John McDonald

John McDonald

Rancho Cucamonga, CA, US



Hi my name is John McDonald.  I am a graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, obtaining my BArch degree in 1994.  I also studied as an international student in Copenhagen, Denmark for my 4th year in architecture school from 1992-93.  

I am a licensed architect in the state of California.  I was awarded my license in 2012.  My license number is C33964.  

I have extensive work with AutoCAD.  I do not currently know Revit, but would like to acquire this skill.

I have experience with Hospitals, Lab Buildings, Airports, Educational, and Tenant Improvements for Research and Design Facilities.

I have 12 years active experience in architecture ranging from Intern Archtiect, to AutoCAD Drafter to Project Architect Experience.

I live in Rancho Cucamonga, California, which is 35 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles.

In my spare time, I play the electric guitar....I own a Gretsch Hollow-Body Electric Model G118T.


jdba architecture and planning, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Drafter

This was a job drafting up in AutoCAD accessibility compliance issues on Los Angeles Unified School District Elementary and Middle Schools. Basically coordinating accessibility issues on Site Plans and Interiors of Elementary and Middle Schools.

Mar 2005 - Jan 2006

Leo A. Daly, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Architect

I worked as a Project Architect on the Spokane International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, San Jose International Airport and John Wayne International Airport. The main task was coordinating the placement of Explosive Detection Equiprment with Mechanical and Structural Engineers. The Federal Government implemented a mandate to have these systems in place in major airports throughout the United States.

Oct 2002 - Sep 2003

Langdon Wilson International, Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior AutoCAD Drafter

Senior AutoCAD drafter. Main work was wall sections on Cedars-Sinai Hospital on the new North Critical Care Tower. Also coordinated the placement of electrical equipment in the hospital rooms.

Oct 2001 - Sep 2002

Perkins&Will, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intermediate Drafter

AutoCAD drafter on the UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital and USC Zilkha Neurogentics Institute. On the Reagan Hospital, I drew in plan and section the 10 egress stairs in Design Development. I also, on the Reagan Hospital, coordinated the placement of mechanical systems on the roof and everything else on the roof.

On the USC Zilkha Neurogenetics Institute, I drew up in AutoCAD the building sections, reflected ceiling plans, calculated room occupancy calculations, and other varied tasks.

Oct 1998 - Mar 2001

RMCA Architecture and Planning, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern Architect

AutoCAD drafting assignments on the Rolex Headquarters in Beverly Hills.

Jun 1997 - Jun 1998

HPC Architecture, San Jose, CA, US, Intern Architect

AutoCAD Drafting of Tenant Improvements to Research and Design Facilities. Field Measure existing facilities. Presentation Boards. Rendering. Maintain Company Library.

Jun 1995 - Jun 1997


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

BArch Degree

Sep 1990 - Sep 1994

Denmark International Study Program, Copenhagen, DK, Architecture

One year study abroad program studying architecture for my 4th year in architecture school.

Sep 1992 - Jun 1993

West Valley College, Saratoga, CA, US, Architecture

Architecture school studies prior to transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Jan 1989 - May 1990


Richard Lee Fisher Memorial Scholarship, Award

Richard was an architecture student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo who also studied in the Denmark Study Abroad Program. Richard died a few years after graduation while working as an architect in California. His family knew how much the Denmark Program meant to him and created the award in his memory. It was given by his wife, Beth Fisher, and his parents. I was the first ever award recipient for this in 1992. It has been given each year since then. It was a $3000 cash award given to a student who wished to study overseas in Denmark.


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