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My experience in the architectural field consists of a bachelors of science degree in architecture from the New York State University at Buffalo, four years employment at Gallagher Homburger Gonzalez architects pllc. located on Long Island NY, Freelancing in the Central NY area and three years working at Teitsch-Kent-Fay Architects p.c. in Cazenovia New York.

 

The Architectural practice deals in the realm of the mind and in that of physical reality, and must employ a type of grace in order to render a connection between the two. SUNY Buffalo's architecture program bestowed upon me the thought process necessary to make those connections. My studies there would invoke more than an architectural curiosity, it had also introduced me to graphic and installation art, philosophy, and photography amongst other things. The various courses I took at the university emphasized critical thinking to achieve a conceptual flexibility, which has benefited me in all aspects of life. The time spent working through the program with my peers holds a place in my heart and has led to lasting friendships.

 

Teitsch-Kent-Fay Architects, located in Cazenovia NY, is a small Commercial firm that operates in a variety of markets from K-12 and higher education to places of worship and municipal facilities. My time working at this firm gave me an exposure to the various facets of this practice. While gaining knowledge in fire protection, energy conservation and construction detailing, I had also developed coordination skills while working with contractors, clients, consultants and product representatives. I am thankful for working closely with the leadership at TKF Architects. Daniel Wilson Fay and Brian A. Manning have roughly 50+ years of combined experience whose knowledge of various markets and trades makes the pair formidable and qualified. The experience I gained under their guidance advanced my approach to the tactile elements of architecture. By actively involving me in their business and design discussions the partners at TKF architects enriched me with their mentorship.

 

Notable projects:

The Parish of Saints John And Andrew_ Roof and Masonry restoration - Binghamton NY

Anaren, a TTM Technologies Company _ Clean Room construction - Syracuse NY

Cazenovia College Shove Hall _ Elevator Replacement - Cazenovia NY

Village Government Office Building _ Security | ADA | General Renovations - Hamilton NY

Community Memorial Hospital _ Master Plan Implementation (envelope consultant)- Hamilton NY

 

GHG Architects is where I gained my first real world exposure to the practice and insight into how a small firm operates. I enjoyed the people and accrued an indispensable knowledge about the discipline. Working for this well established residential firm had fortified my understanding of residential wood framing and the elements that go into creating a home. When the time came I would decide to go in a different direction but would always carry this knowledge with me.

After moving to central New York in the fall of 2013, I took on some projects independently and became moderately involved in the trade of carpentry. In tandem with my education in design, the craft would become an outlet to respect and experiment with the materials at hand as an expression of creativity.

 

In the summers from 2014 to 2017, while freelancing, I had also been working part time for A. Weis Engineering, an agricultural engineering firm. The firm surveys, re-designs and engineers farming establishments, primarily dairy farms, with a secondary objective to help their clients conform to NYS DEC requirements. This entailed the application of earthen and/or mechanical techniques used to control and isolate any hazardous byproducts of the farms, resulting in the reduction of pollution in our waterways and the protection of our environment. In the process, I had come face to face with construction means and methods, and was now involved in critically thinking about the land pertaining to watershed, soil makeup and the site's proximity to natural waterways. Gaining exposure to surveying and civil engineering within the agricultural market helped to round my understanding of the built and natural environment.

 

As one grows more familiar with the tactile aspect to the linkage between concept, conception and fruition, one can be more resolute in the initial understanding of what he or she is trying to accomplish. This should foster efficiency and the confidence to explore new methods, techniques and tools. More often than not, this will implement the advantages that the tool of technology provides us.

"... If we wish to know the truth concerning anything, we'll find it in the nature of that thing"
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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