Colin VanWingen

Colin VanWingen

New Orleans, LA, US





GOAT, New Orleans, LA, US, Principal + Co-founder

Oct 2016 - current

Pinnacle Entertainment, New Orleans, LA, US, Design + Construction Project Manager

Pinnacle Entertainment is a hospitality, dining and gaming developer with projects across the United States. Between 2011-2016, the company’s Design & Construction department developed over $1 billion in new and renovated facilities.

Jul 2011 - Oct 2016

Make it Right, New Orleans, LA, US, Design + Construction Project Manager

Make It Right (MIR) is a non-profit affordable housing developer focused on bringing modern, LEED Platinum housing to residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In 2010-2011, MIR built over thirty single family homes, designed by some of the world’s leading architects.

Aug 2010 - Jun 2011

Neighborhood Housing Services, New Orleans, LA, US, Design Intern

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) is a non-profit housing developer focused on moving residents in the Central City and 7th Ward neighborhoods into well-designed, affordable, energy efficient homes. From 2008 to 2010, using their partnership with the URBANbuild program, NHS developed a catalog of contemporary house designs for implementation throughout their target area.

Sep 2008 - Sep 2009


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, MArch, Architecture

While studying at Tulane University, Colin focused his investigations on: alternative models of development for affordable housing; deployable, temporary structures for disaster scenarios; urban texture as a means of understanding and relating to urban context; and the architectural opportunities generated by New Orleans’ unique infrastructural needs.

Aug 2008 - May 2010

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Bachelors, Architecture

While studying at the University of Michigan, Colin focused his investigations on: the role of hypothetical architecture in political and cultural discourse; the relationship between permanent structures and ever-changing site conditions; and the use of graffiti to map, understand and build within an urban context. Prior to attending the University of Michigan, Colin also attended Adrian College and Grand Valley State University,
experimenting with interior & graphic design, marketing & economics, and film & video before shifting his focus to architecture.

Aug 2006 - May 2008

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