Alessia Pope

Alessia Pope

Santa Cruz, CA, US



My design philosophy is rooted in the practice of sustainability. I enjoy repurposing found objects in our environment to create compelling and functional designs. The idea of assembling eccentric components to form a cohesive whole plays an important role in my process. My education in sustainable design has taught me that every material has a value.

Attending California College of the Arts was an invaluable experience. I was exposed to many areas of fine art and design. I gained a sense of process through preliminary, intermediate, and final sketches and drawings of an idea. The emphasis on studio classes forced me to think about design methodically. Projects consisted of research, mind mapping, writing, and critiquing. My time at California College of the Arts gave me a strong foundation for the UC Davis design program to build on.

My art and design professors have always inspired me. Teaching a drawing class at the local public library made me appreciate good instruction. Having to convey basic drawing principles to the students gave me a deeper understanding of artistic technique as a whole.

Design is about progressive thinking and solving problems. Through my varied experiences I’ve learned to appreciate process, as well as the final product. Using the principles of sustainability and thoroughness I strive for innovation and beauty in all of my designs.


Shopper's Corner, Santa Cruz, CA, US, Checker

Jun 2012 - current

L. Kershner Design, Santa Cruz, CA, US, Intern

Created client project binders, updated and reorganized materials resource library, and performed administrative tasks. Shadowed lead designer during client and office meetings and project sites.

Jun 2011 - Sep 2011

Boone Low Ratliff Architects, Santa Cruz, CA, US, Intern

Researched architectural products and codes, worked on architectural drawings, conducted field measurements, wrote requests for information, submittals, and change of orders, organized product library, archived architectural plans and drawings, and performed administrative tasks.

Jan 2010 - Sep 2011

O' Neill Surf Shop, Santa Cruz, CA, US, Sales Associate

Customer service, inventory tasks, customer wetsuit fittings, remerchandise store, window display, oversaw register and purchasing transactions. Trained incoming employees on basic retail tasks and communicative skills for customer interaction.

May 2006 - Sep 2011


University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, US, Bachelors, Design: Interior Architecture

Sep 2010 - Jun 2012


UC Davis Deans Honors List, Other


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