Lauren Cao

Lauren Cao

Long Island City, NY, US



I am a Junior Architect/Draftsperson with experience in small and medium size commercial as well as multi unit large residential construction. My experience in construction, interior design and architecture has provided the opportunity to see and take part in every step of the construction process, allowing me to have a very thorough and quality-geared approach to my work.


Allana Buick and Bers, Palo Alto, CA, US, Executive Assistant

-Drafted plans, elevations and structural details for commercial and multi-unit residential projects- updated DSA comments, as well as the Architect’s and Structural Engineer’s redlines.

-Performed in field window testing using ASTM and ALMA standards, both static and cyclic testing, with rated nozzle and spray racks.

- Provided analytical support for the Energy department’s conservation and creation opportunities, tracking utility usage data for every new project.

-Assisted in managing the administrative team, providing training on subjects as litigation prep, PDF Pro, general skills, and training new employees on the ABB computer filing system.

-Executive Assistant duties included coordinating with clients, contractors and internal employees to manage Eugene Buick’s schedule, maintaining confidentiality and professionalism while handling sensitive business and HR information, booking travel and setting up internal trainings and lectures, running errands, and answering phones.

Aug 2012 - current

Mister Important Design, Oakland, CA, US, Interior Design Intern

-Drafted, updated and released Design Development (DD) Sets and corresponding Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FFE) packets for many projects at Mister Important Design.

-Worked with senior design staff to create custom furniture, carpeting and upholstery for high end restaurants, hotels and bars. Coordinated with manufacturers to confirm project specs and design requirements.

-Corresponded with purchasing agents, contractors and manufacturers during the course of construction to ensure construction progressed smoothly, products arrived on time and drawings were kept up to date with in field measurements.

-Communicated with clients during the design process- sending sample packets, creating schematic drawings of furniture and sending fabric choices on a periodic basis.

-Worked with domestic and foreign publishing agencies to publicize the company’s recent works.

Jan 2012 - Aug 2012

Contracted Drafter, Berkeley, CA, US, Contracted Drafter

-Drafted residential plans, sections, and elevations for Berkeley Professor Alan Tse + Charles Chan, both San Francisco Architects.

-Researched and compiled inspirational examples of similar work for lead architect.

May 2011 - Nov 2011


University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Coursework included 4 semesters of architecture studio classes, 2 semesters of architectural drawing and model making classes as well as construction, sustainability and city planning courses.

Sep 2008 - May 2012


UC Berkeley Circus- Work Showcased, Award

Work highlighted by faculty and was showcased in the Berkeley Circus, an honor only held by one student from each studio in 2011 and 2012.


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