Kristen Argalas

Kristen Argalas

Miami, FL, US



I am a motivated, self-starter with an extreme work ethic.  I have had significant experience in both interior design and architecture.  My computer skills include AutoCAD 2013, Maya, Google Sketch-Up, the Adobe CS6 suite, Revit, Rhino, and Microsoft Office.  I am proficient with computer modeling and rendering as well as freehand illustration.  I currently hold a Bachelors in Interior Design, a Masters in Architecture, and a post professional Masters in Art with an emphasis in Architecture. 


Florida International University, School of Architecture, Miami, FL, US, Adjunct Faculty

• Design Studio 1(Fall 2020)
• Design Graphics 1 (Fall 2012)
• Introduction Studio (Summer A)
• Design Studio 4 (Spring 2013)
• Design Graphics 2 (Spring 2013)
• Design Graphics 1 (Summer A)

Aug 2012 - current

Independent Design Consultant, Miami, FL, US, Freelance Designer

Client list includes:
• University of North Florida – Residence hall floor plans and details for all residential areas, renderings for residence rooms, presentation boards for student recruitment
• Dubin Residence, Cap Haitien, Haiti – Schematic and architectural drawings

Jan 2010 - current

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, Miami, FL, US, Architecture/ Interiors Intern

Assist Senior Designers, focusing on healthcare and corporate design
Produce Space Planning and Specifications
Produced full Construction Documents
Attend client meetings and site visits
Perform on-site verification and documentation

Oct 2006 - Mar 2008


Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, Masters, Art and Architecture

• Obtained 2,000 hours for IDP
• LEED Green Associate obtained
• Alpha Rho Chi – Region 8 Director
• Research within the perception of place and regional architecture

Aug 2012 - May 2013

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, MArch, Architecture

• NAAB Accredited Program
• 2011 AIA Design Book Award
• 2010 NAAB accreditation team
• Alpha Rho Chi - National Bronze Medal
• 2012 Van Alen ideas competition
• Study Abroad in Genoa, Italy

Aug 2009 - May 2012

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

• CIDA Accredited Program
• National Deans List (2004-2008)
• Alpha Rho Chi – President
• National Golden Key Member

Aug 2006 - May 2008

Areas of Specialization