Melinda Telford

Melinda Telford

New Orleans, LA, US



Graduating from Tulane University in May 2016 with a Master's of Architecture and an Urban Studies. As a soon-to-be graduate, I am looking to begin my architectural career and further develop my skills as a designer through the lens of urban and interior design in addition to traditional architecture. Dedicated and enthusiastic individual seeking employment at an innovative and forward-thinking firm in order to gain experience in the field and provide a fresh take on future projects.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, Lab Technician

As an employee within the Tulane School of Architecture, my position was as a Lab Technician in the school's Digital Output Lab. My primary responsibilities were managing the plotters, laser cutters, and 3D printer, as well as assisting students and faculty with these tools. Over the course of my time working in the Digital Output Lab, i have been given more responsibilities, such as the role of liaison for the 3D printing lab.

Sep 2013 - current

Innovation and Design in Architecture (IDA), Long Beach, CA, US, Architectural Intern

As an architectural intern for two consecutive summers, my main job was to assist in creating models and drawings with Revit and AutoCAD, specifically for clientele that included restaurants, retail stores, and banks. In addition to my primary responsibilities, I was able to develop valuable skills such as on-site surveying, drawing up design development packages, coordinating with the building department, and preparing material palletes, renderings, and sketches.

May 2014 - Aug 2015

Green Valley Homeowner's Association, Fountain Valley, CA, US, Lifeguard / Swim Instructor

Served as both a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor during the time I was employed. As a certified lifeguard, my primary responsibilities were observing the pool and assisting in pool security as well as being CPR/AED and First Aid certified. As a certified Water Safety Instructor, I taught daily classes during the summer to children ages 18 months to 14 years and tested for swimming proficiency at the end of each week.

May 2008 - Jul 2015


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, MArch, Architecture

Though my primary program was within the school of architecture as an M.Arch candidate, I chose to pursue some other interests of mine while enrolled, such as ballet, painting, and screen printing. Within the school of architecture, I took a particular interest in digital fabrication courses, design build studios, and technology workshops. In addition to my M. Arch degree, I am anticipating a Minor in Urban Studies upon my graduation in May 2016.

Aug 2011 - current

IaaC - The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona, ES, Architecture

As a study abroad student, I chose to attend the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia because of its makeup of international students and its stance on cutting edge architectural technologies. While enrolled, I developed a proficiency in Grasshopper, learned how to program and use Arduino-controlled devices, and used tools such as large-scale laser cutters and 3D printers. I was able to work on a larger urban scale in this program, which sparked my interest in pursuing an Urban Studies minor.

Sep 2014 - Dec 2015

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