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Simon Zhang

Simon Zhang

Los Angeles, CA, US

 
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About 

I graduated with a bachelor degree from a top architecture school in China, then got my master of Architecture in UCLA. After this 6 years of school time, I got my first job in a architectural real estate development company called Prime Investment, Inc. Afterwards, I made a switch to Grand Visualization, an interior design company located in Downtown LA. Working in these two places brought me lots of insights on real application knowledge of architecture, such as construction and building code. Starting late 2017, I began to take projects on interior designs and residential landscaping designs on my own. So far, my individual projects include 1 beauty salon, 1 retail store and more than 4 landscaping projects, all the designs have received building permit approval letter and construction work has been finished.                                                                                             . 

As a technical draftsman, I am very skilled and high effective. In my last job, my main duty is to build 3D models and render drawings .My quick yet high quality modeling works and renderings made our team possible to provide various high quality concept options to the clients, a vital part in retaining clients’ trust and satisfaction. I am an expert with all softwares that are frequently used in architecture industry: from modeling and drafting to diagramming and post production, etc. I truly believe I could be used as a “fireman” in my future work team.

Employment 

Grand Visualization, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Designer

I am currently working as a interior designer in this company. My main duty is to build 3D models and render drawings .My quick yet high quality modeling works and renderings made our team possible to provide various high quality concept options to the clients, a vital part in retaining clients’ trust and satisfaction. I am an expert with all softwares that are frequently used in architecture industry: from modeling and drafting to diagramming and post production, etc. I truly believe I could be used as a “fireman” in my future work team.

Sep 2017 - current
 

Prime Investment, INC, City of Industry, Jr. Project Manager

Working as a project manager gave me a better and wholistic understanding on every stage of this industry. I inspect and coordinate with architecture firms, contractors, officers from governors,etc. By managing phase of construction, time schedule, materials and all the emergency happened during each period, my job is to ensure the whole process is running great.

Sep 2016 - Sep 2017
 

Cinnabar California, Inc., Glendale, CA, US, Designer Intern

During the time in Cinnabar, I studied how to make production quality physical models. We got conceptual models from other companies like some film and architecture studios. Then We think about how to transfer those digital models into real with perfect production level appearances. My daily work is thinking about the ways of connecting pieces, drawing construction plans and sections according to which carpenters could understand and measure wood pieces, coordinating with craftsmen and chief designers when things doesn't work good.

Jul 2016 - Sep 2016
 

Education 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Craig Hodgetts Super Studio

SUPRASTUDIO is a research platform in architecture education based out of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) that advances experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration among professors, students, and industry partners to expand the boundaries of architectural practice. Students work closely with a leading figure in architecture in a small class setting with 15 students on a dedicated research topic with seminars, critical studies, and related courses developed to complement each studio’s research theme. Partners from adjacent fields in technology, automotive, aerospace, entertainment and non-profit are brought in as collaborators to identify new areas of research and development. Under the umbrella of UCLA, a premier global research institution, SUPRASTUDIO fills a current void in architecture education by providing a dedicated program for advanced applied research that links education to industry.

Jul 2015 - Jun 2016
 

Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, CN, BArch, Urban Planning

HIT is the first place from where I began to learn fundamental academic knowledge of architecture and urban Planning. As one of the best engineering institutes in China, its biggest advantage is solid foundation of its teaching system, which made a great contribution to my later career. After 5 years of study in HIT, I became adept in nearly all architecture softwares like Rhino, AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, V-ray, Adobe Suite, etc.

Sep 2010 - Jul 2015
 

Chinese Culture University (CCU), Taipei, CN, BArch, Exchange Student

I was chosen as an exchange student to Taipei in the second year of my undergraduate( The selected proportion is about 1/30). Studied architecture in professor Jongde Ho's(graduated from AA school of Architecture) studio.

Jan 2012 - Jul 2012
 

Awards 

Project exhibited on Fururize X, XPRIZE,UCLA, Other

The project The Responsive City was selected to exhibit in 2016 X-prize exhibition in UCLA.

2016
 

Department Scholarship, Scholarship

5000$ Annual scholarship from UCLA Architecture Department

2015
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills