This is a boring resume, which tries to distill twenty years of expereince into bullet points. You can also see it on LinkedIn or just email me to know more:

randy AT plemel DOT com


Design & Innovation Consultant

Self Employed

January 2021 – Present

Basically everything I did at IDEO, but now for me. I'm a hybrid service, user experience, design researcher, and environments designer. I’d love to help. Let’s talk


Portfolio Director

August 2009­–January 2021

  • At IDEO, I work at the intersection of Talent and Portfolio – finding, supporting, and growing talent to take on a portfolio of work centered in cities, municipalities, and complex problems.
  • I work on projects ranging from new digital communication tools, to projects which fuse digital and physical experiences, to projects which create entirely new retail strategy and concepts.
  • I’m a Project Leader and Senior Design Lead, working with such diverse clients as Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, American Express, Knight Foundation, Tata, Citibank, Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories, State Farm, Steelcase, and Walgreens.


Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

Designer/Project Manager

October 2005–August 2009

  • Design and project management for American Apparel retail stores, worldwide
    Design, brand development, project management, project & construction drawings, construction administration, ordering & site management.
  • Design, brand development, project & construction drawings, and support for O2 Retail Concept Store and brand experience installations at The O2, London, UK.
  • Design, brand development, project & construction drawings for commercial interiors projects. 

DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects

Apprentice Architect/Project Manager

October 2005–August 2009

  • Design and Project Management for residential Rooftop additions
    Management, design, LPC meetings, & working drawings

  • Design and Project Management of Mixed Use Apartment Tower
    Management, design & working drawings under owner's supervision

  • Design support for rehabilitation of apartment and housing blocks
    Design, project drawings, Department of Buildings drawings

michael mcinturf ARCHITECTS

Cooperative Education Student

June 2003–September 2003
June 2002–September 2002;
September 2001–March 2002;

  • University of Cincinnati Women's Varsity Rowing Boathouse
    Shared roles in project leadership, project design, production

  • Design support for private residences, adaptive re-use projects, institutional projects
    Alias|Wavefront Maya, CAD drawings, physical models, presentation graphics

  • Design and execution of internet website for the 2001 Miami + Beach e-Competition
    This entry won the 1st Prize Gold Bienal Medallion

Quezada Architecture – Cooperative Education Student

June 2000 – December 2000

Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects – Cooperative Education Student

March 1999–June 1999

September 1999–December 1999


Part Time Lecturer

Parsons The New School, School of Design Strategies

December 2014–Present
Integrative Studio 2 PGDM 5210F

Adjunct Assistant Professor

New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

August 2014–Present
Design Thinking: A creative approach to problem solving and creating impact
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University of Cincinnati

Masters of Architecture

June 2001–June 2003

  • 2001 - 2003 Cincinnatus Scholar
  • 2001 - 2002 Erwin S. Wolfson Fellowship
  • 2001 - 2002 Practicum Studio Member


University of Cincinnati

Bachelor of Science, Architecture

Fall 1997–Spring 2001

  • 1997 - 2001 Cincinnatus Scholar


Open House New York

  • Social Media Ambassador, 2014 OHNY Weekend
  • Volunteer Council Member, February 2007 — 2009
  • Weekend Program Volunteer, 2001 — Present

Architecture for Humanity, New York

  • Founding Member of AFHny, a local chapter of Architecture for Humanity

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