Serena Gardiner

Serena Gardiner

Seattle, WA, US



I am an architect, artist, and designer currently situated in the lovely city of Seattle, WA. 

I am passionate about craft, innovation, and socially conscious design. I do not settle for mediocrity and believe firmly that through a willingness to experiment, beauty and inventiveness can be achieved with even the smallest budget or the most difficult constraints. I promote the idea that sustainability and connection to the site and landscape shouldn’t be a separate path or point of discussion during the design process; they should be integral to every aspect of the design from a project’s conception. I desire to work in an environment where I will be continually challenged, developing my skills as an architect while contributing to the growth and evolution of the design profession.



Perkins and Will, Seattle, WA, US, Arch II

Feb 2014 - current

Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA, US, Intern

Feb 2013 - Sep 2013

iHabitat Design, LLC, Shanghai, CN, Senior Architectural Designer, Job Captain

Responsible for leading up to 12 individuals in primarily Chinese speaking office. Tasks included project management, shell and detail design, construction set production and checking, code review, structural/MEP coordination, interior design, concept design, 3D modeling, site programming, and client communication. Also managed in-house tasks including mentoring, creation and standardization of detail design libraries, and overseeing the deployment of Revit throughout the company encompassing program setup, template and library creation, and office training. Project types included medium to large scale (+100,000 m2) retail, industrial, and commercial, based in China for a variety of international clients.

Sep 2011 - Sep 2012

Group MacKenzie, Portland, OR, US, Junior Designer

Experience with concept design through construction administration, structural and MEP coordination, LEED documentation and administration, 3D modeling and rendering, client, vendor and contractor interaction, product selection, detailing and specifications, needs assessments, graphic design, marketing and proposal efforts, and general research. Project types include educational, commercial, civic, and public safety throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Jun 2010 - Aug 2011

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, Graduate Teaching Fellow

Responsible for leading discussion groups and computer analysis labs, assistance in main lectures, preparation, writing, and grading of homework/tests, computer labs, course manuals, and design projects, and general administrative duties for a technical two-course sequence on structural behavior/materials and an architectural theory class focused on social, cultural and environmental factors in design.

Jan 2008 - Mar 2010

TKP Architects, Golden, CO, US, Architectural Intern

Drafting, detailing, and coordination of construction documents, sustainable design research, materials selection and coordination, and general administrative tasks for a firm specializing in high-end residential projects in the Rocky Mountain region.

May 2006 - Aug 2006


University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, MArch, Architecture

Focus in sustainable design
Graduate Teaching Fellow
Study abroad participant (Helsinki, Finland 2009 and Kyoto, Japan 2008)

Jun 2007 - Jun 2010

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, US, Bachelors, Civil Engineering

Structural engineering focus with minor in International Political Economy
Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Creative Arts Club (President and Founder), Track & Field (All American, National Runner-Up), Cross Country (National Qualifier)

Aug 2002 - Dec 2006

Areas of Specialization