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My duties over the years have included assisting the Project Manager with project administration, construction documents, and in coordinating with clients, consultants and local government agencies. My abilities entail being able to work on fast paced projects individually and with a team. I also am proficient in CAD and BIM such as Revit, along with Photoshop and Microsoft Office. I am also an experiened illustrator and hand-render.
O.J.O. Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, LEED Accredited Architectural Professional / Teacher
"Building buildings, while building, lives one day at a day" has been my modus operandi for over a decade. The past few years entail playing an active role in the building industry by doing freelance work, and continuing to build my skill set through professional and technical training. This includes serving as Treasurer for the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, being involved with the USGBC - Long Beach Chapter and the American Institute of Architects - Los Angeles Chapter, as well as, the University of Southern California’s Architectural Guild.
When I am not practicing architecture I teach Special Education and General Education as a Substitute Teacher for Lennox School District. While teaching is very rewarding, there is nothing quite like working in the green building industry.
American Income Life, Long Beach, CA, US, Producer - Life & Health Agent
Helping working families, particularly union members and their loved ones, obtain affordable life and health coverage. We supplement their health and welfare benefits.
City Fabrick, Long Beach, CA, US, Independent Contractor
This intensive four week research project, made possible by a large federal grant, was part of the Long Beach Environmental Technology Field Lab. In it, our team of six - eight people conducted research to further propel the city of Long Beach -- particulary in the 8th and 9th Districts to become more sustainable commuinties. Specifically, we were to create a wlaking loop--enhancing the environmental and ecological space as well as affecting the physical and social moral of the community and it's inhabitants.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)/Parsons Brinckerhoff, Los Angeles, CA, US, Central Facilities Management Intern
• Assisting project engineers and project managers in by organizing major project close-out documents valued at over $100 Million;
• Implementing a computerized Preventive Maintenance system for Fan Coil Units / HVAC, by locating, documenting, labeling, and verifying technical specifications for 1,523 Fan Coil Units (FCUs), valued around $1Million.
Loyd W. Martin Engineering+Design, Torrance, CA, US, Independant Contractor
• Prepared as-builts, construction documents with P.E.; conducted field investigations to obtain data for alteration of projects. Draft electrical, mechanical, and plumbing plans on “Sanrio” project, plus structural & architectural plans using ArchiCAD 9 & AutoCAD.
CSDA Design Group, Marina del Rey, CA, US, Job Captain
• Visit school jobsites before implementing ADA accessibility ordinances as it relates to facilities, parking, and paths of travel for grades K-12 in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh (VTBS Architects), Santa Monica, CA, US, Job Captain/Intern Architect
• Worked on the Van Tilburg Residence, in Culver City (schematic design). Rendered final submittal for the Design Review Board and constructed working model of “Palazzo Westwood” a mixed use senior citizen apartment near UCLA, which client approved
• Helped to establish an ARE study session; a value for the company by increasing the number of licensed architects on staff
• Produced Reflected Ceiling Floor plans, made detailed checks of architectural plans for code compliance in Type I, Type III and Type V construction
• Experience working on floor plans and electrical plans. Prepare construction documents, code research, and design consulting, as-builts and additions, for a LEED Certified commercial building.
Bloodgood Sharp Buster Design (BSB Design), Costa Mesa, CA, US, Intern Architect
• Prepared drawings for utility plans for residential Type V construction projects, including foundation plans and utility plans (mechanical, electrical & plumbing layouts); consulting w/ structural & building material representatives to obtain information.
Loyd W. Martin Engineering+Design, Palos Verdes, Ca, CAD Draftsmen and Designer
• Worked on CADD to produce for residential construction documents; supervised by an engineer.
Joe Addo Studio, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Student Intern - Summer only
• Worked on shop drawings and built 3D working models, along with computer models. Notable projects: Barney’s Beanery (restaurant) in Hollywood, Ca.
• Worked on shop drawings and built 3D working models, along with computer models. Notable projects: A residence in Accra, Ghana, and a maternity store in Beverly Hills, Ca.
Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA, US, CEWTP (Clean Energy Workforce Training Program)
Graduate Certificate, CEWTP (Clean Energy Workforce Training Program)
LaunchPad Careers Inc. / Workforce 2.0 Edit Completion Program, Job Preparedness Bootcamp - Program
University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), Minor in Architecture and International Urban Planning & Development
Activities and Societies: NOMAS, Past President; AIAS, Publicity Chair; APX - Honorary Member & Leadership Service Merit Awardee
Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by the national architectural social fraternity founded at USC by Professor Verle L. Annis, this medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who demonstrates leadership ability and promise of professional merit through character and attitude and who has performed willing service for the School. http://www.alpharhochi.org
Robert Kennard Scholarship, 1st Place
An endowed scholarship memorializing Robert A. Kennard (B.Arch. 1949), who was recognized as the 1991 Distinguished Alumnus. It is awarded to a student in the program, preferably an African-American or other minority, of high academic achievement in architecture and who is active in community service.
Gin Wong Scholarship, 1st Place
The endowed scholarship honors the USC Trustee and architecture alumnus. This award is presented to a fourth-year student and renewed for the fifth year based on academic excellence and financial need.
“The Gift of Love", 1st Place
This Student/Faculty publication of Visual Art work, (three pages of which, contained artwork from senior year in high school), was a collaboration spearheaded by the Department Chair, Joseph Gato. Gato's passion for jewelry making and figure drawing was unparralleled by his love for promoting the talent of the high school students who graced the place of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), along with the talent faculty and staff that nutured them each day.
This full color book gave students and faculty alike the opportunity to have their work--in whatever medium--published. This rigorous training preceded the asetic architecture training at the University of Southern California to follow, over the next five years. Such visual art training sets one apart, during the first year, from others who were not privy to having formal liberal arts education, because hand drawing skills/rendering skills are critical.