Ali Gholamabbas

Ali Gholamabbas

Champaign, IL, US

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I am a graduate of the M.Arch program from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently I am looking for full-time positions in the United States.

During my graduate studies, most of my design studios focused on mixed-use buildings in different scales, including a super-tall building, a high-rise healthcare facility and a library and co-working facility. I learned a lot about how different building systems including structural system, core functions and mechanical systems are integratively designed together to work efficiently. However, I’ve also worked on smaller scale residences trying to define the meaning of home.

I have used Revit for more than five years in architecture school, where I did most of my studio projects using Revit. I’ve used it from massing, modeling families, detailing all the way to creating view templates and sheets. During my internship in the summer of 2018, I learned to use Revit for creating more complex geometries, modeling parametric families, furniture and material tagging, working with worksets and design options and project phases.

I use Rhino and different plug-ins including T-splines for modeling complex geometry and also use Grasshopper for parametric modelings and light and environmental studies. For visualization, my work-flow includes modeling in 3ds Max and using Vray or Corona for renderings. I am also proficient in using Adobe softwares for editing photos and videos.

I also gained a lot of experience in fabrication. I have worked as a graduate assistant in charge of CNC routing and laser-cutting at the University of Illinois. This working experience included a lot of problem solving and prototyping, working with students and staff. I also have experience with non-digital fabrication including wood-working and welding and I have designed and built multiple pieces of furniture.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, Graduate Assistant

In charge of CNC routing and Laser lab for the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois.
My main duty was to program, operate and maintain the Onsrud CNC machine to cut students and faculties work as well as conduct studies on different materials, different bits and different cut settings.

Aug 2018 - Dec 2018

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Summer Intern

Helped the studio with various projects mostly in schematic design phase using Revit for documentation and BIM modeling, Rhino for energy modeling and prototyping and 3ds Max and Vray for visualization.

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Jan 2017 - Dec 2018


Earl Prize of graduate studio excellence award, 1st Place

Best Graduate level studio project at the University of Illinois.


Archon Prize, 3rd Place

Graduate Studio competition with $3000 prize pool.


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