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Brittany Henderson Dhawan

Brittany Henderson Dhawan

Alameda, CA, US

 

About 

I currently hold a Masters of Architecture from USC and have worked as a freelance consultant in architecture firms and on independent projects for the last four years due to fluctuations in the architecture market.  I have also started my own line of earrings this year out of recycled / upcycled model scraps from my own architectural models.  You can find them on the Etsy link on my profile.
 

My last studio project was a 108 unit housing complex above a mixed use retail ground floor and a subway station on a heavily trafficked pedestrian and bus transit corner.  In this project, featured in my online portfolio (brittanyhenderson.carbonmade.com), I looked first at the context and the various circulation flows in order to understand the complexities the solutions had to respond to.  The final design solution came from a series of studies into clustering modules for the housing and a similar yet different series of studies of adding and subtracting grid modules (of the same module size as the cluster) on the ground plane.  This resulted in a series of push and pull studies of how the housing cluster would relate to the ground plane and then to the underground parking and subway.
 

My latest contract as a freelance consultant has been two design build projects with a local real estate developer / contractor, Bob Valandra, who has been building in West Los Angeles for about 20 years.  Right now I'm finishing up the final corrections on the CD set for the new residence that is the one of the first to go through the new Green Code Ordinance.

Perhaps the best example of interiors and revit work that I have done is the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral project with Goldman Architects.  In that project I was the Revit consultant putting the entire project into the Revit model solo, and I worked hand in hand with the architect, the lighting design consultants, the draftsman on the project and the structural engineers.  I created in Revit all of the custom lighting fixtures, the custom windows, the intricately filigreed gates in the front of the church and the Iconostasis screen, which is highly decorated and culturally significant.  I also created the bishop's throne, the lectern furniture and all the other objects seen in the renderings. 

As far as my outlook on life, my daily working attitude, and character – I come with a wealth of knowledge, an open mind looking for new possibilities, and I can get along with and motivate others in a group easily.  I have had my own students for the last three years teaching Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3d Max and Rhino (as well as high school English and History) – and all of them came out better in the end for the experience.  In a company I am well equipped to 'roll with the punches' and to easily brainstorm new directions and ideas.  I look forward to seeing what Cannon Design thinks of me now for the past three years of experience in this round of hiring.  Any questions you have further or recommendations that you would like, please let me know and I will send them to you.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

B D Henderson Consulting, Consultant

Projects & Clients List:
- Claremont McKenna College Mid Quad Dormitories, with Pfeiffer Partners Architects
- JMS Architecture & Lampert Dias Architects
- Carmichael Residence, Draftsman / Designer on project with Robert Valandra Contractor
- Henderson Residence, Draftsman / Designer on project with Robert Valandra Contractor
- Gregorian Residence, Revit Consultant on project with Edward Hagobian & Assoc. Architects
- Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, San Francisco, Revit Consultant on project with Goldman Architects
- Holy Names University Chapel, Draftsman on acoustic remodel with Goldman Architects
- Ritz Carlton, Scottsdale Arizona, Revit Consultant on project with Mosaic Architects

Aug 2008 - current
 

Jann Williams Architect AIA, Assistant to the Architect

Mar 2007 - Jun 2008
 

Education 

Aug 2010 - current
 

Academy Of Art University, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2008 - May 2010
 

Azusa Pacific University, Bachelors, Global Studies

The Global Studies Program at APU is one of a kind and based on field learning. It was a blend of anthropology, sociology, and international relations. For this program I spent two required semesters off campus - one in inner city Los Angeles living with an African-American host family and learning all about the systems of the city from visiting each of them.

For the second semester I lived in Romania with a Romanian family located in Bucharest, and interned at Vivid magazine. I set up all the courses, the projects and delivered the completed material upon arrival back in the States after 6 months of study. The program was set up in a way that required individually directed field work much like a master's program in anthropology would require.

Sep 2002 - May 2006
 

Awards 

NEWH LA Chapter Scholarship, Scholarship

This is from the NEWH Foundation, which is the Hospitality Industry's Leading Network. It covers everything from interior product manufacturers, to the fashion industry, to the Design industry.

2011
 

Mel Ferris Dean's Choice Award winner, Scholarship

I was the Dean's Choice award winner for Mel Ferris back in 2010 while I was with the Academy of Art University.

2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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