Celsa Dockstader

Designer at Gehl Studio

San Francisco Bay Area
Architecture & Planning
  1. Gehl Studio,
  2. REBAR Art & Design Studio
  1. Hattery,
  2. Curry Stone Design Prize,
  3. Inside Out | Occupy Oakland
  1. University of California, Berkeley

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I am a creative problem solver. I have a passion for design that shakes up the ways in which we think, create, and live.

I have a passion for design that shakes up the ways we think, create, and live. I strive to achieve poetic utility at all scales. My work exists at the intersections of architecture, environmental design, photography, and graphic design. I approach design challenges with a relentlessly resourceful process and a dedication to craft, social impact, context, and collaboration. I believe that design has the power to change, move, and wake people. With the purpose of both good design and good living, I try to stay curious, playful, and determined as all hell.




Gehl Studio
– Present (7 months)San Francisco Bay Area

Designer in the San Francisco office of Gehl Studio. A company of Gehl Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark, Gehl Studio opened offices in New York and San Francisco in spring 2014, expanding Gehl's presence in the Americas. Gehl Studio brings a particular focus on design and implementation of ideas that improve the human environment of cities, drawing on 40 years of research on public life and public spaces around the world.

Design Contractor

REBAR Art & Design Studio
– Present (2 years 1 month)San Francisco Bay Area

Rebar creates objects, spaces and ideas that inspire people to re-imagine the environment and our place in it. My role on the team was to conduct research and to produce drawings and renderings as both a tool for project development as well as a product for final presentation.

Studio Director and Architectural Designer

(9 months)San Francisco

Hattery is a workspace, studio, and community for entrepreneurs building extraordinary companies. My job was to create an ever-evolving habitat for Hattery’s team to work, create, and play. I built spaces` and programming, designed architectural interiors and furniture, produced construction drawings, researched and sourced materials, and managed project budget and construction.

Graphic Designer and Researcher

Curry Stone Design Prize
(1 year 4 months)San Francisco Bay Area

Curry Stone celebrates designers who are instrumental forces for improving people’s lives and the state of the world. I designed books featuring the nominated projects and narratives for review.

Project Creator and Director

Inside Out | Occupy Oakland
(1 year)Oakland

Inside Out is a global art project that uses large scale portraits to transform messages of identity into powerful urban exhibitions. After successfully completing a Kickstarter campaign, I directed a group action, producing dozens of large-scale portraits that lived on the facades of buildings in Oakland.

Cover of ADBUSTERS Magazine May/June 2012


(6 months)San Francisco Bay Area

At PUBLIC BIkes, I designed mock-ups for custom urban bikes and marketing materials for clients such as the Sierra Club, Williams-Sonoma, and Facebook.

Recreational Activities Leader

The Adventure Playground
(7 months)Berkeley Marina

This unique playground encourage children to play and build creatively. I managed tools and supervised large groups of children holding saws. I worked with a team to lead construction projects and to ensure a safe and free creative environment.

Research and Media Intern, Photographer

Bay Area Green Tours
(6 months)Berkeley, CA

I conducted and organized outreach efforts and research concerning green building practices in the Bay Area, photographed tour events, and managed the active media library.

Research Assistant for Professor Trinh T. Minh-ha

UC Berkeley
(6 months)

Synthesized production stills , photographs, and notes into a cohesive collection of page layouts for publication in a book that discusses the visual works, film, research, and writing of Professor Trinh T. Minh-ha. Employed skills in layout, photo editing, time management, organization, and research.

Photography Assistant

Mark Estes
(less than a year)

Assisted professional photographer, Mark Estes, in the production of a compelling photographic library for the UCSF Children’s Hospital. Operated and managed photography equipment, managed legal and logistical responsibilities, and interacted with patients, families, and medical staff members in the field.

Intern, Volunteer

Architecture for Humanity
(less than a year)San Francisco

I executed a wide range of visual design projects for advertisement, website, and signage use primarily concerning the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge and the Save Trestles Design Competition.

Assistant, Intern

RJM Design Inc.
(less than a year)

Catalogued an extensive library for the firm, compiled a searchable database of specs and architectural resources, and assisted with basic AutoCAD services.


University of California, Berkeley

BA, Environmental Design, Architecture

GPA 3.864
Suma Cum Laude

Sustainable design, structures and
construction, humanitarian architecture,
urban design, and visual studies.

Activities and Societies: Building Sustainability at Cal, College Ski and Snowboard, Medlife

Danish Institute for Study Abroad

Architecture and Design

Urban Design Studio
European Urban Design Theories
Visual Journal

Additional Info

  1. Interests

    • architecture,
    • activism through design,
    • photography,
    • graphic design,
    • drawing,
    • construction,
    • sustainability,
    • material reuse,
    • biking,
    • rock climbing,
    • snowboarding,
    • surfing,
    • camping,
    • hiking,
    • travel
  2. Personal Details

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  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Architecture
  • SketchUp
  • Multimedia Project...
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Illustrator
  • Sustainable Design
  • User Experience
  • AutoCAD
  • Construction Management
  • Sketching
  • Digital Sketching
  • Interior Design
  • Model Making
  • Architectural...
  • Construction
  • 3D rendering
  • Urban Design
  • Concept Development
  • Drawing
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Honors & Awards

Graduated UC Berkeley 2011 with Highest Honors, Eisner Prize for Photography: Honorable Mention 2011, 2011 Berkeley Circus Studio Award for PHotography as an Art Form

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