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Steven Kushner

Steven Kushner

Fairport, NY, US

 

About 

I am a young, dedicated, licensed Architect with over ten years of experience in the design, documentation, management, and administration of projects and contracts in the architecture field.   Through my talent, hard work, leadership, and commitment to quality, I have already had many great opportunities.  I would prefer to continue my career in a location closer to family and friends.  I am in search of a progressive architecture organization that is equally dedicated to quality project delivery, client and employee satisfaction, and design excellence.

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 State of California licensed Architect                                                (December 2011)
 State of Alaska licensed professional Architect                             (May 2007)
 NCARB Certification                                                                             (November 2007)
 LEED® Accredited Professional, BD+C                                           (March 2009/July 2011)
 Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) through CSI         (May 2005)

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 Chair for the 2009-2011 Frank Maier High School Design Competition Committees, an annual AIA Alaska-sponsored design event for high school students throughout the state.  Included developing a program and site scenario and assembling a review jury
 Chair for the AIA Alaska Architecture in Schools Committee
 Attended the 2008 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo in Chicago, IL
 Eagle Scout; also assisted in teaching Architecture Merit Badge
 Section Leader of the Michigan Marching Band Tenor Saxophone section

Employment 

RIM Architects, LLC, San Francisco, CA, US, Associate

While at the same firm for over 10 years, the last two were in the smallest office, with more focus on smaller projects with clients such as GSA and Stanford University. These projects presented new challenges requiring different managerial skills to stay on schedule and budget. Also spent significant time on workshare between offices - working remotely as Project Manager and Project Architect with staff in three other locations. More involved in Office Management, Operations, manpower allocation, and proposals.

Featured project: MCAS Terminal Operations Complex, Kaneohe, Hawai’i. Acted as Project Architect for the Airfield Fire and Rescue Station, one of three buildings in the $50 million complex. Worked extensively with the internal and consultant team in Hawai’i to design and coordinate the structure as part of the whole project. Charged with writing specifications for all three structures. Drawings completed in Revit; specifications completed in SpecsIntact. Project under construction.

Mar 2011 - Apr 2013
 

RIM Architects, LLC, Anchorage, AK, US, Associate

Worked in project acquisition and delivery as Project Manager, Project Architect, and lead designer for firm of 40+ with multiple Pacific Rim locations. As Project Manager, effectively led teams of three to 12 involved in concept through construction document delivery and including architectural construction administration services, while establishing and maintaining project budgets. Served as primary contact with client and design team establishing project requirements, construction budgets, project schedules, and quality control criteria. Led multiple projects simultaneously and established myself as the go-to to deliver projects on tight budgets and short schedules. As Project Architect and designer, worked through all aspects of design and project delivery, from concept sketches and renderings to details and documents. Highly experienced in code analysis and obtaining required permits, and have participated in several office design charettes and reviews. Most often sought for my technical knowledge of products, materials, and details.
Experienced in AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, Revit, DataCad, Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive, SketchUp, FormZ, Word, Excel, & PowerPoint
Involved in over 50 projects of various phases, delivery methods, and project types, primarily office and commercial, but also including DoD / military, residential, health care, child care, cultural, recreational, and transportation work, and LEED certification.
Featured project: Anchorage International Airport South Terminal Seismic and Security Retrofit. Acted as Project Architect leading a team of 12 during design development and construction documents phases of this $160 million building remodel, which included removing entire portions of the upper level and replacing with new structure and envelope, and as Project Manager during the 2-year construction administration phase, delivering the project on schedule and under budget.

Sep 2002 - Mar 2011
 

LaDue Architects, Rochester, NY, US, Intern Architect

Initial employment after college following two summers of internship. Small firm of four to six architects which afforded exposure to many aspects of project delivery and office management. Most experience gained in construction documents, with limited exposure to office space planning, on-site construction administration, and residential remodel.
 Design work included graphic design - the re-design of the office business cards, and the design and construction of the company website
 Featured project: Paychex Webster expansion. Acted as project designer for renovation of an existing 50,000 sf building to new office space and shipping and delivery facilities. Work included space planning, client review meetings, detailing of the modifications to the building envelope, and on-site observation of construction.

May 1999 - Jul 2002
 

LeChase Construction, Rochester, NY, US, Project Engineer

Two summers’ work for a contractor learning on-site construction methods.
 Featured project: James Madison School of Excellence. Acted as Project Engineer for the General Contractor for a new $50 million middle school and community center in downtown Rochester. The GC was one of nine Prime Contracts under a Construction Manager working on the project.
 In-office work included materials take-offs, material procurement, equipment procurement, drawing interpretation and RFI initiation, file management, and attendance of weekly construction progress meeting.
 On-site work included field measuring, material installation observation, delivery of equipment, labor assistance, concrete placement, and weekly CM site walks.

May 1997 - Aug 1998
 

Education 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

2-year Master of Architecture program
Emphasis on structures and materials
3.5 GPA

Sep 1999 - May 2011
 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. Completed a 4 year program in 3 years due to AP classes in high school.
3.0 GPA

Sep 1996 - May 1999
 

Aquinas Institute, Rochester, NY, US, High School, High School

Graduated Valedictorian in a class of 173.

Sep 1992 - Jun 1996
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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