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Kevin Finch

Kevin Finch

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

I am a maker. It is in the minutia of strategies of assemblage where I find my interests gravitating. I find my creativity soars when methods of material tectonics play the most important role in the way a project is expressed. I find myself an information sponge. I want to learn as much as I can about as many subjects as I can-and then synthesize this information into ways of thinking, making, and doing. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Testa & Weiser Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern Architect

-Algorithmic-based design research
-Process-driven form discovery and manipulation
-Cataloging of iterative and permutative form combinations

Apr 2016 - Aug 2016
 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Teaching Assistant

Providing in-class help with a beginning parametric design class using Grasshopper. Offering out-of-class office hours and supplemental tutorials on parametric tools, rendering, and image post-processing.

Jan 2016 - Apr 2016
 

Tractorvision, Los Angeles, CA, US, Freelance Designer

Created mock-up designs, renderings, and shop drawings of sets to be used in film and television.

Jun 2015 - Jul 2015
 

Schmidt Design Group, Inc., San Diego, CA, US, Designer

Participated in all aspects of design from conceptual design, design development, construction documentation and construction administration on several built projects.

Sep 2013 - May 2014
 

Atypical Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

Worked with several teams of designers to create concept designs for competitions and built works.

Sep 2010 - Jun 2013
 

Education 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Master of Architecture I

SCI-Arc is and always has been interested in an architectural education that exceeds standard programs. With a heavy emphasis on digital tools, SCI-Arc Graduates are trained as virtuoso form-makers. Computer program fluency includes: Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign, Etc.), Autodesk Suite (AutoCAD, 3DS, Maya, etc.), Rhino, Grasshopper, Vray, Maxwell, ZBrush to name a few. These Digital skills enable graduates to engage in industry-leading digital fabrication techniques such as laser-cutting, 3D printing, and CNC milling. Even with such an emphasis on the digital, graduates are still expected to be well-versed in analogue form-making such as woodworking, metal working, machining, welding, physical model-making and technical drawing.

Sep 2014 - current
 

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

While experiencing several pedagogical shifts in the department of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly, I found myself pushing the boundaries of what is considered traditional Landscape Architecture. Studies began with extensive history, plant identification, horticulture, soil science, construction, and conceptual design. Upper division quickly accelerated my interest in the field and allowed me to explore processes of making.

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
 

Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA, US, General Studies

General Education, Transfer requirements, Emphasis on Engineering Graphics ans Studio Art

Sep 2006 - Jun 2009
 

Awards 

SCI-Arc Spring Exhibition, Other

Selected works displayed among school-wide best works of the year.

2015
 

ASLA National Student Honor Award - General Design, Honorable Mention

With a team of undergraduate classmates, we submitted designs for altering typical CMU's and expressed phenological and ecological shifts and changes that could be made by designing these units to house Los Angeles endemic opportunistic species.

2013
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills