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Brittany Drapac

Brittany Drapac

Seattle, WA, US

 

About 

I am currently an intern architect at Stock & Associates, Inc., working on biotech, industrial and commercial projects. Prior to moving to Seattle, I worked as an exhibition designer for Studio-X, GSAPP's global network initiative, and as co-manager for the Arthur Ross Architectural Gallery. I volunteer with the Seattle Architecture Foundation as a member of the annual model exhibit committee. I'm interested in micro-urban spaces, architecture as worlds-within-worlds, dynamic facade systems, and structural movement and representation.

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Employment 

Stock & Associates, Seattle, WA, US, Intern Architect

Currently coordinating permit and construction documents for a five-phase TI for a biotech facility

Led the permit intake, design development and construction administration for two lab renovations

Interfaced with consultants and contractors during construction documentation of a 36,000 sq. ft. biotech TI

Teamed with structural engineers and envelope consultants to design a pre-fabricated rain screen system for shipping container cafés

Mar 2012 - current
 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Design Associate, Studio-X

Studio-X: a global architecture and urban planning network

Designed and created fabrication drawings for a permanent installation to display Studio-X events and initiatives in Avery Hall

Developed concepts for a traveling exhibit based on GSAPP’s End-of-Year Show, to be shown at the Studio-X Amman, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro locations

Worked with a team of designers to create a Google Maps Interface website to complement the exhibit: www.eoys2011.org

Jul 2011 - Jan 2012
 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Exhibitions Assistant

Co-managed the Arthur Ross Architectural Gallery and a crew of 10 students; coordinated logistics for multiple exhibits; interfaced with artists, architects and fabricators on exhibition designs

Co-designed and managed the exhibitions Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering, Sodrakull Frosakull by photographer Mikael Olsson, and Prototype 180: A Ground-Breaking Work by Mary Ellen Carroll, which was featured in The New York Times, 2011

Co-produced GSAPP's annual End-of-Year Show, 2011

Jul 2010 - May 2011
 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Exhibitions Crew

Researched, fabricated and installed various exhibits, including: Operators' Exercises: Open Form Film and Architecture, New Soviet People will Conquer Cosmic Space, Ecoredux: Design Remedies for a Dying Planet, Panel 2: Nothing Better Than a Touch of Ecology and Catastrophe to Unite the Social Classes, and Environments and Counter Environments: Experimental Media in Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 1972

Oct 2008 - May 2010
 

Makovich & Pusti Architects, Berea, OH, US, Intern Architect

Summer internship

Collaborated with senior partner on healthcare design schemes and statements of conditions per the Ohio Building Code; worked with project manager on site analysis and construction documents

Attended design and construction meetings; verified products with specifications; assisted in correspondence between contractors, design professionals, and clients

May 2005 - Aug 2007
 

Education 

Columbia University, MArch, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Kinne Traveling Fellowship to Tokyo, Japan

Final project: Designed a hypothetical entry into MoMA's 1997 design competition for a new building, with partner Kasey Josephs; studied how micro-urban spaces could inform an architecture of worlds-within-worlds, re-examining the museum's organization to create a set of cohesive, yet distinct experiences.

Additional studio projects include a custom curtain wall for a public library, a facade prototype for a sun-shading system, a botanical garden, a drawing museum, and a center for climatology, all in Manhattan; an industrial loft building in the Bronx; a master plan for urban housing in Queens; and a video game set on a horse racing track in Istanbul, Turkey.

Areas of focus include dynamic facade systems, viral architecture, structural movement and representation, food production and politics, layered histories, and projected and functional materiality.

Oct 2008 - May 2011
 

Miami University, Bachelors, Architecture + Design Department

Published an undergraduate thesis, deCONstructs: Patterns in Social/Spatial Interruption (2008), available on OhioLink ETD

Renovated a townhouse for low-income families as part of a design-build program in Cincinnati, OH

Curated and installed an exhibition in Alumni Hall as part of deCONstructs; curated and installed two exhibitions in the Cage Gallery

Studio projects include a master plan for Washington Square Park, an art and architectural bookstore, and neighborhood public library, all in Cincinnati, OH; an office building for a graphic design firm in London, UK, and a peace and armistice center in Dayton, OH

Oct 2004 - May 2008
 

Awards 

Exhibitions Assistantship, Columbia University GSAPP, Scholarship

2010
 

Alpha Rho Chi Metal, Miami University Architecture + Design Department, Award

Excellence in leadership, service and merit

2008
 

Leather Jacket, Award

Excellence in experimental design

2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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