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Architecture was not my first choice. I started college at the University at Buffalo perusing an engineering degree. I quickly realized that was not for me, and switched to architecture. I was unsure of what experiences I would have, nor if I would enjoy it. I quickly fell in love with the major, and realized it was what I wanted to do with my academic and professional career.
Academically, I have spent many years working with drafting and design. Starting in high school, I took CAD and architecture classes through the technical school program. During my senior year I had the opportunity to intern with three engineering firms as well as the local department of public works. These internships gave me the opportunity to explore and expand my knowledge in real world problem solving. In college, design studios have helped me develop my engineering knowledge to incorporate design aesthetic and construction methods. My interests that I explore in studio involve the human scale, incorporating design that is created based on the occupant. Other ideas I explore in and out of my studio work involve computational and programming based design, mainly involving parametric design programs such as Grasshopper.
Professionally, I worked in positions that would expand my skillset and give me responsibilities in fields I knew little about. The opportunity provided by Habitat for Humanity provided invaluable hands on experience in construction. Working closely with the Construction Manager allowed me to not only get experience with general building construction, but also reading construction documents, budgeting, and problem solving. Interning with the DPW gave me experience with public infrastructure, specifically with roads and road construction. My main project while there was surveying a road set for resurfacing. These skills helped me in my academics and I feel can be valuable at your firm.
In my free time, I have taught myself how to work and render within 3ds Max to create CGI renders, and have developed my skills in Grasshopper and parametric modeling to not only aid in studio but create new and interesting forms and assemblies. I also spend much of my time in the school shop and my families shop at home making furniture and other wares.
Habitat for Humanity, Canandaigua, NY, US, Construction Intern
Assisted the Construction Manager in all aspects of building a home for a family in need. Included being able to read and interpret blueprints, operate machinery, direct and work with volunteers.
Department of Public Works, Canandaigua, NY, US, Civil Engineer Intern
Assisted the Senior Engineer in surveying and other tasks within the city proper. The biggest task was the surveying of a city road set to be resurfaced. Used multiple forms of surveying to acquire this information.
Ultrafab, Inc., Farmington, NY, US, Manufacturing Intern
Worked with the Chief Engineer learning the manufacturing process of weather seals. Tasks include modeling stock parts for use in Autodesk Inventor models of machinery.
Guardian Glass, Geneva, NY, US, Manufacturing Intern
Worked with the Chief Engineer developing an inventor model for the reproduction of custom machinery
G.W. Lisk, Clifton Springs, NY, US, Manufacturing Intern
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, BArch, Architecture
Currently taking Comprehensive studio, including construction technology and environmental controls. Interests in design studio include studying the human scale in relation to design, modeling techniques, and parametric design.
Wayne-Fingerlakes Technical School, Stanley, NY, US, Engineering/Architecture
Studied the basics of architecture and engineering as it pertains to drafting, modeling, and presentation. My senior year I interned at four different engineering companies for 5 weeks sessions. I was given simple responsibilities that introduced me to the engineering field and gave me a taste of working in a company.
Midlakes High School, Clifton Springs, NY, US, High School, High School