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MASHA SAFINA 312 545 1458 / Seeking a position with research driven design studio where I can apply my conceptual design thinking ability to create meaningful spatial environments. EXPERIENCE


Senior Designer, Associate I DeStefano Partners I 2003-Current I Chicago, IL

Chicago AIA New Office Design Competition Finalist I 2006

DeStefano Partners is a global architecture, design and planning practice. Developed design strategy, led design and multidisciplinary teams through project development and execution of institutional, residential, interior, mixed-use and urban planning projects; developed and led office initiatives on case study and material research, led independent research on prototypical design methods and collective housing typology. Projects Include: Suzhou Wuzhong North Road Mixed-use Development in Suzhou, China. Peace Corner Youth Center in Chicago, IL. DeStefano Partners Office, New Office Space Design in Chicago, IL. Seoul City Hall Competition in Seoul, South Korea. The St. Clair at City Front Plaza, Residential Condominium in Chicago, IL. Pebble City, Mixed-use transit oriented development in Paju, South Korea, Design Proposal for John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL

Partner, Architect I BuroMOCT I 2009-Current I Chicago, IL BuroMOCT is a design and research practice whose ambition is to conceive and develop quality spatial environments for people to inhabit. It looks to critically investigate these environments in architecture, urban design and landscape through research, writing and built work. Projects include: ‘Smallness’ – a house design catalog, Proposal for Installation for Dance Work Chicago, City Memory Game – urban investigation collaboration, Places and Spaces, 10-minute series – investigation on phenomenology of space, Chicago Street Study – proposal for infrastructure improvement, Chicago, IL. Publications include: BuroMoct 01 – Identity I Winter 2010, BuroMoct 02 – Memory I Winter 2011

’60 M2’ Housing Exhibit, UIC Featured Project I 2003 1st prize Year End Show, UIC I 2003 Schiff Award Nomination, UIC I 2003 Best Graduate Portfolio Award, UIC I 2003

ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS Invited Architecture Critic at UIC, Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College I2003 – current Associate AIA member

SKILLS Design Design conceptualization, conceptual development, spatial design, urban planning, ideation and idea communication through sketching and model making


Architectural Intern I John Ronan Architect I 2003 I Chicago, IL

AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, 3D Sketchup, Microsoft Office Suite

Produced design and presentation drawings for Perth Amboy High School Design Competition (John Ronan Architect – winning design), developed pre-cast concrete housing prototypes.


Projects include: Perth Amboy High School Design Competition (Winning Design), Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Russian I native English I fluent Japanese I fluent

Translator/Interpreter I Freelance I 1993-2000 I Japan-Russia Provided Japanese-Russian-English translation services for multiple Japanese and Russian governmental and institutional clients. Translated business documentation, seminar and international workshop materials, catalogs and technical documentation, documentaries and festival movies; interpreted at regional conferences and international exhibitions

EDUCATION University of Illinois at Chicago I School of Architecture I Chicago, IL Master of Architecture I 2003 Graduate Assistantship with Office for Capital Programs, UIC I 2001-2003 Full Scholarship

Far Eastern State University I School of Architecture I Chicago, IL Bachelor of Oriental Studies, Japanese/Economics I 1996 Graduated with honors, Japanese major, Economics minor . Graduate Thesis 'Cultural Particularities of Advertisement Business in Japan'. Produced tri-lingual dictionary of advertisement and marketing terminology as part of the thesis. Level 1 Japanese Proficiency Test Diploma holder.

Work samples and references available upon request.

Masha Safina Resume  

Resume of Masha Safina, architectural designer who lives and works in Chicago.

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