Alena Holmes

Alena Holmes

Chicago, IL, US

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Accredited Architectural Designer with degrees in Architecture, Interior Design focusing in Cultural Anthropology and Graphic Design. Well-rounded conceptor with keen interest in design informed through culture. Passion for providing clean, sophisticated, environmentally responsible, easily accessible & relevant deliverables to clients. Interest in virtual technology. Niche specialty in branded spaces: restaurants, retail, hospitality & corporate interiors. 

Proficiencies: Revit, AutoCAD, Microstation, ArchiCAD, SketchUp, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite

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


Barker Nestor, Inc., Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

Contract role as a Project Manager at a restaurant/hospitality-focused Architecture and Interiors firm, I assisted with restaurant design, brand refresh furniture & finishes, the development of several template CD sets, managed clients, and coordinated with brand reps, consultants & GCs. I also reviewed shop drawings, field surveys, architectural detailing and general C.A.

Jun 2018 - Jan 2019

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago, IL, US, Architect

Contract job where I am coordinating three office tower floor plans and interior walls for a multi-billion dollar 5-building project for the 2020 Dubai Expo. Coordinated with acoustic, hardware consultants and with the Technical Director. Wall, door and jamb details, door schedules, masonry details and related structural coordination. Also assisting with Document Control, Quality Control and Quality Assurance.

Jul 2017 - Oct 2017

Architrave Ltd, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Designer

Healthcare production and coordination with clients and consultants.

Sep 2016 - Mar 2017

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

Stantec, Chicago, 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

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.
Studies 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.
Studies 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


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