David Tran

David Tran

Los Angeles, CA, US




Confident problem solver with the ability to adapt to challenging and fast-paced environments, with five years of exp rience and currently pursuing licensure. Capable of developing projects from a conceptual schematic phase through construction documents and submittal. Committed to creating quality work and excelling at my goals. 


  • Experienced with: California Building/Fire Codes, ADA, and Los Angeles Municipal Codes and zoning laws
  • Efficient with systematizing work flow and project quality
  • Capable of leading and managing projects
  • Able to articulate complex ideas and concepts 
  • Can independently manage and edit work quality
  • Able to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Can analyze site and demographic data
  • Experienced in multi-family and high density design

Experienced with:

  • Multi-Family Residential, Single Family Residential, Athletic Facilities, Educational
  • Software Capabilities:
  • Digital and Physical Fabrication
    • CNC milling, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Composite Forming, Vacuum Forming, Foam Molding, Carpentry and Woodworking, and Paper Modeling
  • Knowledgeable in building codes and ADA regulations
  • Graphic design - Experienced with both print and website design
  • Bilingual - Reading and writing fluency in Vietnamese and English

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Published in Japanese Tohoku Restoration Design, 2013
  • Twice selected for the SCI-Arc Spring Show Gallery in 2011 and 2012
  • Completed an overseas design program at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan, 2012
  • Participated in Tokyo Design Workshop consisting of 4 major Tokyo universities
  • Collaborated with Britt Jewet Architects to design and fabricate red carpet installations for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2007
  • Winner of the Most Adaptive Design Award in 2008 Design Village Competition,
  • an on-site design/build competition held annually in San Luis Obispo, CA


GMPA Architects, Los Angeles, Job Captain / Intermediate Designer

• Generating and assembling construction documents
• Managing and upholding project quality
• Creating custom and typical construction details
• Responding to requests for information
• Maintaining project deadlines and schedules
• Submitting documents sets to governing agencies

Jun 2016 - current

Sulkin Studio, Santa Monica, CA, US, Project Designer

• Programmatic analysis and schematic design
• Design development and detailing
• Develop working and construction drawings
• Render Visualization and Graphics
• Maintain project and design team schedules
• Interact with clients, consultants and officials

Jun 2013 - current

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, US, Instructor of Architecture

• Courses taught:
- Arch 115: Design/Theory Studio 1
- Arch 230: Design/Theory Studio 4
- Arch 205: Arch. Drawing and Visual 2
• Craft prompts, lesson plans, and schedules
• Lecture on design fundamentals and theory

Aug 2014 - Jun 2016

PEA Inc., Marina del Rey, CA, US, Job Captain

• Master-planned residential tract developments
• Designed and drafted residential units
• Created and coordinated project schedules
• Managed design team and delegated work

Feb 2014 - Jun 2014

Permit My Property, Santa Monica, CA, US, Project Designer

• Measured and surveyed existing sites
• Create as-built and renovation drawings
• Designed solutions for non-conforming conditions

Jun 2013 - Jun 2014

Coy Howard, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern Designer

• Converting sketches into computer drawings and 3D model
• Rendering and preparing model and images for publication
• Coordinating video calls and meetings internationally

Mar 2012 - May 2012

Gillis Arch, Santa Monica, CA, US, Intern Designer

• Diagrammatic representation of design's process and site conditions
• Programmatic design and space planning
• Producing sets of drawings
• 3D modeling and physical modeling
• Generating renderings and creating montages in Photoshop

May 2011 - Aug 2011


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2009 - Apr 2013


Areas of Specialization