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I was born in Hinsdale, Illinois as the second-born son of two immigrants from Yugoslavia. Having a strong connection to a Mediterranean background, I have always found history and ancient civilizations fascinating, specifically the Ancient Roman. My fascination translated into two professional degrees, civil engineering and architecture. Both degrees gave me a distinct appreciation for the complexities of design and construction.
In engineering, I worked in QA/QC as a construction materials inspector, developing an eye for detail and precision. In architecture, my engineering experience added to my designs and my ability to work in a team environment. I entered the architecture profession through on-site construction management and continued in construction administration from an office. It was my excellent organization which allowed for extra duties including Lunch-and-Learn coordinator, Product Librarian, and Revit Specialist.
I use Revit in the same way I administer a construction site, always organized, and as a result, I am fast modeler. BIM Modeling has become my great interest, as it stretches my understanding of construction and architecture beyond the limits of time and space. It is possible only in a digital reality.
Walker Parking Consultants & Engineers / Walker Restoration, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer
A Designer develops functional designs for parking structures using Revit / AutoCAD design suites. He administrates and coordinates construction of new structures as well as the restoration of older structures. He provides a significant communication link between clients, consultants, and team members.
Jeffrey M Kalban Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Draftsman
AutoCAD drafter: maintaining standards, following redlines, modifying details
Self Employment / Contract, Los Angeles, CA, US, AutoCAD and Revit Specialist
An AutoCAD / Revit Specialist uses his knowledge to improve and create 3D modeling environments and drafting sheet set-up by quickly consuming vast quantities of information about a new project and new drafting standards of his employer in a short time.
I have already used AutoCAD 13 and Revit 2013 to create both new sheet set-up and a new model from existing CAD drawings to create a 3D model for an Equestrian Center in Texas.
frosteternal motion graphics, Los Angeles, CA, US, Story editor / Graphics Artist
In an attempt to develop a hobby into something more, my roommate and I are trying to raise money to complete a short animated film. See website below:
Williams Architects, Inc., Carol Stream, IL, US, Project Coordinator
As project coordinator, I helped bring the principal's design from marketing to construction documents, touching all phases of the design process. I worked to ensure the effective coordination of consultants, contractors, and owner requests.
I administrated the Revit-ACAD transition, establishing new standards and modifying existing to maintain graphic quality.
I answered computer programming queries with AutoCAD, Revit, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Suite, Sketchup, and other useful programs.
I maintained the online and material library database.
Williams Construction Management, Carol Stream, IL, US, Project Superintendent
As project superintendent, I coordinated architect, contractor, and owner interactions, maintaining high-level communications for efficient quality control and compliance to design intention.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, MArch, Architecture
Studies concentrated on Modernism as it relates to Classically Ordered Design.
Historic Preservation - Summer Abroad - San Gemini, Italy - 2002
Beaux Arts Grand Tour - Paris, Rome, Istanbul - 2001
University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI, US, Bachelors, Civil Engineering
Studies were not concentrated in any particular of Civil Engineering.
However, Summer Internships concentrated in soils and materials.
Passed Engineering Fundamentals Exam for the State of Wisconsin on April 24, 1998.
Wisconsin Architects Foundation Scholarship, Scholarship
Hunzinger Memorial Scholarship is awarded to architectural students who exhibit the highest order of academic and construction technology skills.
AIAS Sandcastle Design-Build Competition, 1st Place
Sandcastles is an annual competition just after the start of the semester in which teams from the area come to Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, WI to show off their sand sculpting abilities.
As Concrete Canoe Chairman, I helped organize the work effort, cash flow, and materials. Nationally, we received 12th Place.
As the treasurer, I ensured the steady flow of cash and watched expenditure to take us all the way to Nationals, in which we won 9th place.