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Jacob Peters

Jacob Peters

Chicago, IL, US

 

About 

I am a pupil of cities.  In my everyday life I analyze how they work and how we function within them.  When I find myself in unfamiliar territories, I take a page from the Situationist International and go for a meandering unguided walk, or "derive" as they called it.  While architecture is my passion when it comes to work, there are many interests which I pursue in my free time.  Whether it is mapping perceptions of cities, mining transportation ridership data, or advocating for complete streets through community organizations and meetings.  They remain anchored in understanding cities better and trying to make them function better for all.

Buildings are integral to this, whether simply from their density of use, or the way in which they guide the interactions of the community.  Architecture is responsible in making the best possible experience for both the user, and the passerby.  If this is not accomplished, then we are not keeping up our end of the bargain in creating a better built environment.  Sustainability starts with our site and how our building occupies its context.

Employment 

Proteus Group, Chicago, IL, US, Intern Architect

Schematic design to design development for office and medical facilities, using Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, and 3D Studio.

Aug 2011 - Jan 2013
 

Chan Krieger NBBJ, Cambridge, MA, US, Intern Architect

Urban Planning and Architectural work for projects ranging from a new subway station headhouse, to a Master Plan for a city of 3 million in China.

Jan 2009 - Mar 2009
 

emersion DESIGN, Cincinnati, OH, US, Intern Architect

LEED Documentation, as built drawings and Architectural work for clients ranging from offices to government facilities, using Microstation products.

Jan 2008 - Jul 2008
 

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York, NY, US, Intern Architect

Urban Design and Architectural work for producing development options, marketing documents, and master plans for large commercial developers. Project scale ranging from mixed use multi-building developments to 100 story skyscrapers.

Jul 2007 - Oct 2007
 

Congress for the New Urbanism, Chicago, IL, US, Intern

Uploaded and organized presentations from the 2006 Congress in Providence to interactive wiki sites set up for CNU members.

Jul 2006 - Aug 2006
 

Education 

McGill University, Montreal, QC, CA, Mater of Architecture in Urban Design and Housing Issues

A research year focusing studies in issues related to how cities have developed, and how our habitation choices have evolved in tandem. This meant topics ranging from transit and density to urban agriculture and sustainable infrastructure.

Aug 2009 - Aug 2010
 

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Architecture with electives focusing on sustainability and urban planning. I attempted to focus my studios on projects which dealt directly with cities and urban living. When that was not possible, I extended my projects in seminar classes to include studies of urban design and policy issues.

Oct 2005 - Jul 2009
 

Awards 

Sustainable Urban Engineering Grant Program, 1st Place

As part of my Sustainable Urban Engineering class my senior year at the University of Cincinnati, there was a final group competition. In it, we presented a local organization of our own choosing which was striving to make sustainable and ecological improvements to Cincinnati. If we succeeded in convincing a University Board of their merits, the organization could receive up to $2,000. We were able to secure $2,000 in funding for ALLY, the group which fought for the LEED Silver Certification requirement for all new Cincinnati Public Schools.

2009
 

Eagle Scout, Other

The highest rank in scouting. While I have had many issues with the national organization, the skills and responsibility which it imparts upon young men is unmatched in civilian organizations. From self reliance through wilderness treks, to service through engagement in volunteer and community organizations, these qualities forge leadership abilities in all scouts who take advantage of them. Which is why I am still involved in my former Troop 894.

2004
 

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