Architect/ Manager: Established an Architectural consulting firm with a team of architects. Provide architectural design services in exterior/ interior design, landscaping and construction. Designed three residential complex design followed by their construction management.
• 2002-2005 Rajan Gostar Co.
Intern: Performed research oriented tasks. Worked with Auto Cad as a drafts person. Provided presentation documents of projects. Became familiar with interior and exterior design methods and material.

Education and Certificate:
• 2010-2012: Master of Architecture: professional degree, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
• 2008-2010: Master of Architecture: University of Architecture and Art, Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran (IAUM)
• 200-2006: B.S in Architecture Engineering: University of Architecture and Art, Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran (IAUM)

  • • California General building contractor licensed
  • • LEED Green Associate Licensed
  • MAP Leadership and Management Development Training and Workshop 
  • • IES Fundamental lighting design certificate

Summary of Qualifications:
• Architectural skills: Residential and Industrial Design; Sustainable Design; Mapping Technique; Architectural Lighting Design; Digital Fabrication; Hand Drafting
• Computer Modeling Skills: Rhino, Revit Architecture (BIM), Auto Cad, Archi Cad, AGI, Arc GIS, Global Mapper, Illustrator, Photoshop, In Design, M.S.Office Suit, Maxwell, Grasshopper, V-Ray, Processing
• Extra curricular Art Activities: Water Color Painting, Photography, sculpting, Earthenware making

Honors
• 05/2012 Received 2013 Best Graduate Thesis Award, Student choice
• 05/2011-08/2011 Received Arid Land Institute US Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) Scholarship
• Received Woodbury University Department of Architecture Partial tuition grant
• Entry 2011-2012 California William Turnbell competition chosen as the selected project for display in Arid Lands Institue’s Dryland Design conference exhibition
• Ranked 21 in Iran’s nationwide Islamic Azad Universities master’s entrance exam among more than 15,000 and ranked 113 among more than 300,000 participants
• Ranked 4th among remarkable undergraduate thesis of the class, IAUM
• Ranked 1st in watercolor painting in the “ National student fair of culture, science and art”, Azad University of Mashhad, Iran

 

Selected Design Projects (2001-2012)
• Education center emphasis on learning in open spaces, Huntington Garden, San Marino, CA
• Multipurpose water conservation design project, Water Infrastructure, Assigned site: Embudo Dixon, NM
• Nature Museum and botanic garden, assigned site: Salton sea, CA
• Other design projects: University of Art and Architecture; Resort in AShooradeh Island, Caspian sea; Residential villa with sustainable architectural elements; General Hospital; Shopping mall; Residential complex; Water complex

Selected Research Projects (2003-2012)
• Graduate Thesis: Threshold, breaking the seal
The thesis considers the phenomenon of “ Threshold”, both their presence and absence, at the scale of the city. Threshold provides the means by which to transform urban conditions from isolated zones, for example to territories connected to their surrounding communities. This project seeks to establish a new architectural “ Threshold” as a new type of connection that transform the relationship between two different spaces.
• Water Resources as Issues (Colorado river): One-month summer field trip from California to Arizona and New Mexico along Colorado River
Human and environmental study of “ Akhlamad” village area in Khorasan, Iran. Analyzed variety of rural construction and architecture of the region.
Volunteer Work/ Professional Memebership (2002-2013)
• April & May 2013, two exhibitions of inflatable object (Interactive Mock-up) in Wedge Gallery, Woodbury University and 2D3D-3W Wuho gallery in Hollywood, CA.
• Enrolled in IDP and working toward licensure
• General Building Contractor License is in progress
• 2011-2012 California Architecture Foundation Willian Turnbell Competition
• 4th Annual Celebrando Las Acequias symposium, Mission Embudo Dixon, NM to provide hospitality, logistical support, and digital documentation, June 2011
• Seated as a critique for undergraduate students mid-review at Woodbury University and USD School of Architecture.
• Organizer: Conference and Exhibition of “Conservation of Cultural Relics”, Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran, 2005; Four national and one international “Watercolor painting of significant architectural structure of Iran” and “Water and dream”, Mashhad, Iran
• Member of Iranian Organization foe engineering order of buildings
Residency Status: Permanent resident (Green card holder) and California resident
References: Are available upon request

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Manifest Design Build Inc, Pasadena, CA, US, Chief Designer/Vice President

Offer complete design services for variety of single family and multi-unit residential projects.
• Provide architectural design consultation for construction, remodeling, and interior design.
• Develop design documents, blueprints and 3D models.
• Pull construction permits.
• Work in collaboration with contractors & engineers.

