Anita Lu

Anita Lu

New York, NY, US



I have 3 years working experience as an architectural designer in retail/ mixed- use with RTKL Associates in Los Angeles where I was in charge of not only design, construction documents and branding strategies but also market research and communication with clients and government officials. I have experience in projects ranging from master planning all the way to 100% DD. A year ago, I decided to pursuit a master degree in real estate development at Columbia University in New York City. With the program, I further enhanced the necessary skill sets for real estate development, including financial modeling, assembling investment memo and LOI, market analysis and real estate laws. I am proficient in programs such as MS Office, AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp and Adobe Design Suites, as well as data bases like Oasis, Zola, LoopNet and Google Map.


RTKL Associates Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

Worked as a member of the retail/mixed-use department. Responsibilities included traveling abroad for meetings with clients and government officials to provide on-the-spot design solutions, participating in internal design charades, Goto meetings and communication with clients and other consultants, producing architectural and construction drawings and proposing marketing strategies. Projects phased from concept master plans to 100% DD.

Nov 2010 - Apr 2013

VOA Associates Incorporated, Chicago, IL, US, Design Intern

Participated in an international design competition for Dailian Harbor in China. Responsibilities included contributing design solutions, 3D modeling in SketchUp and producing renderings and final presentation packages.

Sep 2010 - Nov 2010

Aptum Architecture, Champaign, IL, US, Design Intern

Collaborated with APTUM’s principals on an international competition of school extension in Switzerland. Contributions included proposing design ideas and creating 3D models and presentation drawings.
Assembled the sculptures for Architecture of Crisis, an exhibition in I-Space Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Aug 2009 - Dec 2009


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Real Estate Development

Related Coursework- Real Estate Finance, ARGUS, Market Analysis, Global Markets, Underwriting, Hyperdensity, Construction Management, Real Estate Law, Commercial Leasing, International Real Estate (with a concentration on mill redevelopment in Mumbai, India).

Jun 2013 - May 2014

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, BArch, Architecture

- Related Coursework- Design Studios, HVAC, LEED, Urban Planning.
- Honors- 2009 Earl Prizes in Design, “Architecture of Crisis” Exhibition, 2010 Participant of Architecture School Exhibition “ReThinking the Urban Hotel.”
- Leadership Experience- Publicity Chair of Taiwanese American Student Club from 2008 to 2009- promoted cultural awareness and student involvement on campus; increased attendance rate by 50% and University funding by 60% through effective marketing plans.

Aug 2006 - May 2010


Earl Prizes in Design, 1st Place