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An architect's responsibility:
Art Advantage Projects, Cleveland, OH, US, Program Manager
Assisted the Founder/Director in the creation of 'original' educational Art and Architectural programs for a non-profit Art Foundation; inclusive of writing grants, photography, marketing through presentation of desktop brochure publications.
These programs were implemented and taught throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, [Elementary and Middle schools], and in addition to local Charter Schools.
Designer/Self, Richmond Heights, OH, US, Owner
Completed the first of three phases of a 16 mo. renovation of a 3 year - abandoned, 2,000sf, 1 story Ranch style house as passive solar, with renewable materials and sustainable site.
Design, Construction Documents and Project Managed-sub contracted with 40% of the work completed with my wife, a Fine Artist/Instructor.
G M Rembowski Architect, Inc., Fairlawn, OH, US, Project Manager
Project managed a team of one architect and two draftsmen by free-hand detailing design and CD's
of hotel projects to create a "template" for the office to more efficiently organize a CADD library for future
RWL Architects, Elyria, OH, US, Project Manager / Designer
Project managed small commercial, industrial and civic projects.
Designed a 2.5 story addition to an existing Bank on Elyria's City Green. This project was a marriage of contemporary design using smooth and peen-hammered, granite cladding to contrast with the 1928, 1 story sandstone fenestration of the original bank building. The original "Chicago" style windows were repeated at new while the travertine marble floors were continued throughout creating a more seamless design.
I was able to custom furnish the Reception Area with a Reception Counter of steel, glass and granite top with photo-optic lighting behind maple wood-perforated ceiling panels as canted sides.
A fire glass enclosed stair well adjacent to a monolithic, black granite elevator tower is in full view of the entry atrium as the 2nd floor Offices cantilever over Reception Area. Offices, Corridor end at Elevator are floor to ceiling glazed to accept natural light from atrium therefore refracting into an open-plan work area.
SCA Designs, (formerly Sidney D. Corhern Architects), New Smyrna Beach, FL, US, Project Manager
Assisted Sid Corhern with Design and creation of CD's for luxury condominiums,
and Arts & Craftsman style homes.
These documents were produced almost exclusively by hand, presentation documents in ink as well as 30% of CD's as composite with CAD documents.
Greene & Greene designed stairs, interior and exterior structural members in their true joinery were fabricated by woodworking artisans.
As Mr. Corhern's Firm exhibited highly customed design, he and myself would hand draft these as it was more time and design efficient to safeguard the projects' integrity.
This would often lead to the exclusion of Trades having to provide "shop drawings" as detailed drawings were frequently produced in 1:1 scale.
Kent State University, Kent, OH, US, Architecture and Environmental Design
I completed 3 of the 5 year program and was granted an Associates Degree
and became a Certified Architectural Draftsman for the State of Ohio.
My further studies were less curriculum disciplined and more relative to actual, hands-on work
and more closely resembling the "Guild System".
The proof of your expertise is usually based on what you do and not your pedigree, what your
colleagues and associates say about your skills. This is not a denigration of professional training
through college but throughout many decades of travel, I have seen some of the finest design
and production professionals in architecture who are non-degreed and non-registered.
What I have witnessed this past decade, is quite the opposite, more value has been placed on technology manipulation and far less on problem solving and creativity. The up-side... "there is more need for Project Management coordinating the process from CAD to reality in the Field".
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US, History, pre-Law, Political Science and Psychology
College curriculum selection at this age in life was more a curiosity than an adhered direction
toward a degree. This was a time in history of civil unrest, the Vietnam war and working jobs to
fuel the cost of college courses and survival. I traveled...knocked around the country with many different
jobs while taking courses at local community colleges. The education one acquires from the "streets"
and through self-study enabled me to qualify a position in the Mental Health profession.
My continuation of finally choosing a career direction, (architecture), had more to do with the appreciation
of fine art, an interest in the industrial and construction jobs previously held and the opportunity it afforded me to go anywhere in the world an make a living.
Life's experiences, who you associate professionally and the work you perform used to have
an enormous value...unfortunately, this has been lost and not as readily respected.
This award was for the partial razing of a pre-Civil War barn, (Blackwell Barn), from Fredericksburg, Ohio and erected in Avon, Ohio while a Designer with RWL Architects, Elyria, Ohio.
As a member of Franklin Gray and Associates, Honolulu, Hawaii (1992); I was a draftsman on the last State project drafted by pencil. I trust that in 2018 this project will receive the State's AIA 25th Year Award For Excellence.
It is not only a very beautiful and well designed building, it is one of the finest projects I've been associated with from the wise choice of materials, to the integration of Nature into the building's dynamic paying tribute to Hawaii's beauty often grossly ignored in other regions of the Country.
Also, as a testament to Mr. Gray and his Staff's professionalism and vision of architecture as an art form;
created all documents, by hand, as if a "work of art".