Aug 2015 - current
 

Francis Krahe & Associates, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager and Project Designer

Project Manager: (2014-2015)
• Monitored projects progress based on schedule and defined tasks to assure meeting milestones, deadlines and budget
• Defined the chain of commands based on crew’s strength and qualifications
• Managed multiple projects without jeopardizing timelines
Project Designer: (2012-2014)
Lighting designer for variety of domestic, international, commercial and residential projects.
• Calculated the project energy based on Title 24, ASHRAE, LEED credit.
• Developed projects from concept design to final drawings, renderings, and detailed lighting fixtures.
• Designed per LEED certification codes requirements.
• Organized project records, attend client meetings, verify illuminance, calculations and summarize findings.

Aug 2012 - Aug 2015
 

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, Teaching assistant

Teaching assistant: History theory, Architecture theory before Modern

Aug 2010 - May 2012
 

Evet Consulting Co., Mashhad,IR, Senior Architect

Architect: Responsible for the design of several interior and exterior architectural projects as part of a team. Communicated with clients to address their needs and project goal details in order to improve efficiency and quality of the work.

Jan 2008 - Jan 2009
 

Osveh Control Management Co., Mashhad, IR, Architect/ Project Manager

Architect/ Project Manager: Organized plans to conduct upcoming projects, architectural and consulting companies. Proposed design solutions for the problems rose during the process of performing the projects and monitor the process.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2008
 

Parhib Tarh-e-Pars Company, Mashhad, IR, Architect/Manager

Parhib Tarh-e-Pars Company. (Contract work)
Architect/Manager: Established an architectural consulting firm with a team of architects. Provided architectural design services in exterior/ interior design, landscaping and construction. Designed three residential complex design followed by their construction management.

Jan 2004 - Jan 2007
 

Rajan Gostar Co., Mashhad, IR, Intern

Intern: Performed research oriented tasks. Worked with Auto Cad as a drafts person. Provided presentation documents of projects. Became familiar with interior and exterior design methods and materials.

Jan 2002 - Jan 2005
 

Education 

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Professional Degree. Received 2012 Best graduate thesis award, student choice.

Aug 2010 - May 2012
 

Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, Mashhad, IR, MArch, Architecture

GPA 4/4

Jan 2008 - May 2010
 

Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, Mashhad, IR, BArch, B.S in Architectural Engineering

Aug 2001 - May 2006
 

Awards 

California general building contractor license, 1st Place

2014
 

LEED Green Associate License, Other

2013
 

IES Fundamental of lighting certificate, 1st Place

2013
 

Received 2012 Best graduate thesis award, student choice, 1st Place

2012
 

Honors and Awards, Other

• Received 2012 Best graduate thesis award, student choice
• Received Arid Lands institute US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Scholarship 05/11-08/11
• Received Woodbury University Department of Architecture partial tuition grant (08/10-05/11)
• Entry of 2011-12 California Architectural Foundation William Turnbell competition chosen as selected project for display in Arid Lands Institute’s Drylands Design Conference exhibition (03/2012)
• Ranked 21 in Iran’s’ nationwide Islamic Azad Universities master’s entrance exam among more than 15,000 and ranked 113 among more than 300,000 participants (05/02)
• Ranked 4th among remarkable undergraduate thesis of the class, IAUM, 2000
• Ranked 1st in painting in the “ National student fair of culture, science and art”, Azad University of Mashhad, Iran, 2002

2012
 

Received Arid Lands institute US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Scholarship 05/11-08/11, Scholarship

2011
 

Received Woodbury University Department of Architecture partial tuition grant, Grant

2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills