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Elizabeth Irene Benson

Elizabeth Irene Benson

Middletown, NJ, US

 

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About 

My interest in Architecture is about living and has been strongly focused in design as it relates to material innovations and construction methods, context, social aspects and inspired environments based in how we live. Throughout my work, there can be seen a strong sense of traditions with the clarity of structural solutions, implied tectonics, and importance of light and transparency, yet there is no restriction to the banal and superficial use of ‘light’ materials. Design choices stem, not so much from an intention to guide the design of the forms, but to conform to the existing surroundings from a desire to compare similar materials, yet show the technical advances that have been made possible with new uses. My attempts have been to attain a sense of spatial immateriality as a consequence of the ‘particulate nature’ of the light, putting the attention focus on the connection spaces; on the segments between inside and outside, and one room to the next.

With international work experience and time spent learning abroad in Rome, my design skills and capacities have truly begun to reach a more mature, professional and sophisticated conceptual approach toward design and presentation. Well organized, I work diligently, deliberately and passionately with all areas of design and presentation. With these energetic qualities, I learn quickly, solve problems easily, as well as thrive under tight deadlines. My studies and work have allowed for me to possess a great deal of experience with physical model making and labor, 2D and 3D visualizations, parametric prefabrications and millwork, as well as extensive international client communications. Having worked with Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio, NJIT, Sea Dance Craftsman Inc. and the NJ Driftwood Players, I have maintained an interest in ALL phases of design and document production, with a good eye for both presentation and detail design, and work best in combination of organic and logical tones, as a collaborative process or individually, both in and out of an office.

Publication recently recognizing work:
• Temporary Architecture Book (2014)
• Elle Decor (Oct 2013)
• Interni Magazine (Sept 2013) Project - Instant Installation
• Wallpaper Magazine (Sept 2013) Project - Instant Instalation

Award: NJIT Student Showcase "Dream Without Limit" 2011
• First Place All-Round

Award: NJIT Design/Build Masonry Competition 2009
• First Place All-Round Design/Build/Presentation
• First Place Mockup Design
• First Place Presentation

NJIT Deans List 2007-2012

Languages:
       English – Native
       Norwegian – Elementary
       Italian – Elementary

Activities:
       PADI Dive Master
       Curler for the Plainfield Curling Club, NJ
       Photography, Travel, and Adventure
       Surfing, Skiing
       Violin, Berimbau, Flute, Piccolo, Pipe, Piano,  +


 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio, Turin, IT, Junior Architect

• High-End Designs and process in its entirety
• 2D + 3D modeling, visualizations and documentation
• Extensive International Client Communications
• Firm Image, Website, Office Organization, Scheduling and Prioritizing
• Working in collaboration, team leadership and independently

Jun 2013 - current
 

Sea Dance Craftsman Inc., Leonardo, NJ, US, Designer + Contractor

• High-End Residential custom restorations, expansion, renovation + landscaping
• Concept Design + Construction Drawing preparation
• Physical Labor in the shop and on location

May 2011 - May 2013
 

NJ Driftwood Players, Cranford, NJ, US, Designer

• Graphic design for posters, fliers, and web
• Prop, set and lighting design

Mar 2009 - Mar 2013
 

Education 

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Architecture

Throughout my schooling, I maintained a strong interest in urban design and development and material innovations as it relates to context. I have also acquired an extensive background in engineering and architectural theories of ancient to modern art through additional education such as..

• Summer 2009 Roma Summer – A four week Study Abroad program

Addition studies in...
• Physics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mathematics
• Urban Development and Planning

Aug 2007 - May 2012
 

Awards 

Design/Build Masonry Competition - all round design/build/presentation, 1st Place

Design/Build Masonry Competition
First place - all round best building design, masonry mockup, and presentation

2009
 

Design/Build Masonry Competition - mockup design, 1st Place

Design/Build Masonry Competition
First place - best mockup design

2009
 

Design/Build Masonry Competition - presentation, 1st Place

Design/Build Masonry Competition
First place - best presentation

2009
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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