Sherise Zapanta

Sherise Zapanta

San Diego, CA, US

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Sherise C. Zapanta is an avid architect, designer, and creative who began her studies in architecture at the University of San Carlos, Philippines in 2015. As a goal-oriented and venturesome individual, she decided to bring her studies to new heights by pursuing her desired major in the states, and is currently a Fifth Year Undergraduate student at NewSchool of Architecture and Design.

Sherise’s professional skills include: 3D Modeling, Digital Rendering, Creative Thinking, Conceptual Analyzing, Project Managing, Hand Sketching, Model Making, Watercoloring, and Digital Art.

As a practitioner, she has a passion for serving people- especially within diverse communities- and has worked with sustainable, functional, and experiential designs amongst several affiliates such as: United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary (UAPSA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). In addition, her love for architecture has led her to be more involved in several workshops and events across the world, and was able to achieve 3rd place at the International Student Workshop in Architecture for an Urban Revitalization Project in Hikone, Japan. Sherise continues to develop and curate her creative skills in graphic designs and visual merchandising by working for start-up companies during her free time. 

In spite of her focus and determination to succeed in her career, she also enjoys the simplest things in life; she loves storytelling, mentoring her peers, playing badminton, traveling, singing, and continuing to practice her creative mindset through her arts and crafts.


Senses and Spaces, San Diego, CA, US, Content Writer and Editor

• Work creatively with Content Manager to develop a brand layout for various content and communication variables
• Perform self-check of work products and coordinates independent quality control review in accordance with company quality procedures
• Proactively identify and resolve gaps in the content development support structure and improve workflow processes
• Assist in maintaining standardize department procedures to develop, publish, and manage content utilizing Squarespace and Mailchimp

Aug 2020 - current

Freelance Graphic Design, Freelance Graphic Design

• Analyze, evaluate, and produce design concepts and visuals for client brands, including logos, menus, flyers, banners, and online illustrations for local businesses
• Coordinate with the client to ensure deliverables meet requirements and satisfaction with the agreed project timeline

Aug 2017 - current

NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA, US, Tenant Improvement

• Administered a simulated Commercial TI Construction Project for a 452,436 sq.
ft. high-rise office building, satisfying clientele needs within a $2.5 M budget
• Curated a detailed Architect-Owner Contract Agreement for Architectural
Design Services within a 3 month project timeline, improving work efficiency
amongst team members by 30%

Apr 2020 - Jun 2020

NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA, US, Wetlands Education and Research Center

• Developed a 260 acre detailed master plan and building design for an ecologically
friendly destination through extensive urban and landscape research analysis
• Created building information models, 2D illustrations, plans, sections, elevations,
conceptual sketches, diagrams, specifications, and rendered photorealistic
visualizations to effectively communicate architectural approaches
• Selected for an exclusive meeting with The City of San Diego and the University
of San Diego to present the developed community center concept and designs

Sep 2019 - Jun 2020

NewSchool of Architecture & Design, Natural Building Workshop

• Utilized Earthen Construction Methods as low cost and eco-friendly housing
alternatives by incorporating organic building materials and earth systems
within design concepts and charrettes
• Revitalized a 100-acre land and unused infrastructure with new multi-functional
areas such as residential, commercial, education, natural healing clinic, and
outdoor play, improving sustainability practices in the La Mision Community

Mar 2019 - Mar 2019

Living Spaces Furniture, San Leandro, CA, US, Visual Merchandiser

• Developed visual skills by designing schemes in Living Spaces showrooms while adhering to the policies and identity of the Living Spaces Brand
• Partnered with Brand Team to identify areas of growth in design showrooms by performing constructive daily store walk-throughs

Jun 2018 - Sep 2018

Y101fm Cebu, Cebu City, PH, Radio DJ Personell

• Operated control board and delivered music, newscast, and entertainment on a scheduled time set by management
• Responsible for real-time delivery and commentary on music, interviews, promotions, and other areas of interest.
• Participated in promotional events as a host/co-host, providing an enthusiastic and inviting atmosphere for guest and event attendees.

Sep 2017 - Mar 2018


NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree program provides the foundation required to prepare students for an internship in an architectural firm and for eventual licensing as an architect. Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce or pursue further education by earning a Master of Architectural Studies or Master of Construction Management degree.

Oct 2018 - current

University of San Carlos / Cebu Institute of Technology, Cebu City, PH, BArch, Architecture

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS ARCH) develops aspiring architects with the comprehensive knowledge of architectural design from the aesthetic expression of spaces to the technical construction of technologies and materials.
Through this program, the students will understand the basic philosophy and fundamental principles of the multi-dimensional aspects of architecture and the direct relationship between humans and the environment. They will also learn the appropriate professional attitude in the practice of architecture in accordance with the scope of the global and local practice

Aug 2015 - current


Natural Building Workshop in Mexico Participant, Other

One of 3 Newschool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students to participate in a week-long workshop in Baja California. Learned about natural building methods using adobe bricks and straw bales, participated in the design and build sessions, brainstormed sustainable designs and concepts for different functional areas of the given site.


International Student Workshop in Architecture (Japan 2016), 3rd Place

One of 15 architecture student representatives of the University of San Carlos to collaborate with 15 Japanese architecture students from the University of Shiga Prefectures for a project proposal regarding the revitalization of Ginza Street in Hikone, Japan.
The objective of the workshop was to study commercial districts in Japan in order to create revitalization proposals for an old, abandoned commercial street, Ginza-cho, in Hikone, challenging the workshop participants to visualize the street 100 years from now, taking future circumstances, such as technology, materials, and trends into consideration. The students incorporated the vision of a dynamic, vibrant, and functional commercial district where merchants, consumers, locals and tourists can enjoy, into their group proposals.


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