Jennifer Hiser

Jennifer Hiser

New York, NY, US



I am a trained architectural designer and project manager with experience in all facets of the design and construction industry, from concept to punch list.  I have worked in San Francisco, Bolivia and New York on projects including didactic expositions, architectural installations, residential renovations, and even a bar/yoga studio.  Not only do I have experience taking drawing sets through Board Approval and the Department of Buildings, but I have also written grant proposals, contracts, and protocols for job accounting. 

Currently, I am a Master's in City Planning candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   I am interested in applying my design/build background to large-scale planning efforts.  Ultimately, I hope to apply public participation and analytical processes to create strategies that develop social and physical infrastructure for communities.  I am particularly interested in municipal waste streams and seeking opportunities to make those systems more legible to increase ecological awareness.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Research Assistant

Research projects for the Leventhal Professor of Urban Design and Planning.

Aug 2014 - current

Caliper Studio, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Oct 2013 - Aug 2014

Artistic License Interiors, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Manager, Office Manager, Accounts Manager

- Responsible for design drawings and construction documents for residential, commercial, & hospitality projects
- Led client meetings and establishment of expectations
- Drafted DOB construction drawings and specifications
- Managed expediter through Building Alteration Approval, LPC and DOB Assisted with bidding of construction proposals and drafting of contrac
- Assisted with management of construction projects [residences in Tribeca, Upper West Side and Williamsburg; hospitality projects in Tribeca and Morgantown; and offices in Williamsburg and Midtown]
- Developed new company protocols to manage profitability of construction projects
- Maintained company’s accounting via Quickbooks and PEM Software

Jun 2011 - Sep 2013

HB Collaborative, Brooklyn, NY, US, Apprentice

- Assisted in design development of Aldo pop-up exhibit, Plant-in City exhibition and An Choi’s bar
- Developed and assisted in fabrication of custom millwork storage prototypes
- Assisted in fabrication of furniture from salvaged wood and welded steel

May 2011 - Jun 2011

Vass Design, Cochabamba, BO, Junior Architect

- Designed and drafted technical drawings for residential, commercial and fabrication projects
- Managed construction of pro bono projects, including children’s home and children’s theater
- Managed art expositions, including chair exhibition at Fundación Simón I. Patiño

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Case+Abst Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Junior Architect

- Drafted technical drawings for institutional and residential projects
- Developed website and marketing graphics for firm
- Built digital and analog models for design studies

Jun 2006 - Nov 2007

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Teaching Assistant

- Led design projects to mentor architectural interest of high school students

Jun 2007 - Jul 2007


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Master in City Planning

Aug 2014 - current

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

I graduated cum laude from the Bachelor of Architecture program with a five year accredited professional degree. During my studies, I studied abroad in Mexico and at the American Institute of Roman Culture in Roma, Italia. I also minored in Sustainable Environments which focuses on concerns for ecology, social equity and economics within the context of human and natural systems and the built environment.

Sep 2002 - Jun 2007

Ben Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA, US, High School, General Education

Aug 1999 - May 2002

Areas of Specialization