Graham Hodgson

Graham Hodgson

Woodstock, IL, US



Architectural Designer & Draftsman


- Self-motivated, dedicated designer with the heart of an entertainer and great passion for the built and natural environment.
- Respected for expertise, artistry, and detail of AutoCAD/traditional drafting and hand-rendering styles.
- Recognized for advanced design skills, capacity to find solutions to challenging design problems, and ability to conceive unique, engaging, and fun experiences that are highly complex in nature yet harmonious with their environments.
- Conceptual/philosophical thinker with visions for future living and knowledge of today's problems.
- Natural propensity for original, outside-of-the-box thinking with strong understanding of human behavior.
- Experienced international traveler (Europe, Mexico) with appreciation for other cultures.


Architectural Concept Design
Concept/Design Development
Drafting (AutoCAD & Traditional)
Office Drafting Standards (for AutoCAD) and Drawing Review
Freehand Drawing & Rendering
Model-Building (Traditional & Computer)
Image Editing



Insignia Kitchen & Bath, Barrington, IL, US, Senior Design Assistant

- Work directly with all Insignia designers, contributing design assistance and producing AutoCAD drawings for top-of-the-line kitchen, bathroom, and home remodels throughout Chicago's northwest suburbs.
- Developed/maintain AutoCAD lineweight, layer, and page layout standards for Insignia's highly-detailed drawings.
- Review/correct all drawings sets with Project Manager prior to issue and review cabinet orders prior to submission.
- Edit/correct professional photos prior to publishing on web and/or in advertisements.
- Wrote 3-page "Living Color" article representing Insignia for Quintessential Barrington magazine.

Aug 2012 - current

Ruck/Pate Architecture, Barrington, IL, US, Architectural Designer & Draftsman (Contract)

- Participated in conceptualization/design of various projects and produced AutoCAD bid and construction drawings.
- Collaborated in complete remodel of MCC dining facility, contributing concepts, presentation renderings, design development, interior design, bid drawings, corrections/revisions, and final CD drawings. (Currently under construction.)
- Contributed to design/development of parish hall addition for St. Mary Church, Huntley, IL. (Currently under construction.)
- Produced numerous concept studies and presentation sketches for possible additions schools of Illinois Northbrook/Glenview School District 30.
- Developed addition/remodeling concept studies and CAD proposal drawings for Community Presbyterian Church of Clarendon Hills, Illinois.

Feb 2011 - May 2012

Next Generation Creative LLC, Pasadena, CA, US, Architectural Concept Designer (Freelance)

- Assisted in development and design of 17th Annual Thea Awards Gala at Universal Studios, Hollywood.
- Developed Conceptual Design Proposal for new Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Complex including a year-round luxury hotel, ski facilities, and condominiums. The emphasis in this design was to create an all-engrossing experience.
- Produced construction drawings, assisted in design development, and provided production support for the 16th Annual Thea Awards Gala at Universal Studios, Hollywood.
- Contributed to the conceptual design and development of numerous cultural and entertainment projects including theatrical productions, museum exhibits, and attractions.

Jan 2005 - Feb 2011

Thelma & Boom LLC, Big Bear Lake, CA, US, Drawing Examiner, Draftsman, Designer, & Builder (Contract)

- Reviewed/redlined/corrected design development drawings for Dream World theme park, Fushun, China.
- Collaborated in renovation of two residences in Big Bear, CA, as designer, builder, and handyman.
- Assisted in other capacities as desired, including the production of drawings and the development of design concepts.

Dec 2009 - Aug 2010

Solberg+Associates Architects, Anaheim, CA, US, Architectural Designer & Draftsman (Contract)

- Contributed to design and development of various projects around the world ranging from theme park planning and office towers to museums, retail centers, and private residences.
- Produced AutoCAD concept/construction drawings, and assist in city submittal process.
- Collaborated in addition/remodel of existing buildings at Santa Monica Airport as new location of Museum of Flying.
- Contributed to design of Floraland II, a massive theme park, retail, entertainment, and residential development in Chengdu, China; produced parking layouts and assisted with design development and drawings throughout.
- Produced/contributed to design/drawings of Babyboss, Beijing, an indoor play-city learning experience for kids.
- Developed AutoCAD Lineweight and Layer Standards for Anaheim and Mexico (Thelma & Boom) offices.

Jun 2007 - Nov 2009

Robert Allan Monroe Associates Architects, Mundelein, IL, US, Junior Architectural Designer

- Collaborated in design/development of various projects, producing concepts and AutoCAD construction drawings.
- Assisted in design of ADA ramp for St. Martin de Porres High School; produced seven concepts and final drawings.
- Collaborated in design of addition/remodeling allowing for new enclosed lift at Our Lady of Humility Parish.
- Developed plans for complete refurbishing of South Park Church including addition of 950 seat auditorium sanctuary.
- Collaborated in design of 900 sq. ft. addition to existing Chase residence, producing concepts and final drawings.

Mar 2006 - May 2007

Ruck/Pate Architecture, Barrington, IL, US, Architectural Intern

- Assisted in design of various projects and produced/modified AutoCAD construction and bid drawings.
- Contributed to design of St. Michael Church, Wheaton, IL, and analyzed drawings for unresolved aesthetic and construction design concerns.

Jul 2004 - Aug 2004

Ruck/Pate Architecture, Barrington, IL, US, Architectural Intern

- Designed entry sidewalk for traditional St. Mary's Parish.
- Designed reception counter for new Ruck/Pate office.
- Modified details in AutoCAD construction drawings and Ruck/Pate detail library.

Jun 2002 - Aug 2002

Ruck/Pate Architecture, Barrington, IL, US, Architectural Intern

- Collaborated on design of facades of Maercker Elementary School; produced concept study sketches and renderings, design development drawings, and one construction drawing on mylar.
- Designed and constructed five-foot-long prairie-style church stand-up display for use at National Conference of Environment and Art for Catholic Worship.

Jun 2001 - Aug 2001

Crown Hall Model Shop, IIT, Chicago, IL, US, Shop Assistant

- Assisted in design of and built new mail cabinets for Crown Hall (IIT architecture building) main office.
- Assisted in design of and built oversize sliding door for faculty office within Crown Hall main office.
- Supervised students working in model shop and assisted with various projects and tasks.

Jul 2000 - May 2001


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, BArch, Architecture

Scholorships (IIT):
- Herman Driehaus Scholarship (5-Year)
- Samuel Horowitz Memorial Scholarship (2000, for academic/personal design work)

IIT Interprofesional Projects (IPro):
- "Automated Shipping Container Transport System" IPro Team twice awarded "Best in Track"

Aug 1999 - Dec 2004

Areas of Specialization