EDUCATION

Graduate

The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK; October 2015 – October 2016

Master of Architecture in Architectural Design, completed with Distinction (US equivalent: Highest Honors)

Member of the Interactive Architecture Lab, Research Cluster 3.

Dissertation: "The Palimpsest: Using virtual reality to change our cities"

University of Manchester, UK; September 2014 – September 2015

Master of Arts in International Development: Poverty, Conflict, and Reconstruction, completed with Distinction (US equivalent: Highest Honors)

Dissertation: "Beauty as a Poverty Line: Architecture and Dignity in the Experience of Poverty"

 

Undergraduate

University of Texas at Austin; August 2008 – May 2013

Bachelors of Architecture, completed with Highest Honors

Bachelors of Arts in Plan II, completed with High Honors

Overall GPA: 3.93

Technische Universitat Munchen; Summer 2010

Sustainable Architecture and Design in Munich Study Abroad Program

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP – Designer, New York City, New York; November 2016  — 

Working as a designer for an architecture practice focused on affordable housing in NYC.

Generates work for design competitions and project proposals.

Analyses design schemes for spatial efficiency, legal compliance, and feasibility

Produces construction documents and coordinates design with consultants and engineers

Contributes research and writing for reports on affordable housing design, policy, and environment impact.

Chaparral Builders, Inc. – Assistant Project Manager, Hobbs, New Mexico; January  — September 2014

My work with Chaparral.

Coordinated work between subcontractors

Organized, produced, and ensured adherence to contract document amendments

Inspected work to ensure quality and accuracy

Evaluated shop drawings

Determined efficient and safe methods for complex aspects of construction

Assisted with construction in the field.

Monoblock Arquitectura – Intern, Buenos Aires, Argentina; June 2012 — December 2012

My work with Monoblock.

Contributed schematic design, plans, site plans, and 3D modeling to the Ciudad Justial competition to create a courtroom complex for Mar de Plata in Argentina.

Worked with a team to propose an urban revitalization plan for the city of Quilmes, including analysis of feasibility, conceptual mapping, site plans, sections, and presentations for clients.

Played a significant role in generating design and producing final drawings.  

Undurraga-Deves Arquitectos – Intern, Santiago, Chile; Summer 2011

My work with Undurraga-Deves Arquitectos.

Finalized the design of the Cultural Center for the Argentine Embassy in Santiago, Chile

Contributed to construction documents for condominiums in Los Condes, Santiago.

Created drawings and images for schematic design and client presentations, including sections, plans, and renderings.  

 

 

Marshmallow Laser Feast – Programmer, London, UK; June 2016

My work with MLF.

Programmed real-time, audio responsive visuals for a video commercial
Assisted with the design and construction of an artistic installation which included projection mapping and responsive visuals for a product release event

Coordinated between venue, subcontractors, and clients to ensure installations are installed on time and to specifications

Assisted with running a virtual reality experience during a product release event

We Are Now Festival – Invited Artist; Roundhouse, London; June 2016

My work at We Are Now.

Invited as part of a 3 person team to create an installation at a digital arts and performance festival hosted in the historic Roundhouse venue

Project merged real-time sensing with abstracted representations of the buildings history

Participants could explore the building in a un-tethered virtual reality headset developed on Google’s experimental Project Tango

Interviewed by RTE (Ireland’s national media organization) Radio, available here: https://soundcloud.com/soundsdoable/culture-file-tango-at-the

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS) – Intern, Austin, Texas; October 2013

Worked on conceptual design for a emergency relief housing unit for people displaced by the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Created a concept for a mobile app that helps people displaced by natural disasters utilize emergency relief aid temporary housing provided by the CMPBS and transition into long term housing and sustainable living practices. Designed mock-ups of the interface, preliminary flowcharts, and presented the idea to app developers and the director of the CMPBS.

Helped reconstruct the award-winning 2007 Texas A&M Solar Decathlon Building in a new permanent site.

