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Mike Lidwin

Mike Lidwin

Washington, DC, US

 

About 

The modern city is evolving, extending beyond the confines of traditional city borders. In my life, the city became a metaphorical sibling to grow up alongside. The urbanization of farmland became a story intertwined with my own, and I draw much inspiration from my native landscape of Northern Virginia - from my native city of Washington, D.C.

Living alongside a landscape of new schools and neighborhoods, the community is an important aspect of my life. I am pursuing architecture to maintain my connection with the greater community. From volunteering with Freedom By Design in Kentucky and Tennessee, to working for Mary Douglas Drysdale in DC and Miami, I love immersing myself in great design projects, striving to make great design accessible to all.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Drysdale Design Associates, Washington, DC, US, Design Assistant

I've worked for Mary Douglas Drysdale as a temporary architecture assistant fo the past year and a half - working during my breaks from college.

For the summer of 2016, I worked on the renovation of a historic row house in Dupont Circle, DC. Later that year in December, I flew down with Drysdale Design to Miami for the documentation of a historic Coral Gables home. The majority of my work involved Auto-CAD drafting and Adobe Illustrator sofware. I also worked on the Photoshop edits for images on the cover of Kitchen + Bath Business (February/March 2017) and featured in Southern Homes (May 2017) and Home + Design (June 2017). Working in this small design firm allowed me to witness the complete design process for an accomplished designer, even gaining exposure to the publication process, as Mary continues to be one of the most published interior designers in the country. In addition to completing AutoCAD drawings for plan, section, and elevation views of her renovation project, I had experience communicating with clients, filing paperwork, and researching neoclassical architecture. This experience made me realize my favorite part about architecture is the client relationships and the personability that is promoted through our profession.

Jun 2016 - current
 

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, Undergraduate Research Assistant

In the summer of 2017, I worked as an assistant to the School of Architecture at UT, Director Jason Young. As part of this work, I helped compile and document a school archive of student work, design build initiatives, and publications. In addition to an organized archive, I also helped create a series of loop presentations and began a publication portfolio for our school's design build projects.

May 2017 - Aug 2017
 

Mathnasium - Math Learning Center, Aldie, VA, US, Math Tutor

Aside from design, math tutoring is one of my favorite past times. For this particular summer experience, I served as a tutor in the local math learning center, helping students from grade levels of kindergarten through 12th Grade. Being able to share my knowledge of multivariable calculus to students older than me, or arithmetic to those younger, connected me to different ages through a common language of mathematics. A lot of the students I worked with had recently moved to America and were not as familiar with the English language. Therefore, I enjoyed the opportunity to see math as a common language that we could communicate through.

In addition to this experience, I served as an elementary school math tutor during the school years in high school - assisting my former third grade teacher's class. In college, I continue to actively participate in elementary schools, currently serving as a volunteer and mentor in Knoxville community schools. I am currently conducting a project with Freedom by Design to provide a Little Library installation for a STEAM organization at a Knoxville elementary school.

Jul 2014 - Sep 2014
 

Education 

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2015 - current
 

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, Bachelors, Italian

Aug 2015 - current
 

John Champe High School, Aldie, VA, US, High School, Advanced Diploma

Aug 2012 - Jun 2015
 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA, US, High School, N/A

Jul 2011 - Jun 2012
 

Awards 

2017 HOUZZ Scholar, 1st Place

First place winner of the 2017 Residential Design Scholarship, sponsored by Houzz. Recognized for a combination of my portfolio, website, and personal esssay involving what defines my residential design style.

2017
 

UT CoA+D Research and Creative Achievement Honors Awards, Honorable Mention

In the spring of 2017, my research partner and I received honorable mention in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at UTK - EUREcA. Our project, "Investigating Terracotta Cladding—An Analysis of the Bechtler Museum’s Enclosure," sought to utilize wall section and technical drawing techniques to understand the function and design of the award-winning museum. By researching Mario Botta's architecture, I gained valuable insight into the design process and the use of masonry as an expressive and structural material.

2017
 

Haslam Scholar, Scholarship

From the website:
"The Haslam Scholars Program was founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Jim and Natalie Haslam. Since that time, the program has flourished into a unique, in-depth academic enrichment program with goals to develop civically engaged scholars by promoting the pursuit of knowledge, research, and community leadership.

Components of the program include an exclusive curriculum, a collaborative study abroad experience, interdisciplinary seminars, and community service learning. Through personal involvement and mentorship from UT’s top faculty, each Haslam Scholar develops the knowledge and skills to pursue and explore an independent research agenda. Additionally, Haslam Scholars serve as high-profile undergraduate leaders on campus and in the community whose lofty academic ambitions match those of the program and the institution."

2015
 

Peyton Manning Scholar, Scholarship

One of four incoming freshman to be recognized as a Peyton Manning Scholar at the University of Tennessee.

2015
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills