Hemila Rastegar-Aria

Hemila Rastegar-Aria

Los Angeles, CA, US

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MHA (Michael Hong Architects), Culver City, CA, US, Architectural Designer

• Did design work on a number of large projects, such as an extension of the Wynn hotel in Vegas; the Anabella hotel in Anaheim; and Le Jardin d’Eau Riyadh in Saudi Arabi, a very large project that included shopping centers, hotels, and apartment complexes. In particular, on the Le Jardin d’Eau Riyadh, worked on apartment buildings, parts of a mall, and the porte cochère for the main hotel. Made 3D models of various projects, then drew plans and made section and elevation drawings. For the Anabella hotel, created 3D model of buildings in Rhino, and made DD documents, color elevation and color material files. Among other programs, worked in Rhino to make 3D models, and also utilized AutoCAD and Bluebeam. For the Wynn hotel, worked on DD document, and on color materials, elevations, and tag files. The firm focused on highly detailed projects, where sustainability was just as important as beauty. Utilized
AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop extensively, and obtained much experience creating high-quality 3D models in Rhino in short periods of time.

Jul 2016 - current

Michael W. Folonis Architects, Santa Monica,Ca, US, Junior designer

Designed mixed-use buildings in Santa Monica. Involved in the schematic design of 1325 6th St., 601 Colorado & 501 Broadway projects, and design development and constructional documents of 1415 5th St. project. Designed facades based on the sun’s path using an algorithm in Grasshopper. Did unit planning, including interior design work, ensuring spaces were refined and in compliance with Los Angeles Building Codes. Did wall specifications, doing opening calculations by code. Did section details, elevations with material selection, drawings, renderings. Touched up renderings, often utilizing Photoshop. Learned Los Angeles & Santa Monica Codes for kitchens, bathrooms, parking areas, balconies, openings, egresses, pools, and more. Utilized multiple programs on a regular basis, such as ARCHICAD19, Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, Maxwell Render, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.

May 2015 - Feb 2016

10-19 Architecture, Santa Monica, CA, US, Junior Designer

Part of the design team for the 758 Sunset Ave., Venice, CA 90291 Small-Lot Subdivision project. Designed residence kitchens and bathrooms. Created kitchen cabinet layouts in Rhino and rendered interiors with V-ray and Rhino render. Also did touch-up work on renderings in Photoshop so that they were more realistic. Drew and fixed plans in AutoCAD, and made the door and window schedule.

Apr 2015 - May 2015

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Teaching Asistent

Helped students with basic construction methods, analysis of building codes, design of structural and mechanical systems, development of building materials and integration of building components and systems.

Jan 2014 - Apr 2015

Baumgartner + Uriu Architecture (B+U), Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Design team member for Kondrak Residence: concept design in Maya, Rhino and Grasshopper; scripting for facade, diagrams of facade in Illustrator, presentation package in InDesign; physical modeling and 3D printing. Design team member for Beverly Hills Library Competition: rendering of the design in Maxwell and reworking in Photoshop. Design team member for SCI-Arc installation:
in charge of rendering in V-Ray and making diagrams and drawings in Rhino and Illustrator. Design team member for Watsonville Transit Center: schematic design in Maya, Rhino and Grasshopper scripting; also diagrams of schematic design diagrams in Rhino, Photoshop, and Illustrator; presentation package in InDesign; rendering and Photoshopping of pictures and renderings. Design team member for Helsinki-Gugenhime museum: 3D site detail in Rhino, conceptual diagrams in Rhino and llustrator. In charge of making part of CNC Milling files. Fabricated digital files and helped with physical model.

Jan 2014 - Sep 2014

Patrick Tighe Architecture, Santa Monica, CA, US, Intern

Design team member for Beverly Hills residence, for which I was in charge of the pre-schematic design in Rhino and drawings in AutoCAD. Also made the physical model of the TIGERTAIL residence. Design team member for Tighe Architecture Book: in charge of fixing renderings in Photoshop and the layout of information and pictures in Adobe InDesign.

Jun 2013 - Jul 2013

Amidi Construction, Long Beach, CA, US, Interior Designer

Interior design work for soon-to-be-built chiropractic office. Drew preliminary plans in Rhino and rendered in Maxwell.

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architectur


Jan 2012 - May 2015

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, US, Architecture

Transferred to SCI-Arc, GPA: 4.0

Jan 2009 - Dec 2011

NAZAR, Tehran, IR, High School, Physic & Mathmathic

Diploma of Physic and Mathematics, GPA: 3.85

Aug 2000 - May 2003


Dwell on Design, Other

Work Selected (Thesis) by John Enright & Hernan Diaz Alonso for Exhibition


Henry Adams Fund Certificate of Merit Recipient, Award

(Awarded to Second-Ranking Graduating Student) • American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Member


Awarded SCI-Arc, Other

Ray and Shelly Kappa Scholarship (for Portfolio Excellence for 2012–2013)


Awarded SCI-Arc, Scholarship

Continuing Student Scholarship (Based on Academic Achievement & 2013–2014 Portfolio)


Awarded SCI-Arc, Scholarship

Continuing Student Scholarship (Based on Academic Achievement & 2012–2013 Portfolio)


SCI-Arc Spring Show, Other

Work Selected (3B Studio, Environmental System I & AS Tectonics) by Herwig Baumgartner,
John Bohn & Alexis Rochas


SCI-Arc Spring Show, Other

Work Selected (4B Studio) by Merrill Elam


Awarded SCI-Arc, Scholarship

Continuing Student Scholarship (Based on Academic Achievement & 2011–2012 Portfolio)


Engineering and Technology Architecture Excellence Award, 1st Place

Engineering and Technology Architecture Excellence Award


Areas of Specialization