Joel Freeson Carico : Architect



Architect, State of California, C18989


Majority of experience has been in building design and detailing, site planning and construction documents. Also experience in project management, from client meetings to construction administration. Proficient with ArchiCAD by Graphisoft, beginning with version 4.1 in 1996.  Adept at freehand sketching, hand drafting, and model building.  Some experience with watercolor rendering and use of Adobe Photoshop Elements.


Sobrante Residence  El Sobrante, CA

An addition to and complete remodel of a dilapidated 1936 cottage.

Cooling Project  Bellflower, CA

A California Craftsman-style remodel and second-story addition to a post-WWII ranch-style house.

Private Residence  Laguna Beach, CA

An extensive remodel, third-story and below grade addition of a neglected 1970's modernist house into a California Craftsman-style three-story home.


University Plaza  Fullerton, CA

A two-story 13,000 sf retail building with outdoor courtyard and patios.

College Square  Fullerton, CA

A facade study and remodel for a 101,000 sf shopping center.

Pioneer Bank and Trust  Rapid City, SD

A new branch facility on the city's major commercial boulevard and main thoroughfare between Rapid City and Mount Rushmore National Monument.

Black Hills Federal Credit Union  Rapid City, SD

A small branch in a quiet residential shopping area.


Facilities Recordation  Point Loma Naval Station, San Diego, CA

Measurement of ninety existing buildings and Autocad input of floor plans.

Kitchen Remodels  San Diego City School District, San Diego, CA

Measurements of existing conditions; design and remodel of commercial-grade kitchens.


Observatory  La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla, CA

Design and CDs for a domed observatory.

Stadium Renovation  Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

Renovation of stadium seating and announcer booth designed by Richard Neutra.

Student Center Renovation  Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA

Remodel and renovation of the campus Student Center. Featured in Nana Wall advertising brochure.


Carnegie Library  Deadwood, SD

Renovation and ADA-compliant addition to 1906 Carnegie Library.

Prairie Edge Trading Post and Corporate Offices  Rapid City, SD

Facade restoration and interior renovation of an 1886 retail building.

Zirkle Corner  Orange, SD

Facade restoration and renovation, new interior (sandwich shop).


Some experience with design of the following project types:


Residential Apartments

Planned Communities

Golf Courses


Residential Rehabilitation Facility

Research and Development

DSE Architecture / Freelance Architect (2000 - present)

Architect/Designer/Site Planner/Project Manager/BIM Modeler

Residential; commercial; historic renovation; educational. Miscellaneous projects, largely in conjunction with other architects, particularly DSE Architecture in Orange, CA.

Geiger Architecture   Rapid City, SD (1993-2000)

Architect/Designer/Site Planner/Project Manager/Draftsman/BIM Modeler

Residential; commercial; institutional; historic renovation.

TSP III   Rapid City, South Dakota (1992-1993)

Architect/Designer/Project Manager/Draftsman

Commercial; institutional; historic renovation. 

Gerald W. Shonkwiler, AIA   San Diego, CA (1984-1992)

Architect/Designer/Site Planner/Draftsman

Residential; educational; commercial; institutional; historic renovation. Includes employment with Gerald W. Shonkwiler, AIA (1984-1986),  Architects Veitzer/Shonkwiler, AIA (1986-1988), Conwell+Marshall and Associates (1988-1992).

Information on employment prior to licensure will gladly be supplied on request.


Bachelors of Architecture (1980) California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Overseas International Program (1979) Copenhagen, Denmark

Associate of Arts (1976) Los Angeles Pierce College


Photography, painting, sculpting, tennis, hiking, backpacking, sailing, museums, zoos, aquariums, film, live theater, regional and ethnic foods, literature, travel. Earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2000.


Doug Ely

DSE Architecture, Orange,California


Jerry Shonkwiler, AIA                           

Architect, San Diego,California


John Stebbins

BIM Trainer and Facilitator, Newport Beach, California


(John is a reference regarding ArchiCAD)  

Additional references can be made available.
Please click on the icon to the right to download a PDF file of my resumé and contact information.

You may also download PDF files of three examples of small sets of Construction Documents.