My purpose is to create objects and environments which allow humans to participate in the world on their own conditions. Individuals should have the choices in their products to express their inner character and attitude through the methphors and functions which they find meaningful.
Summary of qualifications
· My architecture experience includes: condos (residential and commercial), mercantile, institutional (schools, churches, and hospitals), industrial projects, and master planning of varying scale.
· I have experience in the construction and design of buildings, models, and objects (furniture, products, etc.) in wood, metal, plastic, fabric and various other media.
· I have a Masters degree from the 3D Design dept at CAA, an accredited Architecture degree from Kent State with a concentration in landscape design, and a minor in philosophy from Kent that centered on the questions of aesthetics and metaphysics.
· I studied abroad in Italy for a semester where I learned architectural sketching and watercolor, in addition to historic preservation, European design, figure drawing, and Italian language and culture.
· I am fluent in AutoCAD drafting after 5 years of experience, and well versed in Adobe Software (Photoshop & InDesign) and Microsoft Software Packages (Powerpoint & Word).
Sept. 2003 - May 2005 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Masters of Fine Arts in 3D Design – May 2005
My work in graduate school focused on the role of mythology and symbolism in the development of new work attitudes in the office environment, which were developed from my knowledge of architecture and interest in furniture. These investigations at Cranbrook include: furniture prototypes, conceptual design, plastics and fiberglass casting, woodworking, study of literature and mythology, creation of comic books, the history of design and its evolution, theory and discourse of product design and contemporary culture emphasizing development and understanding of historical artifact.
Sept. 1996 - Dec. 2002 Kent State University, Kent, OH
B. Science - May 2000, B. Arch - May 2001, Minor in Philosophy -2002
My course of study at Kent State includes an accredited architecture degree, concentration in landscape design, life and landscape drawing, construction of objects, models and buildings, and the philosophy of aesthetics and art theory in addition to history and development of art in relation to the humanities.
Project Management/ Intern Architect Sept 2005 - Present REM Architects (330) 666-5770 286 N. Cleve-Massillon Rd., Akron, Oh
I currently work as a project manager in a very fast-paced environment that covers all aspects of architecture. I have commercial, hospital, industrial, and educational experience. I am managing several larger projects (hospitals, renovations, and master planning) projects, dealing with clients, building depts. and contractors while producing drawings for the construction of buildings. I also coordinate the IT systems in the office in addition to creating marketing images for city approvals and advertising.Exhibition
Assistant Sept. 2003 - May 2004 Cranbrook Museum of Art Installation and care for art works from transportation to installation and storage.Intern
Architect/ Project Management/ Draftsman May 2001 - Sept. 2004 John D. Toomey Architect (330) 928-823 3922 Clockpointe Tr., Stow, Oh
As a small firm, I gained much experience in dealing with clients & contractors during conception, design, drafting and construction, in addition to property management.
Intern Architect/ Project Management/ Draftsman May 2000 - May 2001 Alan Burge Architecture (330) 475-1522 43 E. Market St., Akron, Oh My initial job in the field of architecture gave me experience in working for a small, fast track design-build firm. Dealing with clients & contractors concentrating on urban environments and renovations in creating Akron’s Historic District during drafting, design, and construction phases.
Authors of Use. New Narratives from Cranbrook 3D Design Department Gallery Exhibition. New York, NY - Fellissimo Gallery. October 2005- A show of recent Cranbrook work that highlighted the ability of the designers to weave narrative commentary into objects.
Recent Work. Cranbrook Graduate Special Summer Show. Bloomfield Hills, Mi - Cranbrook Art Museum. May 2005 – August 2005- A showcase of the top fifteen projects from the graduating class was displayed alongside the permanent gallery collection.
Made Here. Cranbrook Graduate Degree Show. Bloomfield Hills, Mi - Cranbrook Art Museum. May 2005- A showcase of projects from all of the graduating seniors from the various departments.
Holy Sit. Detroit, Mi - DCM .April 2005- An exhibition of chairs designed by several of the students of CAA.Material Cultures. Neocon World’s Trade Fair. Chicago, Il.Merchandise Mart. June 2004- Group exhibit by 3D Design Dept to showcase designs for innovative plastics from the Clariant Corp. in conjunction with IDEO.
ICFF Convivial Tools. New York, NY - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. May 2004- Group exhibit by many students of Cranbrook that explored how the design of both objects and systems can encourage individuals to lead more creative, independent lifestyles as outlined in the book Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illych.