kathryne larson

kathryne larson

Oakland, CA, US



I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Southern California in 2008 and have a broad range of experience in both internships and professional work experience.  I have a strong architectural design and master planning background with experience ranging from residential and education to master planning and mixed-use building types. I have the following areas of expertise: Planning: Acknowledged expertise in planning larger multi-building environments that range from urban districts to campus environments. Understanding the strategic needs of clients, and how to translate that into comprehensive long-term development programs. A broad understanding of historical planning types and how to apply that reference knowledge to contemporary planning problems. Programming User Needs: Experience Understanding how to translate user needs into specific program requirements that can be effectively used by clients as a foundation to large and small development projects. Public Process Design: Experience working on complex projects that require public review and participation. Understanding how to visually translate complex ideas into clear information that leads to successful collaborative planning processes. Environmental Sustainability: A LEED Certified Professional with experience working on environmentally sustainable projects and the LEED certification of over 10 large projects in the Northern California Area.   

As a designer, I am very passionate about my work, constantly learning and pushing myself toward new and innovative techniques.  I am fascinated in the exploration of where all of the design disciplines intersect.  

As a student and designer, I have studied Urban Design and Planning in Europe, which was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.  I also have experience working on very fast paced competitions, both large and small with MADA s.p.a.m. in Los Angeles.  Most recently, I completed an intensive summer session at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design Graduate Program, to further develop my interest in the intersections of Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Urbanism.   I would say one of my strongest skills would be graphic production, presentation preparation and schematic/conceptual design/site analysis.  Some of my more technical skills include proficiency in AutoCAD 2011, ArchiCAD, 3-D programs such as Sketch-up and Rhino, and advanced skills in graphic programs such as Adobe Illustrator, In-Design and Photoshop,  as well as LEED online and documentation. 


Gelfand Partners Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer + Marketing + Research

Jul 2018 - current

JRDV Urban International, Oakland, CA, US, Designer

• Conduct Research on emerging markets and other topics.
• Architectural Design from SD -CA phase of design using AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, as well as Environmental Graphics, Interior and Exterior Color, Material and Architectural Detail Selection.
• Urban Planning of projects-both locally and Internationally.
• Develop design concept and update content for
• Develop and coordinate the writing, graphic design, and
production of custom communications, including responses to
requests for qualifications and proposals, interviews, brochure
development and other marketing collateral.
• Work with the firm’s project management and design leadership
to develop the marketing for a variety of special
projects and presentations.
• Update internal databases for project facts, image and leads

Feb 2012 - Jul 2018

WRNS Studio, San Francisco, Designer

Designer+Sustainability Specialist, WRNS Studio, San Francisco, CA 04/10-03/11

Responsibilities include working closely with the Sustainability Director on LEED certification of
ten large scale projects ranging from 17,000-100,000 SF. Completion of 100% construction
documents for an 86,000 SF K-8 school campus, including detail drawings and product
specification. Working closely with the Director of Interior Design on several interiors projects,
material specification, graphic representations, material boards, 3-D renderings. Gained
experience working on a large scale master plan “cultural terrace” project and presentation,
which involved 3-D rendering, powerpoint and illustrator.

Apr 2010 - Mar 2011

MADA s.p.a.m., Architectural Intern

Competition Designer, MADA s.p.a.m. Los Angeles, CA 10/09-1/10

Consultant on a fast paced competition for a new urban city center in Zhengzhou, China.

Responsibilities included analysis of current urban fabric, diagrams, renderings, presentation preparation, mass modeling and use analysis. Other responsibilities involved working on high end residential, civic and commercial projects.

Oct 2009 - Jan 2010

Stantec, Designer I

Designer+Marketing Assistant, Stantec Architecture, Sacramento, CA 12/08-6/09

Responsible for creation of the 3-D sketch-up model of a large scale hotel and parking structure in Northern California. Tasks also included presentation preparation, working drawings in Auto-CAD, conceptual design, interview preparation, and lead designer of 15 architectural marketing/graphics projects.

Dec 2008 - Jun 2009


University of California, Berkeley, Summer Institute in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Intensive Summer Program to explore the Master's in Landscape Architecture. Earned Certificate for completion of the program.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

University of Southern California (USC), BArch, Architecture

Earned my Bachelor of Architecture in the 5 year program at USC, with a minor emphasis in Art History.

Aug 2003 - May 2008

Sacramento City College, Graphic Design/Fine Arts

Studied general education as well as fine arts and graphic design while playing on the intercollegiate Sacramento City College Softball team. I earned the NFCA- All- American Scholar Athlete Award in May of 2003.

Jun 2001 - Jun 2003


USC Presidential Scholar, Scholarship

Presidential Scholar at USC from 2003-2008.


Areas of Specialization