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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDGE Studio, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Intern
Odd jobs completed, Construction drawings edited, Renderings created, Rhino learned.
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, BArch, Architecture
Five-year professional degree.