Nick Wallace

Nick Wallace

Salem, OR, US



I am currently an architectural intern for Carlson Veit Architects in Salem, Oregon. In my brief time here, I have worked on numerous projects, the largest of which were Lithia's Honda, BMW, and Volkswagen dealerships completed at the beginning of 2015. I am actively pursuing my architect's license; as I near completion of my IDP hours, I have begun taking the ARE.

As a jack-of-all-trades, I have experience in general construction, framing, concrete work, plumbing, tiling, furniture construction and finish carpentry, landscaping, irrigation, and lighting. These hands-on skills supplement my design experience and help me to find efficient design solutions to complex problems. I have also found that my construction knowledge translates into clear and concise construction documents, something that is greatly appreciated by contractors.

I spent several years working for Fifth Season Landscape Design and Construction, a two-person company (at the time). Working for Fifth Season helped me gain valuable experience in the business side of the design industry, especially finding the balance between great design and affordability.

I have extensive experience preparing architectural presentations, both hand-drawn and digital. My preference is to work digitally, using AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Photoshop, and Illustrator; however, I also have some experience with watercolors and can effectively communicate ideas with hand-drawn sketches.

Additional hobbies include digital photography and photo manipulation, furniture design, and the occasional t-shirt and tattoo design. More of my work can be seen at


Carlson Veit Architects, Salem, OR, US, Architectural Intern

As an architectural intern, I have been fortunate to work on a wide range of project types and sizes in the past few years, from small tenant improvements to ground-up car dealerships. One great benefit of working for a small firm is that I am frequently involved in all phases of the project. . As an example of this, I will describe a recent project and my role in its completion: we were tasked with designing a campus for the relocation of the Salem Honda, BMW, and Volkswagen dealerships. As the project lead, I accompanied the architect of record at all client meetings and conference calls. This particular project required regular contact with the owners, building users, and corporate designers to ensure that all brand standards were met for the buildings. I completed construction documents for the site and all three buildings, facilitated drawing coordination with structural/civil engineers, MEP and fire sprinkler/alarm subs, as well as the city for permitting and each of the store's corporate design team for approval. Throughout the CA phase I reviewed submittals, evaluated substitution requests, answered RFI's, issued revisions and ASI's, attended regular construction observation meetings, and completed punch lists for project completion. Our success on this project led to the procurement of several other car dealership projects; and for me personally, this project provided me a valuable wealth of experience.

Aug 2013 - current

Fifth Season LLC, Junction City, OR, US, Designer/Builder

My work with Fifth Season Landscape Design and Construction covered a wide variety of tasks and abilities, from pre-design through construction. On a typical project, I created base plans from scratch, developed schematic designs, developed designs into construction documents, and created and installed architectural elements in addition to plantings, landscape lighting, and irrigation. I frequently coordinated with subcontractors for metal fabrications, electrical installations, and natural gas lines for outdoor fire features. Using SketchUp, Revit, and the Adobe Creative Suite to generate visual representations of our designs helped the company procure many projects.

Mar 2010 - Aug 2013

Self Employed - Design Consultant, Junction City, OR, US, Designer/Builder

As a freelance designer and builder I assisted a landscape contractor in the design and construction of a backyard landscape project consisting of a boardwalk-style deck, large sitting area with gas fireplace, and heavy stone path. Additionally I completed a number of 3-D renderings in the proposal stage of this project, a component that was essential to the procurement of the project for my client.

I also developed a 3-D computer model and to contribute 3-D images for an Oregon biofuel plant proposal.

Mar 2009 - Mar 2010

CBT Architects, Boston, MA, US, Intern Architect

As a summer intern I worked on several design teams, often lending my proficiency of AutoCAD to assist overwhelmed teams meet their construction document deadlines. Additionally, I participated in the design development of several condominiums and an assisted living center; utilized my experience with SketchUp to develop a design for a beach house in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada; and used AutoCAD 3D and the Adobe Creative Suite to compose plan, section, and axonometric images of the Mandarin Oriental, Boston, for award submittals and magazine publications.

Jun 2008 - Sep 2008


University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, BArch, Architecture

• GPA 3.66/4.00
• Business Administration Minor
• Dean’s List [3 times]
• Centurion Award Winner [2008]
• Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Vice President [2007]

Sep 2004 - Mar 2009

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