Archinect
Michael Wireman-Nothwang

Michael Wireman-Nothwang

Torrance, CA, US

 

About 

Professional Goal:
To work within a fun, creative team environment where my Design, Technology, and Customer Service skills can be utilized to enhance the firms capabilities to provide superior services that exceed client expectations.

Born and raised in rural Northern New Mexico, I grew up regarding nature as my playground. I spent more days climbing around canyons, mountains and valleys than I can quantify. Every day was an adventure and the scenery was unparalleled. I was the classic architecture kid, built great creations with Legos, cut up cardboard boxes to create buildings and played until dark laying out the next great city with my Tonka trucks. These early experiences pushed me to study Architecture at the University of New Mexico.

Under the tutelage of great instructors and mentors, a great appreciation for design was instilled in me. While studying and after college, I worked in various locals. Each location has a unique vernacular architectural style and each style has an influence on every project I design. Massing from New Mexico, open views from Texas, wood aesthetics from the Pacific Northwest, and a material palette from all, help to create a perfect architectural blend.

I view every project with enthusiasm and anticipation, much like those early Lego creations. I like to think that I have no preconceived notion about the final design and aesthetics of each project at the onset. Each project is it's own entity, defined by client's insight, site conditions, environment and projects I have recently seen that have piqued my interest.

Specialties:

  • Hand drawing for Conceptual Studies
  • Fast Conceptual Study Generation
  • SketchUp Modeling
  • Kerkythea User
  • Photoshop Rendering
  • Autocad Architectural Desktop
  • Revit

Employment 

Weller Architects, Albuquerque, NM, US, Senior Project Designer

My main focus on this position was to Research RFP postings using websites and other means. Once an appealing RFP/RFQ was found, I would assist in Crafting Responses to these. Another aspect of this position was meeting the locals to establish connections for potential project collaborations. When not doing these items, I was working on creative ways of marketing an architectural firm who was in process of trying to change focus and change their target clients.

Sep 2013 - Oct 2013
 

Van H Gilbert, Architect, PC, Albuquerque, NM, US, Senior Project Designer

My main task was to facilitate work between the Firm's designer and production staff for Higher Education Buildings. In doing so I would collaborate with Lead Designer on major building Design Elements so that he was able to move on to other projects. While working with the production staff, I would assist in the production of Construction Documents using Revit 2013. On occasion I would produce 3-D visualizations for client presentations and securing funding.

Jul 2012 - Sep 2013
 

BBT Architects, Bend, Oregon, US, Project Architect, Design Lead

While at BBT Architects, I was involved in many tasks. Among these were:

Project Architect/Design Lead on several large projects

Worked closely with clients to develop projects and establish working relationships

Helped Non-Profit Social Service clients to creatively solve expansion needs to better serve their clientele

Generated Conceptual Designs for Projects,and RFPs/RFQs

Design and development of presentation materials and methods

Generated graphics for project presentations

Assisted in business development (researched RFPs/RFQs from several sources)

Contracted with Donut/Pastry Fairies to provide a tasty snack for staff enjoyment

Maintained Computer Network

Oct 2006 - Jun 2012
 

BLGY Architects, Austin, TX, US, Architectural Intern

While working at BLGY Architect, I was involved in the following:

Received Robert Landes Award for Design Excellence

Construction Administration for large Middle School Project (everything from site visits to shop drawing review)

Helped to define Architectural Character for Civic and K-12 School Projects

Product Research

Development of 3d models and renderings.

Helped to establish new drafting standards using AutoCAD 2006

Sep 2004 - Oct 2006
 

Nothwang Design, Austin, TX, US, Owner

Created my own side business doing house renovations and additions.

Jan 2004 - Oct 2006
 

Nelsen Partners, Inc., Austin, TX, US, Architectural Intern

As a team member, contributed to the Design and Development of Master Plans for
large scale mixed use developments

Designed and developed plans for mixed use buildings

Production of Renderings, development of 3d models,

Design and development of presentation materials

Sep 2003 - Sep 2004
 

Weller Architects, Albuquerque, NM, US, Architectural Intern

As a team member, contributed to the Design and Development of Educational, Public,
Commercial, and Government Projects

Production of Construction Documents on numerous projects of varying size,

Record Documents

Site Investigations

Trained new employees in office standards, AutoCAD drafting and basic computer use

Coordination of work for production staff and interns

Helped to maintain computer network, helped to establish office standards for drafting,
networking development, built computers from scratch with appropriate office software
and hardware

Jun 2000 - Feb 2003
 

Education 

Sessions Online School of Design, Online, 3d Modeling

Took Advanced Sketchup Rendering Classes

Jan 2007 - current
 

The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US, MArch, Architecture

I was enrolled at the University of New Mexico taking classes in pursuit of a Masters degree in Architecture.

Aug 2000 - Dec 2002
 

The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US, BArch, Architecture

I was enrolled at the University of New Mexico taking classes in pursuit of a Bachelors degree in Architecture.

Aug 1995 - May 2000
 

Skills