Richard Cottrell

Richard Cottrell

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I am a recent graduate from SCI-Arc, living in Miracle Mile and working towards starting my career here in Los Angeles.

I originally obtained an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from New Mexico Tech and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. During my architecture education, I completed numerous extracurricular research and design projects and received several awards for my accomplishments. I then spent a year at SCI-Arc finishing a postgraduate and developing further projects with various small teams through the pandemic. 

My experience includes extensive collaboration, design iteration and feedback, effective communication, academic research and analysis, the usual suite of software – Autodesk, Revit, Rhino, Adobe, and Microsoft Office – as well as Unreal Engine 4, Twine, and Trello. I am eager to leverage my academic and professional skills as a part of a team and surround myself with people as passionate about the field as I am.

I am more than happy to answer any questions and discuss my qualifications or past work. 


Freelance, Level/Game Designer

Prototyped 3d environments based on direction from creative director
Developed comprehensive rules, setting, ephemera, and documentation
Iterated mechanics and worldbuilding based on playtested user feedback
Participated in regular team meetings contributing feedback and direction

Aug 2019 - current

Architecture Research Centers Consortium, Digital Presence Manager

Maintained and updated website to facilitate research activities
Designed graphics for advertisements and promotional materials

Nov 2016 - Nov 2020

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Graduate Researcher

Designed and modeled proposals as part of a team of professors and peers
Prepared explanatory presentation material for juries and academics

Aug 2018 - May 2019

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Discipline Communication Consultant

Organized and managed iterative material reviews with student peers
Worked alongside professors to create and deliver academic content

Aug 2017 - Dec 2018


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Masters, Fiction and Entertainment

Aug 2019 - Sep 2020
Aug 2016 - May 2019

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Bachelors, Civil Engineering

Aug 2012 - May 2016


Excellence in Architectural History, Award


ACSA Timber in the City, Honorable Mention


Diploma Prize Finalist, Award


Boardman Scholarship, Scholarship


SIGGRAPH 2018 Student Research, Honorable Mention


Director’s Research Grant x2, Grant


Theron E. Giles Scholarship, Scholarship


Director’s Research Grant, Grant


Frederick J Gregory Scholarship, Scholarship


Boardman Scholarship, Scholarship


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