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  • Leo X. ZHAO

    Junior Architect / Product Designer

    San Francisco, CA

Leadership, Excellency and Optimism. I am a graduate student at University of California, Berkeley, studying to obtain my master’s degree in Architecture. UC Berkeley’s Master of Architecture is a 3-year program which provides students with the opportunity to seek their first accredited professional degree, along with providing stellar international reputed education leading to the practice of architecture. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Product Design and Development from San Francisco State University. I graduated from SFSU with honor, as one of the top 5% in a class of 2000 students. My past internship experience includes traveling to China in the summer of 2012 to intern as the Architect Intern at the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University. Through this experience, I gained valuable industry knowledge on the process of urban design in a Chinese office working environment. I also enrolled in architectural design studios and learned about the fundamentals on both architectural and urban design. My fundamental studio design coursework has left me ready to take on greater challenges. As the teaching assistant for Chinese in UC Berkeley and product design class in SFSU, I also interned as a graphic design student, which enhanced my graphic representational skills. Both teaching and interning at SFSU has helped me tremendously with navigating and using different Adobe software. In addition, I also learned and mastered how to communicate effectively with my clients through different means and methods of problem solving; as they are the most vital components in the design process. It is certainly my aspiration to obtain a position with an architecture firm that would give me the opportunity to demonstrate my skills as well as to gain valuable industry experience. I started to follow my passion by achieving a degree in product design and working my way towards Masters of Architecture. All my experiences thus far have prepared me to achieve my dream of becoming a licensed architect. Winston Churchill once said, "We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us." Thank you for taking time to review my profile. Email me at leoxzhao@berkeley.edu if you have any questions. Leo 04/05/2014

Work Samples

  • Portfolio Berkeley 2011-2012

Work History

  • GSI for Chinese department

    • UC Berkeley
    • Aug 2012 - Present (5 years 4 months)

    Teaching entery level Chinese (Chinese 1A 1B) as a graduate student instructor.
    It is a 5 units class and it has 5 classes a week. Co-teaching with another GSI. I cover 3 class each week.
    Teaching students Chinese pinyin, listening, reading, and writing.

  • Designer / Illustrator

    • LEo X. Zhao Design
    • Jan 2011 - Present (6 years 11 months)
  • Architect Intern

    • Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University
    • May 2012 - Jul 2012 (2 months)

    Working as an architect intern for two months. Worked on the city planning for new technology developing area in Xuzhou, Jiangsu.

    Analyzed the site, precedent studies, made diagrams,
    created the animation of the final design, presentation slides

  • Contract Graphic Designer/ illustrator

    • PVT Solar, Inc.
    • Nov 2010 - Dec 2010 (1 month)

    Designing Quick Guides used for installation for their products. (Solid Works & In Design)

  • Intern for Graphic Design

    • San Francisco State University Bookstore
    • Jan 2010 - May 2010 (4 months)

    Intern for Graphic Designer. I make posters, fliers, brochures for the marketing purpose for SFSU Bookstore

  • Cashier/Clerk

    • San Francisco State University Bookstore
    • Jan 2007 - Jan 2010 (3 years)

    Excellent in using cash register and organizing books.


  • University of California, Berkeley

    • Master Architecture
    • 2011 - 2014

    Master of Architecture, GPA 3.5 (Expected graduation: 05/17/2014 Available to work: 06/01/2014))

  • San Francisco State University

    • BA Industrial Design-Product Design
    • 2006 - 2010

    Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design —Product Design and Development focus GPA 3.8 I am one of the top students in my department and graduated with honor (which is the top 5% student among 2000 graduating students.)



Member of Epsilon Pi Tau: The International Honor Society for Professions in Technology


Graduated with Honors