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James Pietrzykowski

James Pietrzykowski

Washington, DC, US

 

About 

From a young age James Pietrzykowski {Peach/-er-cow-ski} aspired to become an architect. His father was a union carpenter and his mother was a talented painter, teaching him the fundamentals of both art and construction. James studied art and technical drafting at Alexander Central High School from 1997/98 - 2001. He started to take advanced art courses at Genesee Community College in the summer of 1999 throughout high school. After graduating in 2001, he studied architectural drafting and art at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York. In 2003 James transferred to The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. It was at this University that he was taught the discipline of architecture; programming, schematic design, and the importance of design phases.

After graduation James moved to Westchester County, New York. He took an internship in a high-end residential office under two designers. He learned the dynamics of how an architectural office was ran. He gained experience in field measurements and documentation working on small additions and renovations. In August 2007 James was offered a job in a high-end residential firm in Southport, Connecticut. David Scott Parker Architects, LLC, a well known architectural firm transformed James. It opened his eyes to the world of architecture. He worked on projects for Massachusetts Estates, Shore Side Houses in Connecticut, Museums, Pent Houses in Manhattan, and Estates in the Hamptons. He worked under a Project Manager who taught him how to use time management to meet deadlines, correct field measurements, site documentation, and interior elevations.  James also worked directly with the interiors department drafting their furniture layouts and editing furniture styles in Photoshop. He also worked under the Assistant Principal designing high-end furniture and building mock-up marble bathrooms. In this short year, he gained a vast amount of information and skills to help him become a stronger designer.

In September 2008 James relocated to Manhattan, New York working as a Project Manager in a Commercial Architecture Firm. At Studio JS2 Architect, P.C., James worked on Apartment Buildings, Heath Care Facilities, Office Fit-Outs, Fashion Showrooms, Medical Centers, Small Restaurants, Zoning and Code Analysiss, and even an Urban Winery. James used the knowledge previously taught and showcased it at this office. His Photoshop skills helped with marketing new offices. His high-end experience gave him fuel to design a fashion showroom. And the discipline taught in design studio helped him be productive and organized as a Project Manager.  At this office James worked directly with the clients, sketched their visions, and programmed their offices. He started with their ideas, and worked with them finishing the project and signing it off.

James has been described as dedicated, organized, motivated, positive, creative, talented, professional, goal oriented, and reliable. He has the ability to be a team leader where he always gets the job done on time. With the past internships and professional projects James has gained a wide variety of skills. He has the determination to become a great designer and architect.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

RSg Architects, Chantilly, VA, US, Junior Architect/ Project Manager - Healthcare Design

• Construction administration, construction budgets, submittals, agendas, permits, project manuals, specifications, punch lists, addendums, E-Builder, ASI’s, and RFI’s.
• DC, Maryland, & Virginia building codes, and Life Safety Plans.
• Field measurements, site documentation, existing conditions, sketches, schematic design, programming, design development, construction documents, construction details, interior/exterior elevations, and 3D models.

Sep 2011 - current
 

STUDIO JS2 ARCHITECT, P.C., New York, NY, US, Junior Architect/ Project Manager - Commercial Design

• Zoning Resolutions, Zoning and Code Analysis
• Field measurements, site documentation, existing conditions, sketches, programming, interior/exterior elevations, and landscape plans
• File Representative for NYC Building Department and Landmarks Preservation Commission
• Office Administrator: Architectural Library Coordinator, coordinating with various NYC Agencies, clients, consultants, contractors, and product vendors

Sep 2008 - Mar 2011
 

David Scott Parker Architects, LLC, Southport, CT, US, Intern Architect - High-End Residential

• Field measurements, site documentation, existing conditions, interior/exterior elevations, landscape plans, prepared and organized presentation boards for clients and Historic Societies, and designed custom furniture under the assistant principle
• Worked with the Interiors Department drafting furniture layouts, rastering color swatches, and Photoshoped furniture for presentations
• Office Administration; Architectural Library Coordinator, office errands, and prepared plots for printing and delivered to clients

Aug 2007 - Aug 2008
 

JP DESIGN, Croton Falls, NY, US, Intern Architect/Consultant

Internship under Two Designers: Two Tall Trees Architectural Design
• Field measurements, existing conditions, landscape plans, and office administration

May 2007 - Aug 2007
 

ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING LIBRARY, Buffalo, NY, US, Clerk and Research Assistant

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
• Assisted Head Librarian and Dean of Architecture on Research and Public Events
• Helped students and facility with research on new projects and history of Buffalo
• Helped students check books in/out, organized outer library loans, shelved periodicals, returned books, categorized new arrivals, and organized research room.

Sep 2003 - Nov 2004
 

Education 

University at Buffalo, Bachelors, Architecture

• Bachelor of Science in Architecture
• Minor in Art History

Courses Completed:
American Architecture
Architecture Design Studio One-Eight
Architectural Communications
Architecture History One/ Two
Architecture Since 1965
Art Between WWI & WWII
Art History 101/102
AutoCAD 2007–[VIZ, 3D MAX, Animation]
Building Technology
Construction Technology
Environmental Behavior
Environmental Controls
Habitat for Humanity
Intro to Architecture
Intro to Urban Studies
Italian Baroque Art
Modern Architecture
Structures One/ Two
Performance Programming

Activities and Societies: Alpha Rho Chi the National Professional Fraternity of Architecture and the Allied Arts Charter Class of the Senenmut Chapter at the State University of New York at Buffalo. •2005 Publicity Chair •2006 Worthy Architect (President) •2007 Worthy Advisor and Special Events Chair •2007 Alpha Rho Chi National Convention Committee

Aug 2003 - May 2007
 

Genesee Community College, General

• AP Courses in High School: Technical Drafting(1996), Painting 101 (1998) English 101 (2001)

May 1996 - Aug 2003
 

Finger Lakes Community College, Architectural Drafting

• Focused on Architectural Drafting and Fine Art

Courses Completed:
AutoCAD
Advanced AutoCAD
Calculus
Computer Imaging/ Photoshop
Construction Management
Construction Tech
Electronic Theory I
Engineering Drawing I/ II
Foundation Drawing I
Fundamentals of Engineering Technology
Painting I
Physics
Public Speaking
Residential Design I

Activities and Societies: CAB- Campus Activities Board •2002-2003 Vice Chair (Vice President)

Aug 2001 - May 2003
 

Alexander Central High School, High School, Tech/Art

• Focused on Architectural Drafting, Wood Technology, Model Making and Fine Art

Sep 1997 - Jun 2001
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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