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Vincent DeFazio

Vincent DeFazio

Pittsburgh, PA, US

 

About 

Being in such a diverse and multi-faceted profession such as Architecture, I often find myself deciphering what exactly intrigues me most in practice.  There are three areas in today's Architecture that I find to be the most pertinent in progressing the profession:

•Strong emphasis on design and ingenuity; break all of the rules 
•Research and analysis as a method of supporting tangible designs
•Interdisciplinary approach to solving issues of any scale

Upholding each of these as personal standards, I am slowly seeking my own unique ways of impacting the field and its products.  I'm still trying to figure out what exactly I want to do 'when I grow up'.

Vincent's Professional Blog on Archinect:

Architect of the Young : A Professional Narrative

As architecture continues to lose members, it's ever-important to empower and give voices to those young designers in the field. This blog does exactly just that, seeking a powerful young voice among those with many more years in the profession.

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Employment 

Ballinger, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architect

Project designer and architect working on higher education projects - specifically lab-based programs. Experience in every phase of design through CA.

May 2015 - current
 

Designblendz, LLC, Philadelphia, PA, US, Co-founder + Executive Director

•Supervised and edited the design blog to ensure high quality content is being delivered to readers.
•Managed project acquisition and processes ensuring client approval and asset delivery.
•Provided technical services such as rendering, animation, physical modeling and marketing material to clients including architectural, engineering and development firms.

Jul 2011 - current
 

BBH Design, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Designer

BBH has allowed me several opportunities to work directly with studio principals as well as the client. With extensive on-site construction administration experience, I have been able to better comprehend architecture on a much more technical basis while learning relationships among trades, the client and consultants.

My responsibilities included:
•Revit modeling and document coordination for small, medium and large healthcare projects.
•On-site studio construction administrative duties working directly alongside the client.
•High-level project management both independently and with other high-level staff.

Mar 2014 - May 2015
 

IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, US, Associate, Product Design + Research

While working in the midst of several different disciplines ranging from architecture to industrial design, I have been exposed to many different aspects of construction and manufacturing. This position challenged me to think of design considerations in mass production buildings as opportunities to create an architectural product that may only be a component but increases all aspects of durability. In this way, the architecture becomes more a product, infused with industrial design and increased manufacturability these solutions are not only about creating a higher quantity of something but also making it in a way that quality is increased proportionately.

My responsibilities included:
•Complex and detailed 3D-modeling of construction details.
•In-depth analysis and creation of new construction details with careful consideration of fabrication and aesthetics in the final product.
•Research-intensive design iterations with heavy influence from building science principles.

May 2012 - Mar 2013
 

Education 

Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2013
 

Awards 

Green, Global, Glocal, Other

My senior capstone project was selected amongst few other projects to represent the university in an exhibition hosted by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. The project which was part of an exhibit with other schools such as the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University were catalysts for debate with the represented schools' directors.

2012
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills