Karina Spassova

Karina Spassova

Chicago, IL, US




BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, Designer

Produced concept design iterations and client submission content including drawings, diagrams, renderings and physical models. Worked closely in collaboration with team members, consultants and clients.

Submitted competition entries for an airport terminal + high-speed railway station integrated transit hub and a natural history museum. Team designed an event center + spa in a high-end ski resort. Further worked on the Oakland A’s Ballpark and an NFL stadium, a glass museum, zoo and a 125-acre cultural district.

Feb 2020 - Jun 2021

Domaen LTD, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Design-build projects included ground-up high-end contemporary single-family hillside residences in Beverly Hills and interior commercial renovations.

Worked on all aspects throughout various projects, including schematic design, design development, construction documents and millwork shop drawings. Produced presentation drawings, models and animations for clients and PR purposes. Managed and developed an addition + renovation historic preservation project in Carthay Circle, Los Angeles.

Jul 2016 - May 2018

Freelance, Los Angeles, CA, US, Principal Designer

Designed a 5,745 sq ft, three-story residential and bar complex “Lake House” in Granada, Nicaragua (unbuilt). Consulted on design work for the same client on several other projects.

Designed built-in millwork for the kitchen and bedroom of a one-bedroom apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria. It includes a built-in kitchen, platform bed with nightstands, closet and vanity.

Feb 2017 - Oct 2017

Domaen LTD, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern Architect

Prepared site analyses, material selection and presentation material. Cross-checked construction documents.

Jul 2015 - Aug 2015

Hopkins Architects, Dubai, UAE, Intern Architect

Developed a concept design proposal for the Jumeirah Marina expansion competition and the schematic landscape design for the Dubai Hills project. Produced design development drawings for the Dubai World Trade Center office building C4.

Jul 2014 - Aug 2014

Arteks Engineering, Sofia, BG, Intern Architect

Developed interior layouts and designed an entrance canopy for a multi-family residential complex.

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

bobCAT Studio, San Pedro, CA, US, Design & Fabrication

The “Form Follows Folding” installation was a collaboration between Cal Poly Pomona students and bobCat Studio examining temporary paper structures that are 100% recyclable. Design based on own previously completed project. The installation was exhibited for one month starting February 25, 2012 at the fINdings Art Center in San Pedro, CA.

Dec 2011 - Feb 2012

McClellan & Associates, Pasadena, CA, US, Intern Architect

Produced hand drawings and a physical model for a church addition.

Jul 2008 - Aug 2008


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Advanced Architectural Design

Studio Prof. N H D M, Bernard Tschumi, LOT-EK

May 2018 - May 2019

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2010 - Jun 2016

California State University International Programs, Firenze, Florence, IT, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2013 - May 2014

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA, US, High School, Visual Arts

Sep 2007 - Jun 2010


Seoul Biennale | THE COLLECTIVE CITY | Exhibition, Other

“Oil Representations”


Studio Prize | ARCHITECT MAGAZINE, Nomination

Bernard Tschumi Design Studio


Abstract | GSAPP | Publication, Other

All design studio projects to be featured
Prof. N H D M, Bernard Tschumi, LOT-EK


Architecture Masterprize | ARB, Honorable Mention

Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
domæn Ltd.


Dwell | Dwell on Design Expo, Other

domæn Ltd.


gooood | PRI | Publication, Other

domæn Ltd.


CPP ARC | BEST STUDENTS’ WORK | Publication, Other

“Wine + (Precast) Design (in the 21st Century)” | 2015


outstanding student in 1st year design studio, Award

cal poly pomona | architecture dept.


Areas of Specialization