Nathan A. Hayes

Nathan A. Hayes

Frederick, MD, USA

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Nathan possesses over 7 years of experience in architectural design and related fields, including mechanical engineering and landscape design. His attention to detail is present throughout the preparation of construction documents, construction administration, and design technology applications. He enjoys both learning and teaching software techniques and design practices. He volunteers with CityVision – a program which teaches Washington, DC public school students how to investigate the built environment and value their role in shaping it for the future. 

Prior to joining Dwell Design Studio, Nathan worked on a variety of project types including student housing, garden-style, high-rise & mid-rise multifamily, commercial, and hospitality work – a mixture of renovation and new construction projects. Since joining Dwell Design Studio, his experience has been on mid-rise and garden style multifamily projects, including podium projects.  He is very interested in the IBC 2021 proposed changes to Construction Type IV, allowing for high-rise heavy timber projects.

Nathan’s diverse skillsets are featured throughout his growing technical expertise, design creativity, and enthusiasm for urban planning, architectural design, and graphic design. In addition to design production, Nathan values the discourse surrounding sensory perception and neuroscience within the built environment. In his role of Revit Lead, he creates and maintains project-specific BIM models and troubleshoots software issues. 

Nathan received his Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture (Professional) degrees from The University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. He is actively working towards his Architectural Registration.


Preston Drake Architects, Vienna, VA, US, Job Captain

○ Create project documents for SD, DD, & CD phases.
○ Maintain BIM models & families.
○ Reinforce BIM standards by educating design team.
○ Coordinate with project consultants & contractor(s).

Mar 2018 - current

Miner Feinstein Architects, Frederick, MD, Graduate Architect

○ Site & building surveying; conditional & dimensional.
○ Design Development/Construction Documentation/Coordination of multi-family residential properties; low income projects.
○ Permitting & Construction Administration.

Jun 2016 - Mar 2018

Jasmax, Auckland, NZ, Architectural Graduate

○ On-site project observation, including punch list completion & field notation.
○ Design Development/Construction Documentation of multi-family residential properties; high-end projects.
○ Prepared design competition entries.

Dec 2015 - Jun 2016

The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ, Student Advisor

○ Providing academic advice to applicants and students.
○ Communication; demonstrating application and enrolment processes.
○ Maintaining school-specific data and information over a variety of mediums.

Nov 2011 - Dec 2015

Jasmax, Auckland, NZ, Architectural Intern

○ Provided support to Residential team; including model-making, database creation,
and precedent research.

Sep 2014 - Sep 2014

Eproducts NZ Ltd, Auckland, NZ, Assistant Warehouse Manager

○ Responsible for picking, packing, and shipping of stock in distribution warehouse.
○ Created training manual for current and future employees.
○ Coordinated directly with Customer Service Team as required.

Mar 2010 - Nov 2011

KlingStubbins, Philadelphia, PA, US, Process/Plumbing Draftsman

○ Responsible for process/plumbing system design and project specifications.
○ Engineering design for commercial and laboratory facilities. Clients included
Johnson & Johnson, US FDA, MeddImune, Saudi Oger, etc.
○ Assisted in project management.

Jul 2008 - Dec 2009

Earthtones Landscape Design, Inc, King of Prussia, PA, US, Landscape Designer

○ Lead generation; increased company’s advertising and marketing output.
○ Schematic Design: initial client consultation(s), site analysis and planning.
○ Developed Design: master plans, perspective renderings, elevations, and details.
○ Final Design/Project Management: quantity surveying, contract generation, and
sale of project; management of installation labor, equipment, and materials; and
○ Matched 2006 total annual installation sales within the first quarter of 2007,
increasing revenue by over 130%.

Oct 2006 - Mar 2008

Realty Landcsaping Corporation, Oaks, PA, US, Landscape Designer

○ Established a small client base through various marketing methods.
○ Project design and management of installation.
○ Used various bidding software to establish project costs and contracts.

Dec 2005 - Sep 2006

American Heritage Builders, Spring City, PA, US, Director of Development & Design

○ Responsible for the creation and expansion of the Landscape Division.
○ Created and implemented a basic marketing plan.
○ Created employee training opportunities.

Mar 2005 - Dec 2005

Irish Greens Landscaping, West Chester, PA, US, Hardscaping Foreman

○ Supervised one of the companies three to four-person hardscaping crews.
○ Specialized in retaining walls, walkways & patios, and step systems.
○ Formerly ICPI certified (Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute).

Mar 2004 - Mar 2005


The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ, Masters, Master of Architecture (Professional)

○ Maintained an A- GPA.
○ Participated in OPEN DESK internship programme with Jasmax — Auckland.
○ Awarded 2014 Summer Research Scholarship, an analysis of NZ places of worship.
○ Awarded First In Course in URBPLAN 708.

Feb 2014 - Dec 2015

The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ, Bachelors, Bachelor of Architectural Studies

○ Maintained a B+/A- GPA.
○ Awarded Highly Commended in the 2012 NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards.
○ Awarded First In Course in ARCHHTC 236.

Feb 2011 - Nov 2013

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts

○ Maintained a B- GPA.
○ Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

Sep 1998 - Jun 2002


NICAI Summer Research Scholarship, Scholarship

This research project focused on an analysis of New Zealand design and construction innovation within local places of worship. A database has been generated primarily from printed sources, as well as several significant online sources. This has resulted in over one thousand entries covering a broad array of architectural styles from 1835 to 2013. Several trends of design and construction have been discovered from the analysis, of which will result in publications in the near future.


First In Course, Award

First in Course award, URBPLAN 708 - Urban Planning Studio


Mount Roskill War Memorial Design Competition, 3rd Place

Deign Competition aimed at redesigning the area around the Mt Roskill War Memorial for various uses, including ANZAC Day celebrations.


EXTREEMakeover, 1st Place

48-hour Design Competition aimed at redesigning the courtyard between University of Auckland buildings 421 and 423.


NZIA/Graphisoft Student Design Award, Honorable Mention

'Highly Commended' for Year 2 Design Studio


First in Course, Award

First in Course award in ARCHHTC 236 - History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism 2


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