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James Duncan

James Duncan

Orlando, FL, US

 
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About 

Experienced Senior Architect and Project Manager with a demonstrated history in the entertainment and hospitality market sectors. Strong industry leader in building information modeling and coordination systems. Team leader with a focus on inspiring professionals to achieve their best through collaboration.

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Employment 

Walt Disney Imagineering, Lake Buena Vista, FL, US, Senior Architect

■ Management of consulting design team, implementing standards, owner requirements and quality control on large hospitality resort
■ Leading project team on the integration of show and intellectual property elements throughout
■ Leading coordination of all building systems in design and construction
■ Championed an array of technology-based solutions to improve project efficiency

Mar 2019 - current
 

Microdesk, Orlando, FL, US, Project BIM Manager

■ BIM Management consulting services to Walt Disney Imagineering on the Epcot portfolio
■ Led multiple concurrent attraction project teams in coordination and technology usage
■ Developed and implemented workflows to integrate ride, show and facility teams within a common model environment
■ Developed new methods to automate repetitive tasks, thus freeing up teams to focus on design

Mar 2017 - Mar 2019
 

Stantec, Orlando, FL, US, Senior BIM Manager

■ BIM & Project Management of multiple themed entertainment design projects for clients including Disney, Universal Studios & LEGOLAND
■ Development of workflows for use of BIM for heavily themed items & rockwork
■ Development of custom architectural design tools utilizing Dynamo

Nov 2015 - Mar 2017
 

Universal Creative, Orlan, Manager, Building Information Modeling & Facility Design

■ Development of Standards and Implementation Plan for use of Building Information Modeling on Universal Beijing Resort.
■ Development of advanced workflows for creation of complex geometry such as rockwork and show set pieces for use within Revit.
■ Took on additional responsibilities as Facility Design Manager on one of the Lands within the Theme Park. This includes coordination with ride engineering and graphics and show set design.

Mar 2015 - Nov 2015
 

Franklin Architects, Chattanooga, TN, US, Senior Project Manager

■ Supervised and managed employees including workload distribution and coordination of individual project goals.
■ Led the growth of the firm into new markets by offering BIM consulting services to contractors and engineers on complex projects including two projects for Universal Creative.
■ Managed design of diverse project portfolio ranging from aquarium exhibits to technical work at nuclear power plants.
■ Led architectural design teams from pre-design to project close-out multiple concurrent projects

May 2010 - Mar 2015
 

Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, TN, US, Instructor/Faculty Lead - Design/Drafting Program

■ Oversight of several adjunct professors teaching courses centered on multiple software packages including, AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Inventor, SolidWorks, CATIA and ProEngineer.
■ Oversight of digital prototyping lab and CNC shops, including delegation of maintenance and supplies, oversight of safety procedures and recommendations for acquisition of new equipment.
■ Developed and implemented course materials for campus and online courses.

Aug 2009 - May 2010
 

elemi Architects, Chattanooga, TN, US, Architect

■ Led architectural design teams from pre-design to project close-out overseeing design and technical documents for multiple concurrent projects.
■ Provided ongoing technology training throughout office to substantially improve productivity.
■ Supervised and managed employees including workload distribution and coordination of individual project goals.

Mar 2009 - May 2010
 

EMJ Corporation, Chattanooga, TN, US, Preconstruction Manager/LEED Advisor

■ Managed multiple projects ranging from $5 million to $80 million; established and maintained entitlement, design and construction schedules; served as the one point of contact for the entire project team including owner, architect, landscape architect, civil engineer, MEP engineers, audio/video consultant, traffic consultant, signage consultant, construction manager, estimators, multiple subcontractors, surveyors and geologists and was responsible for holding all team members accountable for project tasks and schedule milestones.
■ Facilitated design process between client and architect/engineer by tracking owner’s project goals, coordinating criteria from multiple tenants and providing detailed plan reviews with constructability and systems coordination comments.
■ Developed and implemented common project data collection and file transfer systems across the Company’s operating locations thereby enabling the ability to search and extract relevant and timely information for management control, accounting and marketing analysis efforts.

Jul 2007 - Mar 2009
 

Bray Associates Architects, Inc, Sheboygan, WI, US, Project Architect

■ Managed architectural design projects from pre-design to project close-out and was the primary point of contact with client; responsible for design and technical documents for multiple projects ranging in value from $2 million to $25 million.
■ Planned and executed the implementation of building information modeling software and supported ongoing training.
■ Planned, opened and managed new Milwaukee branch office that expanded the Company’s market presence and client base.

Jan 2005 - Jun 2007
 

TAB Associates, Inc, Avon, CO, US, Project Manager

■ Managed multiple architectural design projects from pre-design to project close-out including schematic design, design development and construction documents.
■ Oversaw construction administration services for multiple concurrent projects including shop drawing review, pay request approval, and construction observation.

Mar 2004 - Jan 2005
 

h. michael bohnsack ARCHITECTS, Carbondale, IL, US, Project Manager

■ Oversaw construction administration services for multiple concurrent projects including shop drawing review, pay request approval, and construction observation.
■ Supervised and managed employees, workload distribution and coordination of project goals.
■ Implemented and trained staff in use of CAD software and computer network; developed performance standards that enabled and substantially improved increased productivity.

Aug 1997 - Mar 2004
 

Education 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 1993 - Dec 2003
 

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