Shirley Shao

Shirley Shao

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Cloud Kitchens, Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Design Associate

Leveraged technical skills and business analysis expertise to support prototyping initiatives, contributing to the development of innovative solutions for Cloud Kitchens’ projects.

Developed and implemented a construction observation log, effectively collecting and analyzing data to enable the real estate team to monitor project progress, identify slippage, and address deviations in a timely manner.

Responsible for test-fits, schematic design, prototype components development. Presented design to all internal stakeholders during weekly design review meetings, resulting in over 75% plan efficiency for 10+ projects.

Coordinated with external architect and engineer on record and internal team to ensure complience with local codes, ADA standards, assissed in QA/QC of internal drawing packages.

Collaborated with Design Managers managing 6+ projects simultaneously. Coordinated projects from start to finish, led weekly OAC meetings, handling submittals, RFIs, value engineering, and punch listing during construction administration.

Drafted & negotiated contracts, including MSAs, project orders, and change orders.

Nov 2021 - current

Oasys Building Technology, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Designer

Assisted in project management scheduling and contractor follow-ups.

Participated in construction administration, zoning applications, building code reviews, and bid packages. Draft and submit permits.

May 2021 - Nov 2021

IT Makes Architects, Los Angeles, Project Designer

Experience working on wide range of projects including workplace interior design, residential design, institution campus renovation, commercial and retail tenant improvement projects.

Generated design sketches, space planning, drawings, 3d models and renderings to facilitate design concepts. Produced construction documents in AutoCAD.

May 2019 - Feb 2021

Blitz, Los Angeles, CA, US, Junior Designer

Primary responsibilities include: production of drawings, specifications, studies or other documentation for design projects at schematic design, design development, and construction document stages of project development.
- Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks
- Instacart SF, Atlanta, Toronto Office
- Google Tech Corner, Sunnyvale
- Crow Holding, Los Angeles
- Twilio SF Office Reconfiguration, San Francisco
- Blitz Website Branding

May 2018 - Feb 2019

DiMarzio Kato Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Junior Designer

Work with senior designer and partners on architectural design projects, from schematic design to design development, Construction Drawing phases. Responsibilities including communication with clients and partner design firm, produce technical drawings, renderings, and 3d walkthrough animations.

Nov 2017 - Apr 2018


Westcliff University, Irvine, CA, US, Masters, MBA

Aug 2020 - Aug 2022

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

Aug 2016 - Jun 2017

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, CN, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2011 - Jun 2016

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