Natalie Kester

Natalie Kester

Los Angeles, CA, US

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Bachelor of Architecture with a Concentration in Historic Preservation and Minor in History I 2017 

Oxford Brookes University with Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education

MSc Historic Conservation I Fall 2018

Thesis with Merit on "Bears Ears National Monument: A Historical and Policy Analysis" 

Brentwood Open Learning College

Diploma in Project Management I 2018


Bill James Associates and Architects, San Pedro, CA, US, Designer

Responsible for the digitization of historic building plans and as-built drawings within the Los Angeles area for modern renovations.

May 2018 - current

Spectra Company, Pomona, Project Engineer

Construction Management work includes historic preservation work as a Project Engineer at the Variety Arts Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles and Urth Caffe in Orange, as well as assistance in other small projects. Work at these projects included writing RFI's (Requests for Information), Submittal Packages, PCI's (Price Change Information), attending weekly construction site meetings, and correspondence between the client, general contractor, subcontractors, and architect.

Architectural work includes working personally with the firm's historic preservation architect on the restoration and adaptive reuse of Downtown Pomona's Historic YMCA through surveys/site visits and architectural drawings.

Oct 2016 - Sep 2017

National Park Service with Luis Hoyos, An Architectural Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, US, Research Assistant

Research and Production of the National Historic Landmark Nomination for el Pueblo de los Angeles in the City of Los Angeles.

Jun 2016 - Sep 2017

Landin & Associates, San Dimas, CA, US, Architectural Drafter & Designer

Most of the work completed at Landin & Associates was residential work, however, it did include some commercial projects as well. Commercial projects included designing five 12,000 square foot agricultural warehouses in Adelanto, California and a tire shop in Murrieta, California. Residential projects included additions and new construction in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Other work roles included 3D modeling and rendering, as well as communication with clients, consultants, and city offices.

Feb 2016 - Sep 2016

Pritzkat & Johnson Architects, Inc., Redondo Beach, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Work at Pritzkat & Johnson included working on residential surveys, plot plans, existing floor plans, foundation and structural plans, elevations, and sections for projects within the South Bay and San Francisco area. Office responsibilities included office correspondence and organization, submitting documents to city departments and art juries, marketing management and file archiving.

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015


Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, GB, Masters, Historic Conservation

Sep 2017 - Dec 2018

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2012 - Jun 2017


Knox Mellon Award in Historic Preservation, Award

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Department of Architecture
Outstanding Service to Historic Preservation


John Henry Brookes Scholarship, Scholarship

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
John Henry Brookes Scholarship for Academic Year 2017-18
Oxford Brookes University


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