Ryan Lopez

Ryan Lopez

La Verne, CA, US



I am a graduate of the Woodbury University Architecture Program and I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2001. I have 8 years of architectural experience, mostly in commercial and high-end residential architecture. A large portion of my work has been in office conversion and renovation. I have worked in both team environments and directly with principals in smaller firms and I am effective at both capacities.

I have detailed knowledge of current California Building Codes, construction types and ADA design requirements. I have experience in construction that began prior to architecture school and again from a design standpoint working with Berger Brothers. While working with Berger Brothers, I provided IPD documents and shop drawings for our portion of the framing, fire protection, gypsum board and exterior plaster work on several large scale projects including Kaiser Hospital in Fontana, CA, Disney's California Adventure Cars Land, and several schools for LAUSD.

I have spent most of my career working in the design and production of construction documents and coordinating design development and contract documents by consultants to complete projects on schedule and within budget. I work well with consultants in the coordination of project documents and have experience in tracking consultant work and checking for quality and accuracy prior to submission.

A lot of my experience has been in renovation and addition work. One of the last projects I designed was the Hip Hop School of Arts in the city of Pomona. It is a 16,000 square foot, two-story, type-IIIB building, originally designed as a bank. It's mostly an interior remodel with a small addition to make space for the restroom requirements based on the new occupancy and current code.

I am motivated and have a strong work ethic. I am a clear and concise communicator, with a professional demeanor and a knack for enrollment.

I would like to find a position that would allow me to explore my creative side.  I am a very creative person and a thoughtful designer.  However, the positions I have had throughout my career, so far, have mainly focus on construction documentation and detailing.  I am very good at this capacity and I have been told that I am a valuable asset by many of the company owners that I have worked for.  I would like to find a position that would allow me to be a part of the design process as well as provide my expertise in construction documentation. 

Ultimately I would like to be a long term associate, or partner at a high-end, custom studio that specializes in all aspects of architecture.  That means, finding a firm or group of like minded architects who are not afraid of taking on anything that comes our way.  I have a passion for design and a drive to work as hard as needed to build something amazing.


Paca Architects (Residential architecture and garden design), Pasadena, CA, US, Architectural Consultant

Design, construction documentation and management for high-end residential projects.

Jan 2012 - current

Berger Bros, Inc. (Metal stud, drywall and plaster contractor), Azusa, CA, US, BIM/CAD Consultant

Shop drawings and detailing for several large projects including DSA, OSHPD and theme park projects, building Information Modeling (BIM) and clash detection services using Revit and Navis Works Manage, load baring and non-load baring projects.

Jan 2009 - Jan 2011

ConDocS, Inc. (Executive architecture firm), Westlake Village, CA, US, CAD Designer

Provided construction documentation, detailing and some design work for clients, field detailer for residential estate in Bell Air, CA contracted by McCoy Construction, mostly large scale type 5 wood construction projects.

Jun 2006 - Dec 2009

Jettison Design Group, Covina, CA, CAD Designer

Building, landscape and interior design for residential and commercial projects, Design rendering and presentation and client relations.

Oct 2005 - Mar 2006

Richie-Bray, Inc. (Landscape architect), Palos Verdes Estates, CA, US, CAD Designer

CAD work for design presentation and construction documentation, hand and computer rendered presentation materials, web design and support.

Jul 2004 - Oct 2005

DMA Greencare Contracting, Anaheim, CA, US, Landscape Designer

Head landscape designer for residential projects, client relations, presentation and construction administration, landscape construction estimation.

Oct 2003 - Jul 2004

SLS Design (Architecture and development), Monterey Park, CA, US, CAD Designer

Computer drafting and presentation drawings for single-family residences, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, commercial and T.I. projects.

May 2002 - Oct 2003

Denis Kurutz and Associates, Pasadena, CA, US, Junior Designer

Office and reception work, design and presentation drawings, hand and computer aided construction documentation for a variety of landscape projects including, Getty Villa, Knott's Berry Farm, Catalina Island, and several high profile private residential and commercial projects.

Jan 1995 - May 2002


Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

I complete may last three years of architecture school at Woodbury and graduated with a BArch. I made the Deans List twice and had a project for an energy efficient, portable classroom published in a Southern California Edison publication for energy efficient design. The project was first featured at Form Zero and went on a national tour.

Sep 1998 - May 2001

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, US, Architecture

General education courses and the first two years of architecture school. I had changed my major 5 times before I found architecture and left P.C.C with 117.5 units completed.

Sep 1992 - May 1998

UCLA Extension, Studio City, CA, US, Set Design

Introduction to Set Design and Model Building for Film and Television, Instructor: Henry Meyer.

May 1997 - Aug 1997

Frostig School, Pasadena, CA, US, High School, High School

General education requirements.

Sep 1988 - May 1992


Publication, Honorable Mention

I had a project for an energy efficient, portable classroom published in a Southern California Edison publication for energy efficient design. The project was first featured at Form Zero and went on a national tour.


Dean's List, Award

I was on the Woodbury University Dean's List two semesters in a row in 1999 and 2000.


Woodbury University Grant, Grant

I remained eligible for the Woodbury University Grant every semester which helped pay for a third of my tuition. That grant was awarded by keeping a GPA above 3.0. I was able to maintain this while going to school full time and working full time while attending Woodbury.


Frosig Cernter Student of the Year Award, Award

This is an award given for scholastic achievement. It was the first year the award was given.


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