Douglas Hindley

Douglas Hindley

Chicago, IL, US




Skilled architectural illustrator and designer with a background in architectural theory and real world construction/restoration. Can bring creative design ethic to any architectural project, especially in the areas of image creation, hand drawn, digital, and hybrid. A critical thinker with a philosophical education, self-driving on projects and very motivated. 

Experienced in architectural and creative writing. Careful problem-solver with out-of-the-box solutions.

 Familiar with: Hand illustration and drafting; AutoCAD; Photoshop; Illustrator; 3D Studio Max; model making; writing; graphic design

Former wildland firefighter.


Architecture MA seeks long-term architectural career.   I am devoted to an intelligent work approach commanding a smart use of time.  Background in critical philosophical thinking married with an understanding of the structural rigors of real life construction.   Emphasis upon writing, both critical and practical, which allows for the ability to think through a project and present it clearly.  Problem solving skills derive from backgrounds in philosophy and firefighting.  A creative approach comes from a skill in illustration, which supplements other projects.


Self-employed illustrator, Writer, Illustrator

Solo writer and illustrator on several spec freelance illustration projects. Projects include children's books such as "Micro Max" (see portfolio), "Angelito's Midway," and "Nihao's Journey." Another substantial ongoing project is the parody comic "Jake Bone" (see portfolio).

Previous similar projects include a "Dante's Inferno" themed comic (see portfolio), plus assorted one-off freelance illustration jobs.

Mar 2012 - current

Self-employed architect, Los Altos, CA, Restoration manager

Financed, designed and oversaw the architectural renovation of a mid-century post and beam house in Los Altos, California.

Nov 2010 - Apr 2012

Chord Architecture, Design Architect

Personally aided the head architect in residential and commercial design, including built projects for private clients and affordable housing. Duties included drafting, modeling, and planning.

May 2007 - Aug 2007


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), MArch, MArch III

Comprehensive architectural design, focus upon all aspect of an architectural project, including project management, budgeting, scheduling, HVAC, LEED, structure, et cetera. Experience with hand drafting, AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Adobe Creative Suite, physical modeling and urban planning. Experience with group projects, both as a leader and in a support role.

Heavy personal emphasis upon writing components. Final thesis project, "Architecture and the Void: Perceptible Formlessness," combined a practical design project with conceptual, theoretical research exploring the notion of a spacial void.

Aug 2006 - May 2010

St. John's College, Santa Fe, Bachelors, The Great Books

The Great Books program exposes students to the great primary texts of the Western world in all subjects, including philosophy, science, history, literature, math and music. These original works (e.g. Newton's Principia) are the sole study material. Students discuss readings in seminar, a rigorous format designed to emphasize personal understanding of the material in favor of lectures. A strong written component supplements the discussions.

Aug 2000 - May 2004


Walter S. Baird Prize, 1st Place

Graduating award from St. John's College for best creative achievement. Awarded for a 36-page graphic book based on Dante's "Inferno."


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