Amanda Olczak

Amanda Olczak

Detroit, MI, US




Purple Panda Design, Detroit, MI, Designer

Independent design consultant providing graphic design, photography, interior design, and production services.

May 2012 - current

Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, Ann Arbor, MI, Writer, Photographer, and Research Assistant

Working towards a polemical publication, sought out art, architecture and urbanism existing not in spite of Detroit’s extreme physical and political disrepair, but because of opportunities found in the voids, exploiting neglect and abandonment to produce urban agriculture, guerilla architecture, artist collectives and an anarchist commune.

May 2009 - Oct 2009

Stephen B. Jacobs Group, New York, NY, Junior Architect

SBJG is a mid-sized firm specializing in boutique hotels and high-rise apartment and condominium buildings

310 W. 38th Street, New York, NY:
2-tower, 25-story apartment building
* worked on project from design development phase through completion of construction document
* coordinated structural, mechanical and plumbing systems; calculated mechanical deductions, light,
ventilation and zoning figures

Hotel Gansevoort South, Miami Beach, FL:
hotel, hotel-condo and condo refurbishment with new rooftop pool and club
* drafted plan, reflected ceiling plan, elevation, section and detail construction drawings for all areas
of project, including hotel and condo units, condominium lobby, hotel lobby, ballroom and pre-
function ballroom areas, new hotel service elevator and the new rooftop pool and club
* structural coordination for roof deck and new hotel service elevator as well as the modification of an
existing elevator bank accommodating new rooftop stop
* mechanical, electrical and plumbing coordination
* review and coordination of shop drawings, specifically steel, storefront and millwork drawings
* field visits to measure and document existing conditions

Aug 2005 - Aug 2007

360 Architecture Design, Ann Arbor, MI, Intern Architect

Projects at this small firm included office build-outs, single family housing and multi-family housing

* met with clients to assess their needs for office spaces and designed office layouts based on those
needs; designed interior office spaces between 4,000-25,000 square feet
* duties included site surveying, drafting demolition plans, floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, electrical
plans, wall sections, interior and exterior elevations, and construction details

Jan 2005 - Aug 2005


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

Sep 2007 - May 2009

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

Sep 2000 - May 2004

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