Kaleena Quinn

Kaleena Quinn

Chicago, IL, US




Environs Development, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Intern

_Contributed to the design and development of a high-end single family residence in Lincoln Park. Project work included field verification, design development and code research for the submission of permit drawings. Developed construction drawings and details for structure and custom interiors.

Jun 2013 - current

Roger Berent Architects, Detroit, MI, US, Freelance Architectural Designer

_Contributed to design and drawing development of a small-scale interior renovation, an interior build-out and a lobby addition. The scope of work included 3d modeling, field measure, material selection and the generation of permit and construction documents.

Feb 2013 - May 2013

D MET design, Detroit, MI, US, Freelance Architectural Design

_Contributed to design and drawing development of multiple small-scale projects, including: a facade renovation, a private residence, a loft addition, interior office build-out, signage and a commercial space within an existing building. The scope of work includes 3d modeling, field measure, physical study models, building code and zoning review, feasibility studies and the generation of design and construction documents.

Nov 2011 - May 2013

vonStaden Architects, Royal Oak, MI, US, Freelance Architectural Designer

_Contributed to the development of bid + construction documents for a 13 story office build-out within the First National Building in downtown Detroit for a Quicken Loans Company. Project work included field verification of existing conditions, design development and material research, and detailing as part of the permit set. Developed design drawings for custom feature wall displays, green wall planting design, dumbwaiter construction and an existing fireplace improvement. Responsible for project administration items including punch-lists, drawing coordination, and submittal review.

Jan 2012 - Mar 2013

Studio Mumbai, freelance

_Generated presentation drawings for the House on Pali Hill for publication for a future el Croquis publication.Coordinated drawing intentions and consistency remotely via skype, in addition to scheduling and coordination of deadlines. Modified and updated design drawings to match the built project, added landscape context, and established drawing scale and line weights.

May 2011 - Jun 2011

University of Michigan, Lecturer I

_Instructed first-year coordinated undergraduate design studios, developed project briefs and guided student project development ranging from spatial explorations to building design. The primary instructor of an undergraduate constructed hand-drawing course and visual studies course, developed new design projects to promote learning of drawing conventions and modeling strategies. Instructor in a coordinated course on advanced construction, responsible for guiding student research of case study buildings and the application of construction details.

Sep 2009 - May 2011

Summery Discovery, Intro to Architecture Design and Graphic Design Instructor

_Instructed a three-week pre-college enrichment course for high school students interested in pursuing studies in both architecture and graphic design. Generated curriculum ranging from design projects, software instruction and topic based discussions.

Jul 2009 - Jul 2010

University of Michigan, Assistant Faculty Instructor

_Assisted in instruction and curriculum development of the summer intensive design studio for undergraduate transfer students in the architecture program. Developed projects that shifted between analog and digital methods of production.

Jul 2009 - Aug 2009

University of Michigan, Research Assistant

_Researched and developed a responsive exhibition piece as project team member for the China Cup International Regatta and an initial proposal for the Shanghai eArts Exhibition. Developed drawings and research documents as part of an ongoing comparative study of municipal tenement housing complexes in Beijing, China and Vienna, Austria.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

SmithGroup, Detroit, MI, US, Intern Architect

_Constructed both study models and presentation models for CMU Rose Area feasibility study and the Cranbrook Art Museum Addition proposals. Generated a pamphlet on the University of Michigan LS+A building renovation for submission to the AIA award committee. Created interior finish boards and schedules for multiple projects, including the interior renovation of the Mutual Building and the Louisville Biomedical III building.

May 2007 - Aug 2007

Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative [A3C], Intern Architect

_Collaborated with design team on multiple phase design projects, including National Heritage Academy Pinnacle School and Imagine School Lincoln Public Charter School, completing preliminary design to final construction documents. Produced design addendum to the Mott Children’s Hospital Visitor ID station. Generated preliminary LEED product research and life cycle cost estimates for Greenhills School.

Aug 2005 - Aug 2006


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

Sep 2008 - Apr 2009

University of Michigan, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2006 - Apr 2008

University of Michigan, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2000 - Apr 2004


Continuing Education scholarship recipient - University of Michigan, Scholarship


Perimeter Prize studio award, Award


William LeBaron Jenney Scholarship recipient - University of Michigan, Scholarship


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