John Hess

John Hess

North Carolina and Florida





Hess Design Studio And Architectural Services, Charlotte NC, Contract Design Development and Construction Document Services

Since January of 2015, I have provided contract design development work and construction document
production for an architectural firm in Charleston, SC. Most of these projects are traditional single-family houses of light wood frame construction that are being built in Charlotte, NC. This work is part-time and sometimes full-time during a given week, and I perform this work remotely at my home. I receive drawing files via a file-sharing service, work on them according to email or text direction, and then return the files after each work session. I produce these drawings using Vectorworks on a Mac that the firm provided.
Currently, this is the only architecture-related work that I am doing.

Jan 2015 - current

Hess Design Studio And Architectural Services, Charlotte, NC, US, Freelance Residential Designer, Contract Design and Project Management

Between 2009 and 2012, I was able to find full-time temporary work from various sources, both private and commercial, that included a wide variety of services. This included the production of as-built drawings, 3D design development models produced using Sketchup, the design of custom residential addition/renovations for private clients, design consulting with and without deliverables, landscape/hardscape design and installation, and the production of two ARCOM proposals for two custom residences in the Town of Palm Beach, Florida.

Jan 2009 - Dec 2012

Russell Tennis Center, Charlotte, NC, US, Tennis Instructor, Clay Court Renovation and Maintenance

Sep 2009 - Oct 2010

United States Census Bureau, Charlotte, NC US, Enumerator

Yes, I worked as a head counter for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Apr 2010 - Jun 2010

Hess Design Studio, Charlotte, NC, US, Private Residential Designer

I received a commission to design a freestanding woodworking shop addition for a residence in
southeast Charlotte, NC. For this project I provided design and planning, and I also helped the client select a builder and provided cost estimates.

Mar 2008 - Jul 2008

FMK Archiitects (for Allan McGuire, the "M"), Charlotte, NC, US, Project designer, intern architect

At FMK, I worked on several multi-family housing projects as a designer and planner, and I worked at a production level on several medical office buildings and additional apartment projects. This firm used a
production software called Arris, which was utterly archaic.

Aug 2007 - Apr 2008

Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC, US, Commissioned Sculptor

I conceived and built a sculpture made of bent wood and aluminum for the lobby of the Hal Marshal
Engineering Services Building.

Mar 2007 - Jun 2007

Trelles Cabarrocas Architects, Miami, FL, US, Intern architect, designer, labor

In 2007, I worked for a brief-but-intense stint for two of my professors at the University of Miami College of Architecture as an intern, designer, and draftsman on several highly custom homes and a church.

Mar 2007 - May 2007

Hess Design Studio, Charlotte, NC, US, Private Residential Designer

I received a commission in 2007 to design a screened dining room, sitting room, and pool as an addition
to a residence in southwest Charlotte, NC.

Mar 2007 - Apr 2007

Bob Easton, AIA, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Designer, Intern Architect, Project Manager

After graduating from the University of Miami, I worked in Santa Barbara, California on a rather
complex addition/renovation to an Italianate home and gardens in the village of Montecito. This included
near-daily site visits, the production of as-built drawings, improvised mock-ups of garden elements, the production of design details in AutoCAD, and consultation with engineer, contractor, and client.

Jan 2005 - Jun 2005

De La Guardia/Victoria Architects and Urbanists, Coral Gables, FL, US, Model Maker

I built a design development model out of basswood for a canal-front home, and consulted on another
design development model for a custom door.

May 2004 - Jun 2004

Saldana Design And Preservation, Miami, FL, US, Historic Preservation Consultant

For this contract work, I documented two historic wooden structures in an "Environmentally Sensitive
Land" in Broward County, Florida.

Jun 2003 - Aug 2003

University of Miami College of Architecture, Coral Gables, FL, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

I was paid as a teaching assistant to work on a 1"=1'-0" scale model of the historic Audubon House in Key West, Florida, which I made out of hand-milled, recycled Dade County pine.

Jun 2002 - Jun 2003

David M Sidbury, General Contractor, Charlotte, NC, US, Assistant Site Superintendent, Laborer

I worked on a project of 8 townhouse built of light wood frame and brick veneer. I did a wide range of jobs on this project, including masonry layout, digging footers with the Bobcat, excavation with the backhoe, as well as acting as an impromptu and unknowing getaway driver for larcenous laborers who stole their daily supply of cigars from the nearby convenience store.

Aug 1999 - Dec 1999

Hal Tribble AIA, Charlotte, NC, US, Intern Architect, designer, labor

Intern architect, hand-drafted construction documents, model maker, build and install of satellite office
storage shelves

Mar 1999 - Aug 1999

Hobbled Furniture Workshop, Charlotte, NC, US, Part-time

Furniture finishing, sanding, cabinet assembly and installation

Jun 1994 - Jun 1997

Harley's Garden Center, Charlotte, NC, US, Laborer/Landscaper

landscaping laborer

Apr 1992 - Aug 1994


University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, US, MArch, Architecture

3.5 Year Master's Degree in Architecture - NAAB Accredited Professional Degree in Architecture

Major Areas of Study: Classical Architecture, Urban Form in Tuscany, South Florida Historical Wood Frame and Timber Construction, Architectural Rendering, Architecture of the Veneto Region of Italy, the built works of Andrea Palladio

Sep 2000 - May 2004

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, US, Bachelors, Fine Arts Cum Laude

I enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at UNCC in order to develop a portfolio of creative work that would enable me to be admitted to the architecture program of the same school. After two semesters in the art program, I chose to finish that degree and move forward from there into architecture at the graduate level.
"Drawing" was my formal concentration. My studies included 4 semesters of Figure Drawing, as well as metal working, sculpture (as assemblage), physics, calculus, philosophy, painting, and several semesters of art history.

Sep 1995 - May 1999


2001 Inaugural Winner of the Canin Work/Study/Travel Scholarship, 1st Place

The Canin Scholarship is an 8 week work/study/travel award that in the inaugural year focused on the urban form of the small towns of the
Tuscan region of Italy. The program included an orientation period at Canin Associates then 8 weeks of fully paid travel in Italy to analyze and document the urban form of towns such as San Gimignano, Siena,
Montepulciano, Firenze, Lucca, and others. The program culminated in a formal presentation.


1999 Department of Art Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drawing, 1st Place

I won this award while enrolled at University of North Carolina - Charlotte as a Bachelor of Fine Arts student. It is awarded to the student who demonstrates exceptional performance in the drawing


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