Antonia Ciaverella

Antonia Ciaverella

Washington, DC, US



As a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture, Antonia was an art teacher at a local private school where she also started an after-school art program. She has experience in the wine industry in tasting rooms, restaurants, retail sales, and merchandising. As a student designer on the CDAC "Red Barn" project in Blacksburg, VA, her conceptual design was chosen by the stakeholders, and as a student researcher for the International Archives of Women in Architecture, she prepared work for two exhibitions entitled "Glass Ceilings: Highlights from the IAWA Center -- 100 Postcards", shown at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia March 4 - June 6, 2010 and at the Architectural Institute of Japan in Tokyo June 6 - 17, 2011. She was a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students, and the Virginia Tech Leadership Community. Her design work placed third in a 2006 student competition, and a local wine shop features her artwork in their retail section.  She is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, and the National Capitol Region Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.


Vino Volo, Washington Dulles International Airport, Wine Room Associate

A focus on outstanding customer service, wine sales, as well as wine and food pairings. Friendly and efficient quality service in a fast-paced airport environment. Strong attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and work as a team. Other tasks include merchandising, hand-drawing store display boards, writing tasting notes for wine retail, and administrative tasks at closing and opening of the restaurant and retail store.

Jul 2011 - Jul 2012

Notaviva Vineyards, Purcellville, VA, US, Tasting Room Associate

Greeting guests upon arrival, and promptly beginning a tasting in a fun, lively, and friendly manner. Outstanding customer service, ability to manage large group tastings, ability to multi-task and perform several tastings simultaneously. Other tasks include maintenance of the bar and facilities to ensure their best appearance, hand-drawing the events bulletin board, and meeting with potential clients regarding venue rental.

Aug 2010 - Apr 2012

St. John the Evangelist School, Warrenton, VA, US, Art Teacher

Created challenging and creative lesson plans for grades K-8, and included art history, architecture, abstract and contemporary ideas, group projects, guest lecturers, and videos. The class had a website and a community bulletin board to post local art events as well as favorite art examples. Also created an after school program for students interested in exploring art beyond class-time. The program was also open to local homeschoolers. Essentially driven by the students, the program aimed at larger-scale time intensive projects: felting, painting banners, walking photography tours, and videography.

Aug 2010 - Jun 2011

Community Design Assistance Center, Blacksburg, VA, US, Student Designer

Competed against another proposal for the renovation of a historic barn in Bedford, VA. When selected, worked with the community and the stakeholders to move the project through conceptual design. Held frequent meetings, created presentation drawings, montages, and illustrated a project book.

Mar 2008 - Jun 2008

John F. Heltzel, AIA, PC, Manassas, VA, US, Intern Architect and Office Assistant

Tasks included scanning and archiving previous work, filing, organizing the materials and resource libraries, assisting the Office Manager, field measuring old houses, attending client meetings, and correcting drawings.

Aug 2004 - Jan 2008


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

Five-year professional degree, with an emphasis on design research, conceptual ideas manifested in drawing and model, critiques, and a final thesis studying the psychology of space and the influence of architecture on health and well-being.

Aug 2005 - May 2010


Virginia Tech Second Year Design Competition, Honorable Mention


Virginia Tech First Year Design Competition, 3rd Place


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