Erik Schonsett

Erik Schonsett

Chicago, IL, US



Erik has been involved in the architecture and design profession for over 10 years, with experience in all aspects of architectural design and construction administration for several firms in the Los Angeles area. Most recently, Erik has been a member of the team at Shubin + Donaldson Architects since 2007, where he was elevated to Associate in 2013. 

Erik's experience ranges from single family residences to a 40,00sf community center for a non-profit organization in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. His work at Shubin + Donaldson Architects focuses on the design and project management of shell and core upgrades and tenant improvement projects for creative companies throughout California. 

Born and raised just outside of Chicago, Erik relocated to Los Angeles in 2000 to begin his architectural studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he received his Bachelor's of Archiecture in 2004. In 2006, he attended the Bartlett, a part of the University College London in London, UK, where he studied under Phil Watson and Neil Spiller. His thesis, The Electronic Orchard, explored the relationship between creativity and making through the lenses of literature. In 2007, he received his Master's of Architecture in Architectural Design.



Bluebeam, Inc., Chicago, IL, US, Sr. Industry Consultant

Sep 2014 - current

ShubinDonaldson, Culver City, CA, US, Associate

Associate with intimate involvement in all aspects of schematic design through construction administration for various commercial shell and core and interior tenant improvement projects ranging from 3,000sf to 40,000sf with budgets up to 6.5 million dollars.

Roles include:

> Project management
> Primary client contact
> Space Planning
> 3D Modeling in Revit and Sketchup
> Overseeing production of drawing sets
> On site construction administration
> Managing tasks of junior staff
> Reviewing contracts and billing
> Producing project schedules
> Producing client presentation packages
> Architectural detailing and design
> Coordination of consultants
> Coordination of revit and office project standards

Nov 2007 - Aug 2014

R.E. Lee Design & Construction, Reseda, CA, US, Assistant Project Manager

ssistant project manager for a small design build general contractor. Work included ground up commercial and interior tenant improvement projects.

Roles included:

> Subcontractor bid qualifying
> Construction scheduling
> Specification writing
> On site construction coordination
> Shop drawing review
> Managing drawing production

Sep 2005 - Sep 2006

Jay Vanos Architects, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

Involved in the design, documentation, and permitting of various ground up single and multi-family projects in Los Angeles.

Roles included:

> Drawing production
> Responsible for permitting of projects in office
> Assisted principal in architectural design
> Prepared as built drawings
> Consultant coordination

Jun 2004 - Sep 2005


University College London (UCL), London, GB, MArch, M. Arch in Architectural Design

Sep 2006 - Sep 2007

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

Sep 2000 - Apr 2004


AIA Santa Barbara Merit Award, Award

Awarded to Biscuit Filmworks, Shubin + Donaldson Architects


Index Award Top Nomination, Award

Awarded to the Frank Rice Safehaven Sunshelter, a design build project as part of SCI-Arc's community outreach progam


Kevin Longerham Academic Scholarship, Scholarship

2004 Kevin Longerham Academic Scholarship recipeant at SCI-Arc


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