Katerina Esparza

Katerina Esparza

South San Francisco, CA, US



My name is Katerina but you may also call me Kat. 

I am an Interior Architect, recently graduated with my Bachelors in Interior Architecture and Design from Academy of Art University. 

I currently work for a consulting company called Unicorn Consulting. We specifically cater to Rent SF Now.  I remodel and convert units in recently purchased buildings mostly located in the tenderloin. I work closely with a structural engineer, who specializes in seismic retrofitting building with a type III or V construction. While focusing on building life safety codes, I draft proposals for new unit re-models and conversions. Once one of my designs are approved, I put together the constructions document set for that project, and submit it to the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection. 

My previous employment was with Elemental Architecture in Palm Springs, CA, where I used my skills in AutoCAD and SketchUp on residential, multi-family, commercial, and hospitality projects.  I also met with clients during project site visits, submitted project documents to city planning staff for review, and attended planning commission meetings. 

In my spare time I enjoy biking, browsing architecture blogs/sites, craft beer, charcuterie boards, rock climbing, and spending time with my friends, family, and parrot. 


Unicorn Consulting, San Francisco, CA, US, Architecture Intern

Designing unit re-models and conversions for Rent Sf Now.

I work directly with a structural engineer who specializes in seismic retrofitting buildings with type III and V construction.

I draft proposals for new unit remodels and conversions. Once accepted, I put together construction document sets for each project and then submit them to the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection. Most times I have an expediter take them for me, but I have been through the process myself many times as well.

Oct 2015 - current

Chris Pardo Design - Elemental Architecture, Palm Springs, CA, US, Interior Architect

Handled the Interior decorating and landscape portion of many projects.
Custom cabinetry designs, technical drawings, and 3D models.
Presented project documents to city planning staff for review.
Attended client meetings as well as planning commission meetings.

Aug 2014 - May 2015

W. Wolfkill, Riverside, CA, US, Cocktail Server

Waiting tables, cash handling, inventory and tip count management, conducting weekly spirit tastings, and general janitorial duties.

Jul 2014 - Nov 2014

Starbucks Coffee Company, Riverside, CA, US, Barista/Shift Lead

Managed multiple duties including Employee management, shift coordination, Employee scheduling, store appearance and redecoration. Drink making, cash handling, tip management, customer service, inventory management and ordering.

Sep 2011 - Aug 2014


Academy of Art University, San Francisco, On-line, BArch, Interior Architecture and Design

Sep 2010 - May 2016

Areas of Specialization