Christine Geronaga

Christine Geronaga

Anaheim, CA, US



In a discussion I had with a group of architects on the topic of good design, the opinions on the table lent themselves to one of two arguments. My case was I felt that more should be demanded of architecture than simply a stunning aesthetic. The paradigm shift of the definition of good design should include aesthetic, functionality, technical performance, and context within a community. My career objective when I got into architecture was to gain experience and knowledge of all aspects of the building design process and construction; also to contribute to the enrichment of the community by being a good steward of environmental resources. Utilizing a desire to create a dynamic built environment, my focus is on the success of a connection to all the designed space affects—the landscape and its users.

The reason I chose to join ULI was to help this industry make more educated decisions in the way our communities consume land and continue to redevelop land geared towards minimizing environmental impact. It was a lecture given by the Project for Public Spaces organization that instilled this idea of creating a sense of place. My current involvement with ULI is through the Young Leaders Group Mentorship program as a protégé for the first year. As a candidate for that program, my goal was to infuse my own passion for the built environment and insatiable curiosity to help its continual evolution. As an architect, my goal is to provide design excellence as well as the promotion of architecture as a service profession. My hope in that program was to learn more about facilitating a more collaborative process across disciplines in the industry.  I took a position on the Placemaking Initiative Council as the Young Leader representative this year with emphasis on a grant to perform research on how to retain the creative talent within the 18-35 demographic in Orange County.

I am also active as a member of the American Institute of Architects Associates Committee to build what I believe to be the kind of peer-to-peer network that I need particularly at this stage in my career. We have created programs such as Meet the Firms to enable emerging professionals to experience a transparency in architecture’s best practices from leading firms.

At the end of the day, the question should be about how you have used the skill sets entrusted to you for the greater good.


Gensler, Newport Beach, CA, US, Project Coordinator

- Scout out industry events for strategic attendance and create the in-house graphics for publication within the office
- Created marketing proposals and statements of qualifications for potential clients
- Generated contractual information between both Owner and Contractor
- Composed colored renderings for architectural review by municipalities
- Technical production of Construction Documents
- Reviewed construction materials submitted by the Contractor for compliance with the Construction Documents
- Participated in the Construction Administration process documenting correspondence between the Owner, Architect, and Contractor

Various Chase banks (Retail)
John Wayne Airport Tenant Improvements (Aviation) – Construction Administration
Dallas Fort Worth Airport Concessions (Aviation) – Schematic Design
San Diego International Airport Concessions (Aviation) – Design Development and Schematic Design

Apr 2011 - Oct 2012

SMC Construction, Irvine, CA, Project Engineer

- Assist in developing scopes of work for Subcontractors prior to the issuance of contracts
- Review submittals for conformance with the contract documents
- Coordinate LEED submittals for upload onto LEED-Online
- Issue Requests for Information from Subcontractors
- Facilitate material procurement/ delivery and coordination with other building components after submittal
- Compose remedial correspondence to Subcontractors for default in work
- Provide administrative support for pre-installation, coordination, and weekly jobsite
- Maintain project record documents
- Manage the project close-out process including the collection and turnover of all
requested items per the contract documents
Redondo Beach North Branch Library
August 2009- September 2010
Redondo Beach, CA
LEED: Gold
New 12,605 square foot Library over the existing North Branch Library site and
associated site work
Amount: $2.9M
Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ)
October 2009- Current
Los Angeles, CA
New 15,076 Square Foot church facility to include a 475-seat sanctuary and 2,538
Square Foot Multi-Purpose Hall and associated site work
Amount: $7.5M
Laguna Niguel Branch Library #70
October 2010- November 2010
Laguna Niguel, CA
One- story library remodel with a 3,803 SF addition and upgrade of finishes
Amount: $3.1M

Aug 2009 - Nov 2010

SMC Construction, Irvine, CA, US, Estimating Coordinator

- Attended job walks for potential jobs to bid
- Solicited bids from Subcontractor database
- Facilitated drawings and specification distribution to subcontractors
- Assisted in coordination on bid day
- Specialties Takeoffs

Jun 2008 - Aug 2009


Woodbury University, San Diego, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2005 - May 2008

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, US, Architecture

Jun 2002 - May 2005

Areas of Specialization 


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