Architecture is the practice of problem solving. Being a part of a profession that holds this at its heart has always been both challenging and exciting. At Portland State University during my undergraduate I was able to find meaning and solace in discovering architecture. Currently, attending the Rhode Island School of Design, I have found a voice through the act of making. During my short time at RISD I have been able to refine my ability to sketch, model, and most importantly think responsively. This responsive nature of the RISD pedagogy has taught me that as a designer I am capable of accessing and then working through complicated problems.
I have found that this skill is crucial to the practical and time sensitive nature of architecture. During my time working at Chesshir Architecture during my undergrad, I had the opportunity to be the part of the design through the construction documentation phases of a project. In this real world experience it became invaluable to be able to tackle complex problems efficiently. I also had the opportunity to develop my skills making client directed models, CAD and adobe software in a practical setting.
Architecture has power in our society to be an instigator for change. We have the opportunity to be a part of a process that asks us to mitigate the needs of a diverse range of agents. As I develop as an architect I have faith that I can be a valuable asset to an architectural team. The ability to think responsively, work cohesively in a group, and manage time are all traits I have diligently fostered during my time in school and now want to use them in the world outside academia.
Foxglove Construction, Portland, OR, US, Construction Labor
Worked on all forms of residential construction including electrical, plumbing, framing, foundation work, finish carpentry, hardware installation, and design. Strong emphasis in material recycling and historic remodeling.
Chesshir Architecture, Portland, OR, US, Archticture Intern/Draftsman
Created architectural drawings for submission to the City of Portland for permitting and design review, and for use in construction documents for bids and building. Measured commercial square footage using BOMA standards. Researched commercial and ADA building codes. Built physical models for architectural proposals. Participated in client meetings. Designed promotional graphics.
Elusive Graphics, Portland, OR, US, Graphic Designer
Created original designs for apparel and print that included logos and business branding. Digitally rendered designs for printing. Participated in all aspects of screen printing from pre-production to completion. Marketed merchandise through both internet and high paced retail outlets. Collaborated in design and maintenance of website. Assisted with business operations.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, BArch, Masters of Architecture
Portland State University, Portland, OR, US, BArch, Architecture