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Tess Luthman

Tess Luthman

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

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About 

I am a registered Architect with 20 years of experience. I am currently employed as Director of Design with American Constructs in Huntington Beach, CA.  I am registered in Ohio, Illinois and Texas.  I am working on my California license and Leed AP at this time.

I am committed to excellence in design, quality, innovation, and professional growth within a collaborative work environment. My design philosophy is focus on an integrated design process that results in the creation of sustainable, evocative environments with a strong sense of place. 

My experience includes design of complex, mid- to large-scale, innovative and high performance buildings. I have excellent visualization skills, verbal communication and a collaborative work style. My emphasis is maintaining the leading intellectual edge and effectively leveraging current design tools.

Qualifications:
• Creative visionary thinking.
• Excellent listening and presentation skills.
• Positive and collaborative style.
• Engaging communication skills with clients, consultants, and major project
stakeholders.
• Strong ability to understand and interpret clients’ needs.
• Rigorous work ethic; organized and technically proficient.
• Deep understanding of current design and construction trends, technology, materials,
and products.
• Understanding of applicable codes and universal design concepts.
• Comfortable mentoring others.

I have been fortunate to work with many very gifted Architects throughout my career, including Craig Hartman (Partner SOM), Richard Keating (Partner SOM), Paul Kennon( Partner CRSS), Walter Netsch (Partner SOM), Mike Damore, Craig Taylor, Jose Palacios (Principal AECOM), William Gerstner, Robert Jernigan (Partner Gensler Ass.), Bob Rich, and Loren Rottet.

I have experience with AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch Up, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Premiere Elements 9, Microsoft Word, Project, Excel and Power Point.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Tess Luthman, AIA, Los Angeles, CA, US, Principal / Design Architect

Jan 2008 - current
 

BHDP Architecture, Senior Design Architect

I worked as a Design Architect and Project Architect on several Projects, including Caresource Office and Retail Complex, Children's Hospital Center in Liberty, Ohio, Fidelity Identity and Call Center and Sharonville Convention Center Renovation and Addition.
I worked with Bob Rich and Tom Sens as Partners in Charge of the projects. I was responsible for sketches, concept development and design development, as well as presentation of materials and client contact.
I was responsible for planning, design and coordination of large complex projects. Applies diverse knowledge of architectural principles and practices in broad array of assignments and related fields.
Makes decisions on architectural design problems and methods.
I had technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing and coordinating architectural design assignments.
Assignments frequently involved researching unusual and non-recurring problems.
I was responsible for executing specific technical design aspects of an assigned project, including investigation, evaluation and recommendation of design solutions that best meets the client’s needs. I applied advanced architectural concepts and designs with the support of the Senior Partner. I also provided technical guidance to less experienced architects and made recommendations on design alternatives and assisted in proposal preparation.
I am an experienced user of Autodesk Revit in modeling and project documentation in institutional and commercial projects.
I also used AutoCAD 3D and Sketch Up in the creation of models, materials, animations and renderings.

Oct 2005 - Nov 2006
 

Pinnacle Architecture, Project Architect and Design Architect

I worked on The Miami Valley Career Center (High School Center), the Grandview Hospital Additions and Renovation, Grandview Hospital Neighborhood Master Plan, Miami Valley Hospital Renovations and Additions, and Renaissance Master Plan.
Work on projects emphasized a strong design aesthetic, with particular focus on design, programming, material selection and detailing. Strong graphic and verbal communication, and work in a team environment. Project management experience also.

I used AutoCAD 3D and Sketch Up in the creation of models, materials, animations and renderings.

Jun 2001 - Jan 2004
 

Architects Associated, Inc., Director of Design

I was responsible for planning, design and coordination of large complex projects. Applies diverse knowledge of architectural principles and practices in broad array of assignments and related fields.
Makes decisions on architectural design problems and methods.
I had technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing and coordinating architectural design assignments.
Assignments frequently involved researching unusual and non-recurring problems.
I was responsible for executing specific technical design aspects of an assigned project, including investigation, evaluation and recommendation of design solutions that best meets the client’s needs.
Applied advanced architectural concepts and designs with the support of the Senior Partner. I also provided technical guidance to less experienced architects.
I made recommendations on design alternatives and assisted in proposal preparation.
I am an experienced user of Autodesk Revit in modeling and project documentation in institutional and commercial projects.
I also used AutoCAD 3D and Sketch Up in the creation of models, materials, animations and renderings.

Feb 1997 - Aug 1999
 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Associate and Senior Design Architect

While with SOM in Chicago and Houston, I was responsible for coordination of team members, mulit -disciplinary meetings, construction coordination and major design coordination with the senior Partner in Charge of each project. fi worked with Craig Hartman, Walter Netsch, Rich Tomlinson and Richard Keating.

I was responsible for planning, design and coordination of large complex projects. Applies diverse knowledge of architectural principles and practices in broad array of assignments and related fields.
Makes decisions on architectural design problems and methods.

I was responsible for executing specific technical design aspects of an assigned project, including investigation, evaluation and recommendation of design solutions that best meets the client’s needs. I applied advanced architectural concepts and designs with the support of the Senior Partner. I also provided technical guidance to less experienced architects and made recommendations on design alternatives and assisted in proposal preparation.

Aug 1982 - Jan 1988
 

Education 

University of Houston, MArch, Architecture

I studied Architecture with an emphasis on Design, Materials Technology and Architectural Engineering.

Sep 1980 - Jun 1982
 

University of Cincinnati, Bachelors, Interior Design

I studied Architectural Interior Design with an emphasis on Planning, Architecture and Art History.

Sep 1973 - Jun 1978
 

Awards 

Young Architect of the Year 1986 with AIA Houston, 1st Place

This was a competition to honor Architects under 30 yrs. of age who had achieved notable success within the Architectural Community.

1986
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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