Gregory Dowell

Gregory Dowell

Chicago, IL, US



A historic preservationist and photographer in Chicago.  Check out my website for my photographs.

I'm an architect. Well not legally. I'm technically an architectural intern. I have a Master of Architecture with a concentration in Historic Preservation. I'm still completing my internship and I haven't taken any sections of the ARE. Just small technicalities. But I still get to work on cool old buildings.

I'm a photographer. Last time I checked there is not a legal standard for such a claim. Just take a gander and you'll see I'm not lying. I'm self taught. My favorite subjects are, not surprisingly, buildings. Old buildings. Though I also enjoy photographing landscapes, both rural and urban, especially the landscapes of central Illinois. My photographs have placed at the Kentucky State Fair and one was recently published in The London Magazine.

I'm an avid sports fan. My cheering interests are the Fighting Illini, Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics, Utah Jazz, and Tulsa Shock. I may be lying about the Tulsa Shock.

I'm a traveler.. I've been to Greece, Egypt, Peru, Italy, Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. As well a lot of the United States. I particularly enjoy a road trip - say Chicago to Yellowstone. And I want upcoming travel destinations to be Turkey and Brazil.

I'm a doodler. I've been doodling since 1st grade. It's a miracle I learned anything in school.

I'm a comedian. I'm always writing material for a still TBD stand-up comedy routine. It's been a while since my last official performance.

I'm a chronic Facebooker. Apparently I post a lot of shit on my wall.


Gregory's School Blog on Archinect:

Ball State University (Gregory)

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Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Associate II

Architectural intern (a few months short of completing IDP and sitting for the ARE) and historic preservationist. I work with existing buildings/structures to develop repairs for a multitude of issues. In a nutshell, fixing other architects/engineers/contractors problems.

- HABS documentation

- On-site inspection/investigation including survey and documentation of distress, field testing, sampling, photographing, and sketching

- Researching historical background of structure, technical issues, and code issues

- Analyzing research and investigation data to develop alternate schemes for solving problems

- Attending field meetings and prepares site observation reports

- Preparing bid documents, addenda, change orders, drafts investigation reports, and other work product

- Preparing baseline drawings, drawings based upon as-built measurements, AutoCAD drawings and specifications, and assists with preparation of final project manuals

Jul 2009 - current

The Estopinal Group, Architectural Intern

CAD Monkey.

I gave design architecture (new construction) one more chance (or its first chance) and realized it was exactly where I never wanted to be.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Raths, Raths, and Johnson, Architectural Intern

I worked with existing buildings/structures to develop repairs for a multitude of issues. In a nutshell, fixing other architects/engineers/contractors problems.

This was the first taste of exactly what I wanted to do with my career.

May 2007 - Dec 2007

Architect of the Capitol, Architectural Intern

Summer intern position documenting the existing conditions of buildings and infrastructure on the United States Capitol grounds (which are expansive). I got to work outside all day, almost every day, and quickly realized I wasn't meant for a desk job or too much time in front of a computer. I knew I wanted to be involved in a very hands on firm.

I also realized Washington DC was never a place I wanted to live.

May 2006 - Aug 2006


Ball State University, MArch, Architecture + Historic Preservation

I completed my MArch with a concentration in Historic Preservation.

For my thesis I studied the relationship of architecture and memory through the preservation and adaptive re-use, and of the Richmond Gas Company Building in Richmond, IN (since demolished).

Following graduation I participated in a 4-week study abroad program for the preservation of the hydroelectric power plant at Crespi d'Addi (an Italian planned town), a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy. The program included hands-on use of a variety of historic preservation techniques (many of which I use all the time at work).

Aug 2007 - May 2009

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BArch, Architecture

Received my Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and got out of town.

This video ( of me giving the Commencement address does a great job of summing up my undergraduate years (some may say I burned a lot of bridges).

Aug 2003 - May 2007

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