Jad Chami

Jad Chami

Durham, NC, US

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My name is Jad Chami, I am Lebanese by origin but spent my entire childhood and early adulthood in Nigeria. In 2019 I was given the opportunity to come to North Carolina and get a Masters degree at North Carolina State University, which I completed in May 2021.  From 2011 until 2016 I pursued an undergraduate degree in Ohio, at Kent State University; where I have gained a deep appreciation for the practice of Architecture. While growing up in Nigeria, I was not surrounded by many architectural marvels. Instead, I was surrounded by the natural world.  I was inspired by nature’s majesty and the human response to it. My time at Kent State helped mold my natural artistic inclination and helped me channel it towards architectural design.

My interest in architecture began to develop as I started to travel out of Nigeria. I would visit Beirut during the summers and would marvel at the large and beautiful buildings around me. My fascination only grew as I embarked on my undergraduate education at Kent State University. I took advantage of study abroad opportunities while at Kent State and furthered my exposure to the world of structures and buildings. Some places I visited left a huge mark on my view of Architecture including Florence, Italy and the Netherlands. I learned a lot about myself and about my chosen career through these experiences. I found that whenever a design grabbed my attention, I attempted to learn what the Architect was thinking and to understand what they were trying to achieve in their design. As I looked into the specific details of the structure, I began to gain in-depth understanding of it and began to appreciate the architect and admire or criticize their work.  Another thing I learned about myself during my studies abroad is my love for sustainability. I have always loved nature, since my childhood in Nigeria; but it was during my studies of architecture that I came to truly understand the importance of finding a balance between human creation and the natural world. My time in the Netherlands was eye opening in this respect; it really caught my attention how the architecture there is very environmentally conscious and focused on sustainability; but yet still functional and practical.

Finally it is important to mention that while my love for Architecture comes from a creative and innovative side of me, I also have a more practical and pragmatic side. As I was coming to the close of my undergraduate career, I felt like there was still another part of architecture worth learning about: the way it is implemented. For this purpose, I added a minor in Construction Management in order to gain a deeper insight on how these stunning works of art are created.  It was interesting to learn architecture from the vantage point of people who experience a buildings creation from a management point of view. This experience helped me further broaden my view and understanding of architecture because it gave a look into the other side of the field.

I believe that Architecture is the human way of adapting to the harsh yet beautiful planet that surrounds us. Now, more than ever, it is the job of the architect to maintain a high standard of quality while also ensuring a sustainable future for our planet. My pursuit of a master’s degree in architecture is driven by my desire to develop into the finest creator of spaces I can become; a merger between the material and the natural. The foundation that I will gain working in the field will equip me with the tools that are needed to prepare myself for a career in this ever-changing and ever adapting world of Architecture. Through my academic experience, I have found the freedom to create a bridge between my imagination and the world we live in. I strive for a career that brings my imagination to life while also achieving a high quality of life for others. 



Duda Paine Architects, Durham, NC, US, Designer

• Assisted with Construction Administration of an entire new campus for NCSSM at Morganton.
• Created Construction Documents for Raleigh’s first Heavy Timber building with Kane Realty Corporation.
• Won a design competition for an office building and residential tower in Buckhead, Atlanta.
• Assisted on Design Development of a multi-million office building in Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Aug 2021 - Feb 2023

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

• Teaching Assistant for History of Western Architecture & History of World Architecture.
• Graded homework, papers, quizzes, and examinations and for 104 students.
• Advised and mentored students / received positive feedback and maximized student success.

Aug 2020 - May 2021

Lamida Industries Limited, Jos, Nigeria, Freelance Architectural Designer

• Designed a Water Bottling factory up to par with the Nigerian FDA standards.
• Directed production of drawings, specifications and construction administration tasks.
• Provided design services throughout all architectural phases and managed construction of the entire project.

Jan 2019 - Aug 2019

SPARC+, Atlanta, GA, US, Architectural Designer

• Drafted complete Construction Documents for Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead.
• Worked with client to design key elements to fit within concept and specifications.
• Identified a need to better communicate project design details to non-architectural decision makers.
• Founded a 3D printing department for clients to visualize detailed models of proposals.
• Designed 3D models, digital renderings and animations for client proposals and presentations, resulting in 100%-win rate of new and existing business.
• Created as-built drawings and documented existing building conditions for both renovation and repurpose projects.
• Updated and maintained company specifications booklet.
• Developed graphic representation for project proposals and created digital renderings.
• Devised step-by-step guideline to mainstream the 3D printing process.

Mar 2017 - Jan 2019

Kent State University, University Facilities Management, Kent, Ohio, Maintenance Technician

• I managed work orders and provided maintenance to the dorms on campus

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Eagle Construction Nig. Ltd., Jos, Nigeria, Intern Architect

• I assisted in the architectural design of an apartment complex under the guidance of a Licensed Architect.
• I was able to use my organizational skills to manage construction schedules and supervise various projects.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013


North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2019 - May 2021

Kent State University, Kent, OH, US, Construction Management

Aug 2015 - Dec 2016

Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2011 - May 2016

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