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Michael Caton

Michael Caton

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

As a designer my life experiences continuously shape my character and ways of operating. I've been fortunate to travel intensely and work in many parts of the world. I believe the experience of confronting difference be it cultural, social, economical, etc keeps our minds curious and nimble which is something I hope to retain throughout my career. I've had various professional experiences that have been centered on pushing the boundaries of architectural & design disciplines and I am excited to continue in this spirit throughout future work.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Ennead Architects, New York, NY, US, BIM Manager

I currently manage BIM and digital design technology for Ennead Architects. In addition to this I've contributed as an architectural designer to ongoing projects including a new law school for Arizona State University and a refugee camp design methodology in collaboration with Stanford University and the UN humanitarian agency.

Sep 2013 - current
 

STUDIO V Architecture, New York, NY, US, Designer

- Project Designer for the Seward Park RFP. Primary responsibilities include NYC zoning analysis, BIM modeling and coordination, research, concept development and client correspondence/coordination.
Mixed Use Residential/Commercial, 1.65M SF, Ongoing, New York, NY, 2013

- Project Captain/Project Architect for the Empire Stores RFP. Official award pending, project is currently a finalist.
Adaptive reuse/Mixed use commercial development, 400,000 SF, Award Pending, Brooklyn, New York, 2012

- Project Designer for the Foxwoods Casino Phase 4 Concourse renovation. Primary responsibilities included the design of approx. 20,000 SF of retail storefront, coordination/collaboration with engineers & specialty structures fabricators and the development of project from concept design through construction documents.
Commercial renovation, 40,000 SF, Under Construction, Mashantucket, Connecticut, 2012

- Project Architect for the Foxwoods Casino Atrium Bar. Primary responsibilities included the design of a 3,000 SF bar/entertainment lounge from concept design though construction documents. Additional responsibilities included complete project management, coordination with specialty structures fabricators and interfacing with the client.
Bar/Entertainment lounge, 3,000 SF, Under Review, Mashantucket, Connecticut, 2011

- Initiation of the employee development program 'StudioV-[D]Session' which focuses on implementing a working knowledge of technological advancements in our architectural tool set. Sessions focused on BIM integration primarily with Revit & Project Vasari, Rhino modeling, advanced AutoCAD tools for enhanced efficiency, and 3D rendering.

- Initiation of the employee development program 'StudioV-[ARE]Session' which galvanized a concerted desire to develop more licensed architects within the studio. Sessions are study groups where members decide which ARE exam would be the focus and develop and implement a rigorous study program.

- Studio architectural photographer.

Jun 2011 - Mar 2013
 

Various Offices, New York, NY, US / Geneva, CH, Freelance Architectural Designer

-Urban Movement Design (2/2012), New York, NY
MAXXI YAP 2012 (Young Architects Program) - Unite/Unire Installation, Rome, Italy (1st Prize)
Primary responsibilities include schematic design development, 3D modeling, diagramming, rendering and digital fabrication strategy development.

-MERGE Studio (3/2011 - 5/2011), New York, NY
Environmentally Responsive Building Envelope Design for an Office Building. Karle, Bangalore
Primary responsibilities include concept & schematic development, environmental performance analysis with Ecotect, parametric integration of performance analysis tools, design research, 3D modeling, rendering, diagramming.

-Per-Forma Studio (11/2010 – 3/2011), New York, NY
Great Eastern Mills, Mixed Use Hotel/Retail Development. 900,000 SF, Mumbai, India
Primary responsibilities include concept & schematic design of hotel tower and building facades, environmental performance analysis with Ecotect, design research, parametric integration of building performance analysis tools, 3D modeling, rendering, diagramming.

-RLA Rodney Leon Architects (10/2010 – 11/2010), New York, NY
Expandable prefabricated housing system for post disaster relief in collaboration with Clayton Homes. Haiti
Primary responsibilities include schematic design development, design research, consultant coordination, 3D modeling, rendering, drafting, presentation development.

-Atelier D'Architecture Andreas Durr (5/2010 - 9/2010), Geneva, CH Shams Arena, Football stadium concept design. Morocco
Primary responsibilities include conceptual design & development of stadium massing & facade, building performance analysis & parametric integration, programming, 3D modeling, diagramming, rendering, drafting.

May 2010 - May 2012
 

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, AE, Adjunct Professor

Studio Critic for intermediate, second year, design studio. Instruction of various courses and workshops covering computer aided drawing, 3d modeling, animation, digital fabrication, and advanced computational + parametric design.

Aug 2009 - Aug 2010
 

Archen Dubai, Dubai, AE, Design Architect

-Projects: Berlin Millennium Tower, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates,2008/2009
Primary responsibilities include programming, drafting, 3D modeling, rendering, submittals, client correspondence/coordination.

Sep 2008 - Mar 2009
 

Arx, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

-Projects: Berlin Millennium Tower, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates,2008/2009
Primary responsibilities include concept development, 3D modeling, drafting, diagramming, presentation development. Selected to continue project through proceeding phases with partner architect in Dubai, U.A.E.

May 2008 - Sep 2008
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

- Prefab China honors advanced design studio participant[2006].
- Pratt Institute Rome honors program participant[2007].
- Intermediate Design assistant teacher[2006-2007].

Aug 2003 - May 2008
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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