David Rowan Johnson

David Rowan Johnson

Venice, CA, US



Trained as an architect, David received his Masters from UCLA (June 2011) and his Bachelors from SUNY Buffalo (May 2008).  Currently living in Venice Beach, he is a freelance designer working out of his studio on the Venice Canals. His love for design has drawn him to a wide range of investigations, from architecture and custom interiors to furniture and product design. Proficient in 2D Drafting / 3D modeling / Rendering and Digital fabrication, he is able to bring projects from concept through production. Contact for Freelance or Hire.



DRJ Design, Venice, CA, US, Owner / Designer / Fabricator

Design Consultant:
Collaborating with Architects, Interior / Product Designers, Inventors, Craftsman, and Entrepreneurs.

Specializing in Design:
2D Drafting, 3D modeling, Rendering, Permitting, Construction Documentation, Construction Prototyping, Digital Fabrication, Graphic Design, Installation, manufacturing support

Glen Irani Architects
HUUM Architects
OX Architects
Mark Mack- Mark Mack Architects
Bruce Brown- Contractor- Brown Osvaldsson Inc
Ames Ingham- Interior Designer
Dotan Saguy- Entrepreneur

Jun 2011 - current

Glen Irani Architects, Venice, CA, US, Project Manager

Working on both Residential and Commercial buildings in Los Angeles, from Schematic Design to Construction.
Worked on all aspects in bringing a project from concept to fruition.
[ Programming, Schematic Design, Design Development, Permitting, Detailing, Construction Documentation, Managing Consultants, Bidding, Construction Administration, Client Relations}

Sep 2013 - Jun 2016

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Wood / Fabrication Shop Tech

- Training and supervising incoming students.
- Cleaning / maintaining / operating machines.
- Laser Cutter / 3D printers / CNC mill / vacuum former / Traditional Wood working tools.
- setting up mill paths, 3d prints and aiding in student designs and fabrication techniques.

May 2009 - Jul 2011

Ilan Dei Studio, Venice, CA, US, Designer / Fabricator Intern

Working on a range of projects from design through production:
- Experimenting with digital fabrication techniques
- Parametric design of mobile store front [ Rhino / Grasshopper]
- Modeling / Prototyping wood eyewear in [ Rhino / Rhinocam/ 3 Axis CNC mill / 3D printing]
- Modeling / prototyping "Lemonade Lamp" [Rhino / Rhinocam / CNC mill / Vacuum Form]

Dec 2010 - Jun 2011

Eva Jensen Design LLC, New York, NY, US, Architecture intern

Working on a High End Apartment renovation in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Merging five smaller apartments into Large 5 bed Apartment. 5th Ave + 82 st.
- Site Documentation and drafting As-Builts [AutoCad]
- Schematic design [Autocad / Rhino / Flamingo]
- Plans / Elevations / CD's [Autocad}
- Historical Permitting

May 2008 - Sep 2008

Merril Hammond (private contractor), Princeton, NJ, US, Craftsman

Working under private contractor, Merril Hammond, I aided in design and build of both remodels and ground up residential construction.
[ Foundation / Framing / Roofing / Flooring / Finish Details / Custom Built-ins / Decks]

May 2004 - Aug 2008


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Professors include:
Greg Lynn, Craig Hodgetts, Michael Ra, Sou Fujimoto, Kivi Sotamaa, Heather Roberge, Mark Mack, Roger Sherman, Olivier Touraine , Kevin Daly, Judith Mussel

Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2004 - Jun 2008

Barcelona Studio Abroad [SUNY Buffalo], Barcelona, ES, BArch, Architecture

May 2007 - Aug 2007


Socrates Sculpture Garden “Folly / Function” Design Competition Winner ‘17 in Collaboration with Eva Jensen Design, 1st Place


Best of Student Work (UCLA Fall '09), Award


Outstanding Achievement in Technology, Award


Areas of Specialization