Brian Overman

Brian Overman

Santa Monica, CA, US



I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic architectural designer. I have a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with experience in architectural design, CAD based programs, sustainable design, parametric design and construction processes. 


My background as a designer started in high school where I became passionate about the process of design-build while working on small scale furniture projects. I entered and won several awards for custom furniture pieces in the San Diego Fair. Upon entering college I found a job and worked many years for a stair builder where I was introduced  to the building process as a field installer and parts builder for custom staircases. During my fourth year of architecture at Cal Poly I lived in Copenhagen Denmark, where I was immersed in the sleek elegance of Danish design while studying architecture from highly regarded Danish architects. More recently I had the privilege of spending the last two quarters of my education here in Santa Monica. During that time I was an intern architect at Marmol Radziner and Associates. There, I was intimately involved in much of the design and construction process and I became well-versed in the day-to-day activities of a successful architecture firm. Since graduating I have been working for local architect, Stephen Phillips, who was also my thesis advisor at Cal Poly. I am responsible for creating existing drawings and designing small residential remodels. My long term goal has always been to work in a design firm where I can work on a variety of different projects while contributing to the continued success of a productive firm.

I work well in a team, contribute to high morale in the workplace, and am passionate about my architectural career choice.

Brian Overman, B.Arch



Self Employed/Freelance, Santa Monica, CA, US, Designer/Woodworker/Installer

_Custom Furniture

Jun 2009 - current

Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS), Los Angeles, CA, US, Drafsperson/Designer

_Recorded existing conditions
_Created as-built drawings
_Designed deck remodel

Jun 2011 - Sep 2011

Marmol Radziner, Santa Monica, CA, US, Architectural Intern

_Created details
_Designed interior woodwork
_Analysed interior day lighting
_Worked on construction documents

Jan 2011 - Jun 2011

Traditional Stairworks, Grover Beach, CA, US, Designer/Installer/Builder

_Installed custom stairs
_Manufactured staircase components
_Laminated radius stair stringers
_Designed custom wood detailing

Jan 2005 - Jan 2011

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, San Diego, CA, US, Architectural Intern

_Worked on schematic design
_Worked on construction details
_Prepared specifications research

Sep 2002 - Mar 2003


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

Sep 2007 - Jun 2011

Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Architecture

Aug 2004 - Jun 2007


3rd Year Best in Show, 1st Place

As a class we entered one project to the 3rd year best in show. The project was an "exquisite corpse." It was a quilt of all the students drawings. They merged together contented by lines a graphics. It became one large architectural drawing. Our designs were all translations of another students preious project of an opening translated from a piece of artwork by Marcel Duchamp.


Competition Winning Design "Tetris", 1st Place

Tetris is a remodel to an exterior courtyard in downtown Copenhagen. The design is a play of the classic video game Tetris. The seating arrangement consists of large Tetris blocks that can be re-configured to create different types of seating arrangements.


Best in Class, Award

This award was for a coffee table I designed and built in high school. It was constructed out of Paduak and Aluminum. I used CAD and a 3-axis CNC machine to cut out the pieces that were assembled to build the table. It won Best in Class in the San Diego Fair.


1st Place, 1st Place

This furniture piece was a "Bowfront Glove Table." It was constructed using classic woodworking techniques. I formed and laminated the front skirt to create a curve that became the bow front. The entire table is made out of maple and quilted maple.


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