John Wolf

John Wolf

Chicago, IL, US



I just completed a Masters of Architecture degree at Kansas State University. I have strong interests in Sustainablitity and Urban Design. Combining these two interests, my thesis project was about Sprawl Repair; about transforming an existing single-use strip mall into a sustainable and complete community district. The study of such a broad view of sustainability  can also be used to transform individual buildings to have a new function within a city or community. Furthermore, my deconstruction experience was a more focused view of Sustainability, which I now relate to my design principles; about how so many materials can be reused creating a valuable resource for some other construction, greatly decreasing the waste and energy used from the built environment.

I am excited and willing to work anywhere. You may be looking for someone with office experience, of which I have none. I do have experiences from school, studying abroad, construction, and deconstruction, and that is something unique and different.


Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Inc., North Lawndale, Chicago, IL, US, Americorps VISTA Volunteer - Project Manager

Jun 2012 - current

JDS Builders, Richfield, WI, US, Construction Worker

Assisted an independent contractor on small construction and renovation projects including custom cabinet making, floor installation, roofing, pouring concrete, etc.

May 2011 - Sep 2011

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, Structural Systems in Architecture II Teaching Assistant

One of four Teaching Assistants that were liaisons between the students and the professor. We were each in charge of one weekly recitation session, reviewing the new material introduced in lectures by the professor each week and answering any questions. Also, we proctored and graded all of the exams as a team throughout the semester.

Jan 2011 - May 2011

Pragmatic Construction, Milwaukee, WI, US, Deconstruction Worker

Was a member of a four-man deconstruction crew that dismantled houses instead of demolishing. The goal was to salvage as many materials as possible for reuse and resale, and recycle as many other materials that were no longer in condition to reuse, such as the asphalt shingles. Materials that were salvaged included: cabinetry, hardwood siding, hardwood finishes, windows, exterior wood siding, studs, copper piping, etc.

May 2009 - Aug 2009


Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, MArch, Architecture

Completed Courses:

Environmental Design Studios I & II
Architectural Design Studios I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII & VIII
History of Designed Environment I, II & III
Environmental Systems in Architecture I, II & III
Structural Systems in Architecture I, II, III & IV
Building Construction Systems in Architecture
Materials in Architecture
Computing in Architecture
Environmental Design & Society
Site Planning & Design
Environment & Behavior Seminar
Chicago Multi-Unit Housing Seminar
Who Is Frank Lloyd Wright? Seminar
Design/Methods- Furniture Seminar
Professional Practice

Aug 2006 - May 2011

Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, CZ, MArch, Architecture

Completed Courses:

Architectural Design Studio VI
History of Architecture - Focus on Czech and Central European Architecture of early 20th Century
History of Interiors - Furniture
History & Theory of Urbanism
Color & Composition

Jan 2010 - May 2010

Areas of Specialization