I am an "Architectural Designer"/"Project Architect"/"Project Manager" with 8+ years of working experience with interest and education in Architecture, construction, project management, landscape design, lighting design, interior design, furniture design, mechanical drafting, presentation graphics, rendering, photography, and art and architectural history, as well as the conventional list of university trained skills associated with a BARCH. I have a specific skill set associated with the delivery of highly custom luxury residential and lite commercial within the context of a small office setting involving all aspects of project delivery- from business development through construction. Unique experience includes extensive knowledge of FEMA regulated construction, complex inter-relational client interface, understanding of lifestyle based needs in luxury residential specific to primary and secondary residences and locations, kitchen design, restaurant and bar operations, business and design, and specific requirements associated with private equestrian and other sporting facilities, as well as private clubs, as well as the integration of landscape and architectural design in the former, and gentleman farming contexts. Experience has given me insight for Liturgical design- and a sensitivity and understanding to work with various denominations and religions. I also possess talent and training in the design and construction of physical models using both traditional and improvised techniques and materials. While my inspiration is diverse, my work is primarily expressed in the modes of "shingle style" and vernacular modernism- both of which I have studied theoretical and practical knowledge. Based on client and location I prefer to express a unique combination of minimalism and maximalism, which abstracts the primitive to Barnes- Baroque to Loos, with a palate of architecture rich in simplicity, context and reference- a palate for Objet de'Art and living. I have developed interests in the relation between Dance and Architecture that provide reference for plasticity in spacial concept which evolves from duality of understanding motion dictated by space, and space formed by motion- induced by environment, and individual conscience; a delicate interrelationship which translates to the most simple aspects of architectural form and language. Also of hearth, food preparation, and dining- fundamental to social interaction, pleasure, expression and environmental awareness, cross cultures and resources. I am currently developing a Rhode Island based non-profit dedicated to education, advocacy, and resources for the development of compact alternative housing solutions (fall 2014 launch). Raised by my mother- a banker, from a old West Virginia family, herself the the daughter of a med-student turned home-maker, and Coal Miner turned Engineer, and a Father, Vietnam vet, arborist, and plumber - the epitome of "Swamp Yankee", raised by grandparents descended from natives and pilgrims on a subsistence farm in Connecticut; I have a deeply ingrained but practical sense of connection to the earth, location, community, re-use, creative problem solving, and the pliability of historical reverence. My personal interests include painting, found object art, skiing, hiking, traditional music, leather and wood craft, apparel design and textile construction, large format photography, printmaking, graphic arts, book making, furniture restoration, metal work, jewelry design, agriculture, cycling, and hotrodding. I was married in 2009- my wife runs a non-profit music school while raising our son born in 2011, and was formerly employed as a project manager in the energy efficiency field- providing industry side experience to my freelance work for environmentally sensitive clients- and always a valuable extension of my own knowledge.
Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, US, Guest Critic
Guest Critic for MARCH students enrolled at The BAC.
Philip Darrell Lighting Design, Stonignton, CT, Arch. Consultant/Designer/Draftsman
Provide architectural and drafting support services for design development and construction documentation for individual certified lighting designer.
Stonington Cemetery Association, Stonington, CT, US, Secretary, Board of Directors
Paid and volunteer position as board member- secretary, special projects planner, and preservation consultant for 19th c. 22 acre non-sectarian burial ground. I am currently working on adaptive reuse of a 1849 barn, restoration of landscape and several gothic revival structures, and applying for federal National Park Historical Site designation for the site's significance as a preserved Victorian landscape.
Thomas J. Taylor, Architecture and Interiors, Stonington, CT, US, Sole Proprietor
Providing architectural design services and consulting for new homes, renovations, lighting design, interiors, and landscapes as well as various graphic communications and product design projects and partnerships. I have worked in and maintain business and social networks in VA, KY, NY, ME, MA, RI, CT, WV, GA, FL, and CO.
Michael McKinley and Associates LLC, Stonington, CT, US, Project Architect
Work directly with principle, Michael McKinley (RISD, GSD) with oversight of 0-1 interns on all project development (cooperative), design development (cooperative), client meeting/communication (cooperative and individual), project coordination (individual), permitting (individual), construction documents (cooperative), bidding (cooperative), specification (cooperative), interior design (cooperative), landscape design and/or coordination(individual and cooperative), and construction administration (cooperative) for 4 person firm specializing in new construction and renovations to secondary coastal residential ranging from $1million+ for remote clients in MA, RI, CT, NJ, and FL.
emi, Colorado Springs, CO, US, Intern Architect
Intern Architect working under licensed Architect and Landscape Architect. Participated in design development, presentation and permitting drawings onsite for a non-profit client proposing an orphanage in Recife, Brazil. Also participated in the production of construction drawings for relief structures in post- tsunami India, a primary school in Cambodia, and University building in Uganda.
The Clarke Cooke House, Newport, RI, US, Captain
"Captain" of a private fine dining room - working as the right hand of Maitre d'Hotel, with Sommelier, and head server in a traditional French service structure. Individually responsible for guest greeting, dining room presentation, nightly menu preparation, et al.
Misquamicut Club, Watch Hill, RI, Secretary/Office Manager
Provided financial, member, and facility support at beach club & golf club.
The Weekapaug Inn, Weekapaug, RI, US, Kitchen Apprentice
Kitchen Apprentice training under head chef, also assisting pastry chefs and garde manger, in hotel fine dining- included all aspects of food preparation for New England/French fusion cuisine.
Picture Perfect, Westerly, RI, US, Photo Assistant
Photo Assistant in traditional film photo development lab- developed and printed color, b&w, and slide negatives and printed using machines and traditional dark-room methods.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Open Learning Initiative
Connecticut College, New London, CT, US, Various
Studies in Dance and Architecture.
The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, US, Various
Studies in Dance, Poetry, and Visual Arts
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Various
Architecture, Industrial design, Photography, Jewelry, furniture, Apparel Design, and fabrication.
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, US, BArch, Architecture
BARCH, BS Art and Architectural History, BS Visual Arts Studies- Photography
Credit for contribution- "Architecture and Psycholanalysis" by John Hendrix, Other
Recognized for contributions to the first published academic analysis of psychoanalytical theory and compositional strategies in architecture with project subject and contributor, Peter Eisenman.
Governor's Recognition for Academic Achievement, Rhode Island, Award
RI Academic Decathlon- Gold Metal- Interview Category, 1st Place
1st place awarded for interview portion of 10 discipline state-wide academic competition. Competition involved half hour long continuous conversation with panel of professionals on various topics- personal and otherwise.
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Other
Recognition for achieving SAT score on VERBAL in the first semester of 8th grade higher than the average college admitted high school senior.