Joshua Tawney

Joshua Tawney

New York, NY, US

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As indicated in my work samples, I have extensive architectural design experience, from initial conceptual design and planning through the process of comprehensive development and rendering. My work experience ranges from research-based multi-scale strategies, to theoretical explorations of the assembled environment, to comprehensive residential and commercial design. My first postions out of Cornell exposed me to the intitial phases of schematic and design development on a range of scales, including a Las Vegas Hotel, a residential competition in Marfa, Texas, and multi-family residential tower projects in Brooklyn. These opportunities provided a valuable insight. Transitioning to Frederick Tang Architecture enabled me to understand the design process on a more intimate level, and I was able to play a pivotal role in various phases of projects that would not have been possible in other situations. From a local Brooklyn restaurant, to Greenlight Bookstore’s second location in Lefferts Gardens, various residential renovations, and a new commerical headquarters - I feel fortunate to have worked on such a variety of projects on this level. I thrive in this environment, developing work under fast-paced and collaborative design processes. 

More recently, I have applied my foundation in architecture in a brand consultant capacity, translating my skills into an imaginative take on branding, customer experience, and retail innovation - expressed in both high-level thinking and visual, verbal, and spatial representations.

Per my background, a strong interest in political science, international relations, and multicultural affairs informed my initial decision to study these fields in my undergraduate pursuit. While these subjects continue to inspire me and provide an informed lens through which I see the world, architecture is the vehicle in which I realize them. Architecture is the lens through which I see the world - an instrument of complex and critical thinking. Even the mundane aspects of diurnal life are opportunities to connect objects, processes, and systems to tectonic applications. I approach design with an open mind, embracing challenges that deviate from the usual order and using that departure to generate stimulus.

I am looking for a challenge, and I am eager to test my design ideas on a broader platform.


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture, Art, and Planning

Aug 2008 - Dec 2013

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