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Lesley Castle

Lesley Castle

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

I am a Design Professional living in Los Angeles, CA. I hold a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc (2013). My architectural interests include materials, processes, architectural history, and experimental work in architecture. I previously worked at Soho House Design, Gensler LA and started my own office in 2007 with a focus on architecture, interiors and other creative projects. I also work as a freelance photographer and my work may be seen at www.lesleycastle.com

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Employment 

Lesley Castle, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural & Interior Designer / Project Consultant

Southern California and US Virgin Islands based architecture and interior design projects including design, construction documents and permitting; residential and commercial projects including renovation and new-build projects.

Jan 2017 - current
 

Soho House Design, Los Angeles, CA, Mid-Level Architectural Designer

Mid-level Architectural Designer for Soho House's new hotel and private residences in Baja, Mexico with over 600,00 SF ground-up construction.
Designed and conceptualized project site plan and individual building designs for 30+ buildings on the site with architectural team.
Worked collaboratively between architectural and interior design teams to create the look, feel and overall project design.
Managed architectural team workflow, 3D models and drawings in Revit.
Mentored junior designers on the team.
Taught Revit software to the architecture team and was integral to production of Schematic Design documents.
Worked on project concept through schematic design phases.
Participated and oversaw project design charrettes.
Implemented and developed project workflows for the architecture team.
Produced overall site building area calculations for project masterplan.
Built 3D models, produced drawings, sections, elevations and other documents for project design and development.

Aug 2018 - Apr 2019
 

Gensler, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Assists Design Director and team on all phases of design and administration
Develops concept design for master planning, retail and mixed use projects
Creates and oversees 3D models of architectural designs
Documents projects in concept, schematic, design development and CD sets
Designs layout and content for concept packages and presentations
Selects and coordinates materials, lighting, fabric, furniture, and fixtures
Assists Project Architect with coordination of consultants
Attends client/consultant meetings, site visits; presents projects to clients
Managed 1 million dollar budget of furniture selection on retail project
Primary projects: Koramangala Tech Campus (India), The Shops at South Town (Utah), Eastridge Mall (CA), Broadway Mall (NY)

Feb 2014 - Jan 2017
 

Poirier Design, Los Angeles, CA, Junior Architect

Assisted Principal Architect on all phases of design and development
Drew construction document set for ground-up single family house
Attended client / consultant meetings, site visits
Primary project: contemporary 2,800 sq. ft. house in Venice, new construction

Nov 2013 - Jan 2014
 

MHA (Michael Hong Architects), Culver City, CA, US, Design Intern

Assisted the Principal Architect and design team on all duties related to design development documents
Drew plans, sections, elevations
Corrected redlines in the design development drawing document set
Created 3D models of design proposals
Assembled color/material presentation boards for business trips and meetings
Projects included: 
Baha Mar Resort and Casino, Nassau, Bahamas; Wynn Cotai Resort and Casino, Cotai, China

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
 

ZELLNER and Company, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Intern

Worked closely with the head architect, Peter Zellner, to develop a book project dedicated to art galleries designed by the firm and urban art culture
Drew 2D architectural scale drawings of city neighborhoods in AutoCAD
Researched art gallery culture for book text
Designed and managed book layout in InDesign
Color corrected photographs of architecture in Photoshop
Worked in Illustrator to add color and details to 2D urban drawings

Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Video Researcher and Preparation / Librarian

The SCI-Arc Media Archive is an online showcase for lectures originally presented at SCI-Arc from 1974 to the present.

May 2011 - Aug 2011
 

Education 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, M. Arch 1

Jul 2011 - Sep 2013
 

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, foundation studies

May 2007 - Aug 2007
 

University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, Bachelors, Business Administration

Jan 2003 - Dec 2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

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