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Alexandra Kurek

Alexandra Kurek

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Since 2010 I have focused my interests on advancing my knowledge and skillset within the field of architectural studies. In 2015 I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design before attending Columbia GSAPP to receive a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design. I have also worked for various offices including Bohlin Cywinski Jackson which enhanced my understanding of conceptual design in real world settings while also granting opportunities to learn an in-depth skill set for design. 

During my undergraduate program I had the opportunity to advance my education with an architectural internship, a photography internship, a work-study program in Chicago, an abroad experience in Switzerland, and a yearlong thesis exploration resulting in my finalist position for
the Pella Thesis Prize. My focus of study directly relates to the pedagogical interest of designing architectural details with interest in not only form and space but also how they directly interact with the occupant.

As an expansion to my academic knowledge at Virginia Tech I attended the year long advanced architecture program at Columbia University. Through three intensive semesters involving travel to Mexico City, Bangladesh, India, Paris, and Geneva my design projects focused on the enhancement of studying collective interactions between urban publics, architectural spaces, and individual occupants. My additional theoretical coursework involved in depth research of historical preservation, global social housing, varying urban densities, and post war monumental architecture. 

Currently, my professional career goals include expanding my knowledge of practical architecture building upon a solid educational base. My interests are to consistently push the boundaries of architectural understanding and the limits of a design process to enhance my career and the office teams and individuals I work alongside.

Employment 

GSAPP Output Shop, New York, NY, US, Student Employee

I worked with a student staff at Columbia University to manage and maintain printing and laser cutting equipment for the use of the GSAPP student body.

Jun 2015 - May 2017
 

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Wilkes-Barre, PA, US, Architectural Intern

I worked closely with a design team to develop a project from concept to construction.
Projects I assisted with were developed through the use of computer programs including Revit, AutoCad, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch Up, and hand sketching. I actively assisted in the recruiting process of new full time hires as well as internship positions. I was a member of the Wilkes Barre membership mentor program with colleagues in the office and participated in AIS, a program to teach local schools various skills in architecture. I also was a critic for various school reviews including Marywood and Virginia Tech.

Jan 2016 - Sep 2016
 

Adobe, Blacksburg, VA, US, Student Representative

Gave the Virginia Tech campus awareness of the newly developed Adobe Creative Cloud through personal tutorials, group workshops, product giveaway, and social media marketing.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2015
 

The Drawing Board, Inc., Annapolis, MD, US, Architectural Intern

I designed multiple drafts of the office brochure pages with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Assisted with project site visits and created multiple as-built drawings of commercial sites in AutoCAD and Revit. I corrected in depth the redline drawings of construction documents.

May 2014 - Jun 2014
 

von weise associates, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Intern-Student

I was a member of the four person design team who cooperated in a design project based in Uptown, Chicago. While taking classes as part of the Chicago Studio Program I also assisted VWA employees on current projects by updating AutoCAD and Sketch Up drawings then enhancing the drawings in Photoshop.

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013
 

Harry Connor Portraits, Lehighton, PA, US, Photography Assistant

I coordinated the set designs and locations directly with clients and photographers while also studying photography lighting and professional techniques.

May 2013 - Aug 2013
 

Education 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Advanced Architectural Design

A recent graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation receiving a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design.

Through three intensive semesters involving travel to Mexico City, Bangladesh, India, Paris, and Geneva my design projects focused on the enhancement of studying collective interactions between urban publics, architectural spaces, and individual occupants. My additional theoretical coursework involved in depth research of historical preservation, global social housing, varying urban densities, and post war monumental architecture.

Jun 2015 - May 2017
 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

Recognitions: Pella Prize - Thesis Excellence Award Finalist
Dean’s List: Fall 2012 - Spring 2015
Graduated Cum Laude

Semester Abroad Riva San Vitale, Switzerland January 2013 – May 2013
Work-Study Program Chicago Studio, Chicago August 2013 - December 2013

Activities and Societies: Chi Omega 2010-2014

Aug 2010 - May 2015
 

Awards 

Pella Prize Finalist, 2nd Place

Excellence in undergraduate thesis studies

2015
 

Skills