As a Senior Project Architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco, Francesca Oliveira is responsible for project documentation from programming through completion of construction. Understanding the client’s needs is a critical component for her work, whether facilitating communication with the lead design, leading architectural teams or coordinating with other disciplines in developing design solutions. Specializations in sustainability, high performance building enclosures, and programming compliment a strong balance of design and technical abilities, her experience includes high-rise buildings, corporate / commercial projects, data centers, renovation projects, multi-family residential, and R & D laboratory facilities. Currently, Francesca is the Technical Designer for the Exterior Enclosure of the 111 S. Main, a 24-story high-rise in Salt Lake City. In addition, she is supporting the construction efforts for three skyscrapers at Poly International Plaza, located in Beijing, China.
Francesca’s past academic experience is primarily with Drexel University in Philadelphia. As an Adjunct Professor for the B. Arch program there, she had the privilege of teaching three different Design Studios for the 6th year students (year before Thesis). These studios included High-Rise Design, Long-Span Structures for Velodromes, and Co-Operative Housing. For the technical curriculum, she taught Building Enclosure Design during the summer for three years. In addition to this, Francesca taught free-hand drawing and drafting in Architectural Drawing I and II. Beyond these courses, she has been a critique juror for the undergraduate architecture Thesis mid- and final reviews at Drexel since 2009. For the undergraduate Architecture studios, she has been a jury member for Year 1 and 2 studio finals, as well as their high-school student summer programs since 2007. In addition to these, she has been a juror for Drexel’s Interior Design graduate program studios, Temple University’s undergraduate Architecture studios, and Morgan State’s undergraduate Architecture studios.