Derek McFarland

Derek McFarland

San Diego, CA, US



With graduation in June 2014, I am seeking an entry-level design position at a firm where I can utilize my creativity and passion to help create wonderful design and develop as an architect. I have about one year of professional experience distributed in various durations across five firms, including McFarland Designs, Altevers Associates, HOK, and with upcoming internships with Gensler and  RNT in the next year. Through my academic and professional experience I have developed excellent skills in the integration of digital design and architectural practicality. I am extremely motivated individual and collaborative team player who brings an enthusiasm for design, a commitment to quality, and a dedication to my work. Please view my Resume and Portfolio and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Derek McFarland



HMC Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Jun 2013 - current

RNT Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Apr 2013 - Jun 2013

Gensler, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Jan 2013 - Mar 2013

HOK, San Francisco, CA, US, Architectural Intern

In this internship, I worked very closely with the head designers of HOK in designing the new new expansion for the Stanislaus Public Safety Center Jail. I did alot of the visuals and graphics for client meetings and conceptual design. I used a combinationg of InDesign, Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Photoshop to create beautiful imagery and diagrams that captures the essence of the project. Everyone at this office was so freindly and I know I left a mark at this firm. HOK offered me a possible position in the future after I finish school if I so desired.

Sep 2012 - Nov 2012

Altevers Associates, San Diego, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Architectural assistant/intern, Architect and Interior Design
Boutique Architecture and Interior Design Firm

Specializing in High end hospitality and residential, my list of duties included CAD drafting, Revit, digital rendering, graphical presentations, proposals, business administration, personal assistant, and Interior Design.

Jun 2012 - Sep 2012

McFarland Designs, Poway, CA, US, Architectural Assistant

Assisting my dad in his architectural practice. List of duties included organizing, going to job sites, interacting with clients, assisting in hand drafting, digital modeling/rendering, assisting in architectural design and practice, digital production, and business administration

Jun 2011 - Oct 2011


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2010 - current


Alfred B. Berghell & Joy G. Berghell Scholarship, Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in 1997 and is awarded to an Architecture student who exhibits outstanding scholastic achievement.


2012 Henri De Hahn 3rd Year Architecture Award, 1st Place

This award is given to the third year student whose project exhibits the most comprehensive and imaginative integration of design, architectural practice and environmental controls.


First Place Design Award for Youth Arts Academy, 1st Place

First Place Design award for the Youth Arts Academy project. Currently the project is undergoing fundraising and the next steps of design development and planning is getting underway


Robert Hifumi Odo Scholarship, Nomination

This award was established in memory of architecture alumnus Bob Odo by the architecture and planning firm of McLarand, Vasquez, and Partners. This award is available to a third- or fourth-year architecture student who shows outstanding ability in architecture design and overall academic performance.


2012 Leading Edge Student Design Competition, 2nd Place

A zero-net energy, mixed-use building of approximately 40,000 square feet containing 12 units of cohousing, a yoga studio, exercise gym and meeting space. Three units of office/retail and a landscaped courtyard with bicycle parking and other outdoor amenities. In competition between Architectural Students across graduate and upper level undergraduate students accross the entire USA, my project was awarded 2nd place with a $2000 prize. This was such a huge accomplishment.


Morris Poindexter Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship

The Morris Poindexter Memorial Scholarship supports transfer students majoring in Architecture. Mr. Poindexter was a succesful Architect and Cal Poly graduate.


Building Industry Association Cares Scholarship, Scholarship


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