Sarah De La Cruz

Sarah De La Cruz

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Hello, my name is Sarah De La Cruz and I recently obtained my five-year B.Arch Degree from the University of Southern California in the Spring of 2020.

My start to discover what architecture is, happened when I started my architectural education at East Los Angeles College. It was there that I developed a great love for architecture. I learned that architecture was more than just an edifice or a design; it was about meeting needs and solving problems while creating space that creates an experience and positively impacts the user's life.

I transferred to the University of Southern California in the Summer of 2016 and have attained a Bachelor's in Architecture in the Spring of 2020. My previous job has allowed me to strengthen my communication and time management skills as I was constantly working with designs and completing their projects done on time.

In my own free time, I am learning French on my own and am studying for the LEED exam. I am currently residing in Los Angeles. 



Folio Architects, Santa Clara, CA, US, Junior Architectural Professional

- Involved in all phases of design from programming to construction administration.
- Produced DD sets and CD sets.
- Translated hand sketches into AutoCAD designs, for SD, DD, and CD.
- participated in detail development, drawing SD plans and DD Set. Capturing red lines for all phases of design including CD sets.
- Coordinated SMEP Teams for construction deadlines.
- Participating in meeting with clients. Set up and held private meetings with clients. prepared meeting notes and produces meeting material.
- Reached out to Product reps for samples and materials inquires.
- Maintaining product binders, project binder, and project files.
- solving technical issues and design problems.

May 2021 - current

Design Within Reach, Pasadena, Sales Assistant

- Assist with sales support and post-sale follow-up, including processing EAD requests, placing orders, resolving delivery issues, completing special orders, and processing part requests.
- Account Executives with all aspects of the DWR client experience, including greeting clients and welcoming them to the studio, as needed.
- Lead Studio operations such as ordering, organizing, and maintaining fabric swatch samples, maintaining Studio product inventory, and escalating facilities issues.
- Maintain inventory of all Studio marketing collateral such as catalogs, sale signage, seasonal promotional items, and office supplies.
- Tag all furniture on the sales floor and ensure accurate vendor information and pricing.
- Work strategically to expand the client’s connection to the DWR brand and facilitate outreach in the local design community.
- Partner with Account Executives to assist with 3-D renderings and shadow on in-home consultations and trade visits.
- Assist in building and maintaining current relationships with trade contacts in the local area.
- Research potential trade and developer clients for outreach and business development.
- Build strong working relationships with fellow associates and corporate contacts.
- Attend Studio meetings, participate in product training, share information among peers, and utilize the DWR website and catalog to foster continual growth of product knowledge base and knowledge of the design industry.
- Maintain all sales operations tasks and ensure timely follow-up regarding specific inquiries and issues.
- Maintain the appearance of the Studio and product by complying with corporate visual merchandising standards and directives.
- Network with clients via phone and email to inform them of promotions and Studio events.

Apr 2021 - Apr 2021

Michael's, Pasadena , Custom Designer and Framer

- Responsible for designing frames for customers
ranging from art to personal photos
- Placing orders for materials
- Producing a set number of orders per day
- Hitting a set production goal per week
- Working as a group or solo
- Maintaining the frame shop

Jun 2018 - Dec 2018


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, BArch, Architectural Studies

- Italy study abroad program MXP

Jul 2016 - May 2020

East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, Architectural Studies

My studies at East Los Angeles College covered Architectural Drafting and Architectural Computer-Aided Design, and Architectural Design.
GPA: 3.8

Aug 2013 - Jun 2016


Anthony A. Marnell Scholarship, Scholarship


ELAC Department Scholarship, Scholarship


ELAC GEN3 Competition, 2nd Place


Areas of Specialization