Giovanna Gallardo

Giovanna Gallardo

Brooklyn, NY, US

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I am a problem solver who believes in the power of design that empowers and celebrates culture, technology, environment, and collaboration. 

As a designer at West 8 I have grown being involved in the design proccess from schematic design to construction administration. I have a strong eye for detail working in 2D and 3D developing iterations and visualizations to communicate ideas and illustrate construction details for client presentations and coordination items. Taking design elements from a sketch to a construction document.

I am a extroverted person that enjoys working with groups and coordinating projects. 

During my masters I worked as a research assistant working alongside faculty on different grants ranging from creating an urban analysis report for the commisioners office, doing design-build explorations, and coordinating the AIAS National South Quad Conference in Miami.  

For two years I worked on a National Science Foundation grant, working with professors and colleagues from 3 different majors developing a new interdisciplinary course aided by both virtual and augmented reality educational apps for students to learn about Suistanable  Building Construction. During this process I was coordinating the courses content and being part of desiging the apps' UI and UX, keeping track of process testing for a final paper to be published by the NSF.

Looking to learn about urban planning I had the opportunity being selected to work, in Gassino Torinesse Italy, alongside city officials to develop design proposals to improve the current urban composition and transit systems. 

I look to continue my journey to become a strong designer and grow towards becoming a project manager.


MEIS Design Studio, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

Oct 2019 - current

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture, New York, Project Designer

As a Project Designer at West 8 my duties encompass creating design studies and documentation in 2D and 3D, supporting in production and representation for 2-3 project at a given time.

My duties apply in a variety of stages in the design process from Schematic Design to Construction Administration.

During all stages I am part of coordination meetings with subconsultants and partner firms and work alongside with my Creative Director and Project Manager. Supporting the overall egalitarian philosophy and team spirit at the West 8 New York studio.

Aug 2017 - Sep 2019

Florida International University School of Architecture, Miami, FL, US, Research Assistant

Working with the Associate Dean of Faculty coordinate and develop a research grant project of 2 years in practice. Together with an interdisciplinary team, we created a class that brought together students from Architecture, Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science collaborate in an interdisciplinary course focused on sustainability in construction.

Jan 2015 - May 2017


Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2013 - May 2017


Architizer A+ Awards, Honorable Mention

Repurposed Irma hurricane debree of 30 different species of trees in south florida, collected and made into unique benches with steel letter supports.
Exhibited during Design Miami 2017.
Award category: Furniture & Accessories - Urban Furniture Category,


Service Award, Award

Received the Service award for organizing the national conference for the AIAS South Quad, hosting 200 students from 43 universities.


ARCHMedium, Honorable Mention


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