Mercedes Harris

Mercedes Harris

Chicago, IL, US

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In May 2017, I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a professional degree in architecture. Today, I am a long way from home as I work towards a Masters of Urban Design form the University of California, Berkeley. I am residing in Berkeley until the end of the summer and upon the completion of my thesis in August, will relocate to Chicago. I look forward to beginning my professional career at a architecture and urban planning firm. 


WRA Architects, Dallas, TX, US, Intern Architect

:: 2015: Summer internship; 2017: Summer internship; August 2017 - Present:
Contract employee
:: Write educational specifications, a document detailing the programming and
design of the entire facility
:: Member of design team for renovation proposals & new construction
:: Gained understanding in the bidding process & project documentation
:: Exposed to constructions practices on site visits

May 2015 - current

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Architectural Designer

:: Affordable housing design studio at UC - Berkeley under the direction of
architects David Baker and Daniel Simons and former Federal Housing Authority
Commissioner, Carol Galante
:: Developed a design, in a team of city planning and architecture students, with
economic, regulatory & construction feasibility

Jan 2018 - Apr 2018

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, US, Revit Teaching Assistant

:: Oversaw lab work times & graded lab assignments
:: Troubleshooted students questions

Jan 2017 - May 2017

HFG Architecture, Wichita, KS, US, Intern Architect

:: Assisted project managers to coordinate with consultants
:: Coordinated healthcare codes, interiors & equipment placement

May 2016 - Aug 2016


University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Masters, Urban Design

:: Graduate fellowship recipient
:: Cumulative GPA: 4.0
:: Thesis: Nodes of Nashville: Defining Community in Low-Density Urbanism -
examines housing and transportation in American suburbs
:: Master's of Urban Design (MUD) degree is an interdisciplinary program
between architecture, planning and landscape architecture
:: Coursework: Urban Form Design Studio; Development, Architecture &
Urbanism; Urban Economics; Sustainable Mobility; Land & Housing
Economics; Affordable Housing Design Studio; the City and Social Change

Aug 2017 - current

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, US, BArch, Architecture

:: Honors Degree
:: Minor: Child Development
:: St. Patrick’s Award for Scholarship, Leadership & Service
:: Cumulative GPA: 3.64
:: Honors Thesis: Architectural, Systems and Structural Design of Oklahoma
Shakespearean Theater in Oklahoma City

Aug 2012 - May 2017


St. Patrick's Award, Award

The Saint Patrick’s Award is a special recognition awarded each year by the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) Student Council. It honors the top five graduating students for their accomplishments in the areas of leadership, academics, and contributions to Oklahoma State University, CEAT, and the community. Recipients will be selected on the basis of an application and interview process conducted by a panel consisting of faculty, administration, and students.


C.O.R.D Award, 1st Place

CORD recognizes outstanding Cowboy graduates by rewarding students with an honorary orange graduation cord distinguishing them for their outstanding community service. The CORD program honors those who have completed more than 400 service hours as an undergraduate.


Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship, Scholarship

The GOP Fellowship recognizes graduate students from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. Students' academic achievements, financial need and background are taken into account with the overall goal of the Fellowship to produce a diverse student body and to give underrepresented minorities a chance at a graduate degree.

Received for a being a member of the sovereign nation of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.


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