Daria Semenova

Daria Semenova

Arlington, VA, US

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Aspiring experienced architect. Originally I am from Russia, however, guided by a curious mind, for the last six years, I have been working in India, China, at last, the United States. Living in a foreign environment has helped me to grow professionally, from shadowing teams assisting on the design and construction process to managing projects independently.

Outside the office, together with my camera, I explore the life around me. I find both architecture and photography correlated in terms of how people are obsessed to frame special experiences to freeze the moment from fast reality. Architects pursuing the same goal, by creating a shape for people’s memories.



read architecture design, New York, NY, US (remote), Independent Contractor

• Planned and designed façade for private villa in Miami, Florida.
• Completed Construction Development drawings set for two renovation projects in Brooklyn, New York.
• Leaded furniture and decoration selection process for a private bespoke residence in Manhattan, New York. Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite, Enscape and V-ray.

May 2021 - Oct 2021

Freelance, Gelendzhik, Russia, Interior Designer, Project Manager and Coordinator

• Planned and designed two residential interior design projects with a total area of 200m2.
• Worked in Schematic Design and Design Development stages.
• Conducted meetings and negotiations with a client.
• Carrying out on-site visits together with accompanying the client in the selection of the materials.
• Guided the design execution process. Software used: Sketchup, Revit, 3DS Max (V-ray).

Sep 2020 - Apr 2021

PlanAero, Sochi, Russia, Technical Architect

• Worked on Construction development stage on a private object with a total building area of 17 000m2.
• Assisting a team of 300 senior architects, civil engineers, and constructors. Software used: AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite.

Jun 2020 - Sep 2020

JSPA Design, Beijing, CN, Junior Architect

• Worked in SDs, DDs, CDs on three major projects, including landscape and parking VI, entrance pavillion and interior space for the Book Bar.
• Conducted field site visits. Prepared presentations and booklets.
• Developed 3d models and rendering visualizations. Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup and Adobe Creative Suite.

Aug 2019 - Apr 2020

AREP International Group, Beijing, CN, Architect (Internship)

• Worked in SDs and CDs on the execution of the Beijing Road Competition project.
• Responsibilities included 3D modeling of the retail area based on a part of the overall urban plan, presentation and booklet design. Software used: Rhinoceros, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Oct 2018 - Jan 2019

Laurent&Benon Group, Gurgaon, IN, Junior Architect

• Planned and designed three major residential interior design projects.
• Worked in SDs, DDs, CDs, CAs design stages.
• Responsibilities included on-site visits, designing and rendering interior spaces, assisting a team of civil engineers on the contracting process with the general contracting company involved. Software used: AutoCAD, ArchiCAD and 3DSMax (V-ray).

Aug 2016 - Aug 2017


University of North America, Fairfax Acres, VA, US, Masters, MBA

• The MBA course will equip me with the necessary knowledge on business management and administration to assist in operating a professional team and taking leading positions in architecture projects.

Jan 2022 - current

Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN, Masters, Architecture

•Obtained ability of Design Thinking while working on Design Studio coursework
• Advanced presentation skills on master’s thesis “Revitalizing Monotowns” successful defense.

Sep 2017 - Jul 2019

National University of Singapore, Singapore, SG, Joint Architectural Studio

• Worked in a team with Master’s students from Tsinghua and National University of Singapore to co-create sharing transportation design proposal for both Beijing 798 Art District and Singaporean Harbor Front
• Studio discussions with professors, on-site visits, and research of the sharing economy issue.

Mar 2018 - Apr 2018

Kuban State Agrarian University, School of Architecture, Krasnodar, RU, Bachelors, Engineering and Architecture

• Advanced knowledge of construction processes and engineering systems on Material Science, Structural material technology, General electronics, Soil mechanics, Geodesy, and Structural mechanics coursework.

Oct 2010 - Dec 2015


Thermal Blue UNI Competition Editor’s Choice Winning Category, Honorable Mention

• Editor’s Choice Winning Category Certificate
• Designed a thermal bath around an existent hot spring as a place to heal, relax and socialize.
• Published at UNI’s E-Yearbook Series (2021-2022). Software used: Sketchup (V-ray), AutoCAD, and Adobe Creative Suite.


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