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Douglas Sharpe

Douglas Sharpe

Tampa, FL, US

 

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About 

In April of 2012, I received my Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. I am currently seeking a position as a Junior Architect or Architectural Assistant at a firm that is practicing internationally, promotes a creative and collaborative learning environment, and one that provides challenging projects for their associates. I have a personal goal of becoming a professionally licensed architect and I will seek guidance and request opportunties that will allow me to ascend from a post-graduate position into a role of a professional.

My architectural interests have been defined, reaffirmed and solidified during my experience in graduate school. The University of Michigan TCAUP boasts a world-class fabrication laboratory and fosters the latest trends in digital technologies and discourse. During my time at the university I was fully engaged with courses that exposed us to methodologies such as Rapid Prototyping, Parametric Modeling and Digital Fabrication, to name a few. I became fully involved with the Digital Fabrication Laboratory (Fab-Lab), not just as a student, but through employment as a Fab-Lab Assistant. My duties included setting up files on multiple software platforms, such as Rhinoceros and Mastercam, and operating the school's CNC router and waterjet to fabricate dozens of student and faculty projects. Additionally, I have been exposed to other fabrication technologies including laser cutters, 3d printers and a zund knife cutter which were used for my own projects.

With a specialty in fabrication, I am able to work at multiple scales whether if that is to fabricate a mockup of a complex system and detail, or at the scale of a topographic base for a finished presentation model. I have digitally/parametrically designed components that range from facade studies of buildings to the cover of my own portfolio. I work confidently and comfortably with digital software and tools, but I am still enormously interested in the discipline of architecture as a whole - from the earliest sketches to the very last construction inspection, and everything in between.

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Employment 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Digital Fabrication Laboratory Assistant

-Employed as an assistant for fabricating student and faculty projects on a 3-axis CNC router and waterjet.
-Advised students and faculty on proper file setup and explained expectations/limitations of a CNC router and waterjet.
-Familiar with the array of router/drill bits and fabrication methodologies associated with CNC routing.

Sep 2010 - Apr 2012
 

Harvard Jolly, Tampa, FL, US, Draftsman - Technical Support - Junior Architect

-Assisted project managers with construction documents and shop drawings.
-Accompanied project managers to contractor/engineer/client meetings.
-Assisted project managers with photographing and documenting construction administration inspections.
-Researched compliance of Florida Building Code for projects.
-Produced rendered images of projects using Google SketchUP
-Created presentation quality renderings using Adobe Photoshop

Mar 2006 - Aug 2009
 

Education 

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

Sep 2010 - Apr 2012
 

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

Sep 2008 - May 2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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