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Thomas Gonzalez

Thomas Gonzalez

Chicago, IL, US

 

About 

I am an architectural designer looking for work in Chicago.  I graduated from Carnegie Mellon's school of architecture in 2008, and got a job working at Burt Hill's International Studio working from Pittsburgh on projects in Dubai, and visiting Dubai for 2 weeks to do work.  I mainly worked in Rhinoceros, Autocad, and the Adobe Creative Suite while at that job, developing a lasercutter workflow and conceptual design for the most part.  Towards the end of my time there I began working as a Revit drafter on domestic projects.  I was laid off and spent 6 months looking for work, doing competitions and freelance work with friends and colleagues.  I further developed my Rhino skills and honed my rendering skills during that period.  Just as I was starting some minor freelance work for a friend from Burt Hill, I was hired by a roofing and waterproofing architecture firm.  While working there, I've been largely responsible for my own work on my own time.  I observe and report on roof construction, document existing roof conditions, create as-built drawings, and create roof construction documents.  Also during that time, I have taken on several freelance jobs, as well as a position creating construction documents for a sculpture in Grand Central Terminal, for which I took a two-month sabbatical.  I'm now looking for a job at  an ordinary architecture firm.  I plan on earning my licensure as soon as I'm able to complete my hours and take my exams, and in order to get all the requisite hours in a more comprehensive architectural environment, I'll need to get back into an office.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Ron Kwaske Architect, Chicago, IL, US, Project Engineer

Creating construction drawing sets, including MEP in Vectorworks, material estimates and orders, permit filing, working seamlessly on several projects at one time, collaborating on the design and developing presentations for competitions.

Jan 2012 - May 2012
 

Florida Consulting LLC, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Intern

Assessment and designer of roof systems, meeting and working with clients and general contractors, observing roof construction and creating daily reports of progress to my superiors. Construction document creation and coordination, construction administration and inspection.

Mar 2010 - Dec 2011
 

Smart Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Intern

Worked in a team to facilitate the fabrication and construction of Tronic Studio's design for LaCoste. This project, La Machine L.12.12, opened at Grand Central Station on September 19, 2011, after just 1.5 months of work. Interactive sculptural work presenting Eau de LaCoste. Coordinated with consultants to create fabrication models, used fabrication models to create construction and presentation drawings for Grand Central Terminal board and Tronic Studio.

Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
 

Fisher Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Freelancer

Freelance AutoCad drafting, Rhino modeling. Created a set of construction drawings for bathroom addition under architect's supervision and direction.

Mar 2011 - Mar 2011
 

Burt Hill, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Intern

Intern, conceptual designer. Developed workflow for creating complex physical models using Rhinoceros, AutoCad, Illustrator, and a laser cutter. Worked alongside James O'Toole to develop conceptual and schematic designs, moving between many different medias digital and analog.

Sep 2008 - Aug 2009
 

EDGE Studio, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Intern

Odd jobs completed, Construction drawings edited, Renderings created, Rhino learned.

May 2006 - Aug 2006
 

Education 

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Five-year professional degree.

Aug 2003 - May 2008
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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