Founding Principal Architect, LEED AP

RESUME   DEBORAH M.  SMITHTON

DESS Partners, LLP | San Diego, CA | Founder/Principal Architect 2014 – Present

  • Managing Principal responsible for client relations, design and project management of various projects

  • Entitlement coordination and public outreach

  • Design through construction of Industrial Tenant Improvement

  • Project design and management of Office TI and ground up industrial building

DMS CONSULTANTS | San Diego, CA | Principal 2009 - Present

  • Provide architectural and project management services from project conception through construction for a variety of building types.

  • Commercial Tenant Improvements design and build out

  • Construction management and project close-out

  • Custom residential design 

  • Site analysis/Feasibility studies for a variety of projects 

 

CITYMARK DEVELOPMENT | San Diego, CA

Manager of Architecture and Planning, 2005 - 2009

  • Responsible for all architectural operations in California and Nevada

  • Review city and county ordinances to create density studies/feasibility studies for potential sites. 

  • Entitlement processing including coordination and submittal, community workshops and City Council hearings

  • Manage product development and high-level specifications

  • Direct and manage multiple consultants throughout the design and construction phase

  • Reviewing plans and specifications for conformance with the companies design intent

 

JZMK PARTNERS | Irvine, CA

Director of Multi-Family & Resorts, 2003-2005

  • Assisted the firm in adding higher density projects and resort projects to the portfolio by both communicating my expertise internally, and assisting the firm in demonstrating expertise with new clients

  • Directed a studio staff of 25 on various projects and product types throughout Orange County, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands

  • Established the office CADD Standards for construction documents

  • Implemented monthly studio presentation to discuss building and planning codes, ADA requirements, construction issues, and new product information

MARTINEZ + CUTRI ARCHITECTS | San Diego, CA

Residential Studio Director, 2000-2003

  • Involved in the proposal and interview phase of potential projects and interfacing with clients on current and potential projects

  • Maintained relationships with municipalities

  • Directed and managed staff on multiple projects to ensure production of comprehensive construction documents and specifications

  • Implemented the employee Staff Development Program which included monthly site visits to projects in various phases of construction, product lunch presentations and monthly code updates

THE MCKINLEY ASSOCIATES, INC | San Diego, CA

Senior Project Architect,1989-2000

  • Responsibilities included daily operations of the firm, direct client contact, preparation of fee proposals, scheduling of projects, and the managing and hiring of technical staff

  • Project management responsibly from schematic design through construction administration of various projects

  • Planning through construction administration of over 40 single family, multi family, multi-plan developments throughout San Diego and Southern California, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada

AWARDS

  • Women Who Mean Business”, Architecture, San Diego Business Journal, 1996

  • Beautification Award – Pier 1 Imports, City of Chula Vista, 1994

  • Merit Award – Pier 1 Imports American Institute of Architects, San Diego Chapter, 1994

  • Golden Nugget Award – CityWalk, San Diego, 2003

  • Best Attached Housing Project, -doma, San Diego Building Industry’s “SAM” Awards, 2003

  • Merit Award – doma, San Diego American Institute of Architects, 2004

SKILLS AND EDUCATION

  • California Polytechnic University, Pomona – Bachelor of Architecture, 1989

  • California State Architectural License, C-25023, 1994

  • LEED Accredited Professional, 2009

 

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Member of the American Institute of Architects, San Diego Chapter

  • Member of the American Institute of Architects, California Chapter

  • Member of the American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

  • Member of the USGBC, San Diego Chapter

  • Orchids and Onions 2009 Co Chair, San Diego Architectural Foundation

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