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Margaret Logas

Margaret Logas

Orlando, FL, US

 
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About 

From early childhood, I loved to build things and work with my hands. Though I have a BA in Art History, my true love was studying Architecture. To me, it was fascinating to be able to create a structure that was not only a functioning mode of protection from the elements, but a freestanding work of art that could be experienced using all of our senses. While working on my BA, I concentrated on studying classical and historic works of architecture and building models of historic homes. I loved to photograph decorative details of buildings and document areas where architects made creative and playful use of space.

After starting my family, my husband and I decided to homeschool our children. This decision made a momentous impact on my life. Not only was I able to develop warm, personal bonds with my family and friends, it gave me the confidence to pursue personal goals and seek opportunities that I otherwise would not have sought out. One goal was to teach Art to children, and later adults, opening a world of creativity to many people who never would have normally felt they could express any visual creativity. Homeschooling also opened up the opportunity for me to earn a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. This enabled our family to continue our educational journey. As a Reference Librarian, I have been able to incorporate my art skills by leading “Paint Night” programs at the library while also teaching art classes to homeschool groups.

As my children neared their nest-leaving stage, I began to pursue my life-long love of architecture by taking drafting classes at Valencia College. In my course of study at Valencia College, I chose classes that gave me a strong and workable foundation in the basics of architectural planning and design. I love the feeling of being able to manipulate space in Revit as well as bringing creations to reality through model building. I am proud to note that I thoroughly enjoyed learning as many aspects of the field as I could while earning top grades. I have made many friends through group work which I have found has been a great way to hone leadership skills and discover the strengths of my fellow teammates. Being the group leader gives me a chance to learn so much about my teammate’s backgrounds and think of unique ways to put their strengths and experiences to good use.

With all the architectural prep work, I am extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to pursue a Masters in Architecture with the University of Florida’s CityLab campus in Downtown Orlando. 

Employment 

University of Florida, Orlando, FL, Graduate Assistant

Develop an Architectural Library for the satellite campus; provide reference services for the students attending the program

Jan 2019 - current
 

Seminole County Public Library, Orlando, FL, US, Reference Librarian

o Assist patrons with reference and information needs
o Set up book displays promoting library materials
o Order materials to enhance library’s collection
o Brainstorm and implement ideas for Adult Programming such as a non-fiction monthly book club, genealogy club, paint night, and family game night
o Create graphic documents such as Events Calendar, flyers, and bookmarks

Jun 2007 - current
 

Homeschooling Parent, Apopka, FL, US, Teacher, Principal, Guidance Counselor

o Research and teach various subjects to children of different ages
o Research and purchase subject curriculum as well as attend yearly FPEA conference
o Plan and layout guidelines for each school year’s academic activities
o Develop Unit Studies for various subjects
o Act as Guidance Counselor, planning out graduation requirements and assure that requirements are met by students

Jan 2001 - May 2018
 

Circle Christian School, Regent Academy, Various Homeschool Groups, Apopka, FL, US, Art Teacher

o Teach the history and techniques of various famous artists
o Plan coordinating Art projects for students using different mediums to reinforce Art lesson
o Curriculum Development
o Teach Eras of Art History to students
o Plan Art field trips such as visiting local artists and museums

Jan 2004 - May 2015
 

Historic Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, VA, US, Docent

o Led tours to groups through the museum that included hands-on activities such as teach a Colonial Reel, teach how to write with a quill pen, and re-enact Colonial history lessons.
o Research artifacts currently held by the museum
o Create and sew period correct clothing for other employees of the Tavern

Apr 1996 - Oct 1999
 

Education 

University of Florida, Orlando, FL, US, MArch, Masters in Architecture

Enrolled in IPal Program

Jan 2019 - current
 

Valencia College, Orlando, FL, US, Architecture

Jan 2016 - current
 

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US, Masters, Library Science

Jan 2005 - May 2007
 

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, US, Bachelors, Art History

Aug 1987 - May 1991
 

Awards 

Orlando Miniature Club, 2nd Place

This award was a "Best in Show" category, winning second to a beautiful Bavarian Village built by someone who constructed miniatures for movies. My piece was a Tudor house, yard, and furnishings that I built.

1993
 

Arts Alliance Logo Design Contest, 1st Place

The Arts Alliance was a student Art Club at the University of Central Florida. Students were given the opportunity to compete to design a logo for the newly formed club.

1991
 

South Eastern Miniature Trade Association, 1st Place

SEMTA was an organization that held a yearly trade show and contest for miniature building enthusiasts. That year, I won 1st place in the Most Imaginative Dollhouse category for a house and furnishings that I built out of cardboard boxes.

1985
 

Areas of Specialization 

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