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Architecture, urbanism and environment are my passions, I strive for tactile results and thrive in either a collaborative or solo atmosphere. A nuanced understanding of the urban condition today and historically is vital and always informs my approach to problem solving. Each city is different, but many good cities share the same underlying principles. How can we maintain the character and individuality of cities (and thus structures) while simultaneously bringing them into the 21st century? I believe the answers are rooted in sustainability and community. Within those two realms are a wealth of resources that can help us as designers to create not just best practice, but innovative practice.
**I am currently logging my IDP hours and actively working towards becoming a licensed architect.**
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, US, Part-Time Faculty
Currently teaching a first year undergraduate required course titled Sustainable Systems. The class is focused on introducing issues related to climate change, energy use/sources and related political aspects. My goal is to tie all that information back to the work that these young designers are doing, helping them understand how crucial their future work will be and how imperative it is that they have a working knowledge of the complex natural and social systems at play in our world.
Perez Architecture, Brooklyn, NY., Architectural Designer
-Generate construction documents in Revit, submit to DDC and DOB via on-line filing process
-Schematic design of homes being demolished and reconstructed above the flood plain due to damage from Hurricane Sandy
-Site survey: photos, measurements and architectural/structural assessment of damage to homes affected by Hurricane Sandy
-Consultation with homeowners enrolled in the Build it Back program in NYC about repairs and rebuilding options that may be available to them
-Preparation of photo and written reports, including line items for future construction to submit to quality control, assigned contractors, and the Build it Back program
-Negotiation of construction scope and cost with contractors
-Design consultation with homeowners about style and materials for repaired or rebuilt areas of home
-Follow up communication with homeowners, helping to ensure they understand and agree with the scope of work for their home, including potential home elevation
-Facilitating “lunch & learn” meetings to help expand office-wide understanding of sustainable practice and materials as related to architecture and design
-Researching and creating spreadsheets for comparative analysis of a variety of building systems and construction materials in an effort to create a “greener” building practice for our firm
Indamine Architecture, Brooklyn, NY., Designer
-Pre-Design: site investigation/survey relating to land-marked buildings and LPC permitting process, prepared LPC paperwork, conducted meetings with clients to determine scope of design, roof & facade work
-Design Development: material, fixture, product and technology research & Specs
-Conducted spatial analysis for functional organization of closets, AV design & bathrooms
-Drafted, prepared and updated construction documents/filing sets and details
-Prepared, created & updated plans, sections, 3D diagrams, sketches, drafts, layouts
-Attended meetings w. general contractor & sub-contractors to resolve issues during construction phase
-Obtained & evaluated quotes for materials, appliances, mechanicals etc.
-Prepared and filed reports, memos, letters and client responses
-Attended site meetings, took notes and distributed to staff
-Participated in brainstorming/strategy sessions related to projects and competitions
-Facilitated WMBE certification, DOB & LPC permits, NYC building code info
-Edited writing for architect (architectural essays)
-General light office administration, Digital archiving & file creation/organization
Pierre Frey, New York, NY, US, Freelance Drafter
Hired to measure showroom and then create CAD files and scaled printable PDF of floor plans to be used for carpet instillation. Aprox. 3000 sqf in the D&D Building.
Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), New York, NY, US, Coordinator
-Attended CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant) training workshop as student
-Organized daily catering and handling of room and location issues
-Communicated with multiple professionals in various cities to facilitate workshop
AHDLI Symposium Summer 2012 NYC, New York, NY, US, Design Resource Assistant
-Acted as design liaison for developers attending symposium
-Participated in creative meetings, took notes and created site maps for developers
-Compiled notes and drawings into usable document for architects and developers
Indamine Architecture, Brooklyn, NY, US, Assistant to Leah Kreger, RA.
-Participated in brainstorming and strategy sessions related to current and future
projects and competitions
-Took site notes for residential project
-Assisted with application submission process for WMBE certification
-Edited writing for principal (architectural essays) and maintained archives
-Processed billing, light bookkeeping and ordering of office supplies
Droog, New York, NY, US, Sales & Visual Merchandiser
-Discussed Droog’s ethos, history and products with architects, interior designers,
collectors and customers and established client relationships
-Designed window and showroom displays weekly with creative partner
-Responsible for opening and closing store, POS system and ordering supplies
Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture
As a M.Arch student much of my focus involved sustainable, green and resilient design. I've had the opportunity to design academically, a Passive House row home for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, a public library in the East Village, mixed use affordable housing in the Bronx, an alternative to the FDR highway that would protect that Manhattan shoreline from rising waters, and a recycling and marine transfer station on the East River.
The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Urban Studies
My initial studies involved fine arts and photography, and eventually focused on urban studies, architecture and architectural theory.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture
I attended Pratt School of Architecture for one year, before deciding to return to The New School to finish my undergraduate studies, with the intention of pursing architecture again in Graduate school.