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Aaron Weber

Aaron Weber

Lambertville, NJ, US

 
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About 

Growing up in rural New Jersey I have been privileged to a life full of contradictions. Most days I found myself surrounded by trees or farm fields. I would get quizzed by my father on identifying a tree, bird, or footprint of some wild thing. On weekends I was in New Hope, PA surrounded by artists and friendly bike gangs. My art teacher was a local impressionist painter and for me a historic day in high school was visiting the Nakashima Studios. It was then I began to draw a connection between these two different lives.

One of my first jobs was working on a roads department. I started with mostly manual labor cutting the grass in drainage swales, spending hours looking up the hillside at Malvina Reynold's little houses. The next summer I was promoted to operating the roller on the hot days we paved and patched the road.

The next job I worked for Peter Maloney, a historic renovations and remodeling contractor out of New Hope. I was now in houses, and even building them. I started to learn the details of instillation. Peter introduced me to a lot of people, and while I didn't always pick up on the jargon, I learned how to have meaningful conversation with a variety of professionals. 

I excelled at theory in school. I think the language of architecture spoke to me much more than most of the buildings in Atlanta. I liked to draw contrasts from Hegel, Venturi or Tschumi to Atlanta's contemporary arts scene. I ended up doing a small research paper for Ellen Dunham-Jones in a class she led on 'retro-fitting suburbia'. I was appalled but not surprised to find ingrained segregation in city limits, developers taking tax loopholes and affordable housing going by the wayside. I think it was the understanding of how flawed the system could be that led me to the current paper I am co-authoring about retail. Along with Christina DeLurgio I am investigating patterns of retail in Atlanta and seeing if such low-density sprawl could be turned from dead-zones in a neighborhood to community centers. This while still maintaining Atlanta's personal-vehicle model.   

When not engrossed in ideas I found myself drawn back to the hands on nature of my previous work. I ended up spending more and more time in the shop, and then the digital fabrication lab. Eager to get involved I joined a project called XYLO, started by graduate student Sean Miller. I was able to help in the production process of an installation on Atlanta's Beltline and worked with ultra-high-performance concrete among other materials. During the process I talked to industry professionals as well as fabricators. When we showed part of XYLO in Paris I got to meet with an even broader scope of people. By the end I was having conversations between architects, engineers, designers, artists and fabricators.   

I think good work is inherit to a fluid dialogue between all parties involved in the design process. I remember Mira Nakashima told me how her father would create a new piece of furniture. He would go to the wood he had collected and let it speak to him, let it show him what it wanted to be. If a piece had already begun to split, he did not attempt to reshape it. A butterfly joint would suffice. Good architecture is good joinery. I hope to use the contradictions in my life to develop meaningful conversations, and through these create work that speaks for itself. 




Elsewhere:

Employment 

Maloney Contracting LLC, New Hope, PA, US, Assistant/ Intern

Peter Maloney works in historic renovation and restoration in the tri-state area. My position required me to assistant on projects that ran from interiors to full residential builds. On site I learned a range of tools necessary in the contracting trade, but more importantly I learned to have an eye for detail.

May 2016 - Aug 2017
 

West Amwell Public Works Department, Lambertville, NJ, US, Assistant

This job started as mostly manual labor and ended with me being the 'Roller Operator' for laying asphalt

Jun 2014 - Aug 2015
 

Education 

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, US, Bachelors, B.S. Architecture

At Georgia Tech I took full advantage of the resources given to me which included both the inspiring work of the faculty such as Ellen Dunham-Jones and John Peponis as well as the facilities provided including the Digital Fabrication Lab. In a design build class led by Tristan Al-Haddad, I began work on a parametric concrete project designed by Sean Miller that I would eventually help exhibit in FAB City hosted in La Villette, Paris. I learned about advanced manufacturing techniques including mixing, pouring and building molds for Fibrous Reinforced Ultra-High Performance Concrete. In my senior studio in which we partnered with NCR, Christina DeLurgio and I proposed a new way of looking at retail called Developed Re-greening. We took this idea and molded into a paper we are currently co-authoring about community centers in Atlanta, and how a new model of retail could benefit a community.

Aug 2014 - May 2018
 

Awards 

Grand Challenges Member, 1st Place

Grand challenges allowed me to connect with a variety of brilliant young minds, bent on changing the world. I developed lasting friendships across a variety of fields which I might have otherwise never been privileged to. To this day the opinions of my friends in computer science, a host of engineering fields as well as public policy and more influence and inspire my own work in design.

2018
 

Deans List, Other

I graduated with Highest Honors with a 3.68 GPA

2018
 

Ambassador for the School of Architecture, Nomination

To help incoming students at Georgia Tech as well as a facilitate events at the school such as Gold Carpet Day.

2017
 

Georgia Tech AIAS Graphics Design Chair, Nomination

2017
 

PROVOST Scholar, Scholarship

'Students selected as Provost Scholars are those who demonstrate extraordinary academic achievement, outstanding leadership skills, and have high potential to contribute inside and outside the classroom at Georgia Tech.'

2014
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills