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Welcome to my profile!
Personal: I am an energetic, passionate son, brother, and student from Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, a southern suburb of Pittsburgh. I grew up with a busy lifestyle pursuing multiple activities from boy scouts to sports, ultimately settling with competitive gymnastics that helped shape 12 years of my younger life. I have a love for the outdoors, enjoying camping, fishing, hiking, and more. I have both a professional, more serious side, and a laid back, goofy side, that has now started to mesh as I continue to grow.
Since college, I have come to love recreational biking, the benefits of public transportation, and spending time with friends. I enjoy helping others, either through community service or simply through being a friend. I love talking about architectural design, walking around Chicago, and biking along the Chicago lake front. Architecture school, organizations, and part time jobs were my consistent activities throughout college, so I am excited to expand my hobbies, interests, and activities to other things!
I could never live without my iPod and enjoy a little bit of every type of music. I love food and enjoy the chance for a good cup of coffee or tea, hot or cold. I am a fan of dressing casual, from gym shorts to business attire, but also enjoy the occasional chance of putting on a suit and tie!
Professional: I am a young, aspiring architect seeking exciting opportunities in the world of architecture, development, and sustainability. I have a passion for great, functional, efficient design that focuses on the user and the environment. I have an intense drive for sustainability and a desire to improve the lives of others. I plan to use architecture to make truly sustainable design the norm, develop efficient design that is attractive, affordable, and functional, and ultimately improve the lives of those I serve.
I am excited to dig deep into the field and surround myself with other energetic, passionate people. I am looking forward to the continual learning that accompanies architecture and the multiple paths in which an architectural career may lead!
Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability, Illinois Institute of Technology, Sustainability Reporting Coordinator
Coordinator for Sustainability Reporting tasks. Focuses include drafting sustainability policies, IIT&amp;amp;amp;#39;s submission for the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), assisting start up implementation of the campus composter, coordinating student workers&amp;amp;amp;#39; activities, coordinating implementation of the Sustainability Themed Housing section of the IIT dorms, assisting the Director of OCES
Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability, Illinois Institute of Technology, STARS Implementation Coordinator
Implementation Coordinator for IIT's submission for the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Tasks included information tracking, data collection, meeting set up and coordination
Self Employed, Architect/Project Manager
responsibilities: design, construction drawings, bid review, project management/coordination,
renovation work, site coordination
project type: residential
project scopes: basement and first floor addition, kitchen/bath renovation
location: Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania
Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability, Illinois Institute of Technology, Green Building Coordinator
LEED requirement research. Coordinator of the Green Building Action Plan team responsible for developing the draft of the green building section of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan
DRS Architects, Architecture Intern
responsibilities: Construction drawings, layouts, and corrections, scale model, site visits,
measurements of existing conditions, meetings, design
project types: higher education, hospitality, commercial, multi-family residential
project scopes: new construction, renovation, master planning
location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(returned to IIT for school from mid-August 2008 to mid-December 2008)
Gerald Lee Morosco Architects, PC, Architecture Intern
responsibilities: Organize/update architectural library, CAD drawings, site measurements
project types: residential, light commercial/retail
project scopes: renovations
location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), BArch, Architecture
5 year undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture program with a minor in Construction Management
Ecosa Institute, Environmental Design/Construction Materials and Methods
One month summer workshop program in Prescott, Arizona focusing on design and construction surrounding alternative materials (straw bale, adobe, cob, earth plaster, rammed earth, poured earth, recycled materials, stone, SIPs). Lectures, field trips, and a hands-on project: http://picasaweb.google.com/rmbportfolio
Thomas Jefferson High School, High School, High School
The Leading Edge Design Competition is a student based competition focused on sustainable design. The 2010 competition, Zero Net Now, was a competition focused on the achievement of a net-zero energy workforce training center in Long Beach, California. My particular entry was a partner-based project with partner Melissa Toops (melissatoops.110mb.com)
We received two (2) Citation of Merit Awards:
Control of Thermal Mass
Linkage between Indoor and Outdoor Learning
Clinton E Stryker Award, Award
This Award is presented each year to 15 - 25 full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Nominees must at least have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good standing. Nominees must have made a distinguished contribution to campus life.
A student may qualify by contribution through services to a particular organization or team, by the performance of duties as an officer in a student organization, enhancing the activities of an organization or team, and/or enrichment of the IIT residential community. The student may qualify by contributing to a major campus event. The student may qualify through consistent support, encouragement, and guidance to a range of organizations or activities. The student may also qualify by other distinguished service not listed above.
IPRO Team Student Leadership Award, Nomination
IIT Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) are projects in which students work in interdisciplinary groups to achieve a goal, develop a project, or work with a sponsor to implement a program. Our particular project was the development of a coffee storage hut and community space for a farming community in Eastern Uganda, sponsored by Crop to Cup coffee (www.croptocup.com).
I was nominated by my professor for this award.
Thomas Roszak Freshman Architecture Scholarship, Scholarship
The highly selective $5,000 Thomas A. Roszak Scholarship is awarded annually to one entering undergraduate architecture student who demonstrates exceptional promise and financial need. The scholarship is applied directly to tuition costs for the first year of study in the five-year B. Arch. program.
The Roszak Scholarship seeks incoming students who will be challenged by the IIT curriculum to achieve their potential as an IIT alumnus in the rewarding profession of architecture. In addition to meeting the criteria established by IIT for undergraduate admission, candidates for the Roszak Scholarships must meet the following criteria:
Be an incoming freshman
Graduate in the top 20% of their high school class
Have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 scale
Demonstrate academic achievement
Demonstrate financial need (as documented in Financial Aid Office)
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Leadership Academy Scholar, Scholarship
Each year the Leadership academy offers full tuition scholarships to a select number of IIT students who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. Beyond the full tuition scholarship, LA Scholars participate in and help facilitate Academy programs and facilitate/lead groups of sophomores at the Leadership Academy Sophomore Leadership Retreat each fall. They also meet once a month to discuss events, promote the academy, and discuss the development of new programs.
Leadership Academy participants receive their Certificate of Leadership Studies upon the successful completion of at least 40 hours of workshops/seminars surrounding leadership offered through the Academy.
Samuel Horowitz Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship
Awarded to up to eight students annually (two from each undergraduate class), this scholarship award merits exceptional work. Students are nominated by professors, and the final recipients are selected by a jury of reviewers.
Crown Scholarship, Nomination
Established in 1984, the Crown Scholarship is a full- tuition, five-year scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman architecture student. This prestigious award encourages exceptional architectural achievement and recognizes outstanding students pursuing architecture.
The Crown Scholarship seeks incoming students with exceptional potential who will be challenged by the IIT curriculum to pursue a professional commitment to architecture. To retain the scholarship, Crown Scholars must maintain a 3.25 grade point average while enrolled at IIT. In addition to meeting the criteria established by IIT for undergraduate admission, candidates for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:
Graduation in the top 10% of their high school class
Outstanding academic achievement
Excellent artistic skills in freehand drawing
Involvement in extracurricular activities, demonstrating leadership and independence
U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Heald Scholarship, Scholarship
Incoming freshman are eligible for Heald and University Scholarships of varying ranges. Through the combination of the Heald Scholarship and an IIT Grant, my scholarship totaled $17,000/year.