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Colin Healy

Colin Healy

Stratford, CT, US

 

About 

I have 14 years of experience in design, production of working drawings and project management on residential and light commercial building projects. I have a deep commitment to climate sensitive architecture. I am seeking a position that leverages my strong project management and client communication skills in a firm with opportunities for teamwork and professional advancement.

In my earlier career in Industrial Design, I learned about attention to details, materials and processes and production schedules. Our firm developed a specialization in Exhibit Design for trade shows and events.  I worked with large corporations designing their architectural scaled displays and managed construction, packing, shipping, installation, inventory and storage in the US, Europe and Asia. This included design of graphics and product displays to deliver the desired messages.

In 1979 I co-founded SunSpace Inc., Connecticut’s first Solar Greenhouse Design and Construction Company. Most projects were additions with much attention to architectural context. As we developed, we also built solar houses. There I gained hands-on construction experience building the structures I designed. My partner, Joe Matto, and I presented many lectures on energy efficient building types and techniques illustrated with slides of our own work long before being “green” was fashionable.

Other experience in the building industry includes a stint as a Western Connecticut Sales Representative for Acorn Structures in Acton, MA. I discovered that my design training had prepared me with the written, verbal and graphic communication skills needed to be successful at sales of architect designed, panelized and precut houses. I assisted clients in design, site selection, siting the house to optimize access, view and microclimate. I coordinated work with the architects, bidding and contract preparation. I also developed and managed a custom builder network and performed quality control follow-ups.

In the last 10 years I earned my B-ARCH degree while working for Peter Cadoux Architects in Westport as designer and project manager on residential projects ranging in value from $1-5,000,000. My responsibilities included schematic design, interior design, working drawings and specifications, client communication, and field observation.

I recently earned the LEED Green Associate certification. I have completed IDP.I recently earned the LEED Green Associate certification. I have completed IDP.

I have  been self employed for 2 years while aiding a family member through a health crisis.  I am nowlooking for a a full time position or freelance opportunities.

Employment 

Colin Healy Design, Stratford, CT , Architectural Designer

Residential design of houses and additions with a focus on helping people develop and execute strategies for their evolving needs in their homes.

Mar 2012 - Jan 2013
 

Duo Dickinson Architects, Madison, CT, US, Designer

Design and working drawings for single family residences

Feb 2011 - Mar 2012
 

Peter Cadoux Architects, Westport, CT, US, Designer/Project Manager

Designer and Project Manager for single and multi-family homes and light commercial projects. Responsible for all aspects of projects including design, construction documents, consultant coordination, budgeting, client communications, site planning, zoning approvals, building permits and construction administration.

Oct 2001 - Feb 2011
 

Joseph Matto Architects, Norwalk, CT, US, Designer/Draftsman

Design and working drawings of single family residences.

Apr 2000 - Oct 2001
 

Robbins Tesar, Bridgeport, CT, Senior Exhibit Designer / Account Manager.

Directed all aspects of Tradeshow Design and Production for domestic and international exhibits for major corporations. Traveled internationally to manage manufacture and set-up of exhibits in Europe and Asia.

Selected Clients; Duracell New Products and Technology Division and Retail Products Division, International Paper, Krause America, Warburg Dillon Read (Swiss Bank).

Jun 1991 - Mar 2000
 

University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport,CT, Adjunct Faculty, Industrial Design and Interior Design Departments

Major focus on teaching spatial design of retail and office spaces including 2D and 3D presentation techniques. Furniture Design Continuum, Product Design Studio.

Directed Junior Design Studio in GE Plastics Competition: To Teach, To Learn, To Refresh: Students placed as international finalists with innovative Modular Utility Pole Systems of recycled plastics and AgroMat; a focused plant irrigation and propagation product. The AgroMat was selected for IDEA/Business Week Bronze Award. Co-leader, Sharyn Thompson.

Sep 1990 - Jun 1992
 

Acorn Structures, Inc, Concord, MA, Design and Sales Representative

Design and Sales Representative for Fairfield, Litchfield and Putnam Counties. Created regional office, developed new clients and coordinated all aspects of design and delivery of architect-designed, panelized, energy-efficient custom homes, both single and multi-family. Developed and presented home design slide seminars to potential home buyers. Top sales person 1986.

Responsible for client program development, schematic design, siting. Daily collaboration with architects to produce final drawings. Coordinated selection of builders and negotiated all contracts for both material package and home construction. Managed local builder network.

Jul 1985 - Jun 1991
 

SunSpace, Inc., Monroe, CT, US, Co-founder/Archiitectural Designer

1979-1985 SunSpace, Inc. Co-founder of first custom Solar Greenhouse Design and Construction Company in Connecticut. Architectural Award by State of Connecticut for energy efficient passive solar home building and remodeling. The PasCape design was selected for Northeast Utilities Solar Home Planbook to popularize solar home designs for conventional speculation builders.

Masterplan, working drawings and administration for renovations to CT Audubon’s Burr Sanctuary included a food and heat-producing solar greenhouse, a 3 story heat producing sunspace linking 2 buildings and exhibits to aid in the use of the facility as a renewable energy building teaching tool.

Jan 1979 - Jun 1985
 

Education 

City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

5 year Bachelor of Architecture degree. Completed while working full time in architect's office in CT. Graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Henry Adams Medal for Architectural Excellence from AIA.
I completed a full year thesis project under the direction of Professor Lance Jay Brown: Bronx Bridge ECohousing. I proposed a cohousing transit oriented development on a cap over the Cross Bronx Expressway that included a park and community gardens. The "bridge" would establish new pedestrian links across the expressway to re-knit the community that had been torn apart by the imposition of the highway.
The thesis project was one of 3 sited around the Parkchester elevated subway stop including an Regional Montessori School and a new Transit Hub.

The other proposals included replacing the aging transit stop with a new transit hub including theaters, shops and travel related services and a proposal for creating a Montessori Magnet school close to the transit hub. We all worked together on a common site plan and model and explored the connections between our projects and the community.

My 4th year project presented a design for a middle school in Poughkeepsie, New York on a very difficult steep site. Critic: Peter Gisolfi

Sep 2002 - May 2010
 

Awards 

Henry Adams Medal for Architectural Excellence from AIA, 1st Place

The award is presented to the student with the highhest grade point average for the 5 year first professional degree.

2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills