Quan Nyen Tran

Quan Nyen Tran

Annandale, VA, US



Since I was a child, I have never stayed in one particular location for more than four years.  In the past ten years, I have accomplished three degrees, two certificates and have a total of two years studying abroad in Europe.  Other than architecture and traveling, I find people most captivating and beautiful. 

Architecture and design to me is a universal language that expresses the human spirit, the culture and time.  My master’s thesis project is call the Center for the Human Spirit, which consist of interrelated concepts of love, life and wisdom, represented by programs of an exhibition, retreat and meditation space.  The site is located beside the ruins of Sutro Baths in San Francisco, CA.  My thesis project was ignited by a vision barrowed from Any Rand’s Fountainhead; and the quote: “Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.”


Bowie Gridley Architects, Georgetown, DC, US, Job Captain

Jun 2018 - current

Morgan Gick McBeath Associates, Falls Church, VA, US, Designer / Project Manager

Jan 2016 - Jun 2018

Evergreen Academy, Annandale, VA, US, Adjunct Professor

Instructing an average of eight college students in an introductory course to drawing and graphic design and another course in introductory to fiction and graphic narrative.

Mar 2013 - Aug 2016

Sheladia Associates Inc. Rockville, MD, USA, Rockville, MD, US, Project Designer

Working with the director of architecture and project architect during all phases of design, construction document, and presentation in Revit on a blast resistant building design for the World Bank headquarters in Kabul Afghanistan.

Feb 2015 - Jan 2016

Zavos Architecture + Design, Frederick, MD, US, Intern Architect

Working with the principal and project managers during all phases of design, construction document and presentation. Project varies from single passive home, multi-family, churches, to commercial.

Feb 2014 - Feb 2015

Walnut Street Development, Fairfax, VA, US, Arechitectural Designer and Draftsman

Construct 3D models, drawings and marketing in Revit and Photoshop during schematic, construction document and presentation phase

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013

Greenwald Cassell Associates, Georgetown, DC, US, Revit Draftsman

Construct 3D models, drawings and tutor in Revit during schematic design and construction document phase.

Jun 2013 - Jul 2013

Falls Church Painting and Construction, Falls Church, VA, US, Revit Draftsman

Construct 3D model and drawings in Revit during schematic design and presentations

Feb 2013 - Mar 2013


Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - Dec 2012

Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy, Post-Baccalaureate

Painting + Sculpture

Jan 2007 - May 2008

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts

Graphic Design + Sculpture

*Study Abroad in Greece, Summer 2006
*Study Abroad in Italy, Summer 2005

Jun 2003 - Dec 2006

Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA, US, Associate of Applied Science

Architecture Technology

Aug 1998 - May 2003

Areas of Specialization