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Thomas Taylor

Thomas Taylor

Stonington, CT, US

 

About 

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. 

Employment 

Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, US, Guest Critic

Guest Critic for MARCH students enrolled at The BAC.

May 2013 - current
 

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.

Dec 2011 - current
 

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.

Oct 2011 - current
 

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.

Apr 2007 - current
 

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.

Aug 2005 - current
 

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.

Dec 2004 - Jun 2005
 

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.

Apr 2003 - Jul 2003
 

Misquamicut Club, Watch Hill, RI, Secretary/Office Manager

Provided financial, member, and facility support at beach club & golf club.

May 2002 - Jul 2003
 

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.

May 1999 - Sep 1999
 

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.

Dec 1995 - Aug 1998
 

Education 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Open Learning Initiative

Mathematics

Oct 2013 - current
 

Connecticut College, New London, CT, US, Various

Studies in Dance and Architecture.

Apr 2008 - current
 

The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, US, Various

Studies in Dance, Poetry, and Visual Arts

Feb 2005 - current
 

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Various

Architecture, Industrial design, Photography, Jewelry, furniture, Apparel Design, and fabrication.

Feb 2004 - current
 

Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, US, BArch, Architecture

BARCH, BS Art and Architectural History, BS Visual Arts Studies- Photography

Aug 2002 - current
 

Awards 

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.

2008
 

Governor's Recognition for Academic Achievement, Rhode Island, Award

2002
 

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.

2002
 

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.

1998
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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