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I currently work as a designer in SOM's Education Lab, primarily on academic projects. I've practiced architecture since 2005, working in Florida, St. Louis, and New York. My project experience ranges in size from small art galleries and academic suites to large institutional buildings and masterplans.
In May 2011 I completed the Master of Architecture program at Washington University in St. Louis, where I worked with Kathryn Dean as an Editorial Assistant for Approach, and with Peter MacKeith as project designer for Washington University in Shanghai, a new study center created in affiliation with Fudan University.
At WUSTL, I was a Danforth Scholar, a recipient of the Dean's Summer Travel Fellowship, and was nominated for the Widmann Prize, the Hugh Ferriss Award for Architectural Drawing, and awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit.
And now the longer, 3rd person bio:
Aaron Plewke was born in Chicago and grew up in South Florida. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida, where he acted as Editor-in-Chief of Architrave, the School of Architecture's design magazine. Aaron has also studied at John Cabot University in Rome, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, UF's East Asia Program in Hong Kong, and the Vicenza Institute of Architecture.
Aaron has practiced architecture in Florida, New York, and St. Louis.
Since January 2007 Aaron has served as an Editor for Archinect.com. In this role he has created several pieces of original content that have been published as feature articles, including an interview on the foundations of contemporary architectural practice with NYC design studio Lyn Rice Architects; a curated review project for MoMA's 2008 exhibition, Design and the Elastic Mind; a series of micro-interviews with the NY Architectural League's 2009 Emerging Voices honorees; and an in-depth interview with Jeffrey Inaba and Gavin Browning of Columbia University's C-Lab on a collaborative project they completed with the editors of Urban China.
Aaron has represented Archinect as a panelist at the Storefront for Art and Architecture's "Postopolis!" event in New York (2007), as a panelist at IIDEX/NeoCon in Toronto (2009), and as a juror for the Ken Robers Memorial Delineation Competition in Dallas (2009).
Aaron's School Blog on Archinect:
The Extraordinary vs. the Everyday Catastrophe: Part 3, Sun, Sep 12 '10
The Extraordinary vs. the Everyday Catastrophe: Part 2, Fri, Sep 10 '10
The Extraordinary vs. the Everyday Catastrophe: Part 1, Tue, Sep 7 '10
Sunday August 29th marked the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in Louisiana. On April 20th of this year, an explosion on Deepwater Horizon – an oil drilling rig stationed near Louisiana – killed 11 crew-members, and set off the largest offshore oil spill in the history of the ...
Philippe Rahm: Part 2, Wed, Mar 10 '10
In this two-part feature Archinect's Aaron Plewke chats with Philippe Rahm. This second half of the interview discusses Rahm's work and how it relates to food, astronomy, environment and thermodynamics.
Philippe Rahm: Part 1, Mon, Mar 8 '10
Philippe Rahm, born in 1967 studied at the Federal Polytechnic Schools of Lausanne and Zurich. He obtained his architectural degree in 1993 and currently works in Paris, France and Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2002, he was chosen to represent Switzerland at the 8th Architecture Biennale in Venice ...
Urban China, Crisis, and the Bootlegging of a Magazine , Mon, Jun 22 '09
Founded in 2005, Urban China is the only magazine devoted to issues of urbanism published in and about China. In addition to offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, the magazine has a network of correspondents and collaborators around the world who work under the guidance of its ...
3 Questions for 8 Emerging Voices, Wed, May 6 '09
The Architectural League created the annual Emerging Voices lecture series in 1982 to recognize and encourage architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. The series focuses primarily on built work, at a variety of scales, and is structured to reflect the diversity of ...
UpStarts: Lyn Rice Architects, Mon, Sep 29 '08
The one thing you will not find in school--or even on Architecture Registration Exams--is a course on how to get work, yet it is one of the most basic needs of any design practice. In fact, if you don't have an equal ability to experiment in getting work as you do in doing work you would be ...
Archinect Reviews: Design and the Elastic Mind, Thu, May 22 '08
In the past few decades, individuals have experienced dramatic changes in some of the most established dimensions of human life: time, space, matter, and individuality. Working across several time zones, traveling with relative ease between satellite maps and nanoscale images, gleefully drowning ...
A Refreshing Detour Team Konyk, Winners of LVHRD ARCH DL IV, Sun, Feb 24 '08
Grosse Pointe Central Library: Efforts Toward Conservation, Tue, May 15 '07
Virtual Activism , Tue, Mar 27 '07
Virtual Activism is the first episode of a 3-part mini-series created by the Modern Architecture Protection Agency (mapa). Upcoming episodes will include a gallery of submissions from the SAVE ME! Design Charrette, background information on the Grosse Pointe Central Library and Marcel Breuer ...
Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York, NY, US, Architect / Designer
LGA Central Terminal Building and Campus Redevelopment
Cornell NYC Tech Campus Master Plan
Cornell NYC Tech First Academic Building (competition)
Horace Mann School Student Center, Natatorium, and Science Building
The New School University Center
Boston South Station Redevelopment
Archinect, Senior Editor
The Extraordinary vs. the Everyday Catastrophe (published 9/2010)
Archinect Interviews: Philippe Rahm (3/2010)
Urban China, Crisis, and the Bootlegging of a Magazine (6/2009)
3 Questions for 8 Emerging Voices (5/2009)
UpStarts: Lyn Rice Architects (9/2008)
Archinect Reviews: Design and the Elastic Mind (5/2008)
A Refreshing Detour (2/2008)
Grosse Pointe Central Library: Efforts Toward Conservation (5/2007)
Virtual Activism (3/2007)
klein plewke design partnership, Partner
WUSTL Asian Studies Center - Shanghai, China (2011)
School of Design Distinguished Alumni Wall - St. Louis, Missouri (2011)
School of Design Administrative Offices - St. Louis, Missouri (2010)
Suburban House - Jupiter Farms, Florida (2009)
NYCityRacks Competition, with Thomas Kosbau of ORE (2008)
Lower East Side Art Gallery - New York City, New York (2008)
Grosse Pointe Central LIbrary Competition - Grosse Pointe, Michigan (2007)
Maritime Museum and Park Competition - Jacksonville, Florida (2006)
Mckean Architecture, Junior Architect
Private Townhouse - Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY
Country House - Lomontville, NY
Facade Replacement and Retail Renovation - Soho, Manhattan, NY
Gresham, Smith & Partners, Project Designer
Williams YMCA, Fitness Center Addition and Renovation - Jacksonville, FL
Yates YMCA, Site Feasibility and Concept Study - Jacksonville, FL
Citrus Memorial Hospital, Patient Tower and Emergency Department - Citrus, FL
Dolphin Reef, Community Master Plan - Jacksonville, FL
Washington University in St. Louis, MArch, Master of Architecture
University of Florida, Bachelors, Bachelor of Design
University of Central Florida, Associate of Arts
Each year The American Institute of Architects awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (or CACB for Canadian schools). A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking graduating student. These awards are provided as part of the AIA Scholarship Program.
Frederick Widmann Prize, Nomination
This award is given in honor of Frederick Widmann, architect and philanthropist, and honors students who have shown high levels of academic achievement and design ability.
Hugh Ferriss Award for Architectural Drawing, Nomination
This annual award honors Hugh Ferriss, distinguished architect and renderer,WUSTL class of 1911 and Hon. MArch 1928. This award is given to a student who has excelled in architectural drawing in any medium.
Dean's Summer Travel Fellowship, Grant
Danforth Scholar, Scholarship
The Danforth Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis honors the student who embraces high ideals, whose life choices are guided by personal integrity, selflessness, a commitment to community, and a dedication to leadership and academic excellence.