Ioana Urma

Ioana Urma

El Segundo, CA, US




I am a very energetic person with a wide range of architecture, (public) art and design projects. The goal in all my work is to inspire curiosity and the imagination through sensory and spatial experience: be it educational, sustainable, community oriented and/or just fantastically beautiful.

As a LEED AP California registered architect (10 years+ experience) and artist with degrees from MIT and Cornell University (studying interior design, architecture, and urban/landscape design), I have worked as designer on projects up to 2km long, and individually managed  the design/implementation of built  projects up to $11,000,000,  always meeting budgets and deadlines.

I have taught design and architecture at Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Roger Williams University, and Boston Architectural College; have served as invited juror on reviews at MIT, Harvard, RISD, CalPoly Pomona, Woodbury, Art Center, Otis, Wentworth, Roger Williams, and BAC; and have lectured on design topics at USC AME, BAC, Jerde and Otis.

I have also completed a number of public art projects.

My art/design has won an international design competition, been a semi-finalist in an NSF competition, and has been featured on TV in the news, in commercials, and on shows including Top Chef Masters.

Born in Romania, I emigrated to LA as a child and moved to Boston as a teen. She have also lived in Denmark, Germany, North Carolina, and Princeton.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

M.Arch degree with a concentration in urban design.
Took some urban design and landscape architecture courses at Harvard.

Sep 1997 - Jan 2001

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Interior Design degree as part of the Design and Environmental Analysis program.
Big focus on human factors.

Sep 1990 - Jan 1995

Denmark International Study Program, Copenhagen, DK, Architecture & Urban Design

Study abroad architecture, with some aspect of urban design in our projects.

Sep 1993 - May 1994

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