Joseph Kirsch

Joseph Kirsch

Chicago, IL, US



As an aspiring architect with a Masters in Integrated Building Delivery and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, I have broad experience in architectural design, project management, and  programming. While spending several years working in construction and design/ build projects, I gained a fundamental understanding of building details and the project delivery process.

Throughout my architectural journey, I developed a passion for community  projects, particularly those in regards to social architecture. In the near future, I plan to start my own social architecture firm.



Studio Talo Architecture, Inc., Evanston, IL, US, Project Manager

Apr 2013 - current

Chipman Design Architecture, Des Plaines, IL, US, Project Manager

Nov 2011 - Apr 2013

Babbin & Associates, Contract Work

Designing a virtual two-story art gallery and generating a walk-through for sale of artwork online

Feb 2011 - Feb 2013

Demeter Building Workshop, LLC, Intern

Investigated and developed a theoretical transit orientated dwelling prototype in the City of Chicago

Jan 2010 - May 2010

Chicago Park District, Capital Construction Intern

Documented hazardous site conditions and offered solutions to remedy problem areas

May 2007 - Aug 2007

Borland Builders, Assistant Shop Foreman

Constructed cabinets, finished interiors, renovation, and constructed new homes

May 2005 - Jun 2005

Bill Wolf Construction LLC, Roughing/ Finishing Crew

Constructed five new residential structures using skills in rough carpentry and finishing

May 2004 - Dec 2004


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Masters, Integrated Building Delivery

"Fundamental changes in the process of delivering buildings are about to revolutionize the structure and practice of architectural design. The management practices which have doubled industrial production efficiencies since the mid-1960s, coupled with the power of computer tools and Building Information Modeling (BIM) are recognized as now necessary inclusions to current practice, to initiate a similar trajectory in the construction industry. The role of the architect at the realization of this change is not yet clearly defined, but it is recognized that it will be significantly altered from that of today. IIT introduces the new IBD curriculum to insure that education prepares graduates for a rewarding and significant role in the emergent state of the profession.

Almost universally architects engage the practice of their art with the hope or expectation that the efforts will culminate in a realized project. Design is acknowledged as a component of a more holistic undertaking; that of creating an actualized built environment. The Master of Integrated Building Delivery program will educate architects to more actively participate in, guide, and/or undertake the full range of entrepreneurial and innovative activities comprising design, develop and build initiatives."

Aug 2009 - May 2010
Aug 2004 - May 2009


Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Award

"The members of Alpha Rho Chi firmly believe strong leaders are just as essential as strong designers to the architectural professions. It is vital to our efforts to produce individuals committed to public service, as well as individuals committed to maintaining Architecture and the Allied Arts as noble professions. We also assert that high scholastic achievement is not necessarily an accurate measure of leadership or service. The Alpha Rho Chi Medal commends those students who show true professional merit beyond the design studio and their academic career."


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