Kelly Gawinek

Kelly Gawinek

Ann Arbor, MI, US



I received my Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan in 2010. I recently pursued and graduated with a Master of Science in Architecture also from the University of Michigan. The focus of study was Design Research.

My professional experiences have been in a variety of settings, including architectural firms, sales, and product development firms. I have more than three years experience as an AutoCAD technician in architectural firms and University offices. I worked in the Office of Capital Planning while attending Bowling Green State University. It was there that I experienced the behind the scenes management of buildings on campus. I managed the database for all buildings on campus, which included drawings, updating AutoCAD plans, field measurements, and creating drawings for new buildings on campus.

In my own work I am an experienced three-dimensional modeler. I enjoy producing interesting representational proposals that appear clean, useful, and realistic. I have worked on design proposals of all sizes, from residential to commercial to master planning strategies. I have a particular interest in presentation skills, I am a strong communicator as well as an engaged presenter. I am self-motivated, but also find it important to engage, share, and work in group settings. I have always had an interest within individual architectural projects to work specifically on the conceptual design and final presentation material. I have worked on many different types of architectural projects in studio as well as during my teaching experience.


Hamilton Anderson Associates, Spring Break Externship

A week long externship where I assisted with the office’s urban design competition located in China. While also doing various graphic design work for competition and design charette for a ReUse Center.

Mar 2010 - Mar 2010

Bowling Green State University, CAD Draftsperson

- Managed, field verified and updated the AutoCAD files for all buildings on campus
- Reviewed monthly budgets for Capital Planning and Office of Design and Construction
- Various receptionist duties such as answering phones, filing, emails, and dealt with other space issues on campus

May 2007 - Aug 2008

The Architect, CAD Draftsperson

- Assisted on office’s small commercial projects which included warehouses, garages, and storage
- Worked on graphic design projects for the office

Oct 2006 - Apr 2007

BSE Design Group, Inc., Assistant/Intern for development of a Modular Building Concept

- Assisted the head architect with programming and presentations
- Helped with Miscellaneous projects around the studio

May 2005 - Aug 2006


University of Michigan, Masters, Master of Science in Design Research

Thesis :: Images for a City: Constructions + Manipulations of the Fallen

I spent the year doing individual research through design that explored how architects participate in public relations campaigns, image constructions for architectural proposals, and urban strategies in cities that appear no longer viable i.e. Flint, Michigan, Youngstown, Ohio, and Braddock, Pennsylvania. The year concluded with an exhibition displaying this research and an independently published Pamphlet, based off of the Pamphlet Architecture series.

Sep 2010 - May 2011

University of Michigan, MArch, Architecture

Thesis :: The Voyeuristic Spectator: Reactivating Spectatorship through Everyday Performances

Sep 2008 - May 2010

Bowling Green State University, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2004 - Aug 2008

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