D. Marie Olsen
I am a graduate of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc) & worked as an intern/designer at small & medium sized firms while pursuing my degree. I have since been working as an independent contractor on several projects, as well as, designing a few of my own.
I have had the opportunity to manage several residential remodels through all phases of the design process, from as-builts to expediting at the city. Feeling comfortable at the site, after having personally erected a small type-V residence myself, I made frequent visits during both preliminary & construction phases. The scale of the medium sized firm allowed me to shift between departments, targeting specific fields of the architectural process including: planning, schematic design, 3D modeling, physical model making, interiors, redlining, mark-ups, marketing, competition & graphics.
In addition to architecture, I hone my design skills through jewelry design & fabrication, working with clients on custom commissions. I have been practicing jewelry arts in a studio environment for 8 years & specialize in digital to physical procedures. Lost wax casting & stone setting are among the common techniques I utilize, as well as, more specialized applications such as anodizing & cold forming. I have extensive experience working in ferrous, precious & reactive metals.
I pride myself in playing an active role in SCI-arc’s Student Union, the student portion of the governing body of the school. I have been a member since 2005 & have served two semesters as an officer. Among my many goals were opening avenues of conversation between the administration, staff & students and laying down a structure to bridge the gap between terms.
In my spare time, I worked in the school’s shop coordinating CNC/3D print jobs, helping to maintain the machines and supervising safe tool use, or volunteering for school events. I also enjoy learning new software & am often drawn in to the inner workings of them. I have a particular interest in scripting & investigated it’s role in architecture in my thesis.
Southern California Institute of Architecture
2005 – 2010
Studied abroad and traveled to Switzerland, Italy, Japan and Korea.