Derek Wendt

Derek Wendt

Minneapolis, MN, US



I received an Architecture degree from University of Detroit Mercy. I researched the phenomenology of aural architecture for postgraduate thesis. I inventively arranged an urban plan with a supporting exposition of acoustic exhibits. At the conclusion of education, I received Architecture Alumni Achievement Award (for character and integrity).

I was able to utilize new skills in Adobe, architectural rendering softwares, photography, visual communication, and graphic design. I developed to sketch innovative architectural ideas, create illustrations and graphics, and piece together models and short films. Outside of school, I taught myself to utilize HTML and CSS for website creations. These skills prompted me to start a freelance service to maintain experience and to gain proficiency in communication.

In architecture, not only do I want to become a licensed architect, but am also intrigued to become a consultant to better the acoustic environment to prevent the continuation of hearing loss that we are facing today.

I thrive to travel and explore cultures and designs beyond the beaten path. I travel only with a suitcase, and while exploring, I only carry my phone and a journal with small maps. I am adaptable to many major cities thus relocation would not be a burden. I am an inherited Green Bay Packers fan and shareholder. I ran a marathon in 2011, a 25k race in 2012, and is considering running another marathon for a charity.



The Home Depot, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Certified Sales Professional - Hardware

Employer of Choice Committee Team Member to improve co-associates' quality of work.
Discuss with customers on their projects, guide them to correct product(s), and re-key locks.

May 2013 - current

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

Design graphic arts, personalized cards, logos branding, media productions (2D animation and live action), and websites. Check out the work at .

Notable works:

Jul 2012 - current

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

Contracted to create animation video documentation on the Long Term Planning initiative, a process that blended community input from Detroiters with the expertise of technical consultants who researched and analyzed the city's landscape to achieve a new roadmap for Detroit’s future.

Utilized Adobe Premiere Pro and Illustrator.

Feb 2012 - May 2012

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

Contracted to build a physical model for the design competition of Washburn University School of Law (Topeka, Kansas) and coordinate building plan visualizations and supplements.

Mar 2011 - Mar 2011

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

Provided strategic and project support for Walt Disney World's Architectural and Facility Engineering.
Prepared, verified, and coordinated architectural construction documents for schematic design, design development, and bid and construction.
Survey existing conditions for accessibility and physical condition issues.
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

Supported Professor on teaching tasked and assisted students to enhance mathematical and logical skills.

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

Assisted in the creation of an app for Ford Motors Company' Sync program in a day-long externship.

Jan 2010 - Jan 2010

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

Constructed digital models for fashion exhibition shows.
Rejuvenated company's website with modern and comprehensible scheme.

Utilized AutoCAD, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Dreamweaver.

Jan 2009 - Apr 2009


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

Architecture 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.


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