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James OBrien

James OBrien

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

I am a designer. I make things. I am excited about craft. Details are essential in the process of making. Vintage items inspire me. I have a passion for old motorcycles and vinyl records. At times I feel that coffee is the only thing that COURSES THROUGH MY VEINS. Multiple projects at a time keep me going. I’d like to raise chickens in a coop I build myself. I have a passion for fine food and great conversation. I am devoted to my friends and family. I am a maker, a creator and an inventor.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

blog.leibal.com, New York, NY, US, Design Blogger

+Stay up to date with design trends in architecture, furniture design, home products and
produce weekly posts about new and relevant content focused on a minimal aesthetic.

May 2012 - current
 

Wiebenson & Dorman Architects PC, Washington, D.C., Associate

+Prepared permit drawings for five residential projects.
+Completed 95% of the architectural drawings for a 12,000SF Bread for the City’s Medical Clinic expansion.
+Managed day to day office tasks from e-mail to working with vendors, product reps and contractors.
+Met with board members to present renderings and design drawings to encourage financial support for the clinic addition.
+Successfully obtained permits by working with code officials for three residential projects.
+Was instrumental in the selection of finishes, materials, and color schemes for many projects.

Jul 2007 - Jul 2009
 

STUDIOS Architecture, Washington, DC, US, Intern

+Met with GSA employees during a week long trip to the GSA Dallas field ofice to determine their daily and monthly work habits. - Compiling these records into an excel spreadsheet that was used for further programming studies in the firm.
+Completed red-line corrections in Archi-CAD.
+Constructed site model for Latham & Watkins Lincoln Sq. Proposal.

Jul 2006 - Aug 2006
 

Education 

Miami University, Oxford, OH, US, MArch, Architecture

Fulfilled the requirements for a Master of Architecture degree as defined by the NAAB.

My thesis paper: A Small House Nation: Making our stuff fit was accepted to the Open:Community section of the 100th Annual ACSA National Conference in Boston, MA.

My thesis question asked: HOW CAN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL FOOTPRINT HOUSING COMMUNITIES SUPPORT A SHIFT IN THE CURRENT WESTERN SUBURBAN HOUSING PARADIGM?

Jul 2009 - May 2012
 

Miami University, Oxford, OH, US, Fallingwater Design/Build

+Built and designed sculpture cover and trail shelter proposals dealing with organic joinery and craft in the upper barn at Fallingwater - reviewed by Lynda Waggoner & Peter Bohlin
+Led a team of three undergraduates in the completion of one sculpture cover that was presented to the Pittsburgh, PA AIA chapter in a final review at Fallingwater

May 2010 - Jul 2010
 

Ohio University, Athens, OH, US, Design in Asia

BEIJING | HONG KONG | KYOTO | TOKYO

+Traveled to both China and Japan experiencing new cultures, cuisines and people.
+Worked with Chinese and Japanese students on graphic design & architecture projects
+Produced an animation for the final presentation of a train station in Nagoya working in Form-Z with students from CHUBU University.

Jul 2007 - Aug 2007
 

Ohio University, Athens, OH, US, Bachelors, Interior Architecture

Took classes that pertain to an Interior Architecture - CIDA Accredited program.

History of Furniture & Interiors. Color Theory. Design Studios focused on retail, residential, corporate and hospitality design.

Oct 2003 - Jul 2007
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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