Frances Temple-West

Frances Temple-West

Devon, PA, US




Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design Interior Design Program, Blacksburg, VA, US, Visiting Instructor

For the past three years I have been a Visiting Instructor with the Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. I have taught the required Building Systems for Interior Designers lecture class covering topics including structural principles and systems, construction materials and methods, environmental building systems, building codes and use of the IBC, life and fire safety, and egress. I have also taught Third and Fourth Year design studios including the Thesis Studio, as well as serving on several graduate student thesis committees and as an invited guest critic for various student project reviews.

Aug 2012 - current

Frances Temple-West Architect, Blacksburg, VA, US, Principal

Projects include residential renovations and additions, and light commercial in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Freelance Architect for Oasis Architecture & Planning and Smith Maran Architecture + Interiors, LLC both in Montclair, NJ. Contributed to various commercial projects.

Freelance Architect for Lambertson Truex retail projects with TsAO & McKOWN Architects in New York City.

Jan 2006 - current

Mitchell Kurtz Architect PC, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Project Architect for institutional and cultural projects. Projects include comprehensive renovations to the Cherry Lane Theatre and The Marjorie S. Dean Little Theater at the West Side YMCA; and a new 10,000sf comprehensive facility for Pregones Theater.

Aug 2004 - Nov 2005

Mark Cavagnero Associates, San Francisco, CA, US, Project Architect

Project Architect/Team Member for cultural, educational and office projects. Projects include the Oakland Museum of California’s Daryl Lillie Education Center; Marin Horizon School programming and concept development for a new 13,000sf classroom building; adaptive reuse and renovation of a 23,000sf airplane hangar for the Marin Community Foundation Headquarters; Graduate Theological Union Library at UC Berkeley master plan and expansion proposal.

Feb 2001 - Oct 2002

Harry Elson Architect PC, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Project Architect for high-end residential and institutional projects with Harry Elson Architect from 02/00 – 01/01 & again 12/02 – 07/04: Projects include apartment and townhouse renovations; exhibit design
for the Museum of Art and Design; Lighthouse International concept study for the redesign of the lobby and store.

Feb 2000 - Jan 2001

Pompei C3, New York, NY, US, Project Manager/Designer

Project Manager/Designer for Pompei AD’s new home office; Discovery Channel Destination Store; The Rubin Museum of Art conceptual study; Levi’s Men’s Shop at Macy’s Herald Square; Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.

Sep 1997 - Oct 1999

Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, MA, US, Project Designer/Coordinator

Project Designer/Coordinator for award winning Foot Locker Boston, MA concept store. Responsibilities included design and development through schematics; furniture and fixture design; coordination and implementation with manufacturer.

Jan 1997 - Aug 1997

Fitch, Inc., Boston, MA, US, Project Designer

Project Designer for Steelcase, Ecko Housewares, London Fog and Harman Kardon retail conceptual studies, merchandise/fixture systems and tradeshow booth design.

Jan 1995 - Jan 1997


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, MArch, School of Architecture + Design

Graduate studies including the following:

- Advanced Computer Applications in Design utilizing 3DS Max, Rhino, Grasshopper & the Adobe Creative Suite.
- Independent Study examining ancient methods of water management and how they may be reassessed and applied to contemporary pressing issues.
- Thesis Research and Design: A house in the Teton Valley of Idaho examining issues of context, place, scale, materiality, landscape and the fluid relationship of interior and exterior.
- Graduate Teaching Assistant

Aug 2013 - Aug 2014

University of the Arts, Philadephia, PA, Industrial Design

General studies of industrial and product design including materials and processes, history, graphic design, shop and model-building.

Sep 1993 - May 1995

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, US, BArch, Architecture

General architectural studies including history, design, design-build and structures.

Sep 1987 - May 1992


2003 AIA San Francisco Excellence in Design Award, Award

2003 AIA San Francisco Excellence in Design Award
Marin Community Foundation Headquarters
Mark Cavagnero Associates – Team Member


2000 Store of the Year. Institute of Store Planners – VM&SD International Store Design., Award

2000 Store of the Year. Institute of Store Planners – VM&SD International Store Design.
Discovery Channel Destination Store San Francisco, CA.
Pompei AD – Team Member


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