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Gabriel Leung

Gabriel Leung

Culver City, CA, US

 

About 

Employment 

nonzero \ architecture, Santa Monica, CA, US, Project Architect

Thoroughly involved in multiple projects, from conceptual design through construction. Design responsibilities include design sketching, BIM/3D modeling, developing details, client interface and presentation graphics. Project management responsibilities include assembling drawing sets for city approval, obtaining permits through a city’s jurisdictional agencies, integrating the work of multi-disciplinary consultants, solving construction problems in the field, and helping to develop younger staff members. General office responsibilities include managing the studio’s portfolio website, composing and retouching photographs for publication, and continuing the development of BIM / drawing standards.

Milestones include: Permitting and completing historic theatre renovation of the American Legion, Hollywood Post 43. Designing and developing the studio’s new website.

Jan 2017 - current
 

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, US, Adjunct Faculty

Instructed students in two courses - The first in Architectural Portfolio Preparation, and the second in Materials and Construction Methods. The Portfolio Preparation course combined personal branding, graphic and communication design, and physical book production. The Materials and Construction course asked students to design a unit of construction and a system of assembly.

Milestones include: Feeling immensely proud that I helped students gain acceptance into the Architecture Schools they applied to.

Jan 2015 - current
 

Forever 21 - Corporate HQ, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager

Managed and coordinated all design and construction related activities for domestic and international (Asia) retail projects, ensuring on schedule and on budget openings and/or completions that adhere to the Company’s spatial identity design at our specified level of quality and finish. Responsibilities include coordinating and facilitating all aspects of the Company’s Asia region construction portfolio – from pre-design, design, vendor selection, procurement, construction document development, construction administration, and financial management.

Milestones include: Providing schematic design store layouts for projects in India and China at the pace of one every other week. Procuring vendors in areas of local construction to eliminate shipping costs from the United States.

Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
 

Aaron Neubert Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager

Sep 2016 - Oct 2016
 

Letter Four, Inc, Culver City, CA, US, Project Manager

Managed the design and construction of custom residential and tenant improvement retail projects as the design/build company’s sole Project Manager through overseeing a small team of designers. Involved in each project phase from initial due diligence and conceptual sketching to material selection and construction administration, while maintaining constant communication with client and design team.

Milestones include: Obtaining RTI permits for several key projects and coordinating design presentations to review boards.

Aug 2015 - May 2016
 

Paul Davis Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager

Designed and managed the construction of architectural renovations and new building construction. Design responsibilities include design sketching, rapid prototyping, 3D modeling, developing details, client presentation and creating presentation graphics. Project management responsibilities include assembling drawing sets for city approval, obtaining permits through a city’s building department, integrating the work of consulting agencies, and solving construction problems in the field. General office responsibilities include managing the studio’s portfolio website and social media, creating marketing materials, composing and retouching photographs for publication, establishing drawing standards, and managing the studio’s computer network.

Milestones include: Performing duties as Project Architect on the award winning A’maree’s adaptive reuse and renovation project along Newport Beach harbor.

Apr 2009 - Aug 2013
 

Education 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, M. Arch

Coursework included architectural design studios, year-long thesis work, design competitions, 3D modeling and animation, cinematic theory and analysis, furniture design, material design, graphic design, darkroom photography, and poetry. Became proficient in digital rapid prototyping technologies, co-founded a popular architectural tour/ bicycle ride called RIDE-Arc, designed curriculum and taught seminars to fellow students on developing Flash-based web portfolios, was a frequent contributor to the school’s unofficial newspaper - “The Quarter-Mile Parade”, and was published for architectural design work in Beijing, China.

Sep 2002 - Jan 2006
 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, Geography/Environmental Studies

Main coursework included research, analysis, and design of environmental policy, supplemented with Chinese language, theatre, psychology, computer science, film studies, and studio art. Taught myself HTML and web design, led the UCLA snowboarding club team in 1999 as team captain, and volunteered at UCLA radio and Unicamp as a DJ and camp counselor, respectively.

Was part of a team responsible for the deployment of network-wide Y2K compliance procedures while working as an IT associate for the UCLA Student Union.

Sep 1996 - Jun 2000
 

Awards 

California Preservation Foundation - Preservation Design Award, 1st Place

Award received for the "A'maree's" project while working at Paul Davis Architects.

2011
 

Areas of Specialization 

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