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Kevin Welch

Kevin Welch

Las Vegas, NV, US

 

About 

My name is Kevin Welch and I am the Design Director for Ed Vance & Associates Architects. I have been working in the architecture and interior design industry for almost 14 years.  To put it in its simplest terms I couldn’t imagine doing anything else in this life except design. I am very passionate about design, I attribute this passion and devotion to the development and play in my early childhood which in turn acted as a catalyst and propelled me into a life in design.

Through my career I have been privileged to work with so many other talented and passionate architects and designers alike who have all inspired me to grow into a better designer. I come highly recommended by many of these very designers and architects as well as business owners throughout the Las Vegas area and some beyond. In my work I have achieved regional and some national recognition from design professionals for some of my work. My design philosophy is fairly simple; when I am faced with a design problem I solve it with simplicity and cleanliness. I am a purest and minimalist at heart but I am also diversified in my experience of design typologies. I have been educated in many diverse styles of architecture from classical renaissance to the modern era of minimalist and deconstructivist philosophies.

I feel that the most significant strength I carry is my adaptability. I am able to jump easily from being a designer, to a drafter, to mentor and coach, to decision maker. This adaptability can also be seen in my design work where I am able handle any task I’m given, be it conceptualizing, programming, rendering, modeling, drafting,  project management, or construction administration. I am also very detail oriented. I find that the designers of the best designs out there have taken great care in selecting the right details to balance the design composition carefully and responsibly. There is so much bad design out there that so many people have become accustom to it that they are unable to distinguish the difference. This is where my creativity and intuition help guide a clients mind into seeing the bigger picture and resolving design problems together in a collaborative effort one step at a time.

My plan right now is to finish my bachelor’s degree in architecture at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture within the next 2 1/2 years. Then move on to complete my graduate degree so that I can prepare for architecture licensure. But for now I am currently working as a full time Design Director for my friend and mentor Edward A. Vance, FAIA. If you have been given a link to this website, like my work and are interested in acquiring my firms services for your project please feel free to contact me at kevinwelch78@gmail.comkwelch@edvanceassociates.com, or you may also contact me by phone at 702.443.6012.

Employment 

Ed Vance and Associates Architects, Las Vegas, NV, US, Design Director

Here I work closely with firm principals, clients and the project management team to ensure that project deliverable's go out on time, on budget and support project goals while maintaining client satisfaction. I also support the principals of the firm by maintaining a consistent design vision, philosophy and workflow with clients as well as the firm’s design and project teams. I used a high level of creativity and experience to conceive and execute design projects, while being mindful of the clients’ needs, requirements, budget, schedule, and site issues. In my position I act as mentor; coaching and motivating design and technical team members as well as participating and directing various projects design development, and provided guidance to design, technical teams, contractors and consultants. At EV&A I also foster and support an environment of design exploration, innovation, and creativity in order to achieve excellence in collaboration with others in the design process. I built and strengthened connections with EV&A’s clients through a comprehensive understanding of their needs and goals as well as sought information about the client’s requirements and demonstrated how they are interpreted in design solutions presented, which further allow the team and myself to successfully communicate design solutions to EV&A’s clients in a clear, compelling and inspiring way.

Oct 2013 - current
 

TAL-Studio, Las Vegas, NV, US, Designer

TAL Studio is an internationally recognized Interior Design Firm Specializing in high end hospitality projects. My time with TAL Studio was spent in a supportive role where I primarily worked on the front end of projects working closely with the firm principal Todd Lenahan and the Design Director Daniel Chenin mostly at a conceptual stage. Because of my past experience there were at many times that my assistance was needed in developing and completing construction documents and construction coordination when needed. The projects that I worked on ranged from high end restaurants, lounges, to high end hotels and full service spas.

Mar 2012 - Jul 2013
 

Self, Las Vegas Nevada, Independant Design Consultant

Upon the economic downturn in 2009 I successfully offered full time independent design support services to professional design firms. The work I completed during this time varied from Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Web Development.

Mar 2009 - Mar 2012
 

Ed Vance & Associates Architects, Las Vegas, NV, US, Senior Designer

Serving as a Senior Designer, I used a high level of creativity and experience to conceive and execute design projects, while being mindful of the clients’ needs, requirements, budget, schedule, and site issues. In both positions I held I acted as mentor; coaching and motivating design and technical team members as well as participating and directing various projects design development, and provided guidance to design, technical teams, contractors and consultants. At EV&A I also fostered and supported an environment of design exploration, innovation, and creativity in order to achieve excellence in collaboration with others in the design process. I built and strengthened connections with EV&A’s clients through a comprehensive understanding of their needs and goals as well as sought information about the client’s requirements and demonstrated how they are interpreted in design solutions presented, which further allowed the team and myself to successfully communicate design solutions to EV&A’s clients in a clear, compelling and inspiring way.

