Summary

Multifaceted design professional passionately investigating the intersection of place, objects and manufacturing. Eleven years of professional experience, including over five in architectural practice and over five in manufacturing and fabrication. An additional three years of work experience in design academia. 

Education

Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY   Master of Industrial Design   Aug 2008 : May 2011
Washington University in St. Louis   BS Architecture, Summa Cum Laude   Aug 2000 : Jun 2004

Skills

Design : Market and user analysis, ideation, directive inspirational boards, meaningful and process-driven product stories, cohesive development of sketches to manufacturable part files, lighting and furniture design, wood and metal fabrication experience

Architecture : Computer modeling, CD preparation in complex building types and demanding computing environments, contractor and engineer coordination for residential projects, graphics that strengthen architectural ideas

Fabrication : Wood and metal fabrication, creation of part files for waterjet cutting, laser cutting, break press forming and rolling, shop and fabrication drawings, parts management, material procurement, site surveys and installations, experience with 3D printing and CNC routing   

Graphics : Conceptual development, DSLR photography, design, production of informational and marketing materials with complex and diverse contents

Computer : Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, AutoCAD2015, Sketch-up 2015, Solidworks 2018


Employment

Studio MJD   Los Angeles, CA   Design Consultant   Mar 2019 : Present 

Collaborated with clients in the design and construction industries to develop decorative metal components and furniture. Clients include notable architecture firms, commercial furniture companies and metal fabrication shops.  

Mash Studios     Los Angeles, CA   Production Design Manager   Oct 2016 : Mar 2019 

Production Design Manager at manufacturer of custom commercial furniture and residential furniture. Responsible for developing schematic visualizations into manufacturable product, securing approvals from client group, managing component fabrication and product installation. Projects fabricated using engineered woods, solid wood, metal, glass and upholstered components.

Kersting Architecture   Wilmington, NC   Architectural Designer   Mar 2015 : Sep 2016 

Designed and managed a 2400 sq ft home and a 5000 sq ft home renovation. Created CDs and assisted in detailing of exterior and interior elements for complex contemporary and legacy homes.

Henrybuilt   New York, NY    Designer   Oct 2013 : Feb 2015   

Created designs for residential and commercial kitchens, and storage and furniture solutions for whole house applications. Collaborated with the design director, interior designers, and notable architecture firms, such as Gensler, Gould Evans, and Will Bruder Architects. Led high-end clientele through the design process. Worked closely with other divisions in the company including sales, engineering, production and field operations.

Ferra Designs Inc   Brooklyn, NY    Design Developer   Dec 2011 : Sep 2013

Design development and project management responsibilities at high-end architectural metal fabrication shop. Projects include an Olson Kundig-designed penthouse, a floating elliptical staircase in Southampton, and interiors for a Michelin-rated restaurant in Manhattan. Created computer models, and shop and fabrication drawings. Produced part files for waterjet cutting, laser cutting, break press forming and rolling. Work closely with architects, engineers, contractors, and fabricators to realize concepts. Completed site surveys and installations of completed pieces. 

Deborah Nevins Associates   New York, NY   Draftsperson   Jun 2011 : Jul 2011

Created landscape CDs for the 42 acre Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens by Renzo Piano.

Pratt Institute   Brooklyn, NY   Assistant Furniture Shop Technician   Aug 2008 : May 2011
Critiqued student work, assisted students in prototype fabrication and maintained equipment.

EHDD Architecture   San Francisco, CA Architectural Designer  Oct 2006 : Jun 2008
Worked in many scales and design phases at the firm founded by AIA Gold Medalist Joseph Esherick. Completed schematic design work for a new wing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a feasibility study for a 30,000 sq ft medical research building and campus master plan, a marine biology research center, and an interactive marine biology museum. Created CDs for the renovation of a 25 building residential campus and Student Union building at UC Berkeley, a 25 story condominium in San Francisco, and a LEED certified school library and multimedia lab. Assisted in CA for a new 90,000 sq ft university library.

Kersting Architecture   Wilmington, NC   Architectural Designer   Feb 2005 : Jun 2006
Designed and managed a 3000 sq ft beach house, a 1000 sq ft pool house, and a carriage house renovation. Created CDs for a 32,000 sq ft steel urban condominium. Developed schematic sketches into CDs for a five-phase artist’s compound. Assisted the principal in the design of a 2400 sq ft residence from programming to permitting. Developed the firm’s computing standards. Interacted with clients to produce six program books for custom homes and an urban condominium project.

