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Maria Kuzminskaia

Maria Kuzminskaia

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

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About 

After graduating from high school, I choose architecture as my profession. My early studies have
an emphasis on mathematics and art. With time, my interest grows bigger as I become aware of ways geometrical objects and design influence people’s morale, mood and movement, the same way fine arts would. Therefore, I find architecture rewarding to me. It allows for a natural balance between art and science in our lives. I study design and architecture at State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I have the opportunity to learn from great professors and architects. The city of Saint Petersburg itself offers a unique architectural ensemble in its own right. It is an ideal city to explore and learn about architecture, and urban planning. Also, there is a constant demand for architectural competitions. I enthusiastically and often successfully participate in several of such competitions. For instance, my thesis is awarded the first price at the International Competition of Diplomas and Works in Architecture in 2005. In fact, I embrace competition. It pushes me to innovate and improve my design, and my theories.
During my studies, I work for one of the leading architectural office studios in the city. I work
as architect assistant in 2003 for architect Miturev. It is an important first step in my carrier
as a young architect, and it is one of my most valuable professional experiences. In fact, Mr.
Miturev was appointed Chief Architect of St. Petersburg in 2008. During this time, I participate
mainly in mixed-use building projects cooperating with architects, engineers and construction
professionals for the first time. I develop drawings and 3D modeling for client presentation and
meetings. I gain strong teamwork skills.


After graduation, I join my thesis adviser's design team. I work assisting him on various architectural
projects. We share similar views in architecture, therefore I am involved in projects
from start to finish. I have responsibilities that would have never been given to me in any of
the large offices. As a member of this young team, I design various building types ranging from
car show rooms to 30-storey buildings. During this time, our company wins several competitions,
and it is prestigiously recognized every year since in The Architectural Annual in Saint Petersburg.
Having worked three years as an architect and two years as a lead architect, I gain valuable
hands-on experience in architectural design. I prepare all drawings and the necessary paperwork.
I become lead architect in this office.


In order to reach my future professional objectives, I decide to gain extended professional
knowledge in the USA. In New York, I study at the Metropolitan College where I find two internship
positions at Studio Caracciolo and at AER Design Associates. Following, I am accepted into
the Southern California Institute of Architecture's post-professional program in Los Angeles,
California. It is an experimental program that tests design ideas with the aid of new technology.
During this time, I experiment with robots, cutting edge software and new construction materials
implementing them to sound design theories. Fabrication and aesthetic explorations become my main focus. I graduate in 2013.

Employment 

Pleskow Architects, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Designer

Oct 2013 - current
 

ARABTEC CONSTRUCTION LLC, Saint Petersburg, RU, ARCHITECT

- ADJUSTING THE PROJECT ACCORDING RUSSIAN CODES;
- SOLVING ISSUES AND PROVIDING MISSING INFORMATION;
- COORDINATION WITH CONSTRUCTORS AND ENGINEERS;
- COORDINATION BMU SYSTEM WITH FACADE SYSTEM;
- COORDINATION WITH MATERIAL SUPPLIERS;
- FINISHES OF PUBLIC AREAS.

Feb 2011 - Jul 2011
 

Studio Caracciolo, New York, NY, US, ARCHITECT

APPLICATION FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT, NEW YORK CITY

Nov 2010 - Dec 2010
 

ARCHITECTURAL WORKGROUP B2, Saint Petersburg, RU, LEAD ARCHITECT

- DEVELOPING IDEAS WITH THE CLIENT;
- 3D MODELING, CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
(PLANS, SECTIONS, MASTER PLAN, DETAILS);
- APPLICATION FOR PLANNING AND BUILDING CONTROL DEPARTMENT;
- COOPERATION WITH CONSTRUCTORS, SURVEYORS AND ENGINEERS;
- CONTROLLING THE PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH;
- SOLVING ISSUES THAT ARISE DURING CONSTRUCTION

Aug 2008 - Aug 2010
 

ARCHITECTURAL WORKGROUP B2, Saint Petersburg, RU, ARCHITECT

- DEVELOPING IDEAS WITH THE CLIENT;
- 3D MODELING, DRAWINGS (PLANS, SECTIONS, MASTER PLAN, DETAILS);
- APPLICATION FOR PLANNING AND BUILDING CONTROL DEPARTMENT

Aug 2006 - Aug 2008
 

ARCHITECTURAL WORKGROUP B2, Saint Petersburg, RU, ARCHITECT ASSISTANT

- DEVELOPING IDEAS WITH THE CLIENT;
- 3D MODELING

Sep 2004 - Aug 2006
 

Education 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, MASTER OF DESIGN RESEARCH STYDIES (POST-GRADUATE, 3 SEMESTER PROGRAM)

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013
 

Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Saint Petersburg, RU, MArch, DIPLOMA OF SPECIALIZED STUDIES (GRADUATE, 1,5 YEAR PROGRAM)

Jan 2005 - Jul 2006
 

Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Saint Petersburg, RU, BArch, BACHELOR (UNDERGRADUATE, 4,5 YEAR PROGRAM)

Sep 2000 - Jan 2005
 

Awards 

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION ‘ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO’, 1st Place

ORGANIZER: ST PETERSBURG UNION OF ARCHITECTS

2009
 

APARTMENT INTERIOR SPACE IN DWELLING HOUSE ‘CITY OF YACHTS’ MOSCOW, SHORT-LIST (5 BEST PROJECTS), Honorable Mention

PUBLISHED IN MAGAZINE ‘WORLD OF NEW SETTLER’ (#64 JULY 2006)

2006
 

1ST PRIZE AT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF DIPLOMAS AND WORK IN ARCHITECTURE ORGANIZER: INTERREGIONAL SOCIAL ORGANIZATION FOR ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION ASSISTANCE, 1st Place

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF DIPLOMAS AND WORK IN ARCHITECTURE

ORGANIZER: INTERREGIONAL SOCIAL ORGANIZATION FOR ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION ASSISTANCE

2005
 

Skills 



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