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Jacob Schaeffer

Jacob Schaeffer

Union City, PA, US

 

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About 

I am interested in a position at a sustainable practice or strong architecture firm and am willing to take any position available.  My passion for architecture and sustainability gives me the drive to do everything needed to succeed in this field and make it my career.  I love architecture and the inspiration from its presence in the world and what can be learned from it.

I have received my Associates of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Technology and my Bachelors of Science Degree in Building Science and Sustainable Design from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport,PA.  The program focused on sustainable approaches to materials, design, construction, site development, and energy generation.  This allows for the awareness of building fundamentals related to the measurement of building performance and can be directly related to the overall design of a building.  Although the program is not a 5-year Bachelor that so many people are aware of the professors and the students hold each other to the same standards, which can be accounted for the 18 credits a semester and at least 30+ hours in the lab a week to do design work.

During my high school career I participated in the HEARTS program, which was created to help middle school students with homework and other activities after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays on a volunteer basis, which i kept until founding was cut short right before our senior year.  During college I got involved with the Architecture Club, which later became the Architectural Student Association and after three years of service as a senior member joined the newly created Pennsylvania College of Technology Student Chapter of USGBC.  Both these organizations allowed for the community services for the local area and trips to architectural sites and participating in various sustainable activities around campus and also allowed us to go to Green Build.

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Employment 

Dixon Advisory USA-Dixon Projects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

+ Operate as the primary architect involved in the full design, approval, construction, and marketing process for all properties designated for the turnover team of Dixon Projects.
+ Responsible for the surveying, design, and cataloging of over 400 portfolio properties.
+ Surveys and outlines existing conditions with keen detail to case specific information for construction/design teams.
+ Visits job sites weekly to track progress; regularly gaining knowledge with construction details, means, and methods.
+ Assists marketing team in producing high quality floor plans for client use on websites with thorough plans and example furniture guides for tenants.
+ Formulated reference templates for interdepartmental office usage; particularly for records of square footage measurements & bed/bath counts for entire portfolio.
+ Troubleshoots turnover construction site issues to guarantee quality assurance.
+ Fostered vendor rapport in order to build easy-to-use and price efficient cabinet catalog for projects division.

Feb 2013 - Jun 2016
 

JPK Drafting & Design LLC, Harleysville, PA, US, Draftsperson/Personal Assistant

+ Seasonal support to Principal Draftsman and owner.
+ Assisted fellow drafters in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing construction documents.
+ Designed standard templates for everyday office use.

May 2010 - Aug 2011
 

Education 

Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Bachelors, Building Science and Sustainable Design

Aug 2010 - May 2012
 

Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA, US, Architectural Technology

Aug 2008 - May 2010
 

Boyertown Area High School, Boyertown, High School, Academic

Aug 2004 - Jun 2007
 

Berks Career and Technology Center, Leesport , Drafting Design Technology

Introduction of hand technical drafting for the first 6 months, Autodesk AutoCAD for the another year or so, and Autodesk Revit for the final year to year and a half.

Aug 2004 - Jun 2007
 

Awards 

Award for Excellence in Computer Applications, 1st Place

The student that demonstrates the most proficiency with the drafting programs used by the architectural department including, AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop, and Google Sketchup, to name a few.

2012
 

Award of Excellence in Design, 3rd Place

The student that demonstrates proficiency and understanding of design concepts in and out of the classroom setting and during presentation and jury situations.

2012
 

Award for Excellence in Computer Applications, 1st Place

The student that demonstrates the most proficiency with the drafting programs used by the architectural department including, AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop, and Google Sketchup, to name a few.

2011
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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