Cynthia Nei

Cynthia Nei

Los Angeles, CA, US



I am from Los Angeles, California.  I have a Master of Architecture with a specialization in urban design, a Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and have studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.  I have worked in Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Montreal.


Ghataode Bannon Architects, Costa Mesa, Technical designer

K-12 public school projects

Feb 2017 - current

The Buchan Group, Shanghai, CN, Designer

Jan 2014 - Feb 2016

STIR Architecture, Shanghai, China & Los Angeles, California, USA, Project Coordinator

 Project coordination on mixed-use projects between Shanghai & Los Angeles offices. Chinese to English interpretation during meetings.
 Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) committee member and representative. Conducted interactive classes & presentations within office for AIA-CEU credits. Maintained direct working relationship with LEED consultant & sustainable product representatives. USGBC workshop participant in Los Angeles & Chicago, U.SA.
 Coordinated site plan feasibility studies, site & office meetings, researched materials for use in projects specifications, ordered samples, & generated construction details for retail projects in Russia, China, & U.S.A.
 Projects: Nanjing Walsin River West in Nanjing, China; Riverpark Lifestyle Center in Oxnard, CA; Chelyabinsk Shopping Center in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Jun 2006 - May 2014

HOK, Shanghai, China, Senior Design Professional

 Generated schematic design and design development drawings using AutoCAD, Adobe programs, and Building Information Modeling software (Revit).
 Trained other colleagues in using Revit for building projects & participated in project meetings.
 Projects: Shimao service apartment/hotel project in Hangzhou, China; PingAn bank project in Hangzhou, China; SPD bank in Changsha, China; Wujiang resort in Wujiang lake, China.

Feb 2012 - Oct 2013

NEUF Architect(e)s (formerly DCYSA), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Architectural Staff

 Collaborated with Cannon Design from the U.S. and consultants based in the U.K. & Spain on SD & DD packages for a super-hospital project (CHUM-Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal).
 Generated interior design packages, building code studies, construction details, created a physical model of the project, and performed site surveys using Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop.

Jun 2006 - Feb 2011

LPA Inc., Irvine, California, USA, Technical Designer

 Managed K-12 modernization projects w/other architects & consultants from Master planning & Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Document, & through Construction Administration phases & coordinated project schedule with consultants & client for plan checker meetings & permit approvals.
 Researched and documented existing project site conditions, city ordinances, & regulations.
 Responsible for generation, development, presentation of construction documents, preparation of Title 24, LEED energy grant forms w/State of California, code research, worked with specifications writer, construction administrator, Division of the State Architect, & construction manager of various K-12 school projects.
 Projects: Sweetwater Unified School District kindergarten-12th grade schools.

Jun 2002 - Jun 2006


McGill University, Montreal, QC, CA, MArch, Master of Architecture in Urban Design

Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Sep 1995 - Jun 2000

Areas of Specialization