Laney Vela

Laney Vela

New York, NY, US

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I'm Laney and I am an architectural designer in New York, NY.

I hold a 5-year NAAB accredited B.Arch from the University of Oklahoma with a minor in business, an MFA in Industrial Design from Parsons.

I am an eager, self-motivated individual who possesses a passion for architecture & design, who favors a multi-disciplinary approach. I am interested in working at the intersection of architecture and product design, while blurring the boundary between them. When does a product become architecture, and when does architecture become product?

In the months after completing the ARE, I have been enjoying traveling, cycling, wood turning, beer brewing, and continuing my hunt for the best cup of coffee in NYC (suggestions welcome!).



Studio Fōr, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Jun 2017 - current

Thomas Salazar, llc, New York, NY, US, Intern Architect

Aug 2015 - Jun 2017


The New School, New York, NY, US, Masters, Industrial Design

Aug 2015 - current

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2010 - May 2015


Mastercard Fashion Hack, 1st Place

Teams of three students each were selected through a competitive submission process at Parsons and competed for $15,000 in prize money and an opportunity to showcase their creations at leading MasterCard industry events. The day-long Fashion and Design Hack took place at The New School’s University Center, and students from the fashion, industrial design, product design, data visualization, and design and technology programs participated.

Following an initial meeting to discuss research and initial concepts, the teams had just seven hours on the day of the challenge to create their prototypes before presenting it to a panel of esteemed judges, including:

Adam Selman, Fashion Designer
Barnett Zitron, Managing Director, MADE, a WME I IMG company
Burak Cakmak, Dean, School of Fashion, Parsons
Sherri Haymond, Senior Vice President, Digital Payments & Labs, MasterCard


C5 Competition, 1st Place

An annual University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture Senior class competition, where teams of architects, interior designers, and construction science students respond to an RFP. The RFP is sent out by a sponsoring architectural firm/contractor and the teams have two weeks to compile a design, renderings, a construction cost opinion, and prepare an interview to present the work.


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