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Michael Binder

Michael Binder

Washington, DC, US

 

About 

I am an Registered Architect and LEED AP BD+C, currently living in Washington DC.  My passion is regenerative design, creating buildings and communities that serve to enrich both humanity and the rest of the ecosystem (not humanity at the expense of the ecosystem).  Regenerative design requires a holistic, systems-based approach to sustainability (for more information, see my website).  I have a diverse background that includes science and engineering as well as architecture.  My ultimate goal is to change the way we think, design, build and live by creating projects that are beautiful, well-crafted, efficient and healthy.  My approach to achieving these goals includes teaching and writing, as well as designing.

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Employment 

Meditch Murphey Architects, Chevy Chase, MD, US, Project Architect

In this position, I managed the project design process and documentation from preliminary design through contract administration. I helped prepare concept sketches, CAD drawings, specifications, bid documents, permit applications, etc. I evaluated contracts (A101, A107, A201, B101) and contractor proposals, reviewed drawings and shop drawings, submittals, requests for payment, change orders, etc.. Conducted site visits to review quality and completeness of the Work. Acted as a communication bridge between Contractor and Owner, and helped resolve questions and disputes related to the construction of the project.

My experience in this position included one residence certified at LEED Homes Platinum level, as well as several other 'green' residential projects

Jul 2008 - Oct 2013
 

University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, College Park, MD, US, Lecturer

Served as a a Faculty Adviser to the 2011 Solar Decathlon team. The Solar Decathlon is a biannual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Teams from 18-20 U.S. and international universities (each lead by students with guidance from faculty) design and build a 1000 sq.ft. solar powered home and transport it to the competition site (Washington DC in 2011) and demonstrate their designs operation for judges and the visiting public. In 2011, the Maryland entry ("WaterShed") won first place in Architecture and in the competition overall. I helped guide students in the original design studio, then helped refine the architectural and engineering designs, and finally helped students craft the educational outreach and marketing materials for WaterShed.

In addition to the role as a Faculty Adviser above, I also served in that capacity for the National Federation for the Blind's Youth Slam - a summer project intended to teach visually challenged students about architecture and design.

I also taught the structural design and analysis courses for the School of Architecture, as well as seminars related to sustainability.

Jan 2009 - Aug 2011
 

Gardner Mohr Architects, Chevy Chase, MD, US, Project Architect

Participated in the design and documentation of projects, from preliminary design through Contract Documentation phase. Prepared concept sketches, CAD drawings, specifications, bid documents, permit applications, etc.

My experience in this position included one residence certified at LEED Homes Gold level.

Jun 2006 - Jul 2008
 

NASA Support Service Contractors (various including Sverdrup, NYMA, Analex, Dynacs), Cleveland, OH, US, Propulsion Technology Research Engineer

Research into advanced aerospace propulsion technologies, including fiber-optic sensors, artificial intelligence and systems simulation. Lead the development of the solver core for the NPSS program (used my many U.S. jet and rocket engine manufacturers).

Jul 1988 - Aug 2003
 

Education 

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US, MArch, M.Arch

A 3.5 year program intended for students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than Architecture. The curriculum covers architectural history and technologies, as well as design studios.

While enrolled as a student, I helped lead the student team in the 2005 and 2007 Solar Decathlon competitions. The Solar Decathlon is a biannual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Teams from 18-20 U.S. and international universities (each lead by students with guidance from faculty) design and build a 800-1000 sq.ft. solar powered home and transport it to the competition site (Washington DC) and demonstrate their designs operation for judges and the visiting public. In 2005, our entry won the People's Choice award. In 2007, the Maryland entry ("LEAFHouse") took 2nd Place in the competition overall.

Sep 2003 - Dec 2006
 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Masters, Mechanical Engineering

Comprehensive curriculum including design and analysis of mechanical systems, thermodynamics, materials science, failure analysis and tribology.

Sep 1986 - Jun 1988
 

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI, US, Masters, Physics

In addition to core courses in quantum mechanics, solid state physics, mathematics and other advanced subjects, I participated in research conducted at the Large Electron Positron (LEP) Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. My work there focused on the particle detection electronics and data acquisition system (hardware and software).

Sep 1983 - Aug 1985
 

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, Bachelors, Physics

Core studies in physics and mathematics, including electives in nuclear physics and particle physics. Minored in Mathematics (covering calculus and other higher theoretical disciplines).

Sep 1979 - Jun 1983
 

Awards 

AIA Award for Excellent in Education, Award

Recognition for my work as a student at the University of Maryland, including my thesis focusing on regenerative design of a neighborhood in NW Washington DC.

2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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