Brian Phelan

Brian Phelan

San Francisco, CA, US

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Architectural designer and photographer focused on human-scale experiences and its role in larger-scale design. My work highlights the influence of space, light, and material on human behavior and the psyche. I currently design high-end residential, and have a background in commercial & modular design.



Mosaic Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Led the client engagement process of “Life Design”, aligning architectural solutions with client expectations & future needs
Analyzed & prioritized spacial program to design a larger cohesive whole
Orchestrated client-facing design presentations
Skillfully represented & advocated for clients in HOA meetings
Cultivated & managed strategic B2B partnerships on a per-project basis
Coordinated with cross-functional project teams & consultants
Primary fine-tuning designer for all architectural projects on West Coast
Reduced schematic & design development timeline by 50% office-wide by building & implementing a custom 3D families library, materials repository, & more streamlined software tools
Built hundreds of parametric Revit families
Revolutionized client engagement by incorporating VR technology into presentations, enhancing client comprehension
Delivered compelling presentations to prospective clients

Dec 2020 - current

Method Design Architecture + Urbanism PLLC, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Managed all phases of architectural design & construction projects
Led a dynamic design team through multiple projects
Consulted on clients’ internal needs & potential real estate options to create a more rich & varied range of design solutions
Developed & executed client presentations
Resolved on-site construction challenges collaboratively with GC’s
Designed architectural schematics in both 2D & 3D
Conducted sun studies & developed building heat gain models
Collaborated with consultants to integrate complex engineering systems
Designed graphics & wayfinding solutions for leading design & tech firms
Produced permit sets & construction documents
Worked extensively within New York Building Code

Mar 2019 - Jun 2020

BLOXbuilt, Birmingham, AL, US, Architectural Designer

Conceptualized & designed modular buildings
Led 3D modeling efforts for large-scale modules
Analyzed doctor & nurse behavior to generate schematic adjacencies
Managed design changes effectively to maintain project timeline & budget
Worked with manufacturing team to streamline modular production
Conducted regular inspections with manufacturing team to ensure modules were fabricated & assembled according to design specifications
Fostered a collaborative environment among design & construction team
Daily collaboration with engineers for smooth integration of building systems
Developed client-facing designs & graphics
Acted as office photographer

Feb 2018 - Jan 2019

The Verbeke Foundation, Sint Niklaas, Belgium, Fellow

Docent of architectural pavilions & installations
Maintained architecture pavilions

Aug 2017 - Sep 2017

Columbus Neighborhood Design Center, Columbus, OH, US, Architectural Intern

Coordinated Mount Vernon city renovation program
Developed preliminary concepts for multiple projects
Produced pro-quality architectural photography
Designed client-facing advertisements & pamphlets
Developed facade renovations

Apr 2017 - Jul 2017

3D Group, Inc., Columbus, OH, US, Architectural Intern

Collaborated with contractors on client projects
Developed & completed final plans & sections
Measured & recreated spaces digitally
Worked with Ohio Building Code

May 2016 - Aug 2016


NCARB AXP, AXP Hours Complete

Currently studying for the ARE

Jan 2016 - Mar 2020

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US, Bachelors, The Knowlton School of Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Aug 2013 - May 2017


Dean's List, Award

Dean's List All Four Years of Undergraduate


Magna Cum Laude, Award

Graduated Magna Cum Laude, High Honors


International Masonry Institute Competition, 1st Place


Faculty Prize, 1st Place

Outstanding Freshman


Saint Louis Artist's Guild, Honorable Mention

Membership to the Saint Louis Artist's Guild


Areas of Specialization