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Chris Bondesen

Chris Bondesen

Ann Arbor, MI, US

 

About 

I am a constantly aspiring architect. I am aspiring in terms of licensure and in refining from the image to the building. I believe that choices in how we draw, why we draw, and what we draw with are crucial to what we learn between architecture, digital work, and fabrication. I am a recent Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Michigan developing my architectural concentration in ever increasing relation to my passion for programming and material fabrication to explore architectural opportunity.

In particular, my work as a CNC and Waterjet lab assistant has given me the opportunity to work with a variety of materials that are fabricated through digital parameters. Further, I pushed myself to pursue classes in programming and robotics to improve my techniques when applied to a fascinating variety of studio courses and internships. Similarly, my diverse background of work, including government complexes, public spaces, skyscrapers, and large multi-family apartments has allowed me to work in and out of building typologies at multiple scales. From this approach I aspire to work on spaces with personality while further developing how I draw, why I draw, and what I draw with.

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Employment 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Lab Assistant - CNC Router & Waterjet

This position requires me to take the geometries of students' files and translate them into the cutting paths used by the machines for cutting a variety of materials. Additionally, I need to adjust the machines digitally and manually so that they can cut each particular material cleanly.

Sep 2017 - current
 

HansonLA, Los Angeles, CA, US, Summer Intern

This summer internship placed me in a small office with a variety of responsibilities in the design and construction processes of a variety of buildings. For construction my tasks included changes for a new issue made in both AutoCAD and Revit. My work with design teams focused primarily on iterations of large mixed-use developments including housing, offices, and retail. These iterations were developed simultaneously through plan, section, Rhino, and physical modelling.

May 2018 - Aug 2018
 

KCCT, Washington, DC, US, Intern I

I primarily worked on the international side of this firm, concentrated on the programming and development of U.S. Embassies. While there my duties ranged from large concept programming to presentation arrangements to construction drawings. Of particular note, I was given the opportunity to practice some management of a small team in the completion of a set of these construction drawings as I had been on the project the longest at that point. In addition, my work on embassies gave me the opportunity to work with large complex teams on international projects. Much of this work was done on AutoCAD and Revit.

Jul 2016 - Aug 2017
 

Esoarc Studio, PLC, Falls Church, VA, US, Intern

This is an interior architecture firm with projects at a variety of scales. With this experience I took my prior experiences in firms that worked largely on whole building forms and was able to work in more material detail on interiors, even for larger office projects. These duties included work with construction documents and recording the conditions of buildings to be renovated.

May 2016 - Jul 2016
 

Duda|Paine Architects, Durham, NC, US, Summer Intern

My position during the summer required me to work quickly on a variety of projects, including corporate skyscrapers and college buildings. Much of the design work was done through physical models. Additionally, I often worked in AutoCAD, Revit, and the Adobe Creative Suite to create presentation images.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
 

Education 

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

Here I've chosen my classes to focus on the changing methods of fabrication as they apply to the emerging ability of architects to assert more of their own craft through digital means. This has me looking with great curiosity at the way that physical materials are represented digitally, and from a digital understanding eventually used in actual construction. This focus will serve as the basis for my upcoming thesis semester right before graduation.

Sep 2017 - current
 

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Science, Architecture

My studies here gave me an intensive experience of architecture, including seven studios and two structural courses. Additionally, I pursued a variety of classes to diversify my abilities, working from an interest in history, and developing my skills in areas of programming and materials.

Sep 2012 - May 2016
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills