I founded pickard-design, ltd., a concept and process driven multidisciplinary collaborative studio, in 2005. Through our collective work we have competed in multiple national and international design competitions and worked in collaboration with numerous artists, architects, designers, and planners and have completed dozens of projects ranging from residential remodels and new-builds to interiors and custom furnishings and from limited production products to corporate web sites. Our work has received critical recognition, including several academic and industry awards, and has been featured in several publications and gallery exhibitions.
Concurrent with my independent pursuits, I have worked as a Designer and Project Architect for several firms, including Blostein/Overly Architects, James Bradberry Architects, and Varenhorst, contributing to numerous academic, institutional, commercial, and mixed-use projects over the last seven years.
I am extremely passionate about both sustainable design and academic pursuits. I lectured at the KSA from 2005 to 2007, where I started the Portfolio Design Lecture Series and Workshops in 2005 and acted as the Graduate Advisor to the Ohio State Chapter of the AIAS from 2006 to 2008. I have also acted as a Guest Studio Critic at The Ohio State University, Temple University, and Drexel University.
As a professional, I hope to blur the line between the stereotypes of academia and professional practice, to test theories through application, and to influence others to question and explore their own ideas through my example.
Hellyer Berman Lewis, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, US, Designer
Responsible for design development, coordination with consultants, building code analysis, development of construction documents, and construction administration for various commercial projects.
pickard-design, ltd., Principal Designer / Director
Responsible for all aspects of design, development, and management in a multidisciplinary collaborative studio for a wide variety of projects ranging from residential remodels and new-builds to interiors, custom furnishings, limited production products, and corporate web sites.
Varenhorst, Project Architect
(formerly Stephen Varenhorst Architects)
Contributed to schematic design, computer and physical modeling, preparing graphic presentations, design development, coordination with consultants, building code analysis, development of construction documents, project management, and construction administration for various commercial and mixed-use projects.
James Bradberry Architects, Project Architect
Responsible for building and site surveying and analysis, historical and technical research, concept development and schematic design, computer and physical modeling, design development, coordination with clients and consultants, building code analysis, cost estimate coordination, development of construction documents and specifications, project management, and construction contract administration for over a dozen academic and institutional projects for various clients including Princeton University, Bryn Mawr College, and Stratford Friends School, among others.
BL/OV Blostein/Overly Architects, Designer
Contributed to schematic design, computer modeling, preparing presentation graphics, and design development for various commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects and competition entries including the Lake Elsinore Civic Center Design Competition (2007 – Competition Finalist) and the BBVA Bridge Park Design Competition (2005).
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Certificate, Project Management
Coursework included seminar classes and studies in Project Management Basics, Project Team Leadership, and Effective Interpersonal Communication.
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US, BArch, Architecture, w/ minor in Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communications Design
Architecture curriculum included studies in Architectural History, Theory, Structures and Construction, Drawing and Technology, Design Studios, and electives. Coursework completed through the Design Department included studies in Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communications Design History, Methodology, Drawing and Presentation, Multimedia Design, and Studios, along with Art and Design electives.
Activities and Societies: The American Institute of Architecture Students
The [Sub]urban Doghouse, 2003, named to ReadyMade Magazine's RM100 list of top projects of the year
(originally aired May 22, 2011)
AxA (Art by Architects), Philadelphia, PA - Exhibition, Other
Lake Elsinore Civic Center Design Competition - Finalist, Other
Completed with Blostein/Overly Architects
Hopkins Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio - Exhibition, Other
Gallery of the Arts Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio - Featured Artist, Other
Gui Design Competition - Finalist, Other
OCMA Design Competition - Finalist, Other