Justin Darrow

Justin Darrow

Ogden, UT, US

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Justin grew up in the mountains and constructions sites around Lake Tahoe which gave him a deep connection with the natural environment and a passion for building. With the knowledge he gained working along side his father in the construction industry, combined with his architectural studies, he has forged a more complete understanding of the built environment. This experience has only deepened through working in firms on both coasts with a wide range of project typologies. Through it all he became consumed by the field of design and the idea of making. His fascination with the scale and complexity of architectural design continues to drive him to expand his knowledge and understanding of how things go together and what it takes to get it built.



(fer) studio, Inglewood, CA, US, Project Architect

Lead project architect on multiple projects starting in the concept and design phases working all the way through the permit RTI and construction documents. I was also involved in construction administration on all projects that were built. Project typology and scale was mixed and I was able to work on small retail build outs, new custom residences, a resort/ spa expansion, large mixed use proposals and everything in between. My work ranged from client/consultant meetings + presentations, project management, drafting and construction management.

Jun 2018 - Mar 2021

R&D Architects, Venice, CA, US, Senior Designer

Project management and construction document production on multiple projects ranging from accessory dwelling units to multi-family residential projects. I was involved in all aspects of the design and permitting process. The majority of my work was spent coordinating and drafting the construction documents as well as meeting with the clients, city, and building officials to deliver our projects effectively and efficiently.

Oct 2017 - May 2018

Tracy A. Stone Architect, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

A small firm where the majority of the work was residential with a focus on small lot subdivisions. I was involved in all aspects of the design process; from schematic design through construction documents, to city agency meetings and permitting. The firm implemented BIM design in all the projects and made it available to both the client and consultants.

May 2015 - Aug 2017

Sustainable Design Group, Gaithersburg, MD, US, Project Designer

Design and build firm specializing in custom, zero-energy residential homes. I worked on multiple projects from initial client meets through design options and construction documents and details. We also built most of the house that were designed where I assisted in project management and construction observation. We implemented BIM software for all documentation and presentations for our clients.

Jan 2013 - Mar 2015

TaylorPro Home Services, San Diego, CA, US, Construction

Specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels.

Sep 2012 - Dec 2012

Space for Art, San Diego, CA, US, Collaborative Construction Work

Assisted in building a modular classroom that would travel between grade schools, offering free art classes. I was involved in the framing of wall and floor assemblies as well as managing volunteer workers.

Aug 2012 - Sep 2012

Darrow Construction, Zephyr Cove, NV, US, Contractor’s Apprentice

Finish Work: woodwork, cabinetry, tile work, trim, wood flooring and panel installation, framing, drywall, paint and stain.

General Construction: demolition, excavation/grading, form building, concrete work, waterproofing, subfloor, framing, drywall, truss setting, and landscaping.

May 2004 - Dec 2009

Self Employed, Lake Tahoe, Freelance Designer & Property Manager

Designed and built small projects for clients based on there specific needs. General upkeep and remodeling on multiple rental properties and vacation houses.

Jun 2007 - Sep 2009

Fiori Glass, South Lake Tahoe, NV + CA, Glass Technician

Removal, installation and repair of windows, glazing, skylights, glass doors, railings and windshields.

Jun 2007 - Oct 2008

Russ Irwin Construction, South Lake Tahoe, NV + CA, Construction Laborer

General Construction: demolition, excavation, foundation work, framing, drywall, painting, landscaping and on-site BMP work.

May 2008 - Sep 2008


NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Oct 2008 - Jun 2012


Cal Poly Design Village: Best Overall Design, 1st Place


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