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Vanessa Douthat

Vanessa Douthat

San Francisco, CA

 

About 

I am a licensed architect who creates unique solutions to everyday problems to advance the architectural field, serve the community, enhance the quality of life, and promote environmental sustainability.

My professional certifications include National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification, Missouri Board Architectural License, CSI Construction Documents Technologist Certification, and United States Green Building Council Accreditations: LEED BD+C, LEED ID+C, LEED O+M, LEED ND, and LEED Homes.

Check out my portfolio at www.vanessadouthat.com.

Employment 

Kerman Morris Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Project Architect

As Revit Manager:

* Leads firmwide Revit softwate development, implementation, and enforcement

* Creates and maintains BIM software templates and content files (Source Files, Detail Components, Annotation Components, and Model Components)

• Provides internal software training and troubleshoots Revit problems

• Maintains level of competency of software through continued use and research

As Project Architect:

* Leads and manages several projects from conceptual phase through construction

* Develops design ideas keeping in mind client’s needs, building’s usage and environmental impact

* Produces detailed construction documents, permit documents and detail sketches

* Establishes the project work plan with principals and lead the execution of the various tasks identified

* Ensures compliance of construction detail documentation to quality control and best sustainability practices

* Lead project meetings with clients and consultants

* Communicate with building officials during different design and permitting phases

Mar 2016 - current
 

HOK, Kansas City, MO, US, Architect

* Prepared and modified architectural documents, elevations, sections, details, etc. as directed by others utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM).

* Developed solutions to technical and design problems following established standards.

* Incorporated Integrated Sustainable Design solutions into projects.

* With direction from the project designer or more senior design professionals, developed, modified, and/or reviewed drawings ensuring the incorporation of design intent.

* Worked closely with design team and assists to complete projects on aggressive schedules.

* Assisted in developing project scope, plan, and services and during the contract process. Translates planning concepts into comprehensible terms for clients, designers and project team members.

* Prepared 2D and 3D presentation/design drawings.

* Built models for client/project team review.

* Performed product research; assists project designers and project architects with materials selection and system research.

* Assisted in construction administration document management.

May 2015 - Mar 2016
 

BNIM, Kansas City, MO, US, Graduate Architect

* Created building designs and highly detailed drawings both by hand and by using BIM.

* Worked around constraining factors such as city planning legislation, environmental impact and project budget

* Worked closely with a team of other professionals (building service engineers, construction managers, and architectural technologists)

* Chose the materials to be used and specifying the requirements for the project

* Contributed to the project running according to schedule and budget

* Played a part in project and team management

May 2013 - May 2015
 

Education 

Kansas City Design Center, Kansas City, MO, US, MArch, Architecture

KCDC's mission is to promote excellence in the design of Kansas City’s built environment. KCDC accomplish this in two ways:

1. EDUCATION

The KCDC engages university faculty and some of the region’s most talented architecture and planning students in a unique learning laboratory that actively explores real-world issues facing Kansas City’s future development. The educational programs are built around the resident urban design studio, through which faculty and students form partnerships with local client groups and stakeholders to develop design concepts and implementation proposals addressing major architectural, urban design and urban planning issues throughout metropolitan Kansas City.

2. PUBLIC SERVICE

The KCDC serves as an independent forum for critical dialogues about architecture and planning issues, and offers technical assistance to public agencies and local community organizations. This includes everything from hosting free lectures by internationally renowned architects to collaborating with local organizations and non-profits on projects that seek to improve Kansas City's livability.

Aug 2012 - May 2013
 

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

The NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program is based firmly upon the complementary foundations of general and architectural education. We emphasize mastery of the knowledge, skills and understandings essential to the artful creation of buildings, spaces and places. The faculty seeks to assure that our students receive extensive exposure to social, political, economic and technological perspectives that will aid them in functioning as effective leaders in a rapidly changing global context.

In emphasizing the architect’s role as a designer of environments that responsibly address individual and societal needs, the professional Master of Architecture curriculum includes a sequence of design studios providing holistic examination of environmental design issues. Courses in history, theory, human behavior, construction, structural and environmental systems, planning, programming, and professional practice compliment students’ work in the carefully orchestrated series of design studios.

The Master of Architecture degree has two entry points. Students with little or no college experience should apply for the five year plus Non-Baccalaureate Master of Architecture. Students who currently have a Bachelor’s Degree, regardless of field of study, should apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Master of Architecture program. The Post-Baccalaureate program requires a minimum of three years of study, including a required summer studio.

Aug 2007 - May 2013
 

ITALART/Santa Chiara Centro di Studi, Castiglion Fiorentino, IT, MArch, Architecture

Santa Chiara, the name given to this facility, was originally a girl’s academy, operating from the 1930s until the early 70s. Although the old kitchen and other sections of the structure date back to the Renaissance and earlier periods, the main structure was completed in the 1930s. The facility consists of approximately 5,000 sq. meters: classrooms, studios, dining areas, and sleeping quarters. The day-to-day living space is completely self-contained. Take a moment and read a more detailed account of Castiglion Fiorentino - located in the Santa Chiara library.

The idea for the development of studies in Italy was to provide a quality academic program and, at the same time, the opportunity to experience new settings, environments and ways of seeing. Italart is a non-profit cultural association and is the legal entity responsible for the administration of the study center. Italart follows the guidelines determined by law for cultural associations, offering services to enrolled participants of the association and not to the general public.

Jan 2012 - May 2012
 

Awards 

American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Honor Award, Award

2014
 

AIA Emerging Professional of the Year, Award

2014
 

Phi Kappa Phi High Achiever, Award

2013
 

Kansas State University Kremer Prize, Award

2013
 

American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Honor Award, Award

2013
 

American Institute of Architects Kansas Chapter Citation Award for Student Work, Award

2011
 

Max D. Bishop Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship

2010
 

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students Architectural Competition, Honorable Mention

2010
 

Max D. Bishop Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship

2009
 

Kansas State University Rendering Competition, 2nd Place

2009
 

US Bayer Stone Design Competition, Honorable Mention

2008
 

Ateneo de Manila University Top 2% Student Award, Award

2007
 

Uno High School Art Competition, 1st Place

2005
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills