Seth Dunn

Seth Dunn

San Francisco, CA, US



There is one quality that drives my aspiration to become an architect...insatiable curiosity. I am a problem solver; I strive to understand how things work. By breaking a problem down into its fundamentals, and rebuilding it on my own terms, I can intuitively address any task.  I find fulfillment by using the skills I have acquired to foster community, and design lean, elegant solutions to social conflicts.  I have a passion for the craft of building, and enjoy the visceral process of making ideas physical.



Siegel & Strain Architects, Emeryville, CA, US, Project Designer

Currently providing high quality and sustainable design for a variety of project types including higher education, adaptive reuse, mission driven non-profit and religious buildings.

Aug 2015 - current

WZ Architecture, San Francisco, CA, US, Job Captain

Architectural Design with a focus on retail, commercial, healthcare and institutional building types.

Apr 2013 - Jul 2015

University of Oregon, Portland, OR, US, Graduate Research Fellow

Provided research assistance to Professor Gerald Gast as well as critiqued student work durring the class, Principles of Urban Design.

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011

Pisco Sin Fronteras, Pisco, Peru, Project Leader, Volunteer

Reconstruction of city devastated from an earthquake in 2008. Project Leader of team constructing houses from discarded shipping pallets.

May 2010 - Jul 2010

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, US, Assistant to the Sustainability Director

Conducted energy audits, bided contracts and tracked energy efficiency upgrades on campus buildings.

Feb 2008 - Jul 2009

Law Office of Franklin D. Azar and Assoc., Aurora, CO, US, Administrative Assistant, Designer

Summer position while attending University of Colorado. Duties included investigation, insurance and medical records.

Worked with upper management in summer of 2008 to provided conceptual design for renovation of Aurora office.

Jun 2006 - Sep 2008

Rodwin Architecture, Boulder, CO, US, Intern

Duties included drafting and editing; office assistant

Jun 2005 - Sep 2005

Rosewood Construction Inc., Boulder, CO, US, Laborer

Construction of single-family homes in Boulder

Jun 2005 - Sep 2005


University of Oregon in Portland, Portland, OR, US, MArch, Architecture

4.0 GPA

Aug 2010 - May 2012

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, US, Bachelors, Environmental Design

3.71 GPA
9th in class of 170.
Professional Certification of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Sep 2005 - May 2009


Mark of Excellence, Honorable Mention Photography Award for a competition entry.


UO Research Fellowship, Nomination

Research Fellowship and full tuition stipend for the University of Oregon while assisting Professor Gerald Gast teach the class "Principles of Urban Design"


International Jazz Advocacy Mission (IJAM) Scholarship, Scholarship

An intensive one-month jazz music theory workshop in Italy. 12 hours per day of music theory and instrument practice as well as a concert tour to nearby villages.


Photography Award, Award

Photography Award from Curator of the University of Colorado Art Museum.


Areas of Specialization