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Steven Stepien

Steven Stepien

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

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Employment 

J.O Architectural Services, Fitzroy, Victoria, AU, Freelance Draftsperson

I am working as a freelance contractor. I responsibilities include: preparing planning and construction drawings for approval. Work is contractual.

Mar 2013 - current
 

Eames Foundation, Pacific Palisades, CA, US, Docent / Tour Guide

The Eames Foundation celebrates the legacy of all things related to Ray and Charles Eames, famous mid-century designers, artists, teachers, architects, film makers and photographers. The foundations aim is to preserve and protect the Eames House and to provide educational experiences for guests. I am a docent / tour guide. My role is to guide people though the house and grounds with in depth and accurate information in a pleasurable way. I deal with souvenir purchases and I work with groups of up to 20.

The Eames House (Case Study #8) in Pacific Palisades was designed by Charles and Ray Eames between 1945-49. It is a fine example of mid-century modernism.

Dec 2012 - current
 

Steven Stepien Building Designs (Self Employed), Essendon, AU, Building Designer

I am the sole proprietor of my own building design company. I started this because I wanted to design a few projects on my own.

To date, I have designed three small projects, a large outdoor deck and covered patio, a new verandah and façade facelift to a 1920s timber cottage and an extension and facelift to a local Polish Community Hall. All three projects were challenging in there own way, and currently, construction for all three are completed or nearing completion later this year.

+ Designed – Concept and schematic
+ Professional delivery and documentation of project stages, from town planning to construction drawings
+ Prepared and ensured accuracy of technical detailing and construction documentation
+ Provided coordination for all phases of documentation (detailing, code compliance)
+ Preparing professional client and council design presentations.
+ Responded to RFI’s (Request for Information) by Builders
+ Provided construction administration (CA) of project, including schedules, drawing lists, quality control
+ Worked with consultants, contractors, fabricators, and regulatory agencies to meet overall project objectives
+ Product research and ordered material samples
+ Reviewed and mark up shop drawings
+ Provided on-site measures and analysis

Jun 2009 - current
 

Rothe Lowman Architects, Melbourne, Victoria, AU, Junior / Intermediate Architect

I was employed as a junior architect in a full time position. I was initially involved for the first 3 months in the Interior design team and provided a communication link between the interior designers and the architects. Whilst working in that role, I worked closely with senior Interior Designers on the layout of apartments, documentation of bathroom, kitchens, and Mill work detailing, as well as preparing design presentations for clients and vendors. I was heavily involved in the design and documentation of apartment display suites and the selection of materials and the colour palette.

Once I crossed over to the architectural side of the office, I was involved in four large high-end apartment projects; TIP TOP Apartments, Clara Q Apartments, Norfolk Apartments and Stonnington Terraces. My responsibilities on these projects varied, however on all the projects I was heavily involved in planning documentation, design development, construction documentation and at various times, client and vendor consulting and project administration.

Generally, my role included but not limited to the following;

+ Professional delivery and documentation of project stages, from DD and town planning to construction drawings
+ Prepared and ensured accuracy of technical detailing
+ Provided project team with internal coordination for all phases of documentation (detailing, code compliance)
+ Responded to RFI’s (Request for Information) by Builders.
+ Assisted in const. admin (CA) of (Tip Top & Stonington Terraces), incl. schedules, drawing lists, quality control
+ Worked with consultants, contractors, fabricators, and regulatory agencies to meet overall project objectives
+ Designed – focused on apartment layouts
+ Prepared marketing drawings
+ Aided in product research and ordered material samples
+ Aided in the review and mark up shop drawings
+ Provided on-site measures and analysis
+ Marked up drawings. Did red line revisions and mark ups

May 2010 - Sep 2012
 

Bates Smart, Melbourne, Victoria, AU, Architectural Draftsperson / Student Architect

I was employed as a Student / junior architect in a part time position whilst at University, then on a full time basis during the semester breaks. Generally, my role included but not limited to the following;

+ Prepared professional documentation from town planning through to construction drawings
+ Prepared marketing drawings
+ Aided in product research and ordered material samples
+ Prepared interior documentation and designs
+ Did red line revisions and mark ups

