D. Marie Olsen

D. Marie Olsen

Pasadena, CA, US



I am a graduate of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc) & have been working as an intern/ designer at small & medium sized firms while pursuing my degree. I have 4 years of office experience and about 9 years working independently. I have enjoyed traveling internationally and have studied in Japan, Korea, Italy, and Switzerland. I believe that experiencing cultures and environments first hand, enriches life and design in ways that are both subtle and bold.


I have had the opportunity to manage several residential remodels through all phases of the design process, from as-builts to expediting at the city. Feeling comfortable at the site, after having personally erected a small type-V residence myself, I made frequent visits during both preliminary & construction phases. The scale of the medium sized firm allowed me to shift between departments, targeting specific fields of the architectural process including: planning, schematic design, 3D modeling, physical model making, interiors, redlining, mark-ups, marketing, competition & graphics.


In addition to architecture, I hone my design skills through jewelry design & fabrication, working with clients on custom commissions. I have been practicing jewelry arts in a studio environment for 9years & specialize in digital to physical procedures. Lost wax casting & stone setting are among the common techniques I utilize, as well as, more specialized applications such as anodizing & cold forming. I have extensive experience working in ferrous, precious & reactive metals.


I have prided myself in playing an active role in SCI-arc’s Student Union, the student portion of the governing body of the school. I was a member between 2005-2010 & have served two semesters as an officer. Among my many goals were opening avenues of conversation between the administration, staff & students and laying down a structure to bridge the gap between terms.


In my spare time, I worked in the school’s shop coordinating CNC/3D print jobs, helping to maintain the machines and supervising safe tool use, or volunteering for school events. I also enjoy learning new software & am often drawn in to the inner workings of them. I have a particular interest in scripting & investigated it’s role in architecture in my thesis. I also maintain and coded the majority of the functionality of my website.


Sarlan Builders, Santa Monica, CA, US, Designer/Consultant

Feb 2015 - current

Coffee Gallery, Altadena, CA, US, Barista

Sep 2013 - current

MMXplus, Altadena, CA, US, Designer/Consultant

•Field measurements and documentation
•3D models and visualizations
•Liaising with clients, contractors, consultants, architects and the city
•Full service jewelry design
•Client meetings and design charettes

Sep 2010 - current

Designsbyd Studio, Designer/Consultant

Jul 2001 - current

Mix n' Munch, Cheese Slinger

•Customer Service
•Food Preperation
•Catering Event Specialist

Sep 2010 - Dec 2012

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Shop Staff

•CNC Operations (Laser/Mill/rp)
•Digital Model checking
•Safety Supervision/Guidance

Sep 2007 - Sep 2008

Rothenberg Sawasy Architects, Intern

•CAD Drafting red-lined drawings
•Conceptual Design
•Material board layout
•Digital/Physical Model Making
•Marketing/Graphic Production

Sep 2006 - Sep 2008

Don W. Thursby, A.I.A., Draftsman

•Responsible for drafting 25 projects from as-built drawings to construction
•Expediting projects at the various city departments
•Project Billing and scheduling client meetings

Sep 2004 - Mar 2006


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), BArch, Ungergrad

Conceptual Design, Sustainable Design, Rhino, Scripting.

Sep 2005 - Sep 2010


2007 Winner, 1st Place

Entry Rugburm.


Areas of Specialization