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CKDhS C K Dexterhaven Studio, Cleveland, OH, US, Designer
The landscape design for an existing lakefront property in Canton, Ohio.
Existing deck is to be razed with new wood deck, stone paved sun terrace, enlarged existing
brick paved patio. The site is to be regraded to accommodate a solid wood pathway of steps
from lower patio to link with gravel pathways. The deck is on a raised promontory at Dining Room,
therefore, plantings are integrated with oversized wood steps [chevroned] as paths converge at deck centerline down to break wall [old foundation stone], where a 'fire pit’ is placed within it’s natural elliptical shape.
The plantings are a rich mixture of grasses, meadow flowers, bamboo and ground coverings
allowing for a sustainable site. A clear emphasis on seasonal coloration, aromatic perfume and scale.
CKDhS C K Dexterhaven Studio, Cleveland, Designer
Designed a [timber] pergola with fountain at existing paved terrace in Westlake, Ohio
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 Fiber-optic lighting behind birch-plywood, 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
Returning to college at 29 y.o., I completed 3 of the 5 year program and entered the work force. Granted an Associates Degree as a Certified Architectural Draftsman for the State of Ohio, I proceeded to to work from draftsman, job captain, to project manager. While in several firms, I learned design [self-taught], and through osmosis. Further studies were less curriculum disciplined and more relative to actual, hands-on work and more closely resembling the "Guild System".
Throughout a decade of travel, experience has enabled me to work with some of the finest design and production professionals in architecture. Several from ‘iconic’ Firms, some, self-taught and non-degreed and unregistered.
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US, History, pre-Law, Political Science and Psychology
Selection of college curriculum at this age in life was more a curiosity than an adhered direction
towards a degree. I had a view of college as a 'learning' engagement to define and bring an understanding to the world. It was not a prescription to 'qualify' for the job market. This was a time in history of civil unrest, the Vietnam war and working jobs to fuel the cost of college courses and the obvious elements of basic 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", through a 'curious nature' of self-study, meeting artists' of influence enabled me to chart a direction into a career in the Mental Health profession, then into the field of architecture. I am a firm believer that [all and any] experience of life can be honed into your talents as everything is the 'link of a chain' and possesses it's own merit over time.
Life's experiences, your professional associations and the work you engage will continue to have
an enormous value to your own life, and hopefully, other's lives as well.
This award was for the partial razing of a pre-Civil War barn, (Blackwell Barn), from Fredericksburg, Ohio. The land originally developed on a promontory selected by a Revolutionary War general then later, becoming an 'equestrian station' for Gen. U.S. Grant's campaign in the Civil War.
Erected in Avon, Ohio on a 19th Century village [recreation] while a Designer with RWL Architects, Elyria, Ohio.
As a member of Franklin Gray and Associates, Honolulu, Hawaii (1992); I was a draftsman on this in-situ, concrete, 'brutalist' building with open air corridors and 'hanging gardens'. 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. With the wise choice of materials, to it's integration with 'Nature' into the building's dynamic a tribute to Hawaii's beauty [this aspect...often grossly ignored in other regions of the Country].
Also, as a testament to Franklin Gray and his Staff's professionalism this vision of architectural creation was truly an art form; all working drawings created by hand [pencil], as if a "work of art"...alas, this project marked the conclusion of manual, Public project document submittals' to the state of Hawaii.