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Architecture has been a dream of mine since childhood. Later in life, I found myself revisiting those unrealized aspirations of my childhood and decided "if not now, then never"... and leaped.
I have been employed at B Five Studio, LLP and Wesley Wei Architects since receiving my Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Both of my positions at B Five Studio, LLP and Wesley Wei Architects included a wide range of responsibilities: design development; construction documentation, administration, management; project and office management. Computer programs utilized were AutoCAD, Vector Works, 3D Max, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and Sketch-Up.
During my employment at B Five Studio, LLP I worked on various projects, I’d like to share about four. First, I assisted the project manager with the Berrie Residence, 5700 SF single family home reconstruction. My responsibilities included the preparation of presentation drawings, surveying existing site conditions; construction documentation; documentation coordination and integration of construction, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural design; construction administration including site visits, meeting minute preparation and distribution, and communication with general contractors.
Second, the newly constructed 10 story addition of the National Board of Medical Examiners Building (NBME), a 90,000 SF administrative building. My responsibilities included a thorough punch list review. Also details and location drawings of the ADA compliant signage throughout the new spaces, including stair towers, emergency exit diagrams for each floor, parking garage, lavatories, and room numbers. Following the completion of the new addition, the undertaking of the renovation of the existing 5 story main building. Tasks were surveying existing site conditions; construction documentation: demolition, existing construction to remain, and new work; MEPS and data/telephone/power system document coordination; and new furniture system layout configuration.
Finally, two smaller size projects were Kater Street Millwork and Novick Garden. Both project’s involved surveying the existing site, design studies, and investigation of materials and products. Many design variations were studied as 3D Sketch-Up models.
During my employment at Wesley Wei Architects I had the chance to work on many projects, two I’d like to share. First, the Quarry Street Residence, a single family, four story, 3660 SF, new masonry construction. My responsibilities included conceptual design proposals, product and material investigations, the preparation of the complete set of construction documentation with the integration of structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing system design. Though this project was not constructed, it was a great learning experience in a throughly detailed set of construction documents.
Second, The Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School (FACTS), located within an existing five (5) story concrete and masonry building with an adjacent exterior play yard, a total of 56,000 SF. The last phase was the Main Entry, consisting of vestibule, canopy, stair, ramp, yard and gates. I participated in it’s design, product and material selection, required code research, preparation of construction documents. Also, I assisted in the facilitation of required zoning permit applications.
Wesley Wei Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Manager
ADOLF BIECKER SALON + SPA_
Design development, product research, construction documentation and administration of the 7000 SF center city salon and spa.
B Five Studio, Philadelphia, PA, US, architecture
BERRIE RESIDENCE [5700SF] Single Family Residence Renovation
Assisted project manager in existing site survey; Construction documentation; MEP system coordination; Construction administration including meeting minute preparation and G.C. communication.
NBME BUILDING [90,000SF] Administrative Building
Punch list review for new 10 story addition to existing 5 story building; assisted project manager with 5 story building renovation including site surveying, construction documentation, MEPS, data and tele. system coordination, and new furniture system layout configuration.
KATER STREET_Living Room Millwork, unbuilt
Schematic design of new millwork and fire box included surveying existing site, product and material research, 3d modeling and presentation drawings.
NOVICK GARDEN_Court Yard Renovation, unbuilt
Schematic design of court yard trellis, stairs and ground cover, included surveying existing site, product and material research, 3d modeling and presentation drawings.
Computer programs utilized: AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign, Sketch-up, Microsoft Excel
Wesley Wei Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, architecture
QUARRY STREET RESIDENCE [3600SF] Single Family Residence, Unbuilt
Traditional construction method of contemporary residence design included design services: SD, DD, and a complete set of CDs prior to contractor bid. Product and material research included requesting initial quotes from various prospective vendors. Documentation included coordination of various consultant's drawings and systems coordination.
WILLS RESIDENCE and KALSTEIN RESIDENCE [3500SF/ea] Single Family Condo.
Design services included, but not limited to DD, CD, and CA. Tasks involved existing site surveys, material and product research, construction documentation and MEP system coordination, local building permit applications, weekly site visits with minute preparation, daily communication with G.C. Separate contracts with custom millworker and metalworker included design and shop drawing review.
Preliminary design services included site analysis and photographic documentation. Schematic design studies included drawings, physical hand crafted site models.
FACTS CHARTER SCHOOL_Main School Entrance and Yard, Built
Main entrance to existing building included new exterior steel canopy, concrete block stair and ramp, steel gates, guards and rails, and school yard. Design services included 3d rendering presentation drawings and detailed construction documentation set.
Computer programs utilized: VectorWorks, 3D Studio Max, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Penn Graduate School of Design - Architecture
summer studio 2002, visual studies, hand drawing, physical model crafting
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Bachelors, NESBIT School of Design - Fashion Design
Sewing, draping, clothing design, drawing, multi-media, presentation, photography