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Benjamin Krauss

Benjamin Krauss

Seattle, WA, US

 

About 

I am a designer living and working in Honduras. I am originally from the U.S.A. but after graduating moved to Honduras and have been lucky to get work in the firm I started here. I have a master's in Community Planning and Bachelor's degrees in Architecture and Interior Architecture, all from Auburn University.

My firm is a design/build practice with areas of expertise in Planning, Architecture, Interiors, furniture and object design. We work mainly in AutoCAD and more recently in Revit and 3DS Max with a heavy dependence on hand drawing in the early stages and detail development. Our projects range from the new cultural center of the city of San Pedro Sula (nearly 8,000 m2) to small commercial interior renovations and singular furniture pieces.

I am interested in design in general...I watch too much news and read too much wikipedia...I am also looking to start blowing glass as a hobby and inspiration.

Employment 

Mix|Design, San Pedro Sula, HN, Owner/Designer

As the owner of a small firm I have developed the abilities of time and resource management, as well as interpersonal skills that help in working with clients and contractors. I also had to learn spanish in order to communicate with clients and workers on an everyday basis. At Mix|Design we thrive on the challenge presented by any design problem, large or small. We see design as a universal problem solving tool that we as designers are using constantly. Current projects include a residential construction, a residential interior design, a boxing gym renovation, a large cultural center for the city (pro bono), a school yard landscape design and facade design, among other projects.

Dec 2009 - current
 

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, Graduate Research Assistant

As GRA in the Community Planning program I worked under Cheryl Morgan and John Pittari preparing the visual master plan for the town of Notasulga, AL as my final project. This project included a town meeting to dissern the needs and assets of the community. Later we held a design charette with the town in order to share with them the beginnings of the ideas we had about their town in visual format. After this we developed these ideas with numerous hand drawings describing the town at different scales analyzing transit, vistas, regional relationships and areas for industrial, turistic and residential growth. After the design work was completed, we compiled the information into a final presentation to the town. A poster was created and the plan was adopted by the town.

Aug 2008 - May 2009
 

Manuel Rosen Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Intern Architect

At MRA I worked as an intern architect designing and preparing construction documentation for a church and park area in Mexicali, Mexico.

May 2008 - Aug 2008
 

Stacy Norman Architects, Auburn, AL, US, Intern Architect

In this position I worked part-time as an architectural intern doing design development work and preparing construction documentation in VectorWorks. I worked directly under the project architect on various residential projects in the Auburn Area.

May 2007 - Aug 2007
 

Quina Grundhoefer Architects, Pensacola, FL, US, Intern Architect

In this position I worked on various projects including residential, educational, and religious buildings. I worked directly under the project architect producing construction documentation.

May 2006 - Aug 2006
 

Education 

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, Masters, Community Planning

I graduated with an emphasis in Urban Design and a GPA of 3.93

May 2007 - Aug 2009
 

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, BArch, Architecture

During the course of a 5 year BARCH I spent a semester at the Rural Studio building a house in Greensboro, AL called Michelle's House.

Jan 2005 - Aug 2009
 

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, Bachelors, Interior Architecture

This program is offered as a joint degree program with the bachelor's of Architecture to those who qualify and present a portfolio worthy of acceptance.

Jan 2005 - Aug 2009
 

Awards 

LEED AP BD+C, Other

I became a LEED AP in 2007.

2007
 

Samuel Mockbee excellence in Fine Arts award, 1st Place

This is an annual award given to the student with the best watercolor painting in 2nd year studio at the rural studio.

2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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