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Melissa B. Griffin

Melissa B. Griffin

LaPorte, IN, US

 

About 

Native Hoosier, design fanatic.  Graduated in 2002 from Purdue University College of Technology in W. Lafayette, Indiana with a degree in Computer Graphics. After working for several years in the homebuilding and construction industries, left the industry to attend graduate school at Syracuse University, receiving a Master of Architecture degree in 2010. Love everything design, from modern architecture to graphic design and photography. Passionate about sustainability and green design, graphic design, and furniture design.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

The Facets Magazine, Lead Graphic Designer

• compile work from all contributors into final published document
• create graphic layouts by converting a written article to a visual communication device
• create design templates and standards to unify designs for a cohesive appearance for the magazine

Apr 2011 - current
 

Larry Bowne Architects, Intern Architect

• created digital model using SketchUp software for renovation project;
• match existing conditions and proposed changes according to site photographs and CAD documents;
• prepared model for viewing as visualization tool for client, contractor and designer
• create portfolio and project documentation; organize, manipulate and update images from design process, construction phase, and finished work.

Sep 2010 - current
 

Syracuse University, Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant

• conducted desk crits, exams and tutorials
• UPSTATE: 194X Legacies of the Modernist City in Central New York;
HOUSING THE AMERICAN DREAM: Single-family Dwellings by Marcel Breuer in the United States credited as editor for both publications

Aug 2007 - May 2010
 

CG Visions, Inc., Steel Panelization Specialist / Consultant

• used BIM to convert architectural plans to 3D;
• collaborated with engineers to update drawings/models;
• customized steel panels for large apartment buildings and multi-family units;
• created shop drawings for panels in preparation for manufacturing

May 2006 - Nov 2006
 

AFG California, LLC, Project Manager / Architectural Drafter

• provided technical guidance in development of newly created panelization division;
• contributed to development of patented equipment for the production environment;
• used BIM to generate digital models, construction documents and shop drawings;
• participated in site visits to ensure proper installation of wall/floor panels;
• contributed to value engineering meetings

May 2004 - Apr 2006
 

Structural Concepts, LLC, Designer / Consultant

• created BIM solutions, shop drawings for residential steel framed construction;
• contributed to value engineering meetings

Jun 2004 - Mar 2005
 

CG Visions, Inc., Designer

• used BIM to convert existing residential plans;
• updated plans and models for building code compliance;
• created lot-specific house plans and models;
• generated renderings using Photoshop for marketing materials

Jan 2001 - Mar 2003
 

Scienda Building Sciences, LLC, Intern

• used BIM to create construction detail library for light-gauge steel wall and floor panels

May 2001 - Aug 2001
 

Builder Solutions, LLC, Intern

• created BIM models from architect's hand sketches;
• used BIM to produce marketing materials using Photoshop

May 2000 - Jul 2000
 

Education 

Syracuse University, MArch, Architecture

Thesis | Fear in Suburbia: Fear as a Strategic Motivator in Suburban Development
Ghost Lab Design + Built Internship | MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects | Nova Scotia, Canada
Syracuse University Abroad | Madrid . Amsterdam . Florence

Aug 2007 - May 2010
 

Purdue University, Bachelors, Computer Graphics Technology

Computer Graphics Technology, Specialization in Construction Graphics (BIM)

Aug 1996 - Dec 2002
 

Awards 

Syracuse Works: Student Visions for the City Exhibition, Award

Exhibition: Syracuse Works: Student Visions for the City

Project: Urban Salvage Park

Description: An exhibition of 20 student (or alumni) projects designed for Syracuse, presented at the new Storefront for Syracuse, a renovated storefront Downtown. The exhibition is intended to open a dialogue between architects, and the citizens of the City for which they are frequently designing.

2011
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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