Neil Bera

Neil Bera

Hacienda Heights, CA, US

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At this stage of my life and having been exposed to several fields of design from engineering to urban development. Architecture, to me, serves as a narrative of living and experiencing.  In a sense, it is the ability to tell a story through spatial context, vernacular relevance, local impact, and the beauty of design.  The blessing behind this field of study is the fact that as a designer, I have the opportunity to understand the world we design for: a global laboratory; a living breathing platform that will continuously allow me to learn.


Development One, Inc., Santa Ana, CA, US, Job Captain

Duties include overseeing of the entire design and construction process for tenant improvements and ground ups for Governments agencies including NASA, GSA, US Marshall, and the Judicial Council. Responsibilities included integration of client standards as well as the satisfaction of City Codes and Regulations per project while coordinating with consultants throughout the process.

Jan 2020 - current

HPA Architecture, Irvine, CA, US, Project Manager

Responsible for the oversight of the entire process of design and construction from initial design, PAM, DAB, construction administration, development and reviewing of building plans and meeting environmental and zoning standards.

May 2019 - Jan 2020

Core States Group, Ontario, CA, US, Project Designer

Responsible for designing and drafting architectural projects under the guidance of Senior Project Architects and Project Managers. Primarily focusing on Mcdonald’s Restaurants, production ranges from initial design development to final construction documents.

Jun 2017 - May 2019

Make Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Professional duties include a variety of tasks from graphic presentation development to construction documents and assistance in construction administration. Responsible for coordinating bid sets, submittals, and allocating work schedules.

Jun 2016 - Jun 2017

Pickard Architects, Whittier, CA, US, Associate Designer

Participate on commercial, civil, tenant improvement, education, and residential projects through multiple design phases. Tasks include coordination with consultants, landscape design, material selections, code research and planning department submittal, specifications, construction documents and field documentation.

Jul 2014 - Jun 2016

Artech Industries, Inc., Riverside, CA, US, Manager, Production and Design

Overseeing overall production process of the manufacturing load bearing cells that are utilized in several application regarding load and weight distribution. As the designated CAD designer, work closely with the President in the design of newer load applications that can measure anywhere between 10 pounds to 500,000 pounds.

Jun 2011 - Jun 2014

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, Graduate Instructor

Worked closely with Tenured Professor Goetz Schierle and instructed the course ‘Structural and Seismic Design’. Aided in the completion of an overhaul of his textbook. Created homework assignments, keys, and assisted in the integration of presentations pertinent to my lectures. Led my TAs in assisting the students during after hours as well as office hours.

Aug 2008 - Dec 2011

arxitekton, Redondo Beach, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Aided Senior Project Manager/Owner Sean Hohman in the design elements of residential projects. Responsible for the schematic design and construction documents of these projects.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2011

Artech Industries, Inc., Riverside, CA, US, Cad Operator

Drafted any required engineering drawings for submittal to customers, organize and digitize an engineering drawing filing system, and update drawings as modifications take place.

May 2009 - May 2011

S & W Development, Walnut, CA, US, Junior Designer

Assistant to architect in the design and schematic processes, site surveyor, and project proposer for city approval.

May 2006 - Sep 2006


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

The School’s Master of Architecture is a NAAB accredited professional degree program in the area of architectural design. This degree fully prepares graduates for the present and future professional activities in the ever-evolving field of architecture. As an accredited professional degree, it provides a solid intellectual base of knowledge in history, technology, professional practice and theory. Particular emphasis is put on each of the six-semester design studio sequence, where students learn to synthesize the social, environmental, and tectonic thinking through informed design practice. Exploring the many elective opportunities within the School, students are encouraged to develop a tailored curriculum, and if possible, to complete one of the several graduate certificates offered by the School or within the university-at-large.

(Information from USC School of Architecture website)

Aug 2008 - Dec 2011

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, Architectural Studies

This four year non-professional architectural studies degree program at the undergraduate level provides specialization in related fields and an alternative path to graduate studies in architecture and other design fields. The curriculum includes a core program in the first four semesters identical to the Bachelor of Architecture professional degree program. Students take a specialization course in the second year, which provides an introduction to related fields and alternative degree options. Students can elect to move into the four-year non-professional BS in AS program with a degree plan identifying electives fulfilling an area of concentration. The four-year program is concluded with a seminar with all degree candidates, allowing for collaborative work on areas of common interest.

(Information from USC School of Architecture website)

Aug 2004 - May 2008


USC School of Architecture Scholarship, Scholarship

100% Educational Scholarship awarded to students who exhibit integrity, collaboration, leadership, find opportunity in challenge, and define each design opportunity through the client’s point of views. Selection is made by a faculty committee appointed by the Dean.


Areas of Specialization