Evan Collins

Evan Collins

Bend, OR, US



Living and working throughout the U.S., I've developed a design sense that incorporates aspects pulled from diverse design cultures and aesthetics. Growing up in the Washington D.C., area, I've always been passionate about the exploration of progressive ideas/concepts. I moved across the country to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where I was immersed in 'learn by doing' methodology. There I developed a deep understanding of the physical and practical nature of architecture through assignments that involved visiting active construction sites, constructing small-scale projects, and completing full mockup drawing sets/specs.

During my 4th year of study, I participated in a Los Angeles-based off-campus program, where we were immersed in the experimental design culture of LA & Sci-Arc. While involved in that program, I became very interested in the application of emerging technologies to architecture and design. I worked with programs/plugins such as Grasshopper, Firefly, even an prototype EEG headset to develop responsive 'intelligent' architectures. Continuing this line of investigation, for my undergraduate thesis I explored the concepts of mixed/augmented reality, and the potential for the 'internet of things' to be applied to architecture in a compatible and meaningful manner. For the final thesis presentation, I designed an interactive installation showcasing our studios' work, collaborating with a small Microsoft incubator firm and our university's computer science program. While I was very involved in this more technical/conceptual exploration, I concurrently participated in the 'Cal Poly Permaculture' club. Over the course of a summer, we designed and constructed landscapes that reformed existing backyards and underutilized outdoor spaces into productive and sustainable gardens. 

Following my thesis year at Cal Poly, I decided to enroll in the Masters (MSAAD) program at Columbia University to continue my academic exploration. Over the course of the year-long program, I studied under three professors, each with a different conceptual approach. The projects ranged from a study of the relationship between scent and gentrification in the Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO, to the creation of a hybrid community-corporate bank in Johannesburg. I also had the opportunity to work on  an installation concerning the effects of Superstorm Sandy on air quality at the Storefront for Art & Architecture.

Upon finishing my graduate study, I moved across country to Bend, Oregon, where I worked at Steele Associates Architects for a year. While at Steele, I’ve become proficient in working with various CAD programs, including AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Revit, and Sketchup. I’ve been involved with several projects through the entirety of the design process, from site planning and code research to construction documentation and administration. I have strong graphic design and rendering skills, with years of experience in various rendering programs and Adobe Creative Suite. In addition, I served as social media manager at the firm, being involved in developing their social media presence and website design. 



Steele Associates Architects, Bend, OR, US, Design Professional / Intern Architect

CAD drafting & design work in all phases, site planning, code research, graphic design, site visits for as-builts and construction administration, archiving and organizing past work, and social media/website management.

Feb 2015 - Feb 2016

MODU, New York, NY, US, Assistant

Assisted with installation programming, design work, and setup for the Weather (Un)Control installation with the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Sep 2013 - Nov 2013

Grupo 7 Architecture + Interiors, Washington, DC, US, Intern Architect

CAD design work and digital modeling for various projects, producing renderings, using augmented reality technology to present models.

Jun 2012 - Sep 2012

Griffin Enright Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern Architect

Digital modeling for a large scale residential project in China, preparing and cleaning up digital models for 3d printing, and producing schematic drawings for a custom single family home.

Mar 2012 - Jun 2012

Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern Architect

Worked on both large and small scale projects including digital modeling, physical modeling, rendering, along with graphic design for publication works. Digital modeling for a large-scale university building in Vienna, Austria was done in Rhino and AutoCAD.

Jan 2012 - Mar 2012


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, MSAAD

Jun 2013 - May 2014

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2008 - Jun 2013


Scentrification Project Presented at Columbia University Lecture Series, Other


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