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James H. Ward, III

James H. Ward, III

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

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About 

In my explorations in art and design, I have learned much about how my work can be a catalyst for major change. Architecture is the single most expansive expression humanity can make, that incorporates art, science, mathematics, and philosophy. This is what as a designer I take into consideration as I work to explore the possibilities of Architecture.


I began my study of architecture at the Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH) where I first learned the principles of design and how to express myself artistically through drawing, painting and sculpting; as a well as a four (4) year intensive study of architecture in design studios lead by practicing Architects. In the same span and into my collegiate studies I held internships and part time employment at Miami-Dade County Department of Planning & Urban Design, Miami Beach Department of Planning & Historic Preservation, and The City of Miami - Virginia Key Beach Park Trust.


These were all invaluable experiences where I learned how the public sector works through the design and build process in both small scale projects such as the Rehabilitation of the Historic Hampton House in Miami Dade County. As well as, large scale projects such as the Preservation and Design of the historic Virginia Key Beach project an almost 100 acre site on a barrier island, needing both restoration of existing structures and the waterfront and the design of 200,000 square foot Museum on the site.

My departure from Miami occurred in 2007 my junior year at Florida International University were I was studying architecture in a four (4) year program. I elected to follow my desire to attend Pratt Institute, where I felt my talents could better be sculpted into a career as an Architect in their five (5) year program. As a transfer student I was placed in an excelerated program which was completed in the spring of 2010. This experience was unparalleled, and with the guidance and qualifications of my professors I have been endowed with the techniques and skills of the trade.


Through additional study in Architecture I attained the adeptness to apart of the future of the Architectural practice. Designing structures that fulfill social obligations while crafting not just sustainable but responsible systems that generate rather than consume. I believe that my generation of Architects has the responsibility to lead the practice to a new front dealing with the crisis of global warming, shortages in water and oil, urban over population and suburban sprawl. We as Architects have the power to make the greatest change and I intend to be the change that I seek.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

AECOM - Tishman Construction, New York, NY, US, Technology Research Manager

Leads research and evaluation of emerging trends in the information technology field to determine their worth to the organization. Designs and oversees staff education on the use of the technology. Recommends ways to apply new products and solutions that will maximize their value to the organization. In addition to providing construction coordination support, utilizing industry standard BIM applications.

Provides Art Direction for BIM oriented building proposals, establishing graphic standards, and architectural positioning in rendered form for still renderings and animations.

Jan 2013 - current
 

Glen & Company Architecture + Design, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Acting as lead designer for corporate brand experience centers
Consulted on digital interactivity incorporation
Administrated drawing sets in all phases of work from schematic design to construction
administration.

Clients included: CYBEX, CYC Fitness, Various Hotels and Restaurants

Mar 2012 - Jan 2013
 

Rockwell Group, New York, New York, Junior Architect

In the LAB Architects work along side interactive designers and computer scientist creating interactive environments; bringing the digital to the physical.
Collaborated with senior architects to design multiple commissioned high-profile projects as well as competitions. Working on 3D Modeling and Design Development Drawing sets.
Facilitated the design of key moments in various projects. Producing scaler and full size mockups, working along side the in-house fabricators.
Provided additional skills sets including, Photography, Rendering, Scripting in Grasshopper.

Clients included: Coca-Cola, Google, Spiderman-Turn off the Dark

Jun 2011 - Mar 2012
 

Rodney Leon Architects, New York, NY, US, 3D Digital Designer

Produced 3D models for the design development of various projects, multiple iterations for proposals and on-going competitions in NYC and Haiti
Retained as a liaison to the students in Professor Leon’s 4th year studio which paralleled the competition work in Haiti.

Aug 2010 - Jul 2011
 

City of Miami - Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, Project Coordinator

Executed various projects for the VKBP opening in 2006.

Graphic Design and Architectural Renderings.

Voting member of the Planning and Construction Committee.

Nov 2004 - Nov 2004
 

City of Miami Beach - Department of Planning, Graphic Designer

Produced guidelines for the North Beach Master Plan.

Organized the North Beach resource materials.

Collected and electronically processed historical documents, photographed supporting materials.

May 2004 - Jun 2004
 

Miami-Dade County - Department of Planning & Zoning, Intern

Produced plans and elevations in AutoCAD for the Urban Design Center

Aug 2003 - Jun 2004
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Masters, Master of Science Architecture

Sep 2010 - May 2011
 

Pratt Institute, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Was taught the professional skills needed to produce environmentally sustainable and socially responsible architecture.

Sep 2007 - May 2010
 

Awards 

Architectural Record | AR News, Haiti Housing Designs to Be Unveiled, January 2011, Other

2011
 

Outstanding Merit Award, Pratt Awards Convocation, Award

2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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