Joseph Messick

Joseph Messick

Woodbridge, NJ, US



My education credentials include a B.S. in Facility Management, and a Master of Architecture through a 3-1/2 year program.  My thesis, The Crafting of Architecture, focused on a design-build approach to architecture, culminating in the re-design and construction of an art gallery in Buffalo, NY, and garnered the judges’ choice award at the AIAS Design Competition in 2003 (open to all architectural students worldwide).

I began my architectural career with some of the most noted designers and craftsman in the northeast, and includes 10 years in the construction trades.  Time spent in this profession taught me superior building skills while forging my strong work ethic.

Following my Master’s degree, I worked for 2Morrow Studio (principal, John Connell, is the founder of the Yestermorrow School of Design-Build, and was engaged in the Winvian Farm resort project In Connecticut, and included the design and construction of a 2-story treehouse built on three trees.  As the most experienced builder, I helped translate a unique and challenging abstract design into a buildable structure.

After my work with the treehouse, I continued at Winvian working with Design Giants (headquartered in Vermont) on “The Woodland Cottage” which is truly one of the best-detailed buildings I have ever had the pleasure of making.  My responsibilities included management of the project and field office, lead builder, design documents, and design collaboration.

Upon relocating to the New York City area, I worked with a local architecture firm where I became acquainted with the required codes and procedures of New York City.  Since then I have continually taken on various contracted positions including designing and building furniture, plan review and job estimation for contractors, creating residential designs, and managing construction projects.

In May, I enrolled in classes at Robitech in Hoboken studying AutoCAD 2012, Revit 2011, and 3D Studio Max 2011 for which I just received certifications in each.  While there, I was recruited by the CEO to assist with a large CAD on a very short timeline for a client.  I completed the project early, and have continued with various projects for them.

Currently, I seek a position with an innovative company where I can continue to develop my architectural and project management skills, as I move toward licensure.



JM Designs, Woodbridge, NJ, US, Owner

- General Contracting and Project Management.
- Furniture / Cabinetry design & construction.
- Architectural consultation - CAD / Revit support.
- Cost Estimation & material take-offs for finishing contractors.
- Facility Management space planing for Prudential.

Jan 2010 - current

Glen Cutrona Associates, Staten Island, NY, Intermediate Architect

-Attained proficiency of AutoCAD use in an office environment.
-Drafted construction documents for commercial and residential properties throughout NYC.
-Managed projects though the DD-CD phase.
-Directed drawing set coordination between multiple offices for medium sized commercial projects.
-Product specification and on-site project management for new studio office.

Feb 2008 - Oct 2009

Design Giants, Montpelier, VT, US, Project Manager

-Managed the design and construction of a cottage for a luxury resort in Morris CT. The “Woodland Cottage” was built on the scale of the local trees and is the largest of 18 unique cottages at Winvian Farm. Utilizing timber framing techniques, the structure features exposed joinery, rough sawn beams, and exposed pegged trusses. The entire project was designed and built-in house, including windows, doors, and furniture.
-Responsibilities included running satellite office in Connecticut, design collaboration, lead builder on Connecticut project, and preparation of design documents for new projects.

Feb 2005 - Nov 2007

2Morrow Studio, Warren VT, Design-Builder

-Assisted in the design and construction of a steel- framed treehouse for a 5-star luxury resort located in Morris, CT.

Sep 2004 - Feb 2005

Pauly Construction, Amherst, NY, US, Builder

-Assisted in the construction on hundreds of projects that included both high-end residential and commercial - new builds, additions, and renovations.
-Acquired a mastery of every level of the construction process including rough & finish carpentry, roofing, drywall, tile, plumbing, electrical, concrete flat & form work.
-Responsibilities also included design work and renderings for customers and drawings for permits, as well as training new crew members.

Sep 1996 - Jul 2004


Robotech CAD Solutions, Hoboken, NJ, US, Computer Rendering, BIM

-Authorized Autodesk training center.
-Certificates from Autodesk in AutoCAD 2012, Revit 2011, and 3D Studio Max 2011; Certifications in each

May 2011 - Oct 2011

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

- 3-1/2 yr Master Program
Thesis: Design/Build: The Crafting of Architecture

Sep 1999 - Jul 2003

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, Bachelors, Facilities Management

- Concentration: Environmental Design

Sep 1990 - Aug 1995


Design Review Award (AIAS), 1st Place

- Open to architecture students worldwide for all studio projects.


Design Excellence, Award

- This award is given to one student based on criteria that acknowledges innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architecture.


Logo Competition, 1st Place

UB Aids Logo Competition- Now used as their official Logo


Areas of Specialization