I recently received my Master of Architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and am looking to begin my architectural internship. My focus is on architecture and urban design.
My experience prior to graduate school was in the public relations industry representing design clients in New York City. This exposure to the design industry has given me a unique perspective on the role architecture plays in our society as well as an appreciation for the kind of multidisciplinary approach that is so important to what architects deal with today.
A sample of my academic design work can be found at http://www.robertkown.com.
Within the website, a number of my academic works are highlighted, including my thesis entitled: Inhabiting the Periphery, A Dialogue Between Individual and Site. This thesis is sited on New York's East River waterfront and deals with a number of issues concerning reclaimed civic space, sustainable urban living and, most importantly, design's ability to inform culture.
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Graduate Assistant
Graduate Assistant for Professors Gregor Kalas and Avigail Sachs: facilitating Architectural History courses
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Graduate Research Assistant
Research Assistant for Director of Graduate Studies Mark DeKay: researching, writing and editing two continuing education courses on sustainable design
Southwind Health Partners, Marketing Consultant
Marketing Consultant working with CEO and Development Director on production of the first annual Southwind Institute as well as other marketing, development and healthcare consulting duties
Wrote and produced marketing materials for various projects; made key decisions for print and online advertising; wrote eleven consulting proposals and work budgets; performed various in-depth research projects
Produced and publicized The Southwind Institute, a three-day 100 person conference for healthcare executives; created 2008 Marketing Plan
LaForce+Stevens, Account Executive
Account Executive with the Design and Consumer Teams; worked on ten diverse clients in a range of markets; clients included: Amino Vital, Bernhardt Design, H&M, Hotel Collection, Krispy Kreme, Porsche Design and YOO (Philippe Starck)
Maintained client accounts through daily media monitoring, status reports and extensive research initiatives; drafted publicity proposals, pitches, media alerts and press releases; worked with editors and producers to secure media placements; managed four interns and three freelancers
Produced and publicized several events, including Jade Jagger for YOO Sales Center opening event, various fashion shows, Today Show Holiday Toy Drive, Hotel Collection Editor Preview
Dan Klores Communications, Intern
Intern working with the Entertainment Group supporting department heads on various projects; secured media placements with editors and producers regarding upcoming events; drafted media alerts and press releases; coordinated on-site interviews for VIPs and press agents at various events
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, MArch, Master of Architecture
Research Assistant for Director of Graduate Studies Mark DeKay: researching, writing and editing two continuing education courses on sustainable design (5 - 12/2009); Editor for CURRENT (9/2008 - 6/2009); Research Assistant for Professor Katherine Ambroziak: assisting in surveying the Odd Fellows Cemetery (6/2011 - 7/2011)
Work selected for inclusion in Professor Ted Shelton’s publication, The Compendium of Poetic Machines (Fall 2009); Work selected for inclusion in The Nashville Civic Design Center’s publication, In Search of a New Home for the Nashville Sounds (Spring 2011)
Selected to represent UTK in presenting my thesis proposal at the Critical MASS conference in Charlotte, NC (Spring 2011); Awarded Graduate Assistantship to facilitate Architectural History course (Spring 2010, Spring 2011); Recipient of the UTK School of Architecture Scholarship (Spring 2009)
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Bachelors, Bachelor of History and Economics
Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), Study Abroad
Studied French architecture, history, and language
Critical MASS representative, Nomination
Selected to represent The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in presenting my thesis proposal at the Critical MASS conference in Charlotte, NC (Spring 2011)