Celsa Dockstader

Celsa Dockstader

Oakland, CA, US



I am a creative problem solver. I have a passion for design that shakes up the ways in which we think, create, and live. Whether I am working within fields of architecture, photography, or graphic design, my goal is always to create beautiful solutions generated from a well-understood context and a relentlessly resourceful process.

Most of my work does not sit safely within one of these categories, but rather develops as a fusion of different disciplines, ideas, and practices. I work with my clients, audience, and team in order to build projects from the ground up, and maintain conceptual simplicity by executing strong details and continually revisiting our mission.

Design has the power to change, move, and wake people. By working on projects that I see as being truly important to our world, I am able to offer all of my energy to them... and then ten times more. I try to stay curious, playful, and determined as all hell.



Hattery, San Francisco, CA, US, Studio Director & Architectural Designer

Hattery is a workspace, studio, and community for entrepreneurs building extraordinary companies.
My job is to create an ever-evolving habitat for Hattery’s team to work, create, and play. I build
development strategies and programming, design architectural interiors and furniture, produce
construction drawings, research and source materials, and manage project budget and construction.

Q1 Studio Design Apprentice
Q2 Studio Design Coordinator
Q3 Studio Director and Architectural Designer

Jan 2013 - current

Curry Stone Design Prize, San Francisco, CA, US, Graphic Designer

Curry Stone celebrates designers who are instrumental forces for improving people’s lives and the
state of the world. I designed books featuring the nominated projects and narratives for review.

Mar 2012 - Mar 2013

REBAR Art & Design Studio, San Francisco, CA, US, Design Apprentice

Rebar creates objects, spaces and ideas that inspire people to re-imagine the environment and our
place in it. My role on the team was to conduct research and to produce drawings and renderings as
both a tool for project development as well as a product for final presentation.

Sep 2012 - Dec 2012

Inside Out | Occupy Oakland, Oakland, CA, US, Artist & Project Director

Inside Out is a global art project that uses large scale portraits to transform messages of identity into
powerful urban exhibitions. After successfully completing a Kickstarter campaign, I directed a group
action, producing dozens of large-scale portraits that lived on the facades of buildings in Oakland.

Dec 2011 - Nov 2012

Public Bikes, San Francisco, CA, US, Graphic Design Intern

Designed mock-ups for corporate and custom bikes, prepared marketing materials, conducted research, and executed a wide range of graphic design assignments for print and web.

Jan 2012 - Jun 2012

The Adventure Playground, Berkeley, CA, US, Recreational Activities leader

This unique playground encourage schildren to play and build creatively. I managed tools and
supervised large groups of children holding saws. I worked with a team to lead construction projects
and to ensure a safe and free creative environment.

Dec 2011 - Jun 2012

Bay Area Green Tours, Berkeley, CA, US, Research Intern & Photographer

I conducted and organized outreach efforts and research concerning green building practices in the
Bay Area, photographed tour events, and managed the active media library.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2011

Architecture For Humanity, San Francisco, CA, US, Design Fellow

I executed a wide range of visual design projects for advertisement, website, and signage use primarily
concerning the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge and the Save Trestles Design Competition

Apr 2009 - Jul 2009


University of California, Berkeley, BArch, Architecture

Sustainable design, structures and construction, humanitarian architecture, urban design, photography, and visual studies.

Aug 2007 - May 2011

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), Architecture and Design

Urban Design Studio, European Urban Design Theories, Photojournalism, Visual Journal

Jan 2010 - May 2010


Eisner Prize for Photography, Honorable Mention


Berkeley Circus Studio Award for Photography as an Art Form, Award


Areas of Specialization