Olivia Cervasio

Olivia Cervasio

Philadelphia, PA, US




I am a recent graduate from the Five-Year Architecture program (Bachelor of Architecture) at Philadelphia University, with a minor in Environmental Sustainability. Over the years, I have worked on projects pertaining to community development in the Philadelphia area, as well as abroad in South Africa and Rome, where I attended the University of Arkansas Rome Center for a semester. In the summer of 2013, I participated in a short course to study humanitarian architecture and participatory design in Johannesburg, South Africa. I also have experience working with Italian students for a master-planning proposal of the cultural Flaminia District in Rome, Italy, in the fall of 2013. My lifelong goal is to help build communities around the world and travel as much as possible in the process!

I have realized my true passions of community planning, but also educational design. From a classroom, to a museum, community center, or even a student center, I look forward to designing spaces that inspire social interaction and lifelong learning among community members. My primary architectural interest lies in community planning and design centered around cultural identity and access to education, all while being mindful of the environment. I believe that creating a strong, knowledgeable community is the foundation for a sustainable and globally connected world we live in today.


Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Provost Office Assistant

Researched and compiled pedagogical data for office website and other important documents. Prepared venues for school functions, acted as a liaison between students and office staff, and provided campus tours to important guests. Performed general office tasks such as filing, labeling, copying, scanning, printing, checking inventory of supplies, assembling documents for mailing, and answering phone calls.

Aug 2010 - May 2015

Strada Architecture LLC, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architectural Intern

Attended project meetings and met with clients on a regular basis. Assisted on all aspects of the design process from schematic design and programming to construction documents. Other responsibilities included conducting site surveys, choosing finishes and materials, and punch-list items for completed projects. Presented designs and documentation to clients in the form of digital model design options, presentation layouts, and project renderings.

May 2014 - Aug 2014


Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

College of Architecture and the Built Environment
Bachelor of Architecture
Minor: Environmental Sustainability
Graduation: May 2015
Distinguished Honors Student
Dean’s List: Fall 2010 - Fall 2011, Fall 2013
GPA: 3.55

ROME, ITALY | August - December 2013
Semester Abroad - University of Arkansas Rome Center
Worked with Italian students from Roma Tre University on the redesign of the cultural Flaminia district. Improved communication skills through practicing basic Italian in order to communicate ideas.

Community Development & Humanitarian Design Research Participant - Alexandra Township Interviewed locals on social and environmental problems associated with the youth precinct master plan, focusing on solutions related to environmental and economic sustainability. Facilitated two community design charrettes with groups of 5-10 participants to brainstorm empowering words for mural design and programmatic requirements for a new community center. Produced two renderings for master plan proposing the economic advantages of a community walking tour, better drainage, and security features, based on input from the community charrette. Assisted in producing a video presentation of our project shown to over 75 community members and stakeholders.

Aug 2010 - May 2015


Philadelphia University LEAD Scholar, Other


Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Certification, Other


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