Steven Shipley

Steven Shipley

Los Angeles, CA, US


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My design projects explore the possibilities that come from a controlled corruption of geometric forms with highly refined design rhetoric.  My interest in design is in the possibilities of heterogeneous meanings and multiple readings of the same object.  Design engages the logic of the space and the viewer, to a level deeper than just surface aesthetics.  I view design as an opportunity to give meaning to the built environment.

I'm interested in the problem of the large building program and the conflict with its context.  I would like to continue studying the resolution of this conflict, through camouflage, mimicry, disposition, etc. Architectural theory and history is important to me and I pull influences from many different disciplines and historical precedents in the development of a project idea.



Steven A. Shipley, Graphic Designer, Los Angeles, CA, US, Freelance Graphic Designer

Designed graphics for social media campaigns, motion graphics, event invitations, product designs, logos, business cards, and other marketing collateral for clients such as Ad Relief, Elite Lighting Corp., Electro-Chemical Devices, Inc., and the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Oct 2014 - current

Michael W Folonis, Architects, Santa Monica, CA, US, Administrative Assistant

Nationally and Internationally Award-Winning Architecture Firm

[ ] Created marketing materials, graphic design for office documents and stationary, business cards, firm portfolio with select works, new project proposal documents, lecture presentations and awards submissions

[ ] Assisted with accounting, project billing and payroll, office insurance applications and healthcare plans

[ ] I.T. and printing troubleshooting, set up email server, and assisted web designers with new website

[ ] Put together materials for project RFQs and RFPs, federal copyright applications for projects

[ ] Researched architectural products, product specifications, and quotes for projects

[ ] Worked with office CPA and lawyer on company organization, tax documents, and other corporate issues

Feb 2014 - Mar 2015

VIACOM, MTV Networks, Santa Monica, CA, US, Architecture Intern

International Entertainment Media conglomerate

[ ] Modeled 2D floor plans of company-owned properties in 3D to be used by the client and by spatial planners

[ ] Created a universal furniture palette of Blocks in AutoCAD for spatial planning

[ ] Recorded instructional videos about using AutoCAD, to be used by company employees to access drawings

[ ] Cleaned up and updated floor plan drawings in AutoCAD for New York properties

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

UCLA Capital Programs, Los Angeles, CA, US, Student Assistant

Architecture and construction funding company for UCLA campus

[ ] Archived past drawings of campus buildings and housing projects, office work for architectural office

Jan 2013 - Aug 2013

Resource Webs, LLC, Santa Monica, CA, US, Intern, Graphic Design Contractor

Internet and website development company

[ ] Created graphic designs for the website,, including icons, banner ads, sub-page design, etc.

[ ] Researched information for the site and edited photos for web pages, utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

[ ] Hired to work as a freelance graphic designer for the company, on an as-needed basis

Jun 2012 - Aug 2013

STV Inc., Irvine, CA, US, Project Assistant

Transportation and Civil Engineering firm

[ ] Facilitated daily office functions and organized office for proposal meetings with clients

[ ] Organized and printed engineering plan drawings for 3 major proposal projects

[ ] Photographed on location for proposals and complied field research

[ ] Assisted office accountant in verifying work orders, organizing files, and inputting payroll information

May 2011 - Sep 2011

Electro-Chemical Devices, Irvine, CA, US, Office Assistant

Electrical sensor development company

[ ] Input company data, managed information network, and other office functions

[ ] Maintained and organized parts inventory, pulled parts for production department

[ ] Assembled housings and parts for sensors/products, cut wires and applied ceramic filling into sensors

[ ] Assisted in moving offices/building upkeep, such as tiling, assembling furniture and shelves, painting, etc.

Jun 2009 - Sep 2010


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, M.Arch II

M.Arch II program

Completed part of the program, 1 full semester.

Sep 2013 - Feb 2014

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies

Sep 2008 - Jun 2013


Selected to present at Symposium for Cultural Studies class [SCI-Arc], Other

Presented architecture theory paper for a Symposium in December 2014 at SCI-Arc


Selected as Student Representative for RUMBLE, the Architecture student work showcase [UCLA], Other

Student Representative for my class at RUMBLE in June 2012, at UCLA


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