In 2011 I was awarded the Traub Scholarship from the Bloomfield Hills School District. “The purpose of the Traub Scholarship is to enable students of good character who show special proficiency or promise of achievement in art or music to enjoy a trip abroad following graduation from high school and before entering college. The intent of the scholarship is to contribute to the cultural enrichment of the recipients.” With the funds, I spent a summer traveling through Europe, visiting architectural monuments and celebrated museums.
I started my career at the University of Michigan in the college of engineering pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. After taking the required pre-architecture courses I decided that there was nothing I wanted more than to work in the architectural field.
In 2014 I was awarded the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Portfolio Scholarship from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. This scholarship is awarded yearly to an incoming student whose portfolio shows particular promise and skill.
After enrolling in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan I completed the first three years of my degree. After my third year, I decided to take a break from school and enter the job market to gain experience and a better understanding of the direction I wanted my degree to take. Using my background in civil engineering and architecture I started working at the Detroit firm Testing Engineers and Consultants. During my time at TEC I functioned as a junior engineer and project technician.
The diverse range of projects at the firm gave me invaluable insight into the diversity and mechanics of the architectural profession. While working for the firm I had a variety of responsibilities and performed an assortment of different tasks. My duties varied depending on the specific requirements of each project. I have experience working with contractors, designers, engineers, owners and workmen. I have produced architectural and construction drawings, composed project bid documents, performed QA/QC analyses, performed daily supervision of project worksites and crews (throughout a variety of phases), established relationships with other engineering, architectural, construction and development firms, conducted engineering analyses with the assistance of the vice president and senior project engineers, and performed a breadth of structural tests and reviews.
One of TEC’s main clients is Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest electric and natural gas provider. TEC functions as their general contractor, architect and engineer. Over the next few years, Consumers Energy is replacing the roofing systems on all of their facilities and plants statewide. I visited these sites and helped conduct inspections of the existing roof membranes to decide which roof systems were most in need of replacement. After the inspections, I produced project specification documents that included instructions to bidders (bidding requirements, contract forms, and conditions of the contract), technical specifications (summary of work, construction schedule, sequencing, materials, construction methods, etc.) and construction drawings.
For the past year I have joined my parents on their sailing trip around the world. Starting in northern Michigan and sailing out the Atlantic, the trip has been an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. I am looking forward to getting back to the field of architecture. Despite having quite the adventure, I hope to soon begin producing work again.