Daniel Cowden

Daniel Cowden

San Francisco, CA, US



I am a recent graduate of Iowa State University with a BArch (cum laude).

While working on my degree, I studied abroad at IE University in Segovia, Spain, and completed the Spring Semester Program at Architectural Association in London. In addition, I participated in the 2016 Venice Biennale workshop, in Venice, with a team of students from ISU. I am published in DATUM NO.8, Iowa State's architectural journal, held a leadership position in AIAS for one year as the fundraising chair, and provided mentorship to first-year students at the College of Design during their CORE studies as they developed projects which they would use to build a portfolio for application into their desired program. 

I graduate with three summers of professional experience in the field. I've worked for a Thomas Dostal Developers, under Randy Dostal, a general contractor in Cedar Rapids, gaining unique experience working with city planning and zoning administration. I completed a project for the chair of our department, Deboarah Hauptmann, designing and drawing construction documents for custom steel guardrails and gates that were installed in her private residence. Before my senior year, I completed an internship at Cuningham Group's Denver office. There, I worked on a variety of projects ranging from a 6 story apartment complex in the Highland district, to an extension for a PK-8 school in Erie, to firm-wide sustainability assessments and per project graphics. 

I have professional experience working in Revit. I am an expert with Rhinoceros 5 and 6, specializing in complex freeform modeling, digital fabrication and scene creation for rendering. I am an expert with Maxwell Render, Vray for Rhino, and Photoshop, am proficient with InDesign and have working knowledge of Illustrator.


Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., Denver, CO, US, Intern Architect

Worked on conceptualization pre and during the Schematic Design phase. Modeled, organized schedules, and created drawings in Revit. Performed project site visits and participated in OAC meetings. Checked product specifications for code compliance. Organized firm-wide sustainability statistics in Excel and created graphics in Power Bi. Created 3D sustainability graphics/renders for individual projects.

These tasks were carried out within a variety of project contexts including a housing project in Denver’s Highland neighborhood, a PK-8 school cafeteria and gym expansion, and Cuningham Group’s 2030 initiative, which sets specific firm-wide goals in terms of sustainability.

May 2017 - Aug 2017

Independent, Ames, IA, US, Designer & Draftsman

Designed guard rails and gates that were installed in the client’s private residence. Navigated site conditions so that they were compatible with existing stairs, catwalks, and doorways. Worked from the Conceptualization through Construction Documents phase. Completed final CDs and assisted in communication with the steel fabricators.

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Thomas Dostal Developers, Cedar Rapids, IA, US, Intern

Research was conducted for a container home park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Drawings were generated and presentations created for meetings with the Cedar Rapids Zoning and Planning Committee. Deep involvement with the Greater Cedar Rapids Area Home Builders’ Association was necessary in order to conduct research for and organize a 250+ attendee fund raiser. Board meetings, venue bookings, and presentations had to be completed / coordinated.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015


Iowa State University College of Design, Ames, IA, US, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Completed undergraduate architecture program focusing on historic contexts and adaptive reuse, mixed-use programs, complex free form modeling, digital fabrication, photo realistic and expressive rendering.


Design Studies 102 - Peer Mentor - 2018
Mentored student as they completed their CORE studies, working with one section throughout the semester as they transitioned between professors. Led reviews and guided students as they completed projects and developed portfolios which would be used for application into their desired programs.

OPN Masterclass - Another Planetary - 2018
Participated in a 4 day long masterclass, led by Neyran Turan, developing imagery that repositions ourselves in relationship to urgent issues regarding our post-human planet, especially concerning waste management and resource management.

DATUM No. 8 Sex(y) - 2017
Featured in DATUM, Iowa State’s Student-led Design/Architectural journal, as the author of an essay titled “Spimes, Prosthetics, and Identity.”

Venice Biennale - Reporting From the Front - 2016
Joined students from Iowa State University in Venice to participate in a weekend-long workshop finalizing, installing, critiquing, and contemplating Iowa State’s project for the Biennale workshop.

Aug 2013 - May 2018

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