Dean Bretz

Dean Bretz

Brea, CA, US



I am currently looking for my next opportunity to showcase my design skills and to share my professional experiences. A full-time position would be preferable but I am more than willing to accept contract work. Please e-mail me to discuss any opportunities.



KB Home Corp., Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural designer

-Responsible for developing high and low density floor plans and elevations using a multitude of design styles.
-Develop design review board drawing packages for various municipalities.
-Work with design directors and clients to develop cost effect plans and elevations without compromising style or product quality.
-Participated in framing walks for the purpose of quality control.
-Perform back-checks during construction drawing document process.

Sep 2004 - Dec 2011

The Elite Group, Buena Park, CA, US, Design director

-Responsible for developing all new concept designs for the retail market.
-Worked directly with clients and retail property owners to develop design solutions.
-Designer and project manager for several point of purchase displays. Executed design from concept through delivery which included research/development, engineering, prototyping, material specifications, cost estimating, 3-d drawing and production drawings, packaging and delivery coordination.
-Project manager for up to 30, 25k to 100k projects simultaneously.
-As design director I was also responsible for two intermediate designers and project scheduling.
-Responsible for quality control of all drawings before going to production floor.
-Company U.L. representative.

Aug 2000 - Sep 2004

Westfield Corporation (thru Aerotek Agency), Los Angeles, CA, US, Tenant coordinator

-Responsible for reviewing architecture plans and making design revisions to abide by
mall criteria.
-Maintained project schedules and coordinated project information with mall properties.
-Responsible for maintaining the quality of design that was proposed for all tenant improvement

Mar 2000 - Aug 2000

Joe Ricchio Design, Seal Beach, CA, US, Model maker

-Responsible for manufacturing ¼ scale furniture models with extreme accuracy and under tight deadlines.
-Worked with several different materials- high density foam, solid wood, balsa wood, foam core, steel tubing and acrylics. Also responsible for all finish work consisting of paint, stain and wood sealant.

Jul 1999 - Mar 2000

Futas Design, Long Beach, CA, US, Design assistant

-Assisted design director and company owner.
-Prepared presentation boards for purpose of client approval.
-Organized and maintained materials library as well as holding materials representative meetings.
-Performed red line revisions and maintained project archives.

Sep 1996 - Mar 2000


California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Long Beach, CA, US, Bachelors, Interior Architecture

I completed an extensive Interior Architecture program.

Sep 1995 - May 1999

Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA, US, general studies

I received my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.

Sep 1990 - Sep 1995