My name is Chris Holzwart. I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's - Master of Architecture program. My work has been featured in design websites, publications, exhibitions, an international architectural education summit, as well as recognized within the school. I have worked professionally for 3 years in the discipline; 1 year at a small-scale residential firm in Chicago, IL and 2+ years at a large scale corporate design office in Seattle, WA.
My design interests seek to link technological, cultural, ecological, and physical relationships between architecture, environments, and users. My work can be described as 'disciplinary-faceted', due to the differing breadths and scopes of each architectural project. I believe design is not only the creation of an object, but also the coordination of processes which lead to an architectural product.
Since school, I have moved out West to Denver, CO, and am currently employed at HPA. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in my work and would like to further discuss an opportunity for us to collaborate. Thank you.
Humphries Poli Architects, Denver, CO, US, Designer
University of Michigan, Graduate Student Instructor - Spring '11
I served as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for an undergraduate/graduate level course: ARCH315 - Sustainable Systems II with professors Kim, Junghans, and Cottel. This course sought to convey concepts of sustainability, environmental design, and basic principles of thermal + fluid dynamics. I delivered course content through weekly recitations and review sessions.
University of Michigan, Graduate Student Instructor - Fall '10
I served as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for a graduate level course: ARCH589 - Site Operations / Site Planning and Engineering for Architects, at the University of Michigan. I assisted professor Geoffrey Thun in a Site Planning course which taught concepts of operational landscape processes, engineering, and ecological infrastructures. I was responsible for delivering course contect in 'lab', as well as served as a semester-long design critic for the students' final design project.
Jonathan Splitt Architects, Intern Architect - Summer '10
During the summer '10, I held an intern position at JSA in Chicago. As a summer intern, I worked on design and construction documentation for a variety of single-family and multi-tenant residential projects in the Chicago area. My temporary position allowed me to be involved in the different stages of each project, often contributing my as-built measuring, 3d modeling, rendering, and construction documentation skills.
Callison, Architectural Staff 1 + 2
In my full-time position at Callison, I worked closely with project architects to develop numerous tenant improvement and new construction projects in the retail and corporate studios. I was often responsible for managing my own projects and maintaining direct contact with clients, while being given a project manager to provide learning and mentorship. I also assisted in teaching LEED study groups as well as collaborated with coworkers on establishing a LEED design guidebook for future projects.
Jonathan Splitt Architects, Intern Architect - Summer '06
During the summer '06, I held an intern position at JSA in Chicago. As this was my first architectural internship, JSA took me under their wing and taught me the conventions of project processes from conceptual design to construction administration. I assisted JSA in the documentation of a 14 story highrise in the South Loop of Chicago, as well as a variety of other single family and multi-tenant projects in the Chicago area. My temporary position allowed me to be involved in the different stages of each project, often contributing my as-built measuring, 3d modeling, rendering, and construction documentation skills.
University of Michigan, MArch, Master of Architecture program
Miami University, BArch, Undergraduate Architecture program
2011 University of Michigan Thesis Award, Nomination
I was selected as a Thesis Award recipient for the M.Arch class of 2011