Maxwell Dehne

Maxwell Dehne

Providence, RI, US



Architecture is the practice of problem solving. Being a part of a profession that holds this at its heart has always been both challenging and exciting. At Portland State University during my undergraduate I was able to find meaning and solace in discovering architecture. Currently, attending the Rhode Island School of Design, I have found a voice through the act of making. During my short time at RISD I have been able to refine my ability to sketch, model, and most importantly think responsively. This responsive nature of the RISD pedagogy has taught me that as a designer I am capable of accessing and then working through complicated problems.

I have found that this skill is crucial to the practical and time sensitive nature of architecture. During my time working at Chesshir Architecture during my undergrad and currently working at Lacuna Design, I have the opportunity to be the part a project from design through the construction documentation of a project. In this real world experience it became invaluable to be able to tackle complex problems efficiently. I also had the opportunity to develop my skills making client directed models, CAD and adobe software in a practical setting.

Architecture has power in our society to be an instigator for change. We have the opportunity to be a part of a process that asks us to mitigate the needs of a diverse range of agents. It is in this cooperation and compromise of many different people that a building can define the good of the collective.


Lacuna Design, Providence, RI, US, Architectural Designer

As an architectural designer at Lacuna Design I have had the chance to be part of a small office that provides me with the chance to participate in all phases of the architectural process. I have been able to create renderings with Rhino, Cinema 4D, Sketchup, develop marketing packages, and develop drawings for a variety of projects and phases.

Jun 2013 - current

The Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, US, Teaching Assistant / Coordinator

While in school at RISD I had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for three different classes and the teaching coordinator for Urban Design Principles. Being a part of a teaching team with my peers and professors was a wonderful experience in balancing myself as a student and a future professional.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2013

Chesshir Architecture, Portland, OR, US, Archticture Intern/Draftsman

Created architectural drawings for submission to the City of Portland for permitting and design review, and for use in construction documents for bids and building. Measured commercial square footage using BOMA standards. Researched commercial and ADA building codes. Built physical models for architectural proposals. Participated in client meetings. Designed promotional graphics.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2010


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, BArch, Masters of Architecture

Sep 2010 - Jun 2013

Portland State University, Portland, OR, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2006 - Jun 2009