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Adam Paul Martinez

Adam Paul Martinez

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Growing up in Los Angeles, I have been exposed to various cultures and ideas. I have a strong interest in Art and studied foundations before studying Architecture. I have wanted to become an architect since the 3rd grade, and I have elevation drawings to prove it.

I am based in Los Angeles, currently working at NAC Architecture as an Architectural Designer.  I received my undergraduate degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. I participated in extra curricular activities often volunteering for gallery installations, becoming student union president, on the academic council board and founding and editing the student publication Underscore. I also participated in producing drawings for the upcoming Morphosis book 100 Buildings Every Student Should know.

In my spare time I volunteer in my community playing music. I also volunteer at my previous community college East Los Angeles College. I teach Rhino workshops and participate in design critiques and serve on the alumni council. In other places of interest, I place high importance on traveling to experience different cultures, often valuing an experience over materialistic means.

Employment 

NAC Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Venice High School Modernization Competition (Won)
Digital Community Manager
Revit VR/3D Printing

Coming on board full time at NAC Architecture, I dedicated myself to digital representations in the LA office. These representations include virtual reality, cinematic films, 3D printing, and spearheading our community by being appointed Digital Community Manager. Responsibilities include identifying efficient workflows, researching programs, and attending technology conferences. These digital technologies are implemented in the projects I am a team member of such as the Venice High School Competition Team. I prepared a virtual project that we showcased in our presentation and solidified our win.

May 2016 - current
 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, CNC Tech/Work Study

Studying at SCI-Arc opened the opportunity to work for the wood shop. I was in charge of setting up laser cut files and fabrication for the first year. After the Magic Box was opened I was in charge of CNC Milling prep and worked closely with the students to fabricate files. In addition to CNC milling, I prepared and 3D printed powder models using 3D Systems color machines. I gained extensive experience in powder, paper, plastic, and resin 3D printing.

Jan 2013 - Apr 2016
 

NAC Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Schematic Design
Model Making

Working closely with the Project Architect, I was responsible for preparing schematic design packages, including Revit drawings, schedules and sketches. Coordinating field measurements, investigating previously existing conditions, and punch walks.

Apr 2015 - Aug 2015
 

Ceilings Plus, Los Angeles, CA, US, R&D Intern

I spearheaded the research and development of the product Parti. Working parametrically with Rhino Grasshopper, I developed panels that are showcased in LAX, the World Trade Center, and MGM Grand. A team was eventually formed and the product is still in production.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
 

Tim Durfee & Iris Anna Regn, Los Angeles, CA, US, Summer Intern

My time with Tim Durfee and Iris Anna Regn focused on the "Rays" project. This project was an art installation funded by the DCA of LA to be included with the new construction of a police station. The design of the project was focused on parametric relationships and joints. In addition to "Rays," I participated in the competition NEXT LA for the AIA awards, and our submission won honorable mention.

May 2013 - Aug 2013
 

Education 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Undergrad

In addition to curricular studies I was elected Student Union President in my second year. I approved and founded the student run publication Underscore. I would eventually become an editor and treasurer of Underscore. I advanced beyond Student Union President to the Academic Council where I served during Eric Owen Moss's last year. In addition to these activities I participated in numerous installations:

2015 Zvi Hecker - "Two Strips" (Project Leader)
2015 Henry Cobb - "Hypostyle" (Fabricator)
2014 IDEA Office - "Rethinking The Future of Auschwitz"
2014 F-LAB - "Punk'd"
2013 Freeland Buck - "Possible Mediums Kite"
2012 Zaha Hadid - "Pleated Shell Structures"

Jul 2012 - Apr 2016
 

East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA, US, Architecture

Architectural design foundations. Design Village competition. Alumni Council

Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
 

Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA, US, Art

Mediums: printmaking, photography, sculpture, life drawing, 2D design.

Aug 2006 - Dec 2009
 

Awards 

Design Village, 1st Place

1st place (Best Overall) for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Design Village 2012.

2012
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills