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Katherine Lai

Katherine Lai

Ann Arbor, MI, US

 
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About 

I'm a recent graduate from the MArch program at the University of Michigan's Taubman College.  I've had the opportunity to work in NYC on various institutional and commercial projects, from conceptual design through construction documentation.  I also was a design intern at design/build office where I  communicated with fabricators regarding ongoing designs, produced shop drawings, worked on prototypes and mock-ups, and helped with the final construction and installation of completed designs.

Employment 

University of Michigan - Duderstadt Center, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Digital Media and Fabrication Consultant

I am currently a consultant at Groundworks, a facility that provides various technology (hardware, software, equipment) to the students at the University of Michigan. My role entails troubleshooting software questions, providing plotting and 3D printing services, and interfacing with students and faculty.

Dec 2017 - current
 

Factioned, Ann Arbor, Designer

At Factioned, a design/build office with an emphasis on fabrication, I had the opportunity to learn and engage with the construction and installation of custom designed art and architectural pieces. While there, I communicated with fabricators regarding ongoing designs, worked on prototypes and mock-ups, and helped with the final construction and installation of completed designs.

Jul 2018 - Aug 2018
 

Dattner Architects, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Starting as a design intern, I was deployed on a wide range of projects for short term periods, composing images for client presentations, building physical models, and picking up redlines for design deadlines. I was promoted to Junior Architect and afterwards worked on projects through design, development, documentation, and construction.

Jul 2014 - Jul 2017
 

Education 

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

Oct 2017 - May 2019
 

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

Aug 2010 - May 2014
 

University of Virginia, Cape Coast, Ghana, Community as a Classroom

This study abroad program went to Cape Coast, Ghana to engage the local community in a design/build installation that eventually culminated in a painted sidewalk.

Jul 2012 - Jul 2012
 

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