Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Los Angeles, CA, US



I am a versatile architect with experience in all phases of project design and execution from interviews with clients to construction administration.  Throughout my experience I have developed comprehensive knowledge of what it takes to get a project completed from a technical and conceptual standpoint.  I am passionate about developing design solutions that integrate the project objectives with appropriate contextual moves both in a social and environmental sense of the word ‘context.’  My Alaskan roots, education, and professional experience allow me to identify with a diversity of cultures, architectural scales and client needs, making me a quick learner and strong leader.



Donaldson + Partners, Culver City, CA, US, Project Architect

Shubin and Donaldson is a creative design firm that focuses on high end residential and creative office projects. As a project architect, I am responsible for several projects in various phases of design and construction. From the moment a project enters the office, I work with the client, consultants and contractor to develop a design and subsequent documentation that achieves the client's vision within the budget and time constraints. Maintaining a collaborative relationship with fellow team members and our clients is a priority in a small firm where a personalized experience is paramount.

May 2013 - current

Rogers Marvel Architects, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

While at RMA I worked on a variety of projects from urban infrastructure, adaptive reuse, competitions, institutional, and retail projects. I project managed a master plan and the first phase of design and construction for the adaptive reuse of a historic structure at a New Jersey University which included on-site weekly design and construction meetings. My work on competitions brought me face to face with future clients and allowed me to contribute directly to the growth of the firm. My responsibilities ran the gamut from conceptual diagramming, space planning, construction drawings, material choices, submittal reviews, and team management. At any given moment I was working on at least 3 projects and managing teams from from 2-4 people.

Feb 2011 - Oct 2012

Gertler & Wente Architects, LLP, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

While at GW Architects I focused on high-end retail design, participating in the completion of over 20 retail stores across the United States from SD through CA, including extensive design and coordination efforts. I worked on everything from concept design, construction documents, material selection and construction administration.

May 2007 - Feb 2011


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2002 - May 2007

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