Chelsea Kilburn

Chelsea Kilburn

Los Angeles, CA, US



Hi-- I'm Chelsea! I am currently pursuing my Masters of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to pursuing my MLA, I received a BArch from Virginia Tech, and worked professionally as a project manager in both Chicago and Los Angeles. 

When not making and designing, I enjoy meeting other makers, hiking, and exploring new cities.

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Friends of the LA River, Los Angeles, CA, US, Policy and Advocacy Intern

coordinating and authoring advocacy campaign collateral; working collaboratively with internal departments to provide support for cross-functional events and initiatives; monitoring and analyzing the political landscape, relevant state level legislation, and local policy; researching and drafting policy briefs on FoLAR’s relevant issues, coordinating with elected offices and government agencies for various scheduling and permitting

May 2019 - Aug 2019

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Admissions Assistant

responsibilities include organizing and data checking incoming student applications; interacting with students, recommenders, and related parties via email

Jan 2019 - May 2019

uxo architects, Oakland, CA, US, Collaborator

collaborator on various design projects including competitions, installations, and built work.

projects contributed to include: field + array, CAF headquarters, lakeside kiosk

Sep 2013 - Oct 2018

ORA (Oonagh Ryan Architects Inc.), Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager/ Designer

managed commercial and residential projects with a focus on modern, high-concept custom design. responsible for documenting and carrying a project from schematic design through construction administration. responsible for consultant coordination, permitting, plan approvals, and zoning variances.

projects contributed to include: 40,000 sf coworking space, fine dining restaurant, single-family net-zero ground-up home

Nov 2016 - Jul 2018

von weise associates, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Associate

project manager for commercial interiors and small residential work. responsible for coordination of drawings, permitting, and code analysis. gained on-site experience with as-builts and construction administration.

projects contributed to include: cards against humanity offices, 600 w chicago roof deck, renovation of chicago racquet club courts and seating

Jul 2014 - Oct 2016

Wittfoht Architekten, Stuttgart, DE, Architecture Intern

built working and final models, prepared renderings for competition work.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters of Landscape Architecture

Sep 2018 - current

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Bachelor's of Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2014