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A unique Architectural Design Studio for the use of ideas and practice in making space-place more affordable, accessible, and available for anyone to use and be well.
When all is said and done, when all of the water has passed beneath the bridge of experience, and as I approach daily to cross again to find work, I think I am a good Architect.
You can call it freelance, self-employed, looking-for-employment, most-of-the-time part-time, or a life-JOB ... it is a real. Its commitment entails envisioning, drawing, and building 'places with space' for those who wish to exist well. And existing well is a choice. And if we venture towards setting the stage for this existence to take root, by use of three famous edicts of Mass; Surface; and the PLAN; and still further we water it by use of order, compass, and regulating line ... we make the Job easier and more purposeful. An architecture if it is done carefully, as in much of my work, can make the difference between a space that can rise to uplift or lower to a calm, human expectation and mood, and provide the place as a membrane or skin to contain the memories of our existence well.
I think Le Corbusier was more towards the better in saying: 'You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: "This is beautiful." That is Architecture. Art enters in.'
And I would add, if I may be so bold, "for the purpose of existing well."
Techne Kraft, Indianapolis, IN, US, Architect-Owner-Entrepreneur
An Architectural & Interiors Design Studio
Role: Business Development – Architecture/Interiors – Engineering – Builder – Accounting
An office to research and explore historical meaning, context, materials, and building form, all the while, incorporating the client’s needs, budget, and an integrated engineering known to effect better places with interesting space.
Niches: Airport Facilities – Vocational Schools – Retail & Restaurants – Healthcare – Industrial – Waste/Water Treatment – Custom Residential.
… firmly on its way to being the third reliever airport for Chicago O’Hara, Gary-Chicago Airport, is expanding again. ID3A-Techne Kraft has completed the architectural and engineering design services for several projects over the last 10-years, including the $9,000,000 design-built Maintenance Hangar (now leased by Boeing), and the $1.6 million Administration Office and Snow Removal Equipment additions to the existing SRE building. In 2011 and 2012, I worked on the design for a new $1.3 million electrical vault.
… Emery Worldwide (no longer in air freight) existing heavy freight-sorting hub at Dayton International encompassed 500,000sf originally. The first phase expansion created a facility that would increase the internal sort area by 200,000sf with additional conveyor systems and incorporate a new structure to house truck docks, support offices, and food service areas in an addition of 250,000 sf. Proposed in phases and according to an $80 million master plan I helped prepare, the first phase was completed.
… finished in the spring of 2007, Freeman Field’s New GA Terminal is more than an administration center, a public meeting space, and a way-station for passengers and pilots. Its imagery pays tribute to the historic past of this airport, which was an advanced pilot training station during WWII. With a tight budget of $731,000, and though the restaurant space was not completed, this facility is probably one of my favorite accomplishments in idea, purpose, and execution.
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, BArch, Architecture
Architecture; Interiors; Materials; Archeology
Degree: Bachelors of Architecture with 2-year Co-op Employment (3.55 gpa)
Thesis: Walrus, Seal, and Otto Pavilion
Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London, GB, Masters, Theory of Architecture
Study: Theory of Architecture … Semester
Thesis: Cabaret in the Forecourt of the British Museum
Trip: To Paris to tour the 1928 Maison de Verre (French House of Glass)
Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA, US, Architectural Technology
Degree: Associate of Arts in Architectural Technology
Woman's War Memorial - Washington DC, Honorable Mention
Woman’s War Memorial Competition … honorable mention
AIA Honor Award - Indianapolis Chapter AIA, 1st Place
USPS Express Air Hub, Indianapolis International Airport