Catherine Truong

Catherine Truong

Chicago, IL, US


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Catie recently graduated with her Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is now an Architectural Designer at Solomon Cordwell Buenz in Chicago.

Born and raised in Colorado, Catherine was number 7 of 10 kids in her family. She had an affinity for art at a young age. After drawing up floor plans for her future dream mcmansion at the ripe age of 10, her path to architecture had begun.

She graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati where she studied Architectural Engineering Technology with a dual-concentration in Civil & Construction Engineering. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she participated in the cooperative education program which enables students to work in their field of study. The program exposed her to nearly 3-years of professional, hands-on experience in Construction, Development and Architecture. She worked for Turner Construction as a Field Engineer where she worked on-site with the Construction Manager in the coordination of several Cincinnati Public School projects. Her interests in residential development led her to work for Wayne Homes where she worked as a Field Engineer in the construction phase of multiple custom homes. In her third year in the program, she had the opportunity to work on the large-scale development of luxury resorts with Ginn Development International in Orlando, Florida. In her junior year, she worked for one of the top architecture firms in Cincinnati: GBBN Architects where she was joined the China Project Team followed by an array of projects including the Cincinnati Music Hall. In her last year, she worked for Rick Swisher Architect where she was a Project Designer on various projects in Orlando. She worked at RSA during her fifth and final year at Cincinnati until she started graduate school in the Fall in pursuit of her Masters degree in Architecture.

Ready to close this chapter and embark on the next, Catherine's next benchmark is to be a licensed Architect in 5 years.



University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Research Assistant

Work closely with Assistant Professors Jen Maigret and María Arquero de Alarcón on various projects. Participate in the production of schematic design, conceptual renderings, cartographic mapping, model making and exhibition prep.

Projects Include:
Sustainability and the HOPE Village Initiative Grant – Play&Grounds
Research on the City – “Detroit Public Schools: A Dozen Playgrounds,”
Research Through Making – WATERSHED (or) Wrapping Sheds with Water
OVPR: Small Project Grant – “Cartographies of Concern”

Jan 2011 - current

Pinnacle Contracting, Inc., Mount Clemens, MI, US, Independent Contractor - CAD Operator

Redline and produce construction documents custom millwork and interior additions and renovations for various projects.

Projects Include:
Detroit Arsenal | Warren, MI
DMC Surgery Hospital | Madison Heights, MI
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital | Commerce Twp, MI
Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center | Mt Clemens, MI
Wayne State University | Detroit, MI

Jan 2009 - current

Ply Architecture + MAde Studio, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Project Designer

Project: Ypsilanti Recreation Center | Ypsilanti, MI

Conducted thorough precedent studies, created analytical study models and diagrams, and attended public participation meetings. Participated as lead designer in the conceptual design of one of two schemes for the proposal of the Ypsilanti Recreation Center. Produced design drawings, renderings, and models.

May 2012 - Oct 2012

RTKL Associates Inc., Chicago, IL, US, Intern Architect

Participated in client/contractor coordination meetings, a conceptual design charette, lunch-and-learns, and site progress visits.

Project: Central DuPage Hospital Cancer Center | Warrenville, IL

Mar 2012 - Mar 2012

Rick Swisher Architect, Cincinnati, OH, US, Project Designer

Participated as project designer in the design development and construction document phases on multiple projects. Produced 3D Revit models, construction documents, 3D animations, and conceptual renderings.

Projects Include:
Orlando International Airport Tenant Improvements | Orlando, FL
Harbor House Suite | Orlando, FL
Ruby Tuesday | Orlando, FL

Oct 2007 - Oct 2008

GBBN Architects, Cincinnati, OH, US, Intern Architect

Participated in multiple phases of various projects in the production of 3D models, schematic animations, construction drawings, study models, facade studies and field measuring for as-built drawings. Worked closely with in-house Safety expert in the analysis of life-safety requirements and produced life-safety drawings.

Projects Include:
Vanke Park Residential Development | Beijing, China
Northern Kentucky University Stadium | Highland Heights, KY
Good Samaritan Hospital | Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Music Hall | Cincinnati, OH

Jan 2007 - Oct 2007

Ginn Development, Orlando, FL, US, Intern Architect

Conducted precedent studies, trade progress reports, field measuring for as-built drawings, preliminary interior design drawings, and IT design drawings. Involved in on-site construction clarification meetings and processing RFIs and submittals.

Projects Include:
Bella Collina Golf Club | Montverde, FL
Quail West Country Clubhouse Renovation | Naples, FL

Jan 2006 - Oct 2006

Wayne Homes by Centex, Batavia, OH, US, Field Engineer

Participated in daily field inspections, produced and conducted punch-list, obtained construction permits, scheduled inspections, and processed invoices.

Jul 2005 - Oct 2005

Turner Construction Company, Cincinnati, OH, US, Field Engineer

Participated in tracking trade progress, documented daily field activities, reviewed and monitored the status of punch-lists. Processed of RFI’s, PCO’s, and submittals. Maintain scheduling for various trades. Performed weekly safety inspections and a production study for schedule projections.

Projects Include:
Garfield Middle School | Hamilton, OH
Cheviot Elementary Addition & Renovation | Cincinnati, OH

Jul 2004 - May 2005


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

In addition to core curriculum, elective courses include:

Dimensions, Material Fringe, Meta Friche (Travel Studio), Sartorial Architecture, Drawn Forth, Liquid Planning, Architect as Developer, Professional Practice, Architecture and Urbanism in Film, Video Installation

Jul 2010 - current

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, Bachelors, Architectural Engineering Technology

Studied Architectural Engineering Technology and Civil and Construction Engineering Technology.

Courses included:
Construction Drawing I, Construction Drawing II, Architecture Studio I + II + III, Design Capstone, Construction Estimating, Electrical Systems, Water Supply & Waste Disposal Systems, Mechanical Systems, Soil Mechanics/ Laboratory, Surveying, Construction Materials, Building Systems I, Building Systems II, Construction Seminar I, Construction Seminar II, Construction Safety Management, Construction Documents & Quality Control, Construction Management I, Construction Management II, Scheduling I, Project Costing

Aug 2003 - Jul 2008

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