David Tran

David Tran

Los Angeles, CA, US


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I am self-motivated and extremely passionate about the field of design. I am confident in my visual and graphic representation ability  as well as my capacity for problem solving and adaptability. I enjoy working in a fast paced and collaborative team environment but I am also very capable at focusing independently. Quality and thoughtfulness are always held in high regard in my work  and I always try my best to uphold that standard.


  • Experienced with:
    • Multi-Family Residential, Single Family Residential, Athletic Facilities, Educational
  • Software Capabilities:
    • 3D Modeling and Drafting Programs
      • Rhinoceros 3D, Revit, Maya, Autocad, and Sketchup
    • Graphic Visualization and Representation Programs
      • Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
    • Video Editing and Computer Generated Video Effects
      • Premiere Pro and After Effects
    • 3D Rendering Programs
      • V-Ray, Maxwell, Mental Ray, Keyshot, Artlantis, and Kerkythea
    • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Digital and Physical Fabrication
    • CNC milling, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Composite Forming, Vacuum Forming, Foam Molding, Carpentry and Woodworking, and Paper Modeling
  • Photography, experienced with different shooting styles and techniques
  • Experienced with formal presentations to clients and colleagues
  • Knowledgeable in building codes and ADA regulations
  • Graphic design - Experienced with both print and website design
  • Bilingual - Reading and writing fluency in Vietnamese and English

Notable Accomplishments

  • Published in Japanese Tohoku Restoration Design, 2013
  • Twice selected for the SCI-Arc Spring Show Gallery in 2011 and 2012
  • Completed an overseas design program at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan, 2012
  • Participated in Tokyo Design Workshop consisting of 4 major Tokyo universities
  • Collaborated with Britt Jewet Architects to design and fabricate red carpet installations for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2007
  • Winner of the Most Adaptive Design Award in 2008 Design Village Competition,
  • an on-site design/build competition held annually in San Luis Obispo, CA



PEA Inc., Marina del Rey, CA, US, Project Manager

+ Master Planning of residential developments
+ Design and drafting of multi and single family residential
+ Meeting with clients and associations to determine direction
+ Creating and maintaining strict deadlines and schedule for whole office throughout numerous projects
+ Correspondence and coordination with consultants, engineers, landscape designers, and city planners
+ Delegating tasks and assignments to design team
+ Research of city ordinances

Mar 2014 - current

Sulkin Studio, Santa Monica, CA, US, Junior Architect

+ Generating drawings of design concept and formal strategy
+ Designing, schematically and formally, towards firm objectives
+ Producing high quality renderings and montages
+ Meeting with clients and determining design parameters
+ Coordinating with consultants and engineers

Jun 2013 - Jan 2014

Permit My Property, Santa Monica, CA, US, Junior Architect

+ Site surveying and measuring existing building conditions
+ Creating As-built drawing sets
+ Preparing drawing sets for submittals to the city office
+ Retrieving building records and permits from city office
+ Generating demolition plans for renovations
+ Coordinating with clients for meetings and site visits

Jun 2013 - Jan 2014

Coy Howard, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern Architect

+ Converting sketches into computer drawings and 3D model
+ Rendering and preparing model and images for publication
+ Coordinating video calls and meetings internationally

Mar 2012 - May 2012

Gillis Arch, Santa Monica, CA, US, Intern Architect

+ Schematic design of initial concept for a design competition
+ Diagrammatic representation of design's process as well as overall existing site conditions and catalysts as well as analysis
+ Programmatic design and space planning
+ Producing a competition set of drawings
+ 3D model and physical modeling of building design as well as intricate model of downtown Cleveland
+ Generating renderings and creating montages in Photoshop
+ Creating competition presentation boards

May 2011 - Aug 2011


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

Sep 2009 - Apr 2013


Areas of Specialization 


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