David Tran

David Tran

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I am a Designer and Job Captain with seven years of industry experience, with focuses within the residential sector. I have contributed to and managed efforts in the design and completion of projects throughout California, from custom single family homes to large high-density mixed-use and multi-family developments. I am experienced in all phases from early conceptual design through to construction services. I am skilled in the technical aspects of drafting and modeling and I pride myself in qualitative and thoughtful design and I am very thorough with maintaining a high standard of care throughout the design and production process.


  • Extensive construction document experience
  • Capable of regulating schedules and deadlines
  • Experience with budgeting and value engineering
  • Project and team management experience
  • Knowledge of construction practices and methods
  • Experience working with large and complex projects
  • Able to detail and design custom conditions
  • Capable of coordinating with outside consultants
  • Render visualization and photo montage
  • Knowledgeable in ADA, IBC, CBC, and LAMC


  • Software Capabilities:
    • AutoCAD, Rhino 3D SketchUp, Adobe Design Suite, V-Ray, Maxwell, Lumion, and Keyshot
  • Digital and Physical Fabrication:
    • CNC milling, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Composite Forming, Vacuum Form, Foam Molding, Woodworking, and Paper Modeling
  • Graphic design - Experienced with both print and web design
  • Bilingual - Reading and writing fluency in Vietnamese and English

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Published in Japanese Tohoku Restoration Design, 2013
  • Selected for the SCI-Arc Spring 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 installations for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2007
  • Winner of the Most Adaptive Design Award in 2008 Design Village Competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California


Freelance Design Consultant, New York, NY, US, Freelance Design Consultant

• Construction document quality control and custom construction detail drafting
• Render visualization and photo montaging for client marketing
• Generating three-dimensional conceptual models
• Conducting project feasibility studies

Oct 2019 - current

GMPA Architects, Los Angeles, Job Captain / Intermediate Designer

• Drafted and managed working document sets and regulated quality control
• Supervised the production process and delegated assignments to project team
• Formed and established project schedules and deadlines
• Coordinated with outside consultants
• Analyzed project conformance with local, state, and ADA code requirements
• Responded to RFIs and coordinated new information and exhibits
• Construction details and product specifications
• Designed unit typologies and interior conditions in multi-family living spaces

Jun 2016 - Oct 2019

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

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

• Established and maintained project schedules and deadlines
• Coordinated with consultants
• Design team member involved with all project phases to completion
• Construction document creation and quality control
• Designed solutions for existing non-conforming conditions
• Render visualization and presentation graphics
• Three-dimensional modeling
• Surveyed and measured existing buildings and sites
• Created as-built / renovation drawings

Jun 2013 - 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


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