Cara Warren

Cara Warren

San Francisco



I am passionate about the parallels between fashion, architecture, art, and nature and how together they shape humanity. I currently practice as an architectural designer in Austin, Texas, but am constantly traveling to visit family and explore various cultures throughout the world. 


reach architects, Austin, TX, US, Project Architect

//Lead representative and design production manager of The Refuge, a 35,000 sq ft private therapeutic retreat for female survivors of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)
//Direct internal design team processes by organizing meetings, presentations, site visits, and daily correspondence with clients, sub-consultants, contractors, fabricators, and vendors contributing to timely project management and delivery
//Conceptualize and develop design renderings, construction documents, code drawings, design details, material palettes, and mood boards for project visualization and documentation
//Manage technical design analysis by ensuring life safety and energy code compliance, coordinating directly with engineers, writing project specifications, and evaluating value engineering solutions
//Support bidding negotiation and construction administration procedures including responding to Request for Information and Request for Proposal solicitations, evaluating bids, reviewing submittals, and directing on-site coordination with contractors
//Create and curate social media/website content to promote company brand and growth
//Key projects: Peli Peli, Autocraft Bodywerks, MIA Tapas + Bar, Woodcraft, Hat Creek Burger Co., and aRoma Italian Kitchen + Bar (all Austin TX), The Refuge (Bastrop TX), Park Central (Midland TX)

Jun 2013 - current

Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington DC, Assistant Architect

//Conducted programming, schematic design, and performance specifications of a 115,000 sq ft multi-purpose government facility and renovation of a 50,000 sq ft information technology center, issued as an RFP to contractors
//Assisted the US Department of Homeland Security with bidding and negotiation procedures through analysis and evaluation of multiple contractor bids for ultimate contract award
//Implemented construction administration procedures through submittal and change order reviews, providing Architects Supplemental Information, and confirming code compliance
//Utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) software in direct coordination with structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers to prepare construction documents
//Designed and marketed a company brochure published and distributed to major clients
//Key projects: Mount Weather FEMA Complex (Bluemont VA), Surveillance Radar Program (Taiwan), US Veterans Affairs Information Technology Center (Temple TX)

Nov 2009 - Jul 2011

Sodel Concepts, Fenwick Island, DE, US, Architectural Designer

//Strategized master plans for building renovation and landscape development projects
//Developed confidence in design decision making in response to branding vision, client’s preferences, and applicable codes

May 2005 - Jul 2009


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture studies with a focus on interior design and landscape architecture. Key courses include:

//Parallel Practices in Fashion + Architecture / Independent Study w/ Professor Lois Weinthal
//Creative Problem Solving / Teaching Assistant for Professor Larry Speck
//Towards a New Interior
//Plants in Design

Aug 2011 - May 2013

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture studies with a strong focus on conceptual design and innovation. Active with student affairs as the president of the AIAS from 2008-2009.

Aug 2005 - May 2009


Oglesby Traveling Fellowship, Nomination

//Nomination based on merit in architectural design


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