 

SKILLS

Graphics: Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk (AutoCAD, Revit, ReCap), Rhino (Grasshopper, V-Ray), Digital Video, Video Editing, Web Design

Creative Coding: Virtual Reality, Real-time visuals, VVVV, Unity, Arduino, C#, Java

General: Project Managing, Research (academic and technical), Fabrication

Language: Professional working proficiency in Spanish

 

LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Community Volunteer Project in Llico, Chile; Summer 2013

Traveled through Peru and Chile studying traditional and ancient architecture and to implement a community project in Llico, a fishing village that was devastated by the 2010 earthquake. Started a cooperative to help community members generate projects, organize, and request aid for reconstruction and community improvement projects.  

 

Workshop Internacional de la Universidad de Palermo – Presentation Leader; Buenos Aires, Fall 2012

Participated in an international design workshop led by architects from throughout South America.  Assumed a leadership role in the theoretical urban redesign of the southwest sector of Buenos Aires. Was in charge of organizing the presentation, dividing tasks between team members, and evaluating completed work.  Elected to lead the presentation in Spanish.  Project won first place out of the six presented in the workshop.

 

Junior Fellows – Member; Fall 2010 – 2013

Matched with faculty advisor Larry Speck to work on thesis project, Relief and Recovery: The Role of Architecture and Solidarity in the 2010 Chilean Earthquake Reconstruction.

Traveled along the Chilean coast to investigate emergency housing, interview government officials and community members, stay in temporary shelters, and meet with organizations involved in the reconstruction.

Habitat for Humanity – Member; Fall 2010 – Fall 2011

Volunteered to construct homes for low-income families in Austin.

UT School of Architecture Peer Mentor – Volunteer; Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

Regularly met with students to help with design work and adjustment to university studies.

 

Homelessness Studio with Overland Architects – Presentation Leader; Spring 2013

My work from the studio.

Elected by 15 students to lead the presentation of the studio’s research and a design proposal to the Austin City Council. Created the outline of the presentation, organized the class to produce final documents, and led rehearsals of the presentation.  The presentation was well received and the studio was invited to give the presentation again in the Fall of 2013 to a larger audience.

Pop-up Bookbar – Co-founder; Fall 2015 – Present

Pop-up Bookbar is an open event where we group short stories with poems that can be read in 45 minutes.

We created it after we realized our busy schedules made it difficult to commit to full-length fiction novels.

Bookbar pops-up in pubs and cafes in London and Cambridge. It has been funded by the Wellcome Trust Reading Room in London and the Global Scholars Symposium in Oxford.

Texas Blazers – Member; Spring 2010 – 2013

Worked as a volunteer to tutor students at underprivileged schools and to improve communities in Austin, Texas.

Gave college prep advice, organized science demonstrations at an elementary school, and volunteered at the Austin Special Olympics.

Engineers Without Borders – Water Tank Team Leader; Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

Helped design a water storage tank for Sieykin, Panama, to alleviate water sanitation issues.

Worked to raise health awareness in the village, determine the best spring source in the region, design a pipeline, and design a masonry storage tank.

 

 

HONORS

2014 British Marshall Scholar; Awarded Fall 2013

Awarded to 32 distinguished American students annually to pursue two years of fully funded postgraduate study at any UK university.  Students are selected based on future leadership potential, ability to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their field, and their motivation to act as ambassadors for the USA and UK.

American Institute of Architect's Henry Adams Certificate; Spring 2013

Awarded by the University of Texas School of Architecture to a graduating student that demonstrates scholarship and professional promise.

Oglesby Traveling Fellowship; Summer 2013

Recipient of a travel scholarship based on cumulative design work and a travel proposal.  Awarded to one graduating student from the architecture graduate or undergraduate programs per year.
Traveled through Peru and Chile for two months to research vernacular and ancient architecture.  Started community volunteer project in Llico, Chile.

 

 

International Conference for Sustainable Development – Speaker; Fall 2015

Selected to present an excerpt of MSc dissertation titled ‘The role of beauty in design
for human dignity in post-conflict and post-disaster settings’. Conference hosted by
Columbia University on the eve of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development.

Model Thesis; Spring 2013

Awarded to 12-15 students per year for outstanding research in an undergraduate thesis in Plan II Honors. Bound copies are retained to show current students and copies are made accessible on the Plan II Honors website.

Dedman Scholar; 2008 – 2013

Awarded to 6 liberal arts students from over 1,200 applicants