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Lena Watanabe

Lena Watanabe

Los Angeles

 
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Employment 

Fluidity Design Consultants, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

Production of Concept Design visualizations through Construction Documents
drawings of medium to large scale architectural water features.
Occasional Construction Administration tasks such as site visits, and RFI/Submittal responses.
Various project management tasks such as correspondence with the lead design
architects and landscape architects, and submittal of drawing set packages to
main project contacts.
Notable projects include MGM National Harbor (HKS, SmithGroup), A Gathering Place for Tulsa (Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates), Kuntsevo Plaza (The Jerde Partnership)

Jan 2014 - Mar 2018
 

The Sliding Door Company, Chatsworth, CA, US, CAD Designer

Solved design issues of client orders through the creation of shop drawings
and renderings.
Created technical literature such as specification sheets and installation instructions for company-wide and consumer use.
Miscellaneous design and drafting tasks.
Trained new incoming Drafting and Design Department staff.

Apr 2012 - Jan 2014
 

Power Support USA, Burbank, CA, US, Product Development Liaison

Print and Design Department Manager: oversaw workload of in-house designers and all design projects including website artwork, graphic design and printing of phone cases.
Trained incoming and current staff on print production procedures.
Lead packaging designer: created new boxes and trays as well as graphic & text layouts that adhered to guidelines provided by major brand companies such as Apple and BlackBerry.
Liaison between Power Support USA and Power Support Japan: daily verbal and written correspondence regarding product development and shipments.

Jul 2009 - Apr 2012
 

Platform for Architecture + Research (PAR), Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Intern II (Part-time)

Production leader of drawings and documentation from Schematic Design to 50% Design Development on a residential project called B House in West Hollywood.
Production leader of floor plans and typology studies for Europan 11 competition submission.
Contributed to site research, site documentation, and master plan studies for Polyhouse, a temporary housing project in India.
Built physical site models for B House in West Hollywood.

Jan 2011 - Aug 2011
 

Education 

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

Architecture

Sep 2005 - Sep 2008
 

Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA, US, Architecture

Architecture, Architectural History, Art, Interior Design

Mar 2001 - Dec 2003
 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, East Asian Studies

Chinese language, literature, history

Jan 1994 - Jun 1999
 

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