I currently am a fifth year architecture student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As my studies come to a close, I savor the excitement and challenge of entering “the real world.”
I chose architecture because my parents taught me the value of creativity as well as logic and analysis. I also chose to edit films, travel, take photographs, draw, and read. I have no degrees for these, but they are as much a part of my experience and skill set as any programming, detailing, or schematic design experience.
My background is varied and full of precious experience. My portfolio is proof of my ability, but my work continues to expand in congruence with each fresh encounter.
Brian Ambroziak, Knoxville, TN, US, Teaching Assistant; Visual Design Theory
My responsibilities as Teaching Assistant are to communicate with first-year students the fundamentals of design theory and introduce them to conceptual thinking. I and five other assistants lead discussions, provide one-on-one feedback, organize class activities, and occasional lectures. The purpose of the class is to study the artistic conscience in regard to the acts of building and drawing.
Robert French, Knoxville, TN, US, Pre-Design Coordination Assistant
I currently work developing a detailed and comprehensive edition of a programming addendum for UT’s newest Design-Build project: A 4-H Camp at Lone Oaks. My responsibilities include analyzing student work and consolidating the information into a complete programming document for the project.
John McRae and Joleen Daragh, Knoxville, TN, US, Research Assistant
During the Fall of 2013, I worked with John McRae and Joleen Darragh as well as three other students on the preliminary research for a new Grant Study at the University of Tennessee. The project is a three-year, interdisciplinary investigation into the well-being of small Appalachian communities. Ultimately the project will address this in the region through the use of preventative medical care and healthy physical environments. Our research focused on identifying challenges and the directions of potential solutions through Infrastructure, Social Interactions, and the physical Home.
Robert French, Knoxville, TN, US, Exhibit Designer
Working in a group of three, I helped to design and build the framework, drawings, and model for the 2013 AIA Tennessee Convention. I primarily managed the design process for the framework, the project budget, and layout of the drawing set.
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, BArch, Architecture
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architetcure, Otaniemi, FI, Summer Abroad: Architectural Studies
EUReCA Undergraduate Research Competition, 1st Place
I won a first place prize for my research and studio project done during study abroad in Helsinki, Finland in the summer of 2012. The research was a study of Finnish culture through the lens of Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck's prolific career as a painter. The research culminated in the design of a chapel devoted to her work and the secular spirituality of the Finnish people.
Hnedak Bobo Travel Abroad Scholarship, 1st Place
I won the first place prize for my design project done during the Summer of 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.