Kristen Gandy

Kristen Gandy

Brooklyn, NY, US




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The Architectural Imagination Exhibition Fellows : The U.S. Department of State selected University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to organize the exhibition of the U.S. Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (May 28-Nov. 27). Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are Co-Curators of the U.S. Pavilion, The Architectural Imagination (

Six Taubman College M.Arch students were selected to assist the curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale in installing The Architectural Imagination. The students will travel to Venice for one month as Exhibition Fellows. They will serve as docents for the opening days of the exhibition. This blog is about their experience working on the 2016 U.S. Pavilion and in Venice.

Kristen Gandy
Ramon Hernandez
Christopher Locke
Rubin Quarcoopome
Salam Rida
Diana Tsai

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Self-Employed Architectural Design, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architetural Design Services

Throughout the years of my architectural education and continuing through present, I have been a contract-based architectural designer for residential builders primarily in North Carolina. My past projects include architectural review board documentation and approval, material specifications for exterior and interior residential projects, architectural rendering and drawings related to the construction for single-family dwellings, site design and specifications for single-family dwellings, FF&E for single family residential, landscape design for single-family residential, architectural design for single-family homes. I am currently working on an exterior addition and landscape design for a residential project in Davidson North Carolina. I am located in Brooklyn, NY and work remotely most often, but am sometimes required to travel for site specific work though it is typically rare.

Jun 2016 - current

Tsz Yan Ng - Research Through Making, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Contracted Position - Research Grant Project Assistant

Worked in a contracted position with the research team for production of the exhibition and design support of the mold and concrete casting process for the project “Thermo Plastic Concrete Casting” in Ann Arbor Michigan. My responsibilities included: Project design and mold design in Rhino3D, detailed fabrication drawings and models for multi-part concrete casting molds, CNC files for fabrication, plywood mold assembly, physical making and finished as related to the final process for casting, GFRC casting for final wall panels and chairs, final exhibition set-up, drawings for communicating the process and needed fabrication plans derived from the Rhino3D model.

Mar 2017 - Mar 2017

T+E+A+M Architects, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Contracted Design and Submission for Ragdale Ring 2017

Invited to contribute to the T+E+A+M submission for the Ragdale Theater 2017, which has since won the first place and will be built May 2017. My role included collaborative design with the 4 principals, organizing workflow across several deliverables, production of the supporting submission information including: digital animation, Rhino 3D model, Vray and Rhino Rendering, Photoshop editing, layout production in inDesign, and the final submission to the Ragdale Foundation.

Feb 2017 - Mar 2017

The Architectural Imagination - 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale U.S. Pavilion Exhibition, Detroit, MI, US, Contracted Exhibition Repair and Re-Installation

Invited to assist in the re-installation of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale U.S. Pavillion Exhibition in Detroit Michigan. Recognized as having expert knowledge of the exhibition after having installed it initially in Venice, and de-installed in Novemeber, I was asked to assist with architectural model repairs post-shipping and re-installation of the architectural materials in the Museum of Contemporary Design of Detroit. My responsibilities involved exhibition documentation, exhibition dissemenation to the staff at MoCAD, evaluation of shipped exhibition materials, architectural model repair, verification of exhibition space and documented exhibition layout design.

Jan 2017 - Jan 2017

Contracted Architectural Design for NHDM Architecture, New York, NY, US, Conract Architectural Design

Prepared a design scheme of a large scale [confidential] project for initial client presentation. Produced digital models with consideration to pre-determined constraints for accuracy of representation to the client of the design possibilities on their site. Delivered schematic diagrams of spatial use, design scheme representation, renderings, rhino models, physical models, and initial report preparation

Nov 2016 - Nov 2016

The Architectural Imagination - 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale U.S. Pavilion Exhibition, Venice, IT, Taubman College Fellow

Having served as a Taubman Fellow to the Curators of the Architectural Imagination in Venice during the summer of 2016, I was asked to return to oversee and perform de-installation of the exhibition from the pavilion. Resposibilities included documentation of the exhibition, documentation of individual project crates, assisting and instructing the art handling crew with exhibition removal and packaging for shipping the travelling exhibition back to Detroit Michigan, co-ordinating final pavilion closing needs with contractors and staff.

Nov 2016 - Nov 2016

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, NAAB Accreditation Preparation Assistant

As a previous member serving on accreditation for NAAB degrees elsewhere, I am working as an assistant to the Chair on preparing the accreditation documentation for the architecture program visit in 2017. This is a temporary position through August 2016.

Jun 2016 - Sep 2016

The Architectural Imagination - 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale U.S. Pavilion Exhibition, Venice, IT, Taubman College Venice Biennale Fellow

Selected as one of six master of architecture students from Taubman College as designated Exhibition Fellows to assist the curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Fellows traveled to Venice, Italy for installation of the 2016 U.S. Pavilion, and assisted the curators with opening ceremonies through the end of the month of June.

May 2016 - Jun 2016

T+E+A+M, Ann Arbor, MI, Venice Biennale Project Assistant

Prepared a 6-block site model and section rendering with leads Ellie Abrons, Meredith Miller, Thom Moran, and Adam Fure of T+E+A+M for the 2016 Venice Biennale. My work was focused on the largest section rendering/drawing/design representation. Modeled and designed in Rhino for the 6 block site in Detroit. Produced between Maya and Rhino to provide the base renderings for the drawing. Edited and added detailed layers of texture and information in Photoshop. Delivered early, and thus also worked on the final Photoshop work for three of the large perspective design representations. For the final weeks prior to project delivery, assisted the physical model team with details and organized the project for shipping to Venice.

Jan 2016 - Mar 2016


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

Taubman College’s graduate professional degree in architecture is a studio intensive degree that takes a critical view of design, theory, and production. Professional coursework and electives in topical areas supplement the design education model. The combination of professional coursework and coursework in representation, fabrication, history, and theory prepares students to engage in a research-based thesis design project as their final studio. The program offers a wide-array of electives in history/theory, criticism, structures, environmental and construction technology, urbanism, sustainable design, computation, and digital fabrication. It is enhanced by its context, which includes urban planners, urban designers, doctoral students, and post-professional students concentrating in conservation, material systems, design and health, and digital technology. The college recognizes the value of the perspective gained from university-wide and discipline-wide collaborations and encourages students to utilize the resources available at a premier research institution. The M.Arch. degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Jan 2014 - May 2016

The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US, Bachelors, Architecture

The mission of the architecture program is to investigate critically the architectural systems and social forces that define sustainable built environments both locally and globally, while honoring cultural identities through teaching, research and practice. While attending UNM SAAP my studies focused on the surrounding context of the Southwest environment, the primary interest of my attending the school was to be immersed in this context and architectural form.

Jan 2011 - May 2014

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