Joshua Downes

Joshua Downes

Danville, CA, US

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My top goal in life is to help people, especially by helping people through mental health in the built world. The way that I intend to do this is to create environments that will make people physically, mentally, and emotionally at ease. I wish to help create narratives in spaces by working closely with the client and the design team, especially as part of an integrated project delivery system that creates spaces that affect and heal the viewer both physically and mentally through encouraging healthy life choices. 

My skills include Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bluebeam, Google Sketchup, along with writing and editing.

I also enjoy cooking, history, looking at systems, board games, and making things.



Ware Malcomb, Pleasanton, CA, US, Architectural Intern

• Designed interiors for commercial offices and small businesses, these included banks, factories, shipping centers, and corporate offices.
• Organized swatch libraries and filled sample request forms, in particular for paints, carpeting, and counter tops
• Used CAD and Revit to complete construction documents, including using Revit to design interiors
• Assisted with site measurements

May 2019 - Aug 2019

HCI Systems, Hayward, CA, US, CAD Engineer

• Designed fire and emergency notification systems using CAD, including measuring candela ratings for different notification devices, measuring wire lengths, locating battery systems and communication panels.
• Measured voltage calculations for notification systems, including researching and marking voltages on product sheets
• Initiated on-site measurements of structures, including hotels and municipal centers
• Delivered plans and details to municipal governments, including the cities of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland

Aug 2016 - May 2017

William Fisher Architecture, Inc., Santa Cruz, CA, US, Intern Designer

• Designed theoretical apartment complex and private community center in Santa Cruz Boardwalk area for sixty plus families of four using CAD as a possible way to improve land value of area.
• Performed land surveys for potential future building sites based on the current land specifications for the County of Santa Cruz, the City of Santa Cruz, and the Town of Capitola.

Jan 2013 - Sep 2013


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

MArch Track 3 - Masters of Architecture with Non-Architecture Background

Focus in Health and Well being - Topics included neurodivergent design, healthy hospital design, designing for pandemics

Sep 2017 - May 2020

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA, US, Bachelors, History of Art and Visual Culture

History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) - study of design across cultures throughout the world, shown through traditional and contemporary arts

Focus on Modern Architecture, 1890-2000

Sep 2011 - Jun 2015

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