My name is Chris Nelson and I have roughly 7 years experience ranging from hospitality, branding and residential projects in NYC. I've worked on everything ranging from conceptual design to construction administration for small architecture/design studios in the city. I'm an artist/designer as well and I look forward to opportunities to utilize my creative and technical skills.
ICRAVE, New York, NY, US, Designer/Job Captain
Develop concept, schematic and 100% DD drawings for two branding/hospitality projects on a freelance basis.
DAS Concepts, Inc., New York, NY, US, Design Project Manager
Responsibilities: construction administration, prepare conceptual, schematic and 100% construction drawings, prepare/review shop drawings, attend project meetings, coordination meetings and manage production of sketches and drawings, provide IT assistance
Incorporated, Project Architect
Responsibilities: create photo realistic renderings for conceptual presentations, schematic drawings, construction documents, coordinate with consultants, review shop drawings, produce marketing material and provide IT assistance
Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Intern
Responsibilities: produce digital models for a large scale project in Chicago using Microstation
Meyer, Scherer, & Rockastle, Model Shop Manager & Model Maker
Responsibilities: manage deadlines, duties & hours for 3 model makers, produce models from fundraising models to white foam core study models and model photography
Leonard Parker & Associates, Intern
Responsibilities: produce study models, prepare presentation boards, organize slide and sample libraries
University of Illinois at Chicago, MArch, Architecture
UIC redirected their initiatives to Landscape Urbanism during my studies. Urban planning, architecture and interior design directed my projects to explore the potential for any given project with a strong focus on conceptual design. I participated in the UIC study abroad program which included walking tours of Paris, Barcelona, Genova, Florence and Rome. The studio for this semester was in Barcelona where we focused on a high density housing project in El Raval, just outside the Gothic Quarter.
University of Minnesota, BArch, CALA
During my studies at the University of Minnesota, I explored and really connected to urban planning, the effects of a building on an urban scale and responded to what I thought was appropriate based on the given contextual conditions. I also decided to focus my minor studies on studio arts with an emphasis on photography. Art is still prevalent in my life today as I draw, paint and design outside of the regular day in a studio. Photography was closely connected to my understanding of a site, exploring and observing the context and it has continued to be an interest of mine.
Neely Portfolio Award, 1st Place
This scholarship was awarded based on a portfolio exhibition within the School of Architecture on behalf of the Neely Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Alumni Choice Award, 1st Place
The Alumni Choice award is rewarded to the portfolio submission that receives the most votes by UIC SoA Alumni.
Best of Show, 1st Place
As a competition, AIA Minnesota hosts a young architects forum to highlight young talent in Minnesota. I entered photography of mine and I won first place in 2003.