jexica ayran

jexica ayran

SF Bay Area, California & NYC, NY

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a graphic multi-disciplinary designer and digital artist with an emphasis on parametric and animation explorations with a BArch from California College of the Arts '16.

SF Bay Area native and NYC transplant, I'm open-minded and interested in creating new, unique experiences and solutions through form/space, medium, color, and technology. 

Exploring creative coding on Touchdesigner, Grasshopper (Rhino), and p5.js

Currently looking for design employment opportunities: part-time, full-time, or freelance.

Selected Work:  



OTJ Architects, New York, NY, US, Office Administrator

Office administrator at the OTJ Architects, NY office, a large interior architectural firm with mainly corporate and large-scale projects.

This position required assistance in material library request/vendor outreach (Lunch & Learns/presentations), setting up computers(programs), monitoring printers, scheduling, text and photo edits on-pitch presentation boards, and monitoring office supplies/orders.

I used Outlook, Salesforce, Excel, Indesign, and also learned basic Revit skills alongside the new designers/interns.

Dec 2018 - May 2019

David Bers Architecture, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architectural Intern

A small residential and multi-disciplinary architectural studio in Brooklyn, NY.

I was given the ownership of the material library; organizing/moving samples, creating elevational diagrams of the material library and also learning about materiality (slates vs marble, vinyl vs natural materials, and comparison between brands).

I also assisted with redlines for project managers; updating technical schedules and any other small edits on the architectural (drawing) submittals in Vectorworks.

I also assisted with any other administrative work and any other miscellaneous organization tasks: sending out packages, making coffee, watering plants, recycle/waste.

For personal reasons, the internship ended earlier and on mutual terms.

Aug 2018 - Sep 2018

Novo Arts, Inc, Brooklyn, NY, US, Graphic and 3D Digital Designer

Novo Arts is a fine arts fabrication and consulting firm based in Brooklyn, NY.

As a graphic designer and furniture/sculpture designer at a small company, designers collaboratively communicate and polish projects at various stages in a fast-paced environment.

The graphics team also worked together with the model shop for canvas prints/paintings, and collaborative paintings/sculptures (from digital 2D/3D to physical forms).

Projects range from paintings, graphic posters, collages, photo edits, typography/ad graphics for businesses, wall coverings, sculptures, furniture, and the combination of multiple.

The programs used were Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Bridge), Rhinoceros, and Sketchup.

We also learned to use and print on large-scale Epson printers for Canvas, Glossy, and Matte prints.

We also archived Novo's work on the digital portfolio program, edited/formatted photos of digital and physical work, created marketing posters, and added to the digital sample work booklets.

Mar 2018 - Aug 2018

Self-Employed, SF Bay Area, CA, Caretaker

My mother had a successful hip surgery in June for her hip dysplasia and I was full-time care-taking for my mother for about 6 months until her return to work in late Nov/early December. I part-timed as a Lyft/Uber driver and caterer (for misc events) on the weekends to save for my move to NYC.

Jun 2017 - Dec 2017

Uber (Greenlight Hub), San Francisco, CA, US, Driver Support (Xpert)

Uber’s Greenlight Hub is the Partner (driver) In-person Support.

An Xpert’s role consists of onboarding new drivers, escalating serious account issues, resolving tech and payment discrepancies, informational sessions, and learning the programs or the tools of the trade (JIRA, Internal Tools, & Workday).

The side assignments included giving Uber 101 classes (in Spanish) and the development of the class slideshows. I also translated for Spanish speakers, whenever needed.

Aug 2015 - May 2017

Fundación Esperanza de México, Tijuana, MX, Construction Student Volunteer

A selected number of CCA students had the opportunity to volunteer for a sponsored workshop and trip to Tijuana (MX), assisting families participating in Fundación Esperanza’s home-ownership program.

Students learned through first-hand experience about Tijuana’s home construction, recycling cars and/or other scraps for building materials, and understanding the empowering experiences of each family.

Students and families worked together on the concrete floor slabs, re-bars, and assembly.

We also explored Tijuana: the border and the surrounding art, the deportation refuge centers, and local markets.

May 2015 - Jun 2015

Faulders Studio, Berkeley, CA, US, Fabrication Intern/Assistant

A group of students assisted CCA faculty Thom Faulders to complete FLOW-ZONE, a permanent urban installation on the underside of the new MAX Orange Line overpass in Portland, Oregon.

The installation was composed of green metal pieces with a reflective material that illuminates passing traffic underneath a highway bridge.

The experience involved rapid prototyping techniques (learning about waterjet and metal materiality), assembly(drilling together fins with strong pieces of adhesive), and trial/error practices (creating jigs, finding different ways of working).

Mar 2015 - Mar 2015


California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

5 year NAAB-accredited Architecture professional degree program, which is committed to experimentation in alternative forms of practice, design, and fabrication.

Jan 2011 - Aug 2016