Alena Jewell

Alena Jewell

Chicago, IL, US



Accredited architectural designer with experience in residential, commercial, institutional, educational and religious design and degrees in both interiors and architecture. Well-rounded conceptor with keen interest in design informed through culture. Passion for providing clean, sophisticated, environmentally responsible and easily accessible product to clients.

Specialties: BIM, Revit, AutoCAD, Microstation, ArchiCAD, 3D Studio Viz, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Flash;

Top Gallup Strengths: Individualization, Command, Strategic, Activator, Ideator


GastingerWalker&, Chicago, IL, US, Associate

Role included space planning, materials and furniture selection for various downtown Chicago corporate interiors and a complete interior renovation of a large federal research facility including coordinating with MEPFP and product reps to complete a very extensive Bid Set and Project Manual.

Jun 2016 - current

Harding Partners, Chicago, IL, US, Project Architect

Currently working on multiple Senior Living, school, library/multi-family, worship and downtown office build-out projects. Most of my current work is in CA so I am on the job site 2-3 days out of the week. I am responsible for 1 intern and delegating work to several junior associates. My work requires coordination with the owner, GC, reps and senior architectural staff. I am solely responsible for the work of one intern.

Sep 2015 - Jun 2016

Ron Kwaske, Architect, Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

Contract job where my focus was to lead development of CDs for a medical office building, DD for a home addition and compiling the LEED Certification documents and exhibits for a single family home.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Stantec, Chicago, IL, US, Team Lead

Contract position where I worked with both the Commercial Retail and Restaurant Studios leading CD production of new design initiatives for large corporate companies. I also helped develop company guidelines for code review, due diligence and quality control.

Aug 2014 - May 2015

Ron Kwaske, Architect, Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

Contract job where my focus was to oversee development of CDs, permitting and CA for a coffee shop interior buildout in a prominent downtown highrise along Michigan Ave, which included sidewalk seating and exterior signage. Was also charged with handling CD development and permitting of several single family residences in Chicago. My role included direct contact with clients, GC, subs, and fabricators.

Feb 2014 - Apr 2014

Door Thirteen Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

Managed small commercial and residential projects throughout the entire phase of design from schematics, contracts and budgeting to CDs, permitting, and observation. I worked directly with clients, contractors, consultants, engineers, reps while overseeing interns to successfully see projects to fruition in a timely and economical manner.

Dec 2011 - Jul 2013

Serena Sturm Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Intern Architect II

Primary function was in all architectural phases of CD production and also as Interior Designer; specifying finishes, fabrics, furniture and hardware. Gained experience hand drafting, presentation design, coordination with subcontractors, 3D imaging, LEED documentation, project management, meeting with clients, timelines and budgeting. Assisted principal with re-establishing company detailing standards and lead re-branding of the company for a shift to the downtown location and new corporate identity.

Nov 2006 - Nov 2008


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture. Thesis focus on the study of human behavior and biomimicry to reshape architecture and cultural identity.
I also studied abroad in Paris, France and Istanbul, Turkey.

Sep 2003 - Aug 2006

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Bachelor of Design in Interior Design with a Minor in Cultural Anthropology
I also studied abroad in France and Italy

Sep 1998 - Jun 2003


Annual Design Awards, 1st Place

Awarded first place for the Center for Twenty-first Century Studies


Areas of Specialization