Small Kane Architects   Raleigh, NC  Architectural Intern  Jun 2000 : Aug 2000    May 2001 : Jul 2001 
Created presentation materials, home designs for a planned community, and commercial work studies.

Notable Projects

studioFORGE   New York, NY   Founder, Designer    May 2010 · Nov 2012
Founded a cross-disciplinary group of designers. Developed an identity and mission statement. Collaborated on an international competition and a solar power education structure in Kentucky.Curated an exhibit of wooden furniture at a Brooklyn gallery. Developed a furniture line with several Colombian manufacturers. Entered a competition for the design of a movable chair for Battery Park.  

Pratt Institute   Brooklyn, NY   Website Content Editor   Jun 2010 : Oct 2010
Collected, edited, wrote, and designed content for the website of the Industrial Design Department at Pratt. Collaborated with the assistant chairperson, faculty, staff and students.

Insider’s Guide   Brooklyn, NY   Editor, Designer   Jun 2009 : Aug 2009  Jun 2010 : Aug 2010
Edited all copy and re-designed two 170 page guidebooks for the Graduate Industrial Design Department at Pratt. Collaborated with students and assistant chairperson.

Center for Sustainable Design Studies   Brooklyn, NY   Researcher   Aug 2009 : Dec 2009
Researched bio-plastics for the center’s material library. Researched customer behavior for a Starbucks In-Store recycling initiative. Designed and fabricated ply-boo furniture.

The Guyana Project   Georgetown, Guyana   Designer   Jan 2009 : Jun 2009
Collaborated with artisans at the Liana Cane Factory to develop products from local renewable non-timber forest products. Traveled into the Guyana interior with Amerindian craftsmen to harvest raw materials for production. Met with Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo. Exhibited work at an ICFF event.

Approach   St. Louis, MO   Editor, Designer   Feb 2002 : May 2004
Designed three 100-page prospectuses for the Washington University School of Architecture. Collaborated with an advertising agency and led meetings with students and the dean.

Crown Center Pavilion   St. Louis, MO   Designer, Fabricator, Builder   Jan 2003 : May 2003
Designed and built a 450 sq ft pavilion for a subsidized elderly housing community with a team of designers.

Exhibits

International Contemporary Furniture Fair    New York, NY    FAR FOUND: Viva Line   May 2012
Signum Gallery   Brooklyn, NY   Forge Collective: Experiments in Wood   Sep 2011
Hammerstein Ballroom   New York, NY   Pratt Show 2011   May 2011
Powerhouse Books   Brooklyn, NY   Object Resonance: Pratt Thesis Work 2011   May 2011
International Contemporary Furniture Fair   New York, NY   Wilsonart Challenges   May 2010
Model Citizens   New York, NY   The Guyana Project   May 2010
Third + Bond   Brooklyn, NY   Third + Bond Pratt Apartment Showcase   Oct 2009
New York Design Center   New York, NY   Kovacs Lighting Competition Finalists   Mar 2009

Press

Apartment Therapy, Core 77, Designboom, Designmilk, Inhabit, Interior Design Magazine Dailyfix, KBB, Metropolis Magazine POV, Raleigh News & Observer, Urbansherp, Wrightsville Beach Magazine

Honors

Wilsonart   Wilsonart Challenges Design Competition, Finalist   Dec 2009
Pratt Institute   Industrial Design Department   Merit-Based Scholarship   Aug 2009
George Kovacs   Annual Lighting Competition, Finalist   Apr 2009
Raleigh News & Observer   Home of the Month   Apr 2009
AIGA St Louis   Judge’s Award   AIGA St Louis Annual Design Awards   Jun 2004
Washington University   Frederick Widmann Prize, for Best in Architecture, Finalist   May 2004
Washington University   Hugh Ferriss Award for Architectural Drawing, Finalist   May 2004
Washington University   Dean’s Escort at Fall Convocation, for Highest Senior GPA   Aug 2003
Washington University   Golden Key Honor Society   Oct 2002
Washington University   Dean’s List   Nov 2001 : May 2004


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