beth-nelson

Beth Nelson is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional with 16+ years of experience in a wide array of project types. She lives in Alameda and works throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with a particular interest in projects that give back to the community.

Beth is licensed in both California and New Jersey. She has a M.Arch. from Princeton University and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

     

     

    Beth's also a knitter.  It's a bit nerdy, for sure, but there are surprising parallels between architecture and knitting.

    They're both based on centuries-old traditions and techniques. There are countless variations on the materials used, design styles, and project types. And, with the right skills, persistence, a little ingenuity, and a knack for adapting the occasional dropped stitch into a design opportunity, you can transform organized chaos into something beautiful.

    Extra bonus points if you can work with others and draw on their expertise to create something above and beyond the typical experience.

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    Beth also enjoys making connections between things:

    • Pairing clients with designers and resources
    • Working side-by-side with her talented peers
    • Connecting the dots on a map of her next cross-country trip
    • Linking jigsaw puzzle pieces together
    • Matching rescue animals with their fur-ever homes
    • Building stronger ties with her family, friends, and community
       

    Beth's collaborative design approach draws on the same principles: individual skill, collective knowledge, persistence, adaptability, and fun!


    PROFESSIONAL Experience

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    2015–Present:  Consulting Architect, Ignition Architecture, San Francisco & Alameda, CA
    2014–Present:  Freelance Architect, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    2015:  Project Manager, Noll & Tam Architects, Berkeley, CA
    2008–2014:  Senior Project Manager, Desmone Architects, Pittsburgh, PA
    2004–2008:  Associate Architect, Astorino, Pittsburgh, PA
    2003–2004:  Architectural Intern, Astorino, Pittsburgh, PA
    1999–2003:  Architectural Intern, Hillier, Princeton, NJ
    1997 & 1998:  Summer Intern, Jonathon A. Booth, Far Hills, NJ
    1996: Summer Intern, The Brady Studio, Bernardsville, NJ
    1995: Summer Intern, Tylman R. Moon, Architect, Flemington, NJ

     

    CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

    2016–Present:  Licensed Architect in California
    2016–Present:  SPUR Member
    2013–Present:  Social Economic & Environmental Design (SEED) Accredited Professional
    2004–Present:  AIA Member
    2003–Present:  NCARB Certified Professional
    2002–Present:  LEED Accredited Professional BD+C

     

    EDUCATION

    2001:  Master of Architecture, Princeton University
    1998:  Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia

     

    VOLUNTEERING & other activities

    2017–Present:  Dog Handler & Mobile Adoption Volunteer, Hopalong Animal Rescue, Oakland, CA
    2016–Present:  Dog Walker & Cat Cuddler, Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter, Alameda, CA
    2012–Present: Mentor, Architectural Experience Program [formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP)]
    2013–2014:  Networking & Mentoring Committee, AIA Women in Design, Pittsburgh, PA
    2013:  Participant in the “Knit the Bridge” Public Arts Project, Fiberarts Guild, Andy Warhol Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA
    2012 & 2014:  CANstruction Volunteer, Desmone Architects, Pittsburgh, PA
    2012:  Fundraiser & Member of “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest”, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, PA
    2011–2014:  Design Consult Volunteer, Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, PA
    2011-2014:  Board Member & Webmaster, Edgewood Foundation, Edgewood, PA
    2011–2012:  Guest Critic, LaRoche College, Interior Design Department, Pittsburgh, PA
    2004–2014:  Participant, AIA Pittsburgh Young Architects Forum, Pittsburgh, PA
    2003:  CANstruction Volunteer, Hillier, Princeton, NJ

     

    HONORS & AWARDS

    2016: Pittsburgh Magazine's Ultimate House, 2500 Smallman Condominiums
    2014: Certificate of Merit, AIA Pittsburgh, Interior Architecture, Andy Warhol Museum
    2012: People's Choice Award, AIA Pittsburgh, Savoy Restaurant
    2012: Honoree, Pittsburgh's 50 Finest, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation