Suzan Hampton

Suzan Hampton

Lawrence, KS




Architectural Consultant, Larkspur, CA, US, Sole Proprietor

My architectural design/build practice has focused on sustainable and adaptive re-use projects including a small vineyard development office, historic barn-to-guest house conversion, and green renovation of a bungalow. I offer design services include site analysis and programming, schematic design, design development, materials research, spec'ing and sourcing, code review, drafting, preparing construction document sets for approvals, obtaining permits, 3D renderings and animations, and graphic design.

My construction administration experience includes writing RFPs, contract negotiation, reference-checking, purchasing, managing vendors, scheduling, budgeting, client reporting, team leading, and quality control.

Jun 2008 - current

Design Consultant, Larkspur, CA, US, Sole Proprietor

I provide marketing consulting services to design-oriented businesses by writing, distributing, editing, and following up press releases, creating and maintaining media contact databases for marketing outreach and e-newsletters, and writing and editing marketing and product copy, blogs, and Facebook and Twitter posts. I also work on identity creation and branding, produce marketing collateral such as brochures and postcards, design signage, and do event planning.

Online-focused work includes website design, development, and ongoing content management, copywriting and editing, photography and image manipulation using Photoshop, and social media marketing.

Jan 2011 - May 2015

a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA, US, Assistant Director

In this role at a respected contemporary fine art sculpture gallery, I focused on sales and relationships, technical and spatial problem-solving, and written and visual communications.

This included working with architects, designers, developers, and private clients to aesthetically and functionally place large-scale sculpture; interfacing with city governments and artists to scope, spec, and schedule public art commissions; exhibit design and sculpture maintenance; using knowledge of materials, structure, and spatial reasoning to pack sculptures for shipment, and to write and diagram installation and maintenance instructions for large-scale and kinetic pieces.

Output included product photography, digital imaging, copywriting, and maintenance of the gallery’s extensive e-commerce website; graphic design of signage and marketing materials; and researching and writing press releases, marketing and product copy, Facebook and Twitter posts, blogs, and e-newsletters.

Jun 2009 - Jun 2011

Architecture For Humanity, San Francisco, CA, US, Architectural Intern

I coordinated recruitment of and communications with 80 communities in developing countries for the 2008 Open Architecture Network “Digital Inclusion” design competition, researched and edited grant proposals, and provided general support to the Managing Director.

Jun 2007 - Sep 2007

The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US, Graduate Assistant

In 2003-2004, I was the Director of Landscape Architecture's GA and worked to coordinate and launch a graduate mentorship program. I also wrote and edited copy for the department’s endowment brochure. In 2007, I was the GA for Environmental Controls II, a graduate-level sustainable MEP class.

Sep 2003 - May 2007


The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2003 - Jan 2008

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, US, Bachelors, Journalism in Communications

Sep 1989 - May 1992

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