Shawn Brown

Shawn Brown

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Architect :: Designer :: Consultant :: Entrepreneur

With over 21 years of professional experience in the fields of Architecture, design and academia, my career has been full, diverse and rewarding. I have accomplished much that I am proud of over those years, and yet, the best is yet to come.

Although I am a licensed Architect by title, it’s the composition of many “miscellaneous experiences” that make me the architect I have become. Entrepreneur, graphic designer, furniture designer/maker, mentor, teacher, collaborator and father of two round out the list. 



Kovac Design Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Associate

As a senior associate, I have successfully completed several highly complex multi-million dollar design and construction projects domestically and internationally. My role as both a studio and project leader has grown over the years to encompass business development, mentorship and larger, more complex project management responsibilities, often managing and leading several projects simultaneously.

Notable projects:
:: Malibu Colony SFR - 5600sf modern home
:: Highland Creative Offices - 12,000sf TI
:: Point Dume Residence - 3300sf modern home
:: Toluca Lake Residence - 12500sf modern home
:: San Vicente Residence - 7300sf modern home
:: Palm Springs Residence - 6000 sf modern home
:: Santa Monica Residence - 5500 sf modern home
:: Cabo San Lucas Residence - 10,000sf modern vacation home in Mexico
:: Mammoth Mountain Ski School Renovation - 13,000sf Adaptive ReUse

May 2010 - Jun 2020

NY Projects, New York, NY, US, Design Director

Managed and directed the design and production of a line of design objects by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Ron Arad and Ross Lovegrove to be included in the Seoul Collection: A limited edition collection of experimental design art, architectural products and lifestyle objects born from the current advancements in architecture and design being commissioned in Seoul.

Aug 2008 - Apr 2010

SPG Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Designed and managed several mixed use projects from conception through completion of construction ranging from high-end single family residential and small scale retail to large scale commercial and urban master planning projects.
Led project teams of 2-4 employees as well as outside consultants and contractors on several projects simultaneously, while also coordinating consultants, reviewing shop dwg’s and leading client presentations.

Notable projects:
:: Herbits Residence, A 3100 SF private residence in Asheville, North Carolina.
:: Critchlow Residence, A 1600 SF 2-Story Penthouse Renovation currently under construction
:: Bill Blass New York Showroom, A 12,500SF Office/Showroom in Midtown Manhattan
:: 863 Broadway, A 12,000 sf, 5 story mixed use building - Manhattan, NY
:: Caretaker’s Bungalow, Costa Rica. A hybrid concrete and Bamboo bungalow.
*Winner of the International Bamboo Design Competition for Best Single Family Residence

Jan 2006 - Aug 2008

Arnell Group, New York, NY, US, Architect

Developed brand and architectural design strategies and digital fabrication techniques for the Brooklyn Arena Complex with Frank Gehry Partners.
Sentosa Resort in Singapore - Key member of design team consisting of Arnell, Frank Gehry and Greg Lynn

Jun 2005 - Jan 2006

STUDIOS Architecture, New York, NY, US, Job Captain, Designer

Job Captain / Designer for corporate interior design and construction projects in New York. Worked on all phases from design conception through construction management and completion.

Apr 2000 - Sep 2001

House + House Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Junior Designer

Entry level position in small office. Main responsibilities included pioneering the use of ArchiCAD and BIM practices into the office.

Jun 1997 - Jun 1998


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

2 year Master's program

Aug 2003 - May 2005

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

5 Year professional degree program

Aug 1992 - May 1997


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