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Camille Bivens

Camille Bivens

Chicago, IL, US

 

About 

Born and raised in France, I chose to go to Canada for an exchange program for a year when I was 17 years old. That year experience lead to 4 years at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada and a Bachelor of Environmental Design option Architecture.

After spending many years away from my family, I decided to go back to the French Alps and work in the architectural field as an intern to get some experience. Group8 and DLV architectes & associés (now called atelier MARCH) were the two firms in Geneva that I chose to work with.

Working in Switzerland and seeing the way Swiss architects work and look at architecture pushed me to pursue my education in Switzerland.

Joint Master of Architecture is a three partners institution (Bern - Fribourg - Geneva) that collaborate in projects, seminars and courses so the students can get a broader view of architecture within a Swiss context.

Through this program, I was also able to go on an exchange program to India for one semester. As I have always been interested in humanitarian architecture, I thought that it would be great opportunity for me to study but also travel in a country where everything will be outside of my boundaries.

After obtaining my Master of Architecture in Switzerland and moving to San Francisco in September of last year I was unable to work due to visa delays. During this period, I dedicated my time to the community by getting involved with the San Francisco chapter of Architecture for Humanity.

DNM Architect is a small firm that focuses on residential projects around the Bay area where I worked for 6 months. In my time in the position, I have been involved in multiple projects at different stages of the design process, giving me a good picture of what it takes to bring a project from concept to completion. For just under a month, I led one of our constructions sites while the contractor was on vacation abroad. This required me to be responsible for everything from meeting deadlines and making sure the orders were placed on time to finding design solutions to various problems on the site.

Now living in Chicago, I am currently looking for a junior architect position within an established firm.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Consultant, Chicago, IL, US, Junior Architect

- conceptual design
- materials and spec research
- construction documentation - digital modeling
- regulatory compliance
- interior / exterior detailing
- cost summaries / schedules
- client / staff relations
- survey
- CAD software used: VectorWorks

Nov 2014 - Mar 2015
 

DNM architect, Sausalito, CA, US, Junior Architect

- conceptual design
- materials and spec research
- construction documentation - digital modeling
- regulatory compliance
- interior / exterior detailing
- cost summaries / schedules
- client / staff relations
- survey
- led construction project in absence of the contractor - weekly site visits
- CAD software used: ArchiCAD

Apr 2014 - Oct 2014
 

Ashdown Architecture, San Francisco, CA, US, Junior Architect

- conceptual design
- construction documentation
- digital modeling
- regulatory compliance - ADA assistant consultant
- schedules
- client / staff relations
- survey
- worked with large retail corporations (ex: Grocery Outlet)
- worked on a facility for the disabled with Chris Downey, Architecture for the Blind
- CAD software used: AutoCAD

Feb 2014 - Apr 2014
 

DLV Architectes & Associés, Genève, CH, Intern Architect

- weekly site visits
- conceptual design
- construction documentation
- digital / physical modeling
- cost summaries / schedules
- survey
- worked on competitions
- CAD software used: ArchiCAD

Nov 2010 - Jul 2011
 

group8, Genève, CH, Intern Architect

- weekly site visits
- construction documentation
- digital / physical modeling
- worked on competitions
- constructed art installation at Art Basel, Switzerland
- CAD software used: AutoCAD

Oct 2009 - Oct 2010
 

Education 

Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
 

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CA, BArch, Environmental Design

Sep 2006 - Jun 2009
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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