Scene 1: Tennessee, rural farm, young girl. Time spent chasing frogs and pretending to be a wolf. Only child, busy parents. I was a reader and a dreamer. I made short abstract films about summer thunderstorms and my dog's fur. I made giant collages of clouds and tiny ant cities in the mud.
Scene 2: Knoxville, Tennessee. University, School of Architecture. I met my people. I found a profession to match my creative and analytic skill set. I worked for professors, with other students, programmed 4-H Camps, and designed, designed, designed. I learned and grew and changed. I became a better, smarter person and a better, smarter student.
Scene 3: New Orleans, Louisiana. I learned how much I didn't know. I went to parades and learned how to build buildings, build costumes, build communities. I found new ideas in the urban environment. Tobacco smoke in jazz clubs, Mardi Gras parades, flooding cities, decaying streets. I found problems, with my city, with my world, but I also found mentors and networks and the resources to solve them. It's where I am now and what shapes me from here.
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans, LA, US, Designer
You name it, I draw it. I work directly with project managers and firm principals providing documentation and technical skills necessary to progress building design from the business development phases through post-occupancy surveys. I work mainly in Revit, but am extremely efficient in the Adobe Suite. I also have familiarity with AutoCAD, Rhino, the Microsoft Suite, and have experience with various energy modeling platforms. I'm very comfortable with hand drawing, physical modeling and sketching and enjoy photography, film editing, and writing as hobbies to support my professional work.
I'm currently wrapping up my experience and examination process and plan to complete this in early 2017.
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.
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.
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.