Derek Wendt

Derek Wendt

Minneapolis, MN, US



I am an multi-faceted designer growing in a small architecture firm. My integrity and perseverance are the strongest attributes to my work ethic. I am excellent in delivering strategic and project support, maintaining interpersonal communications, and providing customer service. Being able to design spaces for the public good and advocate the sensorial design serves as my ambition in architecture. I am independent, well-organized, detail-oriented, enjoy team collaboration, and capable of multitasking efficiently. I also enjoy creating illustrations and hand renderings. I believe my work and school experience highlight my skills to be a proficient architect.

Account / client services management
Accounting / financial support
Construction documentations
Customer service / sales management
Detail orientation and organization
Interpersonal communication
Problem solving and strategic support
Project coordination and support
Structural design and coordination
Teaching assistance and tutoring
Team collaboration
Visual communication (Graphic, Industrial)



DJR Architecture, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, US, Graduate Architectural Designer

I have contributed support on schematic design, design development, construction documents, and a physical sketch model for small firm's architects. I also received opportunities to act as junior project manager.
Recent projects include several extended-stay hotel developments, upscale lofts, and a restaurant.

Software used: Revit, AutoCAD, COMcheck, Illustrator, Photoshop

Oct 2014 - current

Derek simply, Minneapolis, MN, US, Web Designer | Illustrator

Provide unique visual communications through graphic design, illustration, branding, and architectural renderings.
Manages account and client services with customer service and interpersonal communication.
Check out the work at .

Notable works:

Jul 2012 - current

Detroit Works Project, Detroit, MI, US, Animator | VIdeo Producer

Contracted to create a 2D animation video about the Long Term Planning initiative that illustrated research and analysis for Detroit’s landscape.
Supported with consistent communication, collaboration of ideas, and technical support.

Feb 2012 - May 2012

SHW Group, Berkley, MI, US, Physical Model Builder

Contracted to create a physical scale model for the Washburn University School of Law design competition.
Coordinated with project manager and team members and provided assistance on marketing package.

Mar 2011 - Mar 2011

Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL, US, Professional Intern - Architecture & Facility Engineering

Provided strategic and project support for the Architectural and Facility Engineering.
Prepared, verified, and coordinated architectural construction documents for schematic design, design development, and bid and construction.
Surveyed existing conditions for accessibility and physical condition issues for feasibility.
Rehabilitated restrooms and facilities to meet ADA's and IBC's Code Standards.
Generated 308 IDP credit hours.

Disney's Animal Kingdom . Tusker House Parade Seating Feasibility
EPCOT . East Gate Facility Plan & Restroom Rehabilitation
EPCOT . Wonders of Life Skylight Rehabilitation
Magic Kingdom . Main Entrance Bus Stop Plan
Magic Kingdom . Peco's Bill Parade Route Wireless Upgrade
Magic Kingdom . Tunnel HVAC Drawing Modification
Polynesian Resort . Pool Area Expansion Design Competition
Property Wide . Waste Receptacle Details for ADA Regulations
Property Wide . Watercraft Docks' Railing Survey

May 2010 - Aug 2010

University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, US, Structural Physics Teaching Assistant

Provided teaching assistance and coordinated assignments for Professor Aldo Colandrea.
Supported and assisted students to enhance their mathematical and structural design awareness.

Sep 2009 - Apr 2010

University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, US, AIAS Chapter Treasurer

Oversaw the budget of the organization.
Organized the sales and revenues.
Rejuvenated the organization and raised $13,000.
Organized social events to engage architecture students.

Sep 2009 - Apr 2010

IDEO, Chicago, IL, US, Design Intern

Brought in new software idea for Ford SYNC program and collaborated with real world designers to improve its feasibility and marketability.

Jan 2010 - Jan 2010

Katherine Frank Creative, Inc., Chicago, IL, US, Industrial Design Intern

Provided project support for hair product exhibition shows.
Prepared, verified, and coordinated industrial construction documents.
Developed new marketing with a video and rehabilitation of web presence.

Jan 2009 - Apr 2009


University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

Student of the Year Award for character development and integrity. (Architectural Alumni Achievement Award - 2011)
Design charette with Oxford-Brookes University students. (2010)
Study abroad program in Volterra, Italy. (2009)
Collaborative studio at OCAD with world's renowned architect, Will Alsop. (2008)

Activities and Societies: American Institute of Architecture Students (Chapter Treasurer)

Sep 2006 - May 2011


Architecture Alumni Achievement Award, Award

For character and integrity.
Student of the year.


Kingspan Drawing Competition Finalist, 2nd Place

Top 5 Finalists at the AIA Convention in Miami.


Design Charrette Participant, Other

Collaborated with a group of Oxford-Brookes University students to analyze a neighborhood in Detroit. Questioning how we could improve the environment and community within itself. 5 days workshop.


Ford Motors Company Award for Innovation Challenge, 1st Place

Earned one-day internship at IDEO Chicago.


Areas of Specialization 


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