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Ivan Ostapenko

Ivan Ostapenko

Calgary, AB, CA

 

About 

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master's degree in architecture, and am seeking full-time employment with an established design firm, while advancing my career as a visual artist and fabricator.

In undergrad at the University of Calgary I specialized in drawing (perspective systems, anamorphosis, techniques specific to graphic media) and sculpture (casting, carving, welding, and assembling anything from small reliefs and figures to product prototypes and large-scale installations). I went into architecture prior to graduating with a BFA, by pursuing it as a minor degree. This entailed completing the first year of the Environmental Design graduate program while preparing work for the Fine Art graduating exhibit, and tested my multi-tasking abilities at extreme limits : at one point I was registered in seven courses, four of them studios, while acting as a lead on the production of an exhibition catalogue. Despite this intense workload, I was able to achieve excellence with all the projects.

Though I focused my efforts on the study of architecture and urbanism in graduate school, I did run a small apparel silk-screening business with a partner for the first two years, which allowed me to stay involved in the Calgary art scene and to gain invaluable practical insight.

I have working knowledge of html and css coding: in addition to my online portfolio and a small number of business-related sites, I created the website for the UIC SoA's student-run publication, Fresh Meat, and used to manage it.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Studio Y Creations, Calgary, AB, CA, Metal Fabricator

› Manufactured structural steel components and frames as per detailed design documents.
› Welding, cutting, drilling, fitting and assembly of steel members.

Nov 2011 - Mar 2012
 

Fresh Meat journal, Chicago, IL, US, Web Editor

I was a web designer, editor and a contributor to the semi-annual non-profit student journal, Fresh Meat.
My responsibilities include: managing student bloggers, website upkeep, conducting interviews with visiting lecturers, editing content, and creating supporting graphics.

Aug 2009 - Aug 2011
 

Self-Employed, Calgary, AB, CA, Contractor

Residential construction and landscaping.
› Oversaw and participated in a renovation project acting as a general contractor; project scope included:
property measurement and preparation of plans, material cost estimation, interior and exterior painting,
re-wiring of electrical system, framing and drywalling of basement.
› Worked on a design-build landscaping project for the construction of an interlocking brick patio, small
retaining walls and planters.
› Prepared permit drawings for exterior decks and one garage.

May 2010 - Aug 2010
 

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Laser Lounge Technician

› Operation and maintenance of the laser cutter and 3D printer.
› Supervised and assisted graduate and undergraduate students with file preparation and machine use.

Aug 2009 - Jan 2010
 

Exquisite Corpse Collective (self-employed), Calgary, AB, CA, Co-founder, designer, printer

› Started an apparel printing business; overseeing the purchasing, marketing, and distribution of stock.
› Development of original designs; produced clothing using silk-screening and other stenciling techniques.
› Website and stationary design to aid with marketing and enforce the company's identity.
› Taught a stenciling workshop with a group of 9 kids (early teens) through Calgary Urban Youth Works.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2009
 

University of Calgary, Graphic Designer

› Volunteered as head of the Catalogue Committee; responsible for the design and publication of the
book, including communication with students and printers.
› Designed various promotional printed matter, such as posters and invitations.

Sep 2007 - Apr 2008
 

Studio Y Creations, Calgary, AB, CA, Sculptor

› Produced sculptures, commercial displays, parade floats as part of a creative team under art direction;
took part in pre-shipping assembly of large-scale installations.
› Acquired skills and techniques of working with Styrofoam and metal - carving and finishing foam, working with various industrial adhesives.
› Applied woodworking skills to produce cabinetry and sculpture components.

May 2007 - Aug 2007
 

Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - Aug 2011
 

University of Calgary, Bachelors, Visual Studies

Sep 2004 - Jun 2008
 

Awards 

Schiff Foundation Fellowships, Nomination

Administered by the Department of Architecture of the Art Institute, is given annually to one student from either the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, or The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Each school enters up to 5 participants every year.

2011
 

Benn-Johnck Student Award, Nomination

The Benn Johnck Student Award was established in 1982 by William Benn, AIA, as a lasting tribute to his business partner, Frederick Johnck, AIA. Select architecture schools (Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Washington University) are invited to participate and to select up to 5 students to enter the competition. The students' entries are school projects with varying topics that the students complete and submit at the end of their spring semester.

2011
 

University of Illinois School of Architecture Department Award, Scholarship

Small endowment to recognize outstanding academic achievement.

2009
 

Ray Arnatt Memorial Award, Scholarship

Awarded to a student in the Faculty of Fine Arts graduating with a BFA Honours or BFA (exiting scholarship). Requires demonstrated excellence in ART 583:Sculpture VI, awarded on recommendation by instructor.

2008
 

University of Calgary Undergraduate Merit Award, Scholarship

Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic achievement (3.8 GPA requirement).

2007
 

Jason Lang Scholarship, Scholarship

Established in the memory of Jason Lang, a 17 year old high school student who was killed in a school shooting, and administered by Alberta Scholarship Programs, to reward the outstanding academic achievement of Alberta post-secondary students who are continuing full-time in an undergraduate program in Alberta.

2006
 

Jason Lang Scholarship, Scholarship

2005
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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