Alán Manning

Alán Manning

Los Angeles, CA, US



As a designer, I aspire to thread the natural discovery of sketching into the practice of architecture; sketching is an essential hand tool for real time creation.  Urban sketching, which is one of my passions, connects me to the environment’s sounds, smells and colors in a most authentic, raw way; the process is meticulous and meditative. This is how I connect to a space and understand its inner and outer workings. In turn, I come to understand what the space wants or needs, how it can be transformed or expounded upon and how I can instill my own design in a space.

Currently my goal towards architecture licensure is to utilize my skills and experiences both from my architecture studies at Woodbury University, and from my experiences traveling through Asia and Europe.





Paul Murdoch Architects, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Junior Designer

Responsibilities included: final phase construction detail drawings; hand watercolor renders; and Rhino 3D modeling for the following:
- National World War One Memorial competition 2015
- Guggenheim Helsinki competition 2014

May 2015 - Sep 2015

Josep Ferrando architecture studio, Barcelona, ES, Architectural Intern

Model making, Rhino 3D, drafting, and translating articles/ construction details from Spanish to English. Tasks involved in:
- École à Vaulruz Switzerland competition 2014
- Exhibition in Berlin: “Matter and Light”
- Exhibition: Biennale in Venice 2014

Mar 2014 - Jun 2014

gkkworks, Pasadena, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Corresponded with the Building Information Modeling (BIM) manager to update and revise the built-up roof detail standards in Revit.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

Deborah Richmond Architects, Santa Monica, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Iterative concept models and boards for the Peace4Kids foundation presentation, Mobile Village: Kitchen at the A+D Museum. The project is now built and servicing the communities of LA.

Apr 2013 - Jun 2013

Maxi Spina Architects, Hollywood, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Composed floor plans and section drawings for Taiwan’s International Design Competition: New Keelung Harbor Service Building. E-book with InDesign, Programing Material: Architecture, Fashion & Textile, under the Frankel Scholarship Award.

May 2012 - Aug 2012


Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Cum Laude and Tau Sigma Delta: Architecture Honor Society

Aug 2011 - May 2015

Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, US, Drafting Technology

Aug 2007 - May 2011


2014-2015 Steel Student Design Competition - Honorable Mention in Open Category, Honorable Mention

Steel Resistance: A Museum for the Recording Industry in Hollywood - A collaboration project with Marilyn Chavarria


NEWH - 2015 LA Chapter Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship


AIA - Architectural Scholarship Award in Recognition of Excellence, Scholarship


Frankel Scholarship Award, Grant

A scholarship to assist in designing the e-book of collaborated work from selected second year students.


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