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Aleks Chmielewski

Aleks Chmielewski

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

I am an ambitious architectural designer working and living in New York City. Over the past three years, I have taken part in a variety of project types, which have both expanded my technical knowledge in construction and helped me evolve artistically. 

Whether in New York or Pennsylvania, working for smaller architecture firms like The Fractal Group and Mula Architects has given me a diverse, in depth experience in architectural practice. This included drafting from schematic design to construction documents, 3D modeling and rendering for presentation documents, client and rep meetings, field surveys and construction observation, and material research with non-standard construction. Prior to Mula, an urban design position in one of the bigger development firms in Oslo, Norway, allowed me to think critically about architecture in a broader, urban sense. My professional experience has opened my eyes to the realities of the working world, forcing me to balance design with budget issues and clients’ wishes. I have supplemented the constraints of my professional work with participation in architecture competitions on my down time.  

After five years and ten completed architecture studio courses, my education has tested and proven my determination, ability and passion for design. The program was focused heavily on the artistic aspect of architecture, and therefore has nurtured creativity while molding a sustainable way of thinking through many enticing projects. Most notably among these were my thesis project in which I explored ways of developing the old shipyard halls of the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland and a studio abroad in Rome where I worked in a group with Italian students from RomaTre University and Canadian students from Waterloo University. Each gave me a unique cultural perspective on group and individual work. 

I am a hard working individual and am always looking to better myself and my design work. I bring a diverse cultural and professional perspective to the table as well as a sense of humor and a willingness to go the extra mile to finish what needs to get done. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Rhinocerous3D, AutoCad, Google Sketchup and Revit are among the programs I have experience in, although I enjoy sketching and physical model making as well. I am also multilingual speaking Norwegian and Polish fluently.

Employment 

The Fractal Group, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

This position entailed partaking in multiple design phases of a residential beach house project including extensive modeling and drafting in Revit. Other tasks included conducting site visits and surveys, researching materials and coordinating with material reps in regards to sample orders and project orders, and creating presentation documents using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Revit.

Mar 2016 - Jun 2016
 

Richard F. Mula Architects, LLC, York, PA, US, Architectural Designer

This position entailed design and drafting projects from schematic design to construction documents, site visits and surveys, attending and leading client meetings pertaining to material selection and general project management, preparing spec documents, and creating presentations utilizing Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Google Sketchup.

Jan 2014 - Mar 2016
 

ROM Eiendom, Oslo, Norway, Urban Planer

This position entailed creating ideas for unused land centered around Norwegian railroad stations that ROM Eiendom will develop in the future, conducting site visits and analyses, and preparing presentations using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Rhinocerous.

Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
 

Education 

Temple University, York, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2008 - May 2013
 

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