Pier Luigi Gianfreda  -  AIA, NCARB

Architect | Senior Designer | Educator

Design professional with over 10+ years experience. Thorough knowledge of industrial and residential design, architectural and interior finishes development and building rapport with clients, adapting, cooperating and mediating to find the best solution that satisfies customers and designers. Proficient with 2D, 3D and BIM modeling software.

pgianfreda@gmail.com

P. 310.254.5408

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Architectural & Industrial Designer

Freelance Designer 

February 2017 to Present

  • Work with licensed architects, clients, contractors and permit officers to ensure project deliverables and milestones are met on time.

  • Create as-built drawings, develop renderings for high-end commercial and residential projects for permitting and client deliveries.

Senior Project ManagerDavid Hertz FAIA 

Venice, CA

March 2014 to February 2017

  • Worked on large-scale design and construction projects for environmentally responsible residential and commercial buildings.

  • Researched current and upcoming sustainable design trends and materials for ecologic building products.

Senior Drafter / ProjectManagerMinarc, Inc. - SantaMonica

March 2013 to March 2014

  • Developed schematic design, construction documents, shop drawings and details for semi-prefabhomes, and high end single family and multi-family houses. Emphasis and focus of the design was on thesmooth transition between interior and exterior spaces, through the exploitation of natural light, creationof outdoor living rooms, and framed views of nature.

Senior Store Designer Forever 21

Los Angeles, CA

2012 to March 2013

  • Created distinctive signature design environment for retail stores in theU.S.

  • Oversaw all aspects of retail design. from façade design to interior elements, to ensure project stayed within timeline

Teacher's Aide for Special Education & Certified Substitute Teacher K-12

Redwood City School District - Redwood City, CA

February 2017 to December 2018

  • Developed comprehensive course plans to meet class and individual goals for each student allowing an increase in success and progress.

Other Work Experience

Prior 2012

As Industrial Designer:

  • Designed & prototyped design objects for industrial production for competitions, clients and public administrations, to innovate and create something new and unique that improves sales and match the client's need.

As licensed Architect (Licensed in Italy):

  • Created highly detailed renderings for international design competitions, as well as large-scale residential and commercial buildings.

  • Worked on international competitions for large-scale projects.

  • Coordination with international teams for the development of the Olympic Village for the Olympic winter games.

 

As Teaching Assistant and Assistant Professor (at Polytechnic in Turin, Italy):

  • Teaching Critical Thinking & Intuition in Architecture through paper modeling.

  • Developing new methods for improving students' approaches to the architectural planning process.

 

As Italian Language Teacher:

  • Developed comprehensive course plans to meet individual goals for each student

  • Applied progressive teaching principles, including hands-on techniques and highly personalized learning.

Education

Master's degree in Architecture

Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Awards

Chiavarina - Chair design - 1st Prize

  •  Industrial Design for a very light chair to be used on boats the city of Chiavari. The competition wasaiming to a simple yet modern chair, in style with the original 19th century one. Our original winningproject was proposing a chair in carbon fiber to emphasize the lightness of it. Today it is made out ofwood instead, in order to be closer to the tradition.

Chair in the Park - 1st Prize

  •  Competition to design a chair to be placed in public parks, that symoolizes the city of Turin, Italy. Thedesign of the chair takes inspiration from the design of the city's iconic building.

Monaco Luxe Pack design award - 1st prize

  • Design of an elegant water bottle for the Principality of Monaco.

Open Living in Container - Japan - 1st prize ex-equo

  • Project for the interior of a metal storage container as an exhibit to represent Italy in theInternational "Open Living in Container" exhibit.

Olympic Village for Torino Winter Olympic Games - 1st Prize

  • Competition for the Olympic Village for the Winter Olympic Games. Contributed to the developmentof the Project during the competition phase, until construction, while working as an architect atCamerana & Partners.

Certification & Licences

Architecture licensure:

  • Licensed in Turin, Italy

  • Illinois, USA

Substitute Teacher certification:

  • California

  • Illinois - Sangamon County.

Exhibit

 

  • Organization and coordination of the Exhibit Metamorphoses:Art/Architecture, at Sci-Arc, LosAngeles. Student works exhibit, for Professor Apostolo of Polytechnic of Turin, Italy.

 

Skills

 

  • Construction

  • Writing Skills

  • Negotiation

  • Illustration

  • Project Management

  • Remodeling

  • Special Education

  • Layout Design

  • Branding

  • Italian

  • Survey Design

  • Construction Documents

  • Presentation Skills

  • Problem Solving

  • Attention to Detail

  • Continued Learning and Development

  • AutoCAD

  • Product Development

  • Manufacturing

  • Fabrication

  • 3D BIM Modeling

  • 3ds Max

  • Rhinoceros 3D

  • Grasshopper

  • Excel, Word, Office 

  • Revit

  • 3ds Max

  • ArchiCAD

  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign​

Language

  • English - Expert

  • Italian - Expert

  • German - Intermediate

  • French - Beginner

  • Spanish - Beginner