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Nancy S. Chu

Milwaukee, WI, US

 

About 

Employment 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Graduate Assistant

Assist with assessment process including research and data collection, transcribing, coding instrument design and management, and organizing data sources.

Mar 2015 - current
 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Architectural Design Consultant

Project management, design, and planning services on a variety of initiatives. Analyzed projects, identified design issues, provided cogent feedback and resolutions. Implemented creative methodologies to streamline efforts in accordance with guidelines, and finished projects faster than initially planned.
Key Accomplishments:
 Identified problems and implemented solutions – provided sustainability design and planning.
Services which exceeded ADA compliance in restoring building.
 Managed all phases of project, from early design phase to final project design.
 Decreased significantly the timeline for project design completion.
 Contributed to overall design to revitalize several streetscape initiatives.

Aug 2009 - Nov 2014
 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Design Studio Guest Critic

Sep 2013 - May 2014
 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Teaching Assistant

Architectural Drawing

Sep 2009 - Dec 2009
 

Freelance Design Consultant, Southeastern Wisconsin Area, Landscape Design Consultant and Project Manager

Provided management and consultation for all phases of design projects for a variety of projects, including coordinating workers, materials, and equipment. Partnered with clients and staff to prepare all phases of projects, critically analyzing problems and administering appropriate resolutions. Prepared time projection sheets and monitored scopes and specifications to communicate progress and any necessary modifications of indicated plans.
Key Accomplishments:
 Consulted commercial and residential clients, including environmentally-friendly landscape design.
 Supervised team of ten or more, maintained open communications to sustain smooth operations.
 Provided support and education for clients and project staff throughout all phases of projects.
 Evaluated project for issues and determined best resolutions..

Feb 2000 - Oct 2005
 

Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee, WI, US, Landscape Designer Consultant

Provided management oversight for various phases of project, including coordinating workers, materials, and equipment. Partnered with architects, surveyors, and engineers to prepare property for building. Analyzed and administered contracts, and obtained necessary permits and licenses adhering to proper codes and standards. Prepared time projection sheets and monitored scopes and specifications to communicate progress and any necessary modifications of indicated plans.
Key Accomplishments:
 Re-designed the Central Mall for the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Celebration.
 Collaborated with various departments to ensure redesign specifications through critical thinking and
analysis.

Jan 1997 - Apr 2000
 

Education 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, PhD, Architecture & Urban Planning

Doctoral Program in Architecture [Minor interests in Gerontology and Urban Planning]:

Research focus:
- THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GROUP CHARACTERISTICS AND SPATIAL PROPERTIES ON WALKABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY IN PLANNED NEIGHBORHOOD
- New paradigm of housing to Improve built environment to meet the needs for the next generation and the aging population
- Research on the evolution and Post-Occupancy Appreciative Inquiry of housing, explore the unique qualities and the replicability in other cities within their contexts
- Socially responsible architecture

Courses taken:
- Processes of Aging (Nursing 760)
- Environmental Design Research (Architecture 750)
- Advanced Research Methods (Architecture 785)
- Post Occupancy Evaluation (Architecture 587)
- Social Policy Seminar on Aging (Social Work 851)
- Theories of Environment Design Research (Architecture 751)
- Urban Design as Public Policy (Urban Planning 857)
- Urban Design/Physical Plan (Urban Planning 751)
- Social Organization (Sociol 928)
- Social Gerontology (Social Work 685)
- Housing Markets & Public Policy (Urban Planning 762)
- Psychology of Aging (Pysch 680)
- Independent Research Project (Arch 991)
- Doctoral Preliminary Exam (Arch 992)

Certificate/Fellowship/Scholarship:
- Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology (2013)
- Awarded Scholarship from Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (2013-2014)
- Awarded Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship (2010 - 2013)

Sep 2011 - current
 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, MArch, Architecture & Urban Planning

- Graduated with Master in Architecture (May 2011 - GPA 3.81)

- Awarded Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship (2010 - 2013)

Feb 2009 - May 2011
 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, BArch, Architecture & Urban Studies

Architecture and Urban Planning

- Graduated with Magna Cum Laude (December 2008)

Sep 2006 - Dec 2008
 

Awards 

Graduate School Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship, Award

Outstanding achievement with diverse social, cultural and experiential backgrounds brought to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2010-2013

2013
 

Helen Bader Schlarship for Studies in Aging, Award

Conducted an innovative and cognitively challenging activity to work with
residents in a local senior community.

2013
 

RP & JL Carr Social Justice Scholarship, Scholarship

Academic Excellence and Community Services related to the pursuit of Peace and Social Justice;
presented design projects to audience in part of the recipient award ceremony

2010
 

Jack L. Fischer Scholarship, Scholarship

Demonstrated exemplary academic, design and technical merit with emphasis on the building process and with GPA 3.85

2009
 

Landscape Design Competition, 1st Place

Overall planning, attention to detail, to serve and transform the community by revitalize the Konkel Park in the City of Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

1997
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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