Mar 2008 - Dec 2008
 

TM Design Group, Inc., Port Melbourne, AU, Architectural Draftsperson / Student Architect

I was employed as a Student / Architectural Draftsperson in a part time position whilst at University, then on a full time basis during the semester and summer breaks. Generally, my role included but not limited to the following;

+ Prepared documentation from design development and town planning through to construction drawings
+ Managed timely delivery of small sized projects – smoking room extensions for hotels & home extensions
+ Responded to RFI’s (Request for Information) by Builders
+ Prepared professional client and council design presentations
+ Prepared interior documentation and designs
+ Prepared planning reports
+ Did red line revisions and mark ups

Mar 2005 - Dec 2007
 

Henderson & Lodge Architects, Melbourne, AU, Architectural Draftsperson / Student Architect

I was employed as a Architectural Draftsperson / Student Architect in a part time position whilst at University, then on a full time basis during the semester and summer breaks. Generally, my role included but not limited to the following;

+ Prepared documentation from design development and town planning through to construction drawings
+ Prepared town planning reports
+ Involved in design development of several school, police and fire stations

Aug 2004 - Mar 2005
 

Valastro Building Design Pty. Ltd., Essendon, AU, Architectural Draftsperson / Student Architect

I was employed as a Architectural Draftsperson / Student Architect on a full time basis. Generally, my role included but not limited to the following;

+ Designed – concept and schematic
+ Professional delivery and documentation of project stages, from town planning to construction drawings
+ Prepared and ensured accuracy of technical detailing and construction documentation
+ Prepared town planning reports
+ Provided on-site measures and analysis
+ Did red line revisions and mark ups

Mar 2002 - Aug 2004
 

Andrew Kirk Designs, Burwood, AU, Junior Draftsperson

I was employed as a Junior Draftsperson on a full time basis. Generally, my role included but not limited to the following;

+ Prepared planning and construction drawings for approval
+ Provided on-site measures and analysis
+ Did red line revisions and mark ups

May 2001 - Dec 2001
 

Education 

Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria, MArch, Master of Architecture (Design)

The Master of Architecture programme provided me with a specialist education, building upon an established background in architecture and built environment studies. It offered me advanced studies in cultural, historical, technological, design, environmental and theoretical knowledge, and helped me developed the ethical, evaluative and research frameworks which underpin the architecture field.

The Master of Architecture degree was designed to allow incorporation of the final units required to fulfill the academic requirements needed for professional accreditation and registration of graduates in Australia and abroad.

This course is accredited (within Australia) by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Mar 2009 - Nov 2009
 

Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, BArch, Bachelor of Arts (Architecture)

The Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) course now known as Bachelor of Design (Architecture) comprised cutting edge content from the latest research and is designed with a global perspective. The course placed an emphasis on real work applications, which allowed me to study architecture from day one.

During the course, my studies explored architectural ideas, history, philosophy, design and communication as well as building science and technology. The course was designed to meet the needs of students who ultimately intended to complete the Master of Architecture course and practise architecture.

Some of the units I studied included Austral-Asian Architecture, Architecture Design, Graphic and Coded Communication, Building Materials Science, Computer Aided Modelling and Construction and Structures.

Mar 2004 - Nov 2008
 

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), City Campus, Dip. Building Design & Drafting

This 2-year program, now known as Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), focused on the practical and technical application of design skills. During the course I learned about the presentation, documentation and architectural workflow processes for building projects that engage with the site, user needs and the environment.

This was a hands-on program that helped me develop specialised skills and knowledge through a variety of learning experiences from freehand drawing to digital applications that augment architectural workflows, construction technology and documentation processes.

The key features of this program were:

+Innovative and sustainable design
+Problem solving
+Structural and construction technology
+Project documentation
+Architectural project administration.

During the course, I learned to communicate and work effectively with a variety of stakeholders including regulatory authorities and a wide range of consultants associated with the design, construction and building services that is common in a real working environment.

Mar 1999 - Nov 2000
 

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