Barnabas Luke

Barnabas Luke

San Luis Obispo, CA, US

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I am Barnabas Luke a 5th year architecture student at California Polytechnic State University.

I am passionate about making a difference in my community through architecture. My 5th year thesis project addresses the unforeseen social repercussions of the internet and the smartphone. While not inherently malicious, the internet and the smartphone are a major contributor to America’s polarization. Representatives in the government are too focused on the agendas of their political parties and news organizations are focused on remaining relevant within an online culture. This has left the majority of Americans divided and individual opinions drowned out by sheer numbers. My project empowers the masses by granting them the ability to visually alter their communities.

During my internship in Taipei with Rick Liu Associates Architects + Planners, I led a team of interns to gather site information including: geological, solar, and precipitation studies. My Chinese heritage helped me compile information and coordinate diagrams between international and Taiwanese peers. I also worked on projects in various phases at CRSA Architecture that ranged from land use permits to schematic design. My previous experiences have made me a proactive team member and a quick learner. I taught myself several Adobe and CAD programs such as Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, Rhino, Vectorworks, and Revit. An upbringing in fine arts has helped me visually communicate my projects.


CRSA Architecture, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Architecture Intern

Provided documentation for land use permit applications compliant with
city requirements and California Standards Building Code, including a
cannabis nursery and night club.

Assisted the chief architect to develop preliminary designs and
produce drawings for residential and commercial projects, including a
remodeling of the Pismo Beach corporation yard and luxury backyard
pool patio.

Apr 2018 - Aug 2018

Ricky Liu& Associates Architects+ Planner,, Taipei, TW, Architecture Intern

Led a team of interns to conduct site analysis and create site diagrams
for the Taichung Operations Center, including topography, precipitation,
and zoning.

Researched and recommended potential candidates to the principal
architect for partnership on the Taichung Operations Center bid.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Ricky Liu& Associates Architects+ Planner,, Taipei, TW, Architecture Intern

Led a team to design benches, trash receptacles, and lighting fixtures,
for the renovation of the Taipei Botanical Garden.

Designed sculpture concepts for the principal architect in Taichung
Central Park inspired by senses (touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell).

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

National Taiwan University & Taiwan Forestry Bureau, Zhiben & Chinan, TW, Forestry Intern

Translated signs and brochures (Chinese to English) for the Taiwan
Forestry Bureau in Zhiben and Chinan National Forest recreation areas.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015


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

Expected graduation June 2019

Sep 2014 - current

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