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Karl Smith

Karl Smith

Erie, MI, US

 

About 

To whom it may concern:

I’m writing this cover letter in the hopes that you understand that I do not take applying to your firm as a trivial attempt at obtaining a job but to further my career. 

I am seeking a position that challenges my design skills and provides me with a mentor in the profession of architecture.  My ultimate goal in obtaining a position with your firm is to add to my NCARB experience and achieve my license in architecture.  I would also like to become LEED accredited in BD+C as soon as the possibility presents itself.

My immediate area no longer offers me the opportunity required to support my chosen profession of architecture and the potential to further my career.

My professional expertise is primarily in Autodesk products, AutoCAD 2004-2011, Design Review and REVIT 2013.  I have practical experience in the production of construction documents using AutoCAD.  The REVIT experience I have is limited as I have working with it at home.  I have taken it upon myself to learn and work with REVIT and use it frequently to apply techniques the software has to offer.  I have worked professionally with Bentley products of Microstation V8i, Triforma and Projectwise.  I am fluent in the software of the professional environment, MS Office suite.  I am familiar with Sketchup, Photoshop Creative Suite and Navisworks (Jetstream and Freedom).   I have limited project management experience.  I regularly attended construction meetings, compiled progress reports and reviewed project schedules via MS Project and Primevera.  I have been responsible for answering RFI’s and reviewing shop drawings for completeness and compliance with specifications.  I have written specifications using the MasterSpec format.  I have experience working in the following building types: IBC 302.1 Assembly A2, A3, A4 / Business / Factory & Industrial / High Hazard H / Mercantile / Residential / Storage / Utility and Miscellaneous

I am a team builder and natural leader; yet I am comfortable working within a team to accomplish the projects goals.  I am a professional and act accordingly with a charismatic, friendly personality that is easy to approach.  I do not look down on anyone I work with and treat all my coworkers with respect.
I’m not looking for a position to “get a foothold” and then jump to another employer.  I am loyal and the investment taken in me is rewarded with hard work and quality results. 

What I strive for in every project is to provide the best quality product that exceeds the wants of the client.  I am a driven worker with a hard work ethic.  I have never released documents that were incomplete or inaccurate.  Firms I have worked with in the past adhered to ISO 9001 standards and I have made sure these practices were followed.

I am hoping you and your peers take the time to review my credentials and work submitted in order to consider me for employment at your firm.

Please feel free to contact me at any time should you be interested in discussing any opportunities you have.

Thank-you for your time.

Respectfully,

Karl D. Smith
 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

JPRA Architects, Farmington Hills, MI, US, Contract Based Architectural Designer

o IBC Code Review/Implementation
o Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation

May 2013 - current
 

The JDI Group, Holland, OH, US, Job Captain/Designer/Arch III

o IBC Code Review/Implementation
o Project Estimation and Proposals
o Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation
o Construction Observation and Contract Administration
o Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC ISO 9001)
o Specification Writing (MasterSPEC)
o Project Management
o Shop Drawing Reviews + Submittals

Jul 2010 - Dec 2010
 

The SSOE Group, Toledo, OH, US, Job Captain/Designer/CAD Coordinator

o IBC Code Review/Implementation
o Project Estimation and Proposals
o Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation
o Construction Observation and Contract Administration
o Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC ISO 9001)
o Specification Writing (MasterSPEC)
o CAD Standards/Procedures
o Project Management
o Shop Drawing Reviews + Submittals

Jul 2006 - Jul 2009
 

Bergman Walls & Associates, Ltd, Las Vegas, NV, US, JOb Captain/Designer

o IBC Code Review/Implementation
o Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation
o Construction Observation and Contract Administration
o Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC ISO 9001)
o Shop Drawing Reviews + Submittals

Dec 2004 - May 2006
 

Fry & Partners Architects Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, Architectural Intern/Designer

Aug 1990 - Aug 1992
 

Education 

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, US, BArch, Architecture

Architect Program

Oct 1992 - May 1997
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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