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  — 

Works as a designer for an architecture practice focused on passive house, low-income housing in NYC.

Worked as a designer on two winning competition entries as well as a large scale re-zoning application.

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

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York – Adjunct Lecturer, New York City, New York; Spring 2017 — 

Designed and taught "Interrogating Architecture" course with a social psychology researcher. Class provides non-designers with tools to analyze how architecture influences human behavior, with a focus on social justice issues.

Designed and teach a course titled "Just Intentions: Global Humanitarianism" with a social psychology researcher that critically analyzes humanitarian aid with a focus on the built environment.

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

My work with Chaparral.

Organized, produced, and ensured adherence to contract document amendments.

Evaluated shop drawings.

Determined efficient and safe methods for complex aspects of construction.

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.  

 

 

 

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.

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

Oxbridge Academic Programs, Cambridge Tradition  – Workshop Leader, Cambridge, UK; July 2016

Invited to co-host two workshops for advanced high school students attending a summer intensive at Cambridge University.

Workshop explored the intersection of neuroscience and virtual reality (VR). Students learned how VR technologies interact with neurological systems.

Produced two custom VR experiences to highlight how the senses are accommodated. Helped students create binaural audio recordings to share with friends.

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.

 

SKILLS

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

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

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

Language: Professional working proficiency in Spanish

 

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.

 

Creative Applications Network – Favorite Project of 2016

VR project Palimpsest was voted favorite project of 2016 by readers and editors of Creative Applications Network.

Asia Digital Art Award – Finalists' award, Fukuoka, Japan; Fall 2014

Received a Finalists’ award for Palimpsest, a research project co-produced during tenure at the Bartlett, UCL. Project explored how emerging technologies in 3D scanning and virtual reality can improve public participation in architecture and urban design.

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

 

TALKS, PRESS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Digital Festival – Invited Speaker, Brussels, Belgium; June 2017

Invited to give talk and participate in panel discussion on the role of emerging technologies in virtual reality and 3D scanning and how they can improve participation in urban and architectural design. Curated by Forum Europe and Microsoft.

Immersive Architecture Conference – Invited Speaker, Venice, Italy; June 2017

Invited to present research from the Interactive Architecture Lab at an international conference on virtual reality focused on architecture and cultural heritage. Hosted by architectural visualization magazine CGarchitect.

Architecture Film Festival – Invited Exhibitor, London, UK; June 2017

Invited to exhibit a film and virtual reality experience about The Palimpsest. More information available at: http://archfilmfest.uk/the-bartlett/

Art and the Future City – Invited Speaker, Brussels, Belgium; January 2017

Invited to present research conducted at Interactive Architecture Lab at a conference hosted by the Brussels Arts Platform. Focused on the necessity to include public in urban and architectural design processes for large scale urban development projects. Presented a mobile VR installation of the project.

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.

 

 

WIRED UK Magazine – Interview; April 2017

Volpicelli, Gian. “Palimpsest is bringing the ghosts of demolished buildings back to
life“. WIRED UK Magazine. April 2017: 72-73. Print. Available at: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/palimpsest-urban-3d-scans

The Guardian – Interview; May 2017

Aliide. “The empathy machine: can VR stop bad city developments before
they happen?” The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/may/26/empathy-machine-vr-bad-city-developments-virtual-reality

Creative Application Network – Feature; October 2016

Visnjic, Filip. “Palimpsest – Collective memory through Virtual Reality“.
CreativeApplications.net. 17 October 2016. Available at: http://www.creativeapplications.net/unity-3d/palimpsest-collective-memory-through-virtual-reality/

designboom – Feature; May 2017

Corboy, Peter. “The Palimpsest: a collective memory of architecture, told through
virtual reality“. designboom.com. 21 November 2016. Available at: https://www.designboom.com/architecture/the-palimpsest-interactive-architecture-lab-ucl-virtual-reality-11-21-2016/

Urban Policy Frontiers – Book Chapter Co-author; September 2017

Coauthor for book chapter, “Small is Beautiful: Micro-Units Can Help Make NYC Housing Affordable”, that Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP was invited to write for the book Urban Policy Frontiers. Published by the Manhattan Institute. Assesses the NYC housing market and argues for a growing need of small units for singles and couples.

The Sallan Foundation – Article, Co-Authored; March 2017

Coauthor for article discussing the potential benefits, pitfalls, and strategies for a Passive House-based building code in New York City. available at: https://www.sallan.org/Snapshot/2017/03/start_to_prepare_today_for_adopting_passive_house_tomorrow.php#.WzGsdadKiUk

Fabulla Magazine – Interview; December 2016

Siouffi , Fabien. “The Palimpsest, People made realities“. Fabbula Magazine. 15
December 2016. Available at: http://fabbula.com/palimpest-people-made-realities/

Designing Buildings Wiki – Interview; May 2016

Brooks, Michael. “The Palimpsest”. DesigningBuildings.co.uk. Available at: https://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/The_Palimpsest


LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Lunch & Learn Sessions; Fall 2016

Volunteer during lunch hours to teach coworkers the fundamentals of coding, parametric design, rendering, and Revit best practices.

Exceptions Journal – Volunteer and Freelance Design, Fall 2014

Provide volunteer graphic design services for Exceptions: The Art and Literary Journal for Students with Visual Disabilities.

Hired to redesign the website and logo.

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.

 

 

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.  

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.

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.