Craig Tolliver

Craig Tolliver

Burbank, CA, US



Craig Tolliver is a Lead Environment Artist at AVR, a virtual reality studio specializing in virtual builds of multi-million dollar properties. Tolliver leverages his creative vision and expert experience in game design and architecture to create high-level virtual walkthroughs that showcase the exterior and interior design of a property at full scale. Tolliver’s VR walkthroughs incorporate complete materials and specifications, before the construction phase begins. He infuses a technological mindset in his solutions-driven approach, designed to help revitalize traditional architecture design and business models. 

Prior to joining AVR, Tolliver served as an Environment Artist at Synosure Games, where he assisted with the development of the VR game “Psychometry.” This experience helped him understand the parallels between video game environments and architectural design. His creative work in the VR space showcases how VR can become a vessel to merge both architecture and game design through stunning visuals and interactivity. Bakersfield, CA-native Tolliver studied Architecture at Woodbury University, where he received the American Architectural Foundation Scholarship and the AIA San Fernando Valley Architectural Award. Throughout his studies, he discovered that one of his biggest challenges in architecture was the lack of a drawing or model that allowed accurate visualization of the concept and spatial experience of a design. This problem led him to push for VR to become an integral design tool for architects, in the hopes of reinventing architecture and how spaces can be experienced. Tolliver is based in Burbank, CA. When he is not building a dream home in VR, he can be found jamming out on a drumset, snowboarding, running or playing football.


Synosure Games, Burbank, CA, US, 3D Artist

Responsible for developing modular level design layout, architectural 3D models, and texture art assets

Familiar with 3D design techniques for virtual reality experiences

Work directly with environment designers and developers to produce quality game art and architecture

Jul 2015 - current

Steve Mizuki Architects, Burbank, CA, US, Designer / Project Manager

Responsible for developing construction documents for multiple architectural projects.

Collaboration with city building department and building plan checks.

First hand relationships with clients in both designing and providing revisions.

May 2015 - current

SPF:architects, Culver City, CA, US, Designer

Involved in both schematic design through design development stages for multiple architectural projects.

Assist office staff by providing clerical support with an enthusiastic and ambitious attitude to obtain new projects, while striving to produce quality work.

Proficient in 3D modeling / texturing software and physical modeling of varying architectural schemes for client revision.

Solid operational knowledge and understanding of project development and presentation skills.

Cost effective problem-solver with diverse, challenging responsibilities in multiple stages of design.

Sep 2014 - Jan 2015

Paragon Real Estate Services, Camarillo, CA, US, Property Assistant

Property Inspections

May 2014 - Sep 2014

Woodbury University Writing Center, Burbank, CA, US, Writing Tutor

Assisted Students in formulating essays, resumes and research projects.

Assisted Students in developing thesis statements, grammatical errors and organization.

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Woodbury University Digital Fabrication Lab, Burbank, CA, US, Lab Technician

Operator of Laser Cutting equipment and software.

Operator of 3D Printing equipment and software.

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

Inland Architects, Bakersfield, CA, US, Jr. Designer

Drafted multiple residential renditions.

Generated 3D models of renditions for client revision.

Delivered construction documents affiliated with city building department.

Jan 2010 - Jan 2011


Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Architectural Design, Interactive Design, Environmental Design

Aug 2009 - May 2014


American Architectural Foundation Scholarship, Award

Award for excellence in architectural studies.


Woodbury University Trans-disciplinary Award in Academics, Award

Award for excellence trans-disciplinary studies.


AIA San Fernando Valley Architectural Scholarship 2013, Award

Award for excellence in architectural studies.


Areas of Specialization