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I am an outgoing individual who has a passion for practical, ecological and invigorating design that leads to buildings that satisfy the needs of the clients and users. I enjoy many aspects of architecture and how it is constantly changing and making one think. I love to be around those who enjoy design, but who also have a sense of adventure and are not afraid to push those around them to take on new ideas or problems.
I am also a avid traveler, motorcyclist, mountain biker, and I will never turn down an opportunity to be outdoors. I enjoy meeting new people who share these passions or who are willing to expose me to some of the things they enjoy in life. Tackling new projects and problems will always get my attention.
KG&D Architects & Engineers, PC, Mount Kisco, NY, US, Junior Architect
Worked mainly on public projects ranging from the USPS and US Mint to public schools, libraries and town offices. I was able to gain a vast knowledge of the inner workings of a medium sized firm and the way larger projects are progressed through the different stages. Most of my work was alongside one of the Partners or Associates to get SD, DD and CD drawings completed. I was able to partake in other aspects of the profession which included client meetings at the site, office management and CA for various small to medium sized projects. I was able to run my own small jobs through CA and I was making the steps towards managing larger project from design through construction.
Ralph R. Mackin Jr. Architects, PLLC AIA, North Salem, NY, US, Junior Architect
After RPI I was able to continue at this firm and further my experience and take on more responsibility with the addition experience I gained with the time there. I was working on my own drawing sets and getting help and advice from the project architects in the office. I was also able to get involved with the design principle and discuss schematic ideas with him and the clients. These new responsibilities were a great stepping stone to further my understanding of the architectural process.
Hunter Roberts Construction Group, New York, NY, US, Intern
I was a summer intern at the construction management firm where I was assigned a to a 300million dollar residential tower project across the Hudson River in New Jersey. I was on the site every day and got to see the progression of the building from the 50% complete point onward. I was assigned to monitor certain trades and act at the middle man between those trades and any issues they had with the architects documents. I believe this was one of the best experiences to see the building industry from another perspective and see what a job site is like on a day-to-day basis.
Ralph R. Mackin Jr. Architects, PLLC AIA, North Salem, NY, US, Intern Architect
Worked closely with all the members of the small, high-end, residential firm. I was able to participate in job meetings, site visits, drafting and construction administration. Here I was able to learn a lot about the inner workings of how smaller projects are conceived and executed.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, US, BArch, Architecture
Completed and 5-year accredited program in architecture. While there, I was on the cycling team, and was a TA for Environmental and Ecological Systems and the architecture Fabrication Shop. I was selected to study abroad in Rome, Italy for a semester in the fall of 2007.
The work done in Rome was exhibited at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York City. A website of the exhibit and work can be seen here: http://homepages.rpi.edu/~saunda2/ICIRPI/publication.html
AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter Scholarship, Scholarship
Selected by the chapter members from a transcript and portfolio submission. The scholarship is for 5th-year students who live or attend school in the area the chapter covers. One of two selected for the scholarship.
Study Abroad, Rome, Nomination
Selected by a panel of professors based on academic record and a portfolio submission.
Roman Studies Scholarship, Scholarship
Selected based on portfolio submission and need for a scholarship to help cover the costs of living and studying in Rome, Italy.
RPI Charette Competition, Honorable Mention
School wide architecture competition to design a digital design studio and workspace for graduate students in the basement of West Hall on the RPI campus.