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John Ullman

John Ullman

New York, NY, US

 

About 

John Ullman (b. New York, New York)
BArch from Pratt Institute School of Architecture (2000), with honors


Prior to my student and professional career, I worked on many high-end construction projects, primarily as an ornamental metal worker, but also in general building. This first hand understanding of fine interior design and architecture enabled me to carry out my student work with confidence and expedition. Prof. Donald Cromley, whom I served as a Teacher's Assistant, has written about me: "As a twenty year veteran of teaching, I can say with confidence that the quality of John's work at Pratt Institute is among the top five percent of the graduating students."

I have enjoyed working in architecture for more than ten years now. Since the summer of 2008, I've been pursuing my goals as the founding member of Architecture for Tibet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit (Please see the linked Architectural Record article for more information on AFT). 

Employment 

Lynch / Eisinger / Design, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

Nov 2013 - current
 

Architecture for Tibet; (Architectural Focused 501(3)(c) Not For Profit), New York, NY, US / Tawang, NE India, Founding Member / Project Manager

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Project: the Manjushree Orphanage, Tawang, Northeast India.
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Responsibilities include project schematics, construction documents and project coordination, along with fundraising, event planning and public relations.
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Our project is an Academic Center designed based on the wishes of Lama Thupten Phuntsok, the head master of Manjushree Orphanage and Free School.
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Lobsang Nyandak Zayul, Representative to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has stated: "We are pleased to have learned of Lama Thupten Phuntsok's great commitment to the well-being and education of the needy children of this remote region, and that John Ullman's assistance and guidance will bring a suitable learning environment to strengthen the institutions curriculum. By providing excellent teaching facilities, the difficulties Manjushrees teachers face will be lessened, and subsequently life for these children will clearly be greatly enhanced."
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Lama Thupten Phuntsok says that with the establishment of the Academic Center, the children of Manjushree will have a suitable place to hone their academic skills. The children will be taught in warm rooms, as the building is designed keeping in mind the regions harsh climate. The children will also experience a quiet library, which will provide the silence they will need for concentration.
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Project consultants include Alex Roden / Electrical; Stan Slutsky / Plumbing and Mechanical Systems; Brent Porter / Sun Analysis; Evan Akselrad / Architecture and Structural Engineering; Chandra Shekar of Solar India Solutions / Geothermal and Radiant Heating Systems; Christopher Maurer / Architectural Design; Sean Tracy / Technology.
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The initial funding for the Project came from donations raised at AFTs May 2010 Light of Compassion Gala and Silent Auction held at the Rubin Museum of Art. We are pleased and honored that the building is finally complete!

Architecture for Tibet's good efforts are presently on pause, however, AFT will be carrying out other planned programs focused on sustainable development, organic farming and architecture in the future.

Feel free to contact me anytime for additional information on AFT's efforts

Oct 2008 - current
 

Andrew Fredman Architect, LLC, Senior Project Architect

Clients: Developers of High-End Residential Real Estate.
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Responsibilities included schematic design, detailing, construction documents, project coordination, office and site administration for renovated Upper East Side townhouses, Medical Centers and ground-up buildings.
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Jul 2004 - Sep 2008
 

Whidden - Silver Architects, Project Architect

Clients: Bank of America; CableVision.
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Responsibilities included implementing design standards, project coordination and office administration for various Bank of America projects; I was also afforded the unique opportunity of developing the millwork standards for various CableVision walk-in locations.

Jun 2002 - Jul 2004
 

Via Architecture Studio, Project Architect

Clients: Manhattan Apartment Owners
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Letter of Support from Frederick Biehle, Partner
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I have known John for four years now. He was my student in his second year of architecture school at Pratt Institute. In that studio I was impressed with John's maturity of purpose, his clarity of reason, and an almost magical intensity always capable of introducing the unexpected. John was not the conventional student.
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He was my student again during his fourth year, in Rome, as a participant in the honors studio given there. Again his work was exemplary and unique. Perhaps more importantly though, was the way in which he embraced difference, applying his particular logic and experience to those contradictory yet familiar aspects of Italian culture.
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Since his graduation last summer my partner and I have had the pleasure of having him work in our own studio. He has proved himself immediately to be a most capable and consistent contributor, assuming a variety of roles, most recently that of project architect for two Manhattan apartments.
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One project is already under construction and here John has shown himself to be a direct and confident communicator with both contractors and sub-contractors with regard to the execution of the work. The second project is still in the drawing phase. Where John stands out is in his desire to know the orchestration of information.
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John always brings a sincere and highly motivated curiosity to the intellectual and physical pursuits of the studio. His intensity and determination are absolutely genuine. Rarely do I find someone with such a combination of intuitive knowledgeability, naiveté (in the most positive sense) and talent.
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He also brings that maturity of purpose; the ability to respect, analyze, consider, and to patiently persist in his working with a goal in mind. He is dedicated, someone that can be trusted to carry out what is right for the sake of the project.
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John's portfolio of work reveals an obsessive and rational mind driven by a desire to write his own poetry of space. He has a meticulous desire to communicate tectonically, to understand and to be understood. It is clear to us that his best work is still building within.
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For us, John has been an absolute pleasure to work with. It is our loss that we can keep him. He will make a difference.
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Sincerely
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Frederick Biehle, Partner
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Jul 2000 - May 2002
 

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, summer internship

In the middle of my academic career I was afforded the opportunity to work at Robert A.M. Stern's Office. I assisted on the design of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas.
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See web link for more information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobby_Center_for_the_Performing_Arts

Jun 1997 - Aug 1997
 

Ferra Designs, Metal Fabricator / Blacksmith

Responsibilities included fabrication assembly and layout; MIG and TIG welding on stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, brass and bronze; high-end metal finishing; heavy hand-wrought blacksmithing (Gaudi - like railings and chandeliers, as well as traditional wrought iron railings).
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See Ferra Designs impressive website for details - http://www.ferradesigns.com/

Dec 1994 - Sep 1995
 

FACE architecture and fabrication, Metal Fabricator / Construction

Responsibilities included fabrication assembly and layout; MIG and TIG welding on stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, brass and bronze; metal finishing.
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Position Highlight: Storefront for Art and Architecture, a collaboration between artist Vito Acconci, architect Steven Holl and Chris Otterbine (FACE) to redesign the facade of the Kenmare Street gallery space.
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See web link for more information http://www.stevenholl.com/project-detail.php?id=24

Jan 1992 - Oct 1994
 

Tom Hand Architectural Metal Fabrication, Metal Fabricator (traditional apprentice scenario).

Responsibilities included fabrication assembly and layout; MIG and TIG welding on stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, brass and bronze; metal finishing.
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Selected Clients: Steven Holl; 1100 Architect; Tod Williams and Billy Tsien; Philippe Stark.

Oct 1990 - Jan 1992
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, BArch, Architecture

Letter of Support from Professor Donald Cromley, in part:
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John showed himself to be an exceptional student. Not only gifted with a strong visual sensibility, he has a passion for construction, building, making. I remember several extremely intense (and enjoyable) discussions regarding the relationship of jointing and material finish to realization of form, and to the meaning of architecture. As a student he worked intensity, taking full advantage of the studio situation and giving of his time and insights to other students. As a Teaching Assistant, he was consistently giving of his experiences to my students. His studio work, in my design studios and in subsequent studios is of superlative quality. As a twenty year veteran of teaching, I can say with confidence that the quality of his work at Pratt Institute is among the top five percent of the graduating students.
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I look forward to following his professional work as he shows exceptional promise, both in ability and passion.
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Sincerely yours
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Donald Cromely
Architect and Professor

Sep 1995 - May 2000
 

Awards 

- Rome Honors Program, Award

The Pratt Institute School of Architecture offers an honors undergraduate program to forth year students to study architecture and Italian culture in Rome.
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The program involved an intensive study of the citys architectural and cultural history, providing student with experiential insight into the precedents that have had an enormous impact on the development of architecture in the western world.

1999
 

Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship Award, Scholarship

Society of American Military Engineers William Nicholas Bodouva Scholarship Award
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- In recognition of high moral and outstanding scholastic standards, and of fine qualities.
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Presented by Dr. Esmet Kamil, Dean of Engineering.

1999
 

- Arthur Edward Award for outstanding scholarship, Award

1999
 

- Pratt Circle Award for academic achievement, Award

1999
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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