• Jackie Tu

    Architectural Coordinator

    Dallas, TX

Welcome! I am a graduate of Texas Tech University. I am a passionate architecture practitioner who is on the path to licensing. I have been keenly focused on retail building projects in my recent architectural career. I would love to be involved in the Health-Care Facilities Design since I pursued the Health-Care design as my Master degree. I am currently working at Three Living Architecture located in Dallas, Texas. I am an architectural coordinator on the Caprock team which we focus keenly on developing the 5-star clubhouses and golf pro shop + pavilion designs that are planned to be constructed in Horseshoe Bay, Texas on the Caprock site in 2018. As a coordinator, I work closely with the owners, designer, project architects, subcontractors and consultants to complete our projects on an aggressive schedule. I would also perform product research, lead a team of architectural interns in developing solutions to technical and design detail problems, and coordinate with city planners for design standards and permit applications. So what kept me going on pursing architecture relentlessly? During my college years, I have had several experiences working with real-world scenarios and actual clients wherein one semester we were involved in a local Lubbock library project (Noted in my portfolio titled: "Lakeside Public Library) and another semester when I participated in the Residency program in Dallas working for BBK Architects, Inc. For the public library project, we worked very closely with Lubbock and Amarillo librarians learning and investigating what Libraries today are lacking and what should be done to integrate and improve access with possible design ideas for Libraries in the future. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience because it involved a real-world issue with hands on involvement as if I was actually making a difference and community concerned contribution although the project was just essentially for pure educational purposes. After experiencing these real-world scenarios, I believe that the practice of architecture is about being a mixture of an entrepreneur and a passionate designer. I cherished the experience and the bond that the Librarians and I had created in that past semester. From that experience, I was given the impression that the best an Architect can bring to the draft and design table is to focus on trying to understand and really engage and listen to the people themselves, adapting and enhancing their experiences into designs that serve their needs. I have the impression that a lot of Architects rely too much on rules of thumb and pattern books and they rarely do in-depth ethnographic research. They may sit at the building site for hours and watch consumers "use space" but they rarely speak to these consumers and try to understand what it is that they are doing with the space. From what I've seen expressed in today's Commercial buildings, Hospitals, Fire Stations, and Police Stations are designs that are bland and underwhelming. Even if they are pleasing to the eye aesthetically,they appear to not always be built to specifically address human needs. The world is changing and as an ardently committed future licensed Architect, I realize the need to speak out and make a change. That "change" naturally begins with a fresh perspective and with me. As I am presented opportunities in the Architectural field, I would like to utilize Evidence Based Design to make a difference in Health-Care designs to address the unique needs of Doctors, Nurses, and Patients. I would like to make a difference. I NEED to make a difference so that Architects today and in the future can gain back their deserved credibility and start today the revolution of Architecture for tomorrow. This is what I believe in now and what I will dedicate myself to as a soon to be licensed and certified Architect. - Jackie

Work Samples

  • Architectural Design

  • Interior Design

  • 3D Modeling & Rendering

Work History

  • Architectural Coordinator

    + Coordinating with owners, subcontractors and consultants to complete projects on aggressive schedules.
    + Performing product research.
    + Leading a team of architectural interns in developing solutions to technical and design detail problems.
    + Coordinating with city planners for design standards and permit submittals.

    Proficient in: Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator and Excel
    Experienced in: +/-15,000 S.F. golf clubhouses and golf pro shops

  • Asst. Project Manager/ Designer

    + Listen and communicate with the client about prospective ideas.
    + Brainstorm creative design plans.
    + Develop models, by hand and/or utilizing computer software.
    + Coordinate with other designers and architects.
    + Coordinate with MEP, civil, and structural engineers.
    + Present design proposals.
    + Follow up with design work as building progresses.
    + In charge of producing 7-Eleven construction documents.
    + In charge of producing Mapco construction documents.

    Experienced in:+/-3,000-12,000 S.F. retail buildings and +/-30,000 S.F. grocery stores

  • Estimator

    + Scoping out potential commercial projects in the vicinity to bid on.
    + Calculating square footage on floor plans to estimate material costs.
    + Coordinating with the Commercial Coordinator, store owner, and grounds technicians to ensure. quality services are executed to new and existing clients.

  • Architectural Intern

    + Providing construction document (floor plan, elevation, interior elevation, plan detail, RCP, door schedule, finish schedule)
    + Providing BOMA Calculations
    + Providing sketches and renderings for clients
    + Communicating with clients and achieving their goals on projects
    + Undertaking job related researches
    + Training and delegating new interns
    + Participating in professional organization and opportunities
    + Proficient in: AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup, Rhinoceros

  • Instructor/ Ambassador

    • Adobe
    • Lubbock, TX
    • Jan 2013 - Dec 2013 (11 months)

    + Reaching out to student organizations to establish campus organization partnerships and strategies.
    + Designing posters and fliers about Adobe workshop and Adobe Creative Cloud (Guerrilla Marketing).
    + Holding weekly tabling events and passing out fliers on campus to promote Adobe workshop, Adobe Creative Cloud, and design competitions.
    + Adobe Instructor - Holding monthly workshops on campus to teach students how to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

  • Grounds Technician + Office Clerk

    • Tung Chyuan Investments Inc.
    • Dallas, TX
    • May 2005 - Aug 2013 (8 years 3 months)

    + Apartment make ready (Interior Renovation).
    + Cleaning apartment buildings and grounds areas for the purpose of providing an effective working environment, preventing damage and liability exposure.
    + Measuring, cutting and checking lumbers for structural replacements.
    + Coordinating with skilled masters/ supervisors for the purpose of completing projects and work orders efficiently.
    + Installing system component parts, office equipment and facility components for the purpose of providing a safe, inhabitable and workable environment.
    + Installing, repairing and maintaining pipes, fixtures and other plumbing used for water distribution and waste water disposal.
    + Participating in meetings, workshops, trainings, and seminars for the purpose of conveying and gathering information required to perform functions.
    + Transporting a variety of tools, equipment and supplies for the purpose of ensuring the availability of materials required at job site (Heavy lifting).
    + Responding to emergency situations during and after hours for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.

    + Positively interacting with customers.
    + Recording rent payments.
    + Delegating grounds technicians' daily missions.
    + Keeping up with supplies and making supply orders.
    + Documenting activities and conveying information on grounds technicians' repair status and activity logs.
    + Troubleshooting office computers.
    + Creating daily work orders.
    + Responding to emergency situations during and after hours for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.

  • Sushi Chef

    • Kikka Sushi
    • Dallas, TX
    • Mar 2007 - May 2009 (2 years 2 months)

    + Knowing the proper methods of cutting fish, meat and vegetables.
    + Preparing stocks, soups and sauces.
    + Properly making sushi rice.
    + Properly handling fish and ingredients for sushi preparation.
    + Order food and supplies when needed.
    + Continually check the quality of raw and cooked products.
    + Instruct cooks on preparation, cooking and garnishing of food.
    + Maintenance and sharpening of sushi knives.
    + Keeping sushi station up to sanitation and safety standards.
    + Positively interacting with customers and creating an entertaining experience for them.
    + Seek to push the limits in creativity creating signature dishes.
    + Designing new types of sushi rolls.
    + Training and motivating staff.
    + Perform monthly inventories.


  • Texas Tech University

    • M.Arch Architecture
    • 2013 - 2014

    + Health Facilities Design Certificate

  • Texas Tech University

    • B.Arch Architecture
    • 2009 - 2012

    + Study Abroad (Summer 2012) - Prague, Czech Republic - ARCH 4000 & ARCH 4601



Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, Pi Kappa Phi, PUSH America, American Institute of Architecture Students, Knights of Architecture


City of Lubbock Special Recognition Study Abroad Program - Prague, Czech Republic CHRIS CHILCOAT AWARD - For exemplifying PUSH America qualities. ARCHON'S AWARD - For presenting outstanding qualities as a member.