Brooke Wargnier

Brooke Wargnier

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I am an Interior Architect with 5 years of experience ranging between Architecture, Interior Design, and occasionally costume design, prop design, graphic design, set design and painting thrown into the mix. At my core, I am an artist who prioritizes the intersection of information, functionality and aesthetics to create the best possible product. I am also a 3D computer program enthusiast, and in my free time, I am exploring the ways I can combine architecture, photography, and video game softwares for improved visualization practices.

Currently at Haven Coliving, I lead the design and development of all future properties while maintaining and documenting data from current established communities. My goal is to establish and define Haven as the health and wellness coliving brand of Los Angeles while also helping to provide alternative housing to help Los Angeles and future cities become more accessible to live in. My experience at Haven is best characterized by leading the design and build of the Penmar location, developing new coliving design standards, and producing automation processes that significantly reduce costs and increase time efficiencies.

Over the last two and a half years, I have also used freelance as a way to expand my expertise within the field of architecture and interior design. I have participated in projects ranging from boutique retail stores in Los Angeles, to space planning and interior decor of high end residential homes located in Monterrey, Mexico, New York City, and New Jersey. I have also aided in 3D visualization for experience design at a theme park located in Florida. Each of these projects rounded out my ability to work through the various phases of development while remaining efficient under (sometimes extremely) tight deadlines.

Prior to working in the coliving industry in Los Angeles, I worked as a graduate architect where I focused on projects ranging from higher education facilities, k-12, community structures, financial institutions and healthcare. During my time as a graduate architect, I began my career with introducing new visualization softwares and processes to the firms I worked for and moved up until I led an elementary school addition from the design phase through construction documentation.

I am at my best when I am immersed in an environment that combines innovation, research, and exploration. Outside of work you can find me hiking mountains, painting, traveling or daydreaming about my eventual restoration of a 1960's VW Bus.


Haven Coliving, Los Angeles, CA, US, Director of Architecture and Design

Design lead position that included architecture, interior design, branding and standard developments for Haven Coliving.

• Reduced building costs on the company's second property from $1,400,000 to $400,000 while enhancing the flexibility and durability of the space.
• Developed social media strategies to increase the company's reach to potential residents.
• Implemented FFE systems for organization, ordering, documentation, and future automation of all purchases per property.
• Established partnerships with health and wellness organizations to enhance the residents experience while connecting companies to future customers.
• Introduced Haven to manufacturing vendors through connections ranging from Louisville, KY; Monterrey, MX, and Los Angeles, CA and negotiated beds and contracts.
• Collaborated and coordinated with local vendors to produce customized furniture.
• Led a team of hired contractors through the development, design, and manufacturing of a new modular japanese styled pod design.
• Supervised and trained an intern and additional coworker through the construction phase of the project.
• Produced all technical documentation in Revit and AutoCad for contractors and carpenters for the build of the Penmar location.
• Introduced and tested various online collaboration tools for the organization.
• Joined site visits and location scouting to verify standards for future developments.
• Created new project standards and developed manuals and guidelines for all future Haven coliving properties.
• Performed on-going post occupancy studies and published findings on the company blog.
• Changed the selection of materials to commercial standards to increase the durability and longevity of the design.
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Dec 2019 - current

Self, Remote , Freelancer Designer

Independent interior design and architectural work.

• Retail design - West Hollywood, Los Angeles
• House redesign and garage conversion - Paso Robles
• Home layout redesign - New Jersey
• Assistant to San Diego designer - location varies
• High rise, high-end interior condo design - New York City
• Exterior patio and landscape design - Monterrey, Mexico
• Kitchen remodel - Monterrey, Mexico
• Conceptual geodesic home design - location unknown
• 3D visualization for a theme park - Florida

Feb 2019 - current

NMS Residential, Santa Monica, CA, US, Interior Architect

Interior Architecture position that focused on the development and implementation of projects across multiple properties in the greater los angeles area..

• Simplified and redesigned furniture purchasing, budgeting, and inventory organization system.
• Generated proofs of concepts, animations, and designs for coliving spaces.
• Developed documents for the furniture proposal presentation.
• Organized and prepared furnishings for installations at properties across Los Angeles.
• Oversaw the construction and installation of coliving units.
• Coordinated with carpenters on installation days to verify accuracy of the build.
• Collaborated with the lead designer and vendors on the design and submittals for furniture design.
• Managed the purchasing for multiple projects occurring at the same time.
• Designed the staging of various units across NMS’s property locations.
• Researched new vendors and developed business relationships across the westside of Los Angeles.

Jul 2019 - Dec 2019

VPS Architecture, Evansville, IN, US, Graduate Architect

Junior Architecture position

• Met with clients from the conceptualization of projects through leading the completed design documentations.
• Aided in the development of Revit project standards and began the organization of the revit library.
• Introduced 3DS max as a visualization software to help streamline and enhance project visualization for future and current clients.
• Participated in design competitions included conceptual designs, hand renderings, and creating proposal packets to represent VPS architecture.
• Collaborated with coworkers on multi-day site visits and generating floor plans from on-site measurements.
• Took photography of existing and future projects to aid in presentations and representation of the company.
• Aided in training coworkers on various design programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Rendering softwares.

Oct 2017 - Feb 2019

Hafer Associates, Owensboro, KY, US, Graduate Architect

Junior Architecture position

• Volunteered personal time to learn Unreal Engine in a two week period and proceeded to create an animation in the following two weeks with custom music for a proposal for Western Kentucky University.
• Designed floor plans, space planning, and 3D models for a variety of projects ranging from Upper Education, financial institutions, community civic projects, and healthcare facilities.
• Led the design and construction documentation of community and civil based projects.
• Completed red-lines to assist lead architects.
• Rendered projects in 3DS max for presentation purposes.

Sep 2016 - Oct 2017

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, Teaching Assistant - Digital Media I & II

Assistant to the Professor.

• Aided in teaching computer programs including: AutoCad, AutoCad 3D, Rhino, Grasshopper, and Photoshop.
• Taught a class on color theory and photo manipulation.
• Managed grading and overseeing student submittals.
• Volunteered weekly evening meet-ups to help any students who struggled with the content of the course.
• Assisted in teaching basic shop techniques including prepping files for CNC and laser cutting.

Sep 2015 - May 2016

University of Kentucky - Academic Technology Group, Lexington, KY, US, Graphic Designer

Collaborated with peer designers to launch various posters,
logos, digital ads, paper ads, and websites.

Lead graphic designer for the technology division at the University of Kentucky

• Collaborated with the web development team on designs for the front page of the Academic Technology Group
• Designed the branding and logo of "The Hub" located in the William T. Young Library's basement.
• Created brochures for various large scale events at the welcome week for incoming freshman.
• Developed and designed informative proposal packages for the Healthcare division.
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Sep 2012 - May 2016

Traverse Media, Los Angeles, CA, US, Art Department: Assistant to the Art Director

Generated design documentation, including floorplans,
sections, elevations and 3D models to organize and plan
interior sets for functional and efficient story development.

Negotiated design solutions while remaining within strict
budgets and time restraints.

Jun 2013 - Jun 2013


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, BArch, Architecture & Interior Design

Dual Major in Bachelors of Arts in Architecture and Interior Design.

Aug 2010 - Aug 2016

ANCB/ University of Kentucky Study Abroad, Berlin, Germany, Architecture Studio

Study Abroad for a studio focused on Urban Planning and Design in Berlin, Germany

May 2015 - Aug 2015


Costume Design, 1st Place

Best costume design won in both Lexington, KY, and Monterrey, MX for craftsmanship, creativity, and likeness to character.


UKCOD Digital Media Award, 1st Place

Distinguished among the college of design design school for excellence and knowledge in digital programs.


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