Mar 2008 - Mar 2009
 

JMA Architecture Studios, Las Vegas, NV, US, Designer I, Job Captain, Senior Architectural Draftsman III

I began working at JMA as a Senior Architectural Drafter III, promoted to Job Captain for the Hospitality Studio shortly thereafter. I managed assigned hospitality projects’ construction document creation and development process, and set daily tasks for the drafting of these documents with architectural and interior design team members. Later in my time at JMA I worked my way into the Core Design Studio as an Intermediate Designer where I explored and enhanced my creativity working front end conceptual design and design development. In addition to designing hospitality projects I also designed commercial, healthcare, public, and interior design projects. I provided design support to design and technical team members from the conceptual phase through design development. As I grew within the Core Design Studio I received my final title of Designer I. In this position I took on more responsibility in supporting the Design Director by interfacing between the Design Studio and Production departments in an effort to maintain and monitor the design intent and consistency with technical team members during the design development and construction document phases of my assigned projects. In addition to my responsibilities as a Designer I, I also conceived and designed my own assigned projects and supporting other design staff in their assigned projects at the same time.

Mar 2004 - Mar 2008
 

BJG Architecture + Engineering, Reno, NV, US, Architectural and Structural Drafter

At BJG I assisted many aspects of the business of architecture and engineering including my responsibilities as a drafter. I assisted with client interaction and consultant coordination processes. I dedicated myself to the Architects, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers and others in the team to deliver a quality product on schedule and within the project budget and the budgeted hours provided for in the contract. I also assisted the Architects, Structural Engineers and Civil Engineers with client and project coordination and management and managed projects of limited scope under supervision. In my day to day work I provided data for evaluation of budget compliance and project billings. I coordinated architectural, structural engineering and civil engineering construction document preparation and analyzed building/zoning code. I ensured compliance with design intent and coordination with specification. As a drafter I prepared architectural, structural engineering and civil engineering design and construction documents and rendering by integrating the design and technical aspects of projects. I reviewed the work of consultants for coordination purposes and interfaced with client and building agencies when needed. I provided further assistance in construction administration and prepared project correspondence such as RFI’s and addendum's to the contractors. I conducted on-site observations as directed by and with Architects, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers and prepared observation reports when appropriate. I reviewed and approved shop submittals as needed. I assisted in project close-out efforts including punch lists.

Mar 2000 - Mar 2004
 

Vachon Drafting, Reno, NV, US, Steel Detailer

Here at Vachon I created shop drawings for structural steel fabrication and erection. This was my first job in the design and construction industry where I learned to use AutoCAD to create drawings for fabrication. Also here I learned to read drawings from all disciplines which was critical in being able to identify and locate all the structural steel that would be needed for the given projects. The level of precision in the work was paramount as if something were a 16th of an inch off then the structure would not be able to be constructed. I learned a great deal of accountability here and thoroughness in my work. I attribute my understanding of how buildings came together while working here.

Jan 1999 - Mar 2000
 

Contractors License Center, Reno, NV, US, Assistant Director

Contractors License Center was a one stop shop for all of the contractor licensing, bonding, and insurance needs. While working Here I assisted students with contractors license application filing, prepared them to pass the Nevada contractor exam, and helped them obtain the required Nevada license bond and insurances.

Nov 1998 - Jan 1999
 

Education 

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Architecture, BArch, Architecture

"The undergraduate program in Architecture leads to the pre-professional degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture. The program is designed to provide a broad, but rigorous design studio-based educational experience that is a pre-requisite to graduate studies in architecture and subsequently fundamental to the professional practice of providing architectural services. In this context the students’ creative and innovative design activities are guided by an understanding of the complexity of factors relating to human interaction with the designed and natural environments and an awareness of the fact that architectural design decisions have consequences that impact global habitability, cultural evolution, environmental change, and the sustainability of human societies.

To effectively address challenges of the 21st century architects collaborate with various design professionals on complex design and planning issues related to the built environment where the interconnections of science, art and technology are self-evident. The program’s curriculum reflects this interdisciplinary and inter-professional realm and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries by drawing from related curricula. Design studio and technology courses systematically incorporate concern for the social, economic, political and physical components of design-research problem-solving processes.

The pre-professional degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture is desirable for those wishing a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment in architecturally related areas. Graduates are employed in related fields such as digital arts, urban development, real estate, and construction. Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, private firms and service providers also offer employment opportunities. Generally it is an excellent preparation for roles in society that benefit from an understanding of and exposure to architectural design."

Source: http://architecture.unlv.edu/bs_arch.pdf

Aug 2003 - current
 

Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada, Architecture and Design Technology

TMCC’s Architecture program provided the first step toward the accredited degrees to be attained at other institutions.

Aug 2000 - Aug 2003
 

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