My name is Justin Willard and i'm a senior architecture student at Miami University of Ohio. I never really knew what i wanted to do in high school, as far as a job is concerned, but i knew art was a passion of mine since elementary school. I love painting, drawing, and sketching and knew i wanted to do something with design. Senior year my AP art concentration was architecture and that's what made me choose this field as my future career.
One of my favorite buildings ever is Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright. I'm drawn to orthogonal buildings and look at shifting and overlapping rectangles when starting a design. Most of my designs from studio involve some sort of orthogonal geometry, but that’s not to say that all my designs are a four sided box. I start with a simple parti diagram and go from there.
My design process is actually pretty simple. I'm sketching ideas from the moment i start, to the final critique. Sketching is my main form of idea building and love to put my ideas onto a roll of trace. Once i've sketched out what i'm thinking i build a simple mass model to help imagine spaces and never put anything into the computer until my design’s final.
I spent my Fall semester of my junior year studying in Florence, Italy and cannot wait to return to the city. Living and studying in Italy has taught me a lot about architecture and design and hope to continue to use the things i learned with future projects.
TRM Architects, Buffalo, NY, US, Junior Level Designer
K2 Architects, Clarence, NY, US, Intern
Responsible for working with principal architect to construct construction drawing
Floor Plan, Sections, Elevations
Also dealt with organizing many building specifications.
A-1 LandCare Inc., Lewiston, NY, US, Landscape Design Associate
Worked with the landscape designer to choose plant, watering plants, and waiting on customers. I was responsible for the upkeep of the nursery and day to day tasks to keep the plants healthy. Became familiar with many plant and tree types, and found a love for landscape architecture.
Stuart Sports, Lewiston, NY, US, Sales Clerk
Managed many of the day to day tasks including cleaning screens, organizing orders, and phone calls. I called customers when the order was done and waited on customers for new orders. I was responsible for all parts of the tee shirt process from orders to pick ups. I also helped design logos and branding for the company.
Miami University, Oxford, OH, US, BArch, Architecture
PAVE 3D Competition Finalist, Honorable Mention
Awarded Honorable Mention in an international competition to design a branded make over station. The competition was to be brand specific and to be designed in a 3x3x7 space.
My design was fully fabricated and placed in a show room in NYC.