Tyler Whitney

Tyler Whitney

Roanoke, VA, US



I recently completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.  I graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree on May 20, 2012.  I am now figuring out my next steps in my architectural journey and I am excited to see what the future brings.

Design themes that interest me include: SCALE: the relation of the body to a personal versus a communal space | FABRICATION: from material research to the process of building art installations, I am interested how fabrication plays an integral role in design rather than designing without the final feel in mind | SOCIAL ACTIVISM: the architectural projects that are most interesting to me are those that serve a role in the community and provide much more than just an addition to the built environment

I am originally from Roanoke, VA (the largest city in not-so-large Southwest Virginia) and have traveled to China, Western Europe, and all of the Eastern US.  I spend my free time pursuing sports that play a role in community development, messing around with photography, and going to music shows.



Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Boston, MA, US, Extern

During my week long externship I worked on the design of a technology centered university design competition by creating a SketchUp model of the existing area. I was also exposed to completed projects of the firm and how they process went from conceptual through construction to finished product.

Jan 2012 - Jan 2012

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, Teaching Assistant

During my fourth year at UVa I was a teaching assistant for Architecture 1010: Lessons of the Lawn and taught a group of nine first year students with another TA. We exposed the students to verbalizing spatial themes of exploration as well as diagramming techniques.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011

Turenscape, Shanghai, CN, Intern

During my two month internship I worked on the design for a cluster of 6 buildings at a fish hatchery resort using SketchUp and AutoCAD. The design took a traditional Chinese courtyard house and modernized the design through adding a glazed corridor, using a butterfly roof for rain collection, adding curves of the site to the back elevation, and using am updated material palette. I gave the firm some ideas for the designs while my colleagues focused on the landscape of the site.

Jul 2011 - Aug 2011

CBS Rentals LLC, Charlottesville, VA, US, Paintcrew

As a summer job, I got experience with interior painting and slight renovations by working for a rental company during college turnover season. Techniques included painting interior walls and floors, spackling and sanding, and demolition.

May 2010 - Jun 2010

Hill Studio, Roanoke, VA, US, Intern

For a high school class elective I had the opportunity to work at Hill Studio and study different sustainable energy technologies that resulted in designing a passive solar house using SketchUp and physical modeling tools.

May 2007 - May 2008


University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

I received a non-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and graduated with honors.

Aug 2008 - May 2012


Eduardo Arroyo Award, 1st Place

Eduardo Arroyo Award: member in design group in Project GAIT-Way school-wide Belmont Bridge re-design competition, award given by guest critic for his favorite design


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