David Tran

David Tran

Los Angeles, CA, US




Self-motivated SCI-Arc graduate with four years of experience. Confident problem solver with the ability to adapt in challenging and fast-paced environments. Experienced with developing projects from a conceptual schematic phase through construction documents. Committed to the craft of designing and applying a multifaceted skillset to progress the architectural process and experience.


Architectural Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Digital Fabrication, Render Visualization, Website Design Furniture Design, Video Editing, Motion Graphics, Zoning laws, Municipal codes, ADA Guidelines, LADBS Process, City Databases, Construction Documents​

Experienced with:

  • Multi-Family Residential, Single Family Residential, Athletic Facilities, Educational
  • Software Capabilities:
  • Digital and Physical Fabrication
    • CNC milling, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Composite Forming, Vacuum Forming, Foam Molding, Carpentry and Woodworking, and Paper Modeling
  • Knowledgeable in building codes and ADA regulations
  • Graphic design - Experienced with both print and website design
  • Bilingual - Reading and writing fluency in Vietnamese and English

Notable Accomplishments

  • Published in Japanese Tohoku Restoration Design, 2013
  • Twice selected for the SCI-Arc Spring Show Gallery in 2011 and 2012
  • Completed an overseas design program at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan, 2012
  • Participated in Tokyo Design Workshop consisting of 4 major Tokyo universities
  • Collaborated with Britt Jewet Architects to design and fabricate red carpet installations for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2007
  • Winner of the Most Adaptive Design Award in 2008 Design Village Competition,
  • an on-site design/build competition held annually in San Luis Obispo, CA


Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, US, Instructor of Architecture

• Courses taught:
- Arch 115: Design/Theory Studio 1
- Arch 230: Design/Theory Studio 4
- Arch 205: Arch. Drawing and Visual 2
• Craft prompts, lesson plans, and schedules
• Lecture on design fundamentals and theory

Sep 2014 - current

Sulkin Studio, Santa Monica, CA, US, Project Designer

• Programmatic analysis and schematic design
• Design development and detailing
• Develop working and construction drawings
• Render Visualization and Graphics
• Maintain project and design team schedules
• Interact with clients, consultants and officials

Jun 2013 - current

PEA Inc., Marina del Rey, CA, US, Job Captain

• Master-planned residential tract developments
• Designed and drafted residential units
• Created and coordinated project schedules
• Managed design team and delegated work

Feb 2014 - Jun 2014

Permit My Property, Santa Monica, CA, US, Junior Architect

• Site and building measurements
• Create as-built and renovation drawings
• Designed solutions for non-conforming conditions

Jun 2013 - Jun 2014

Coy Howard, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern Designer

• Converting sketches into computer drawings and 3D model
• Rendering and preparing model and images for publication
• Coordinating video calls and meetings internationally

Mar 2012 - May 2012

Gillis Arch, Santa Monica, CA, US, Intern Designer

• Diagrammatic representation of design's process and site conditions
• Programmatic design and space planning
• Producing sets of drawings
• 3D model and physical modeling of building design as well as intricate model of downtown Cleveland
• Generating renderings and creating montages in Photoshop

May 2011 - Aug 2011


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2009 - Apr 2013


Areas of Specialization