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Dianah Katzenberger

Dianah Katzenberger

Clemson, SC, US

 

About 

I am a recent Clemson University graduate with a Master in Architecture and currently serching for a Junior architect position.  Along with being proficient in a variety of design software programs, including Autodesk, Rhino, and the Adobe Suite, I possess great visual and graphic communication skills.  I embrace the challenges that come with design and my ability to collaborate effectively would be an asset to your team.

After receiving my B.F.A in Interior Design I spent several years working in the field gaining
professional experience.  As a draftsman and architectural intern I was involved in schematics, design development, and construction document preparation.  I enjoy the pre-design process, working to define the project vision and developing program and design concepts that corresponded to the client’s goals and objectives.  My roles have included coordinating with vendors and engineers to ensure documentation and execution in the field, as well as communicating with clients.  These experiences have instilled a passion for architectural design and led me to pursue a Master in Architecture.

During my time in school I have pursued a high level of design with a particular interest in building performance.  As a final studio project I worked with a peer to develop a holistic sustainable solution for a research laboratory.  Our strong partnership led to a high quality design that was selected as a first place winning entry from 120 applicants for the ACSA’s 2012 International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition.  The project was especially recognized for its innovative design strategies and progressive understanding of energy efficiencies. 

Upon graduation, I was awarded a Fellowship with NXT Health to assist in the development of a Post Occupancy Evaluation program for the Military Health System. As part of the research team my responsibilities include working directly with the principle investigator, Dr. Dina Battisto, to develop a methodology for evaluating MHS Facilities.  The goal of this research is to ultimately update the MHS’s guidance criteria and improve building design and performance for future facilities through on-site evaluations and client interaction.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

NXT Health, Clemson, SC, US, NXT Health, Clemson SC Research and Design Fellow

Participated in a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) for the Military Health System’s
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Washington DC.

Developed tools for site visit documentation and final POE Report including
programming, diagramming, and graphical illustrations

Participated in on-site data collection including, facility verification, focus groups and
technical readings

May 2012 - Aug 2012
 

Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects, Charleston, SC, US, Architectural Intern

Completed a Semester Internship as part of graduate curriculum and IDP requirements through Clemson’s Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C)

Conducted drafting and physical modeling including working drawings, study models, and final models for an ongoing building addition.

Jan 2011 - May 2011
 

The Charletson group, Charleston, SC, US, Architectural Draftsman

Developed working drawings, millwork details and construction documents for new and
existing residences

Responsible for core day-to-day activities as office administrator

Mar 2009 - Aug 2009
 

Ryland Homes, Charleston, SC, US, Architectural Draftsman

Drafted working drawings and construction documents for single and multi-family
residences

Reviewed and formulated design revisions for architectural and engineering drawings

Communicated with vendors and engineers to ensure adherence with specifications and managed documents to obtain design approval by Architectural Review Boards

Jul 2005 - Dec 2008
 

Education 

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, MArch, Graduate Program, Master of Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2012
 

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Aug 2001 - Aug 2005
 

Awards 

2012 International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition Winner, 1st Place

This competition enabled architecture and engineering students from around the world to provide new and innovative thinking in the creation of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable laboratories. The competition focused on the proposed Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center (MREC), to be located within Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (SARI) a unit of the National Park Service on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Project Awarded: Winner

Jury Comments:
Project demonstrates sensitive site planning and architectural design, including a compact use of the site. It takes advantage of natural resources in its use of solar thermal design, photovoltaic panels, day lighting, and rainwater collection. The project also adapts to extreme weather conditions and incorporates passive design with a clear building performance analysis. There is a logical hybrid system approach to natural and conditioned spaces.

2012
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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