Vanessa Conyers

Vanessa Conyers

Ashburn, VA, US



Highly skilled and motivated professional, seeking a rewarding and challenging position as a Junior Architect to utilize my leadership ability and design talents in a company where I can apply over 6 years of experience in architecture/ design and 3 years of experience in customer service. My goals are to distinguish and diversify my skills within an innovative and energetic environment that will cultivate my leadership and design talents.


OKKS Studios, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD, US, Architectural Designer

o Developed design concepts, detailed enlarge floor plans and interior elevations, created finish board of selected finishes, and produced graphic presentation materials.
o Provided technical and customer support through all phases of designs.
o Utilized design knowledge to deliver concise and a complete set of construction documents in AutoCad/ Revit, and used Photoshop/ Illustrator to create high quality graphic presentations.
o Aided in acquiring new contracts through creating airbrushed professional photos in Photoshop.
o Engaged in working with clients to develop a program of requirement and space planning options through interview questionnaires, program diagrams and user meeting.

Aug 2007 - Feb 2013


o Advocated for youth space with IMPACT Silver Spring and local youth groups to create collaborative process of analyzing the programming needs of youth groups to present before the Silver Spring Council for consideration of the existing Silver Spring Library as a Youth Center.
o Generated within a team the program of requirements for an intergenerational space that supports youth development, academic achievement, and the expression of voice.
o Collaborated with youth groups and program administrators through weekly meetings.
o Participated in final design charrette with over 40 students to develop space plan options using organizational adjacency diagrams and layouts fit out.

Apr 2010 - Jun 2011

JOEL SPIVAK, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architectural Intern

o Assisted architect with freelance projects for public artists and private clients.
o Corresponded with clients onsite for field observations and field measurement surveys for multilevel art galleries and abandon warehouses.
o Helped clients obtain permits through creating hand-drafted as built drawings for permits.

Oct 2006 - Aug 2007

RAY KING STUDIO LTD, Philadelphia, PA, US, Assistant Design Fabricator

o Served as an apprentice at sculpture studio, which specializes in large-scale public art projects composed of glass panels, steel cables and metal fasteners, creating tensile structural systems.
o Modeled digital interior spaces and site plan parameters to stimulate animated walkthrough of sculptural interventions within the site for proposal presentations.
o Detailed shop fabrication drawings of project for use by in-house general contractor, and coordinated with structural engineers and architects in planning the art projects.
o Placed orders for construction materials and aided in assembling pre-fabricated tensile structures pieces before shipped and constructed on-site.
o Hand drafted permit drawings of King’s attached investment property.

May 2004 - Aug 2007

BARNES & NOBLE COLLEGE BOOKSTORE, Philadelphia, PA, US, Sales Associate

o Welcomed and greeted customers with a smile upon entering the bookstore.
o Maintained store shelves to ensure books were stocked for purchase and explained return policies of merchandise at checkout counter.
o Familiarized myself with store layout to better help students find coursework textbooks and accessories with ease.

Sep 2004 - Feb 2006


Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

My architectural curriculum focused on educating future design professionals to the relevant metropolis of tomorrow by constructing an environment where general, architectural and urban issues are investigated in depth. While acquiring the fundamental skills and knowledge base of the discipline, I was taught to think critically about architecture, as a situated environmental and social practice, and to engage in debates about the opportunities and dilemmas presented to it by transformations in society, culture, technology, climate & materials.

AIAS Vice President 2004-2005
Study Abroad: Art & Architecture Studies – Fall 2005

Feb 2003 - May 2007


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