Working with existing structures is an opportunity, rather than a hindrance, that too often is not creatively or thoughtfully explored or challenged. My career is focused on redefining the relationship between historic and new architecture. Since receiving my undergraduate degree in Architectural Design from the University of Florida, I have pushed to challenge the architect’s relationship with the past. Since attending Columbia University’s Master’s Program in Historic Preservation, I have been fortunate enough to write articles on adaptive reuse and New York Architectural history, participate in interviews on the New York City skyline, and have been working as a Project Manager at a Façade Restoration firm for the last 4.5 years.
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Kamen Tall Architects. P.C., New York, NY, US, Project Manager
- Full project oversight from proposal writing to Construction Administration
- Creation of client materials, construction documents, field reports, etc.
- Supervision of client materials, construction documents, field reports, etc.
- Office management and PR
Prudon and Partners, New York, Junior Architect
• Produce construction drawings and design proposals for new work in existing residential projects
• Create overall layouts, models, and design details
• Document, catalog, and assess preliminary conditions of buildings and furniture for restoration
• Prepare applications for Certificate of Appropriateness to the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission
• Edit articles for Docomomo (The Documentation and Conservation of building, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement) journals and publications
• Representative projects include the Norman House by William Lescaze and the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Historic Preservation
During my studies at Columbia, which involved a highly personalized curriculum that I designed to address my desire for exploration, I was able to learn about different perspectives involving both nontraditional and traditional methods for historic preservation. One of my favorite courses used Arduino sensors (which are used in smart phones and Wii game consuls) to explore methods of virtual interaction in historic spaces, and also to address the possibility of using these sensors to test for otherwise undetectable conditions in existing buildings. Additionally, my Masters thesis addressed functionality and user perspective by questioning methods of preservation for architecture that fails conceptually before it fails physically. Incorporating design with preservation, I focused on preserving a lineage of “Houses of the Future” by designing an exhibit at Epcot’s Future World that created an interactive history of architectural artifacts originally intended to express visions of the future.
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, Bachelors, Architecture/Design
The four year bachelors of design program at the University of Florida has a strong focus on developing hand drawings and models, focusing on digital skills once a strong understanding of the foundations of architecture are established. Having a chance to study abroad in Italy and Paris, France, the program was very encouraging of curiosity and exploration.
Proposal to investigate industrial adaptive reuse from two separate manufacturing industries and countries. The first case study was to explore Spain's adaptive reuse of porcelain, brick, and concrete factories. The second case study was to explore Germany's conversion of industrial facilities and equipment from the iron and